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woodchuck 04-14-2008 02:04 PM

The park bench....
 
A place to stop by and toss some breadcrumbs about your day.

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I am absolutely brimmingover with energy, but the legs are a little wobbly, and its only 30* outside, so here we sit for about an hour to let the outdoors warm up a little.
Then we'll get out, the kids to play and myself to prep a borrowed trailer for parbuckling two 8'6" x 28" red oak logs onto, and the rest of the tree gets butchered into firewood. This all to get done this evening after the wife gets home, so about two hours of good daylight.
Really, I would be happy to just get the logs on the trailer and come home, but if there's still enough light to safely see by, then I'll cut/load until its dark.
Wednesday is the only other dry evening to work this week, since the wife has stuff going on the other days, and thursday well, that's my whim day for another week or two.

I suppose starting a load of laundry to make use of the sunny forecast would be easy enough.

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jeffus 04-14-2008 02:14 PM

Got an interview Wednesday!:cool:

sao95 04-14-2008 03:03 PM

wife's car got broke into, pushed the lock mechanism into the door panel, very odd, nothing taken, my truck and car totally unlocked, nothing taken, in the past my have been rifled through though, taken with the recent two flat tires on my car I'm starting to wonder if it isn't random crime and perhaps the focus of a darker intent on someone's part :confused:

woodchuck 04-14-2008 03:28 PM

Wife sent me an email regarding her companies outlook, if her terminal(truck freight) closes or she's let go, it'll be like falling off a cliff. We won't be able to sell this place and evict a renter fast enough to settle with the bank. The only job offer I've received since being a sahd paid $7/hr, straight pay, no ot, and no benefit of any kind, and they acted like they were doing me a favor. Hmph, wages like that I couldn't even afford to move back in with my mom.

Being a sahd is great in principal, but the millstone cometh.

To quote the most successful placement services in the Milwaukee area, " you are not marketable ".

woodchuck 04-14-2008 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffus (Post 117965)
Got an interview Wednesday!:cool:

That's good news Jeffus.

jeffus 04-14-2008 03:46 PM

Sorry to hear about your woes Woody. Here's hoping for the best. * raises beer*

stretch 04-14-2008 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woodchuck (Post 117983)
To quote the most successful placement services in the Milwaukee area, " you are not marketable ".

Looks like it's the entrepreneurial life for you, Woody. What about starting a tree service? How steep would the startup costs be?

woodchuck 04-14-2008 04:20 PM

There's always hope.
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Our daughter has her class today, 20minutes with a teacher/therapist, for developing speech/comprehension related skills, and while that goes on, I try to squeeze in some errand or just engage the boy in some wordplay while we wait. Today I'll drop off the tax papers that required my signature, then take a run by the town wood drop site, to see if there's anything worth getting. The town forestry crew drops all the junk there, and amazingly not a single good trunk or straight limb, usually 30-60" crotches and rotted stuff, more work/cost than its worth.

woodchuck 04-14-2008 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stretch (Post 117990)
Looks like it's the entrepreneurial life for you, Woody. What about starting a tree service? How steep would the startup costs be?

We've thought about that, but after working with the treeguy, I've seen the real side of that business;
Saws: $5500......+ chains,files,oils,
Bucket Lift: $60,000-225,000
Chipper:(used) $20,000
TopKick(chiptruck)(used): $10,000
Trailer for lift: 10,000#gvw, $3500
A truck (used) to tow trailer: $10,000
Liability Insurance, at least one ground guy($12/hr), professional climber when needed($75/hr), workmans comp, and other expenses...

Takes alot of work to generate the seasonal income to cover the payments on that equipment year round, plus money to live on. Getting a loan with hardly a pot to piss in, difficult I imagine.

A tough business to make and grow without a secondary full time income with benefits for a backup and to cover the lean times.

The wife wouldn't allow it on a daily basis, my health won't support a physically demanding job.
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Hey, somebody else chime in here with what's going on in your lives today, you know, shopping, classes, playdates, its a thread for topics that don't need their own thread.

troy00690 04-14-2008 04:58 PM

Forgot about the 30 min commute to school today. Used to just waking up and watching 9yo get on bus. That was fun trying to get 3 kids ready and out the door. Going to try and get out side for a while to get the grass cut. I have not had to do that in 3 years.

We just moved in to a different place a few days ago. Big back yard. House is a lot smaller but it is nice and the design works well with us.

Jeff good luck with the interview.

Woody good luck with what you and you wife decide to do.

jeffus 04-14-2008 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by troy00690 (Post 117997)
We just moved in to a different place a few days ago. Big back yard. House is a lot smaller but it is nice and the design works well with us.

Congrats on the new home! With all the technical issues lately I must have missed that one.

troy00690 04-14-2008 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by jeffus (Post 118001)
Congrats on the new home! With all the technical issues lately I must have missed that one.

Happened so quick that most of the site down time I was moving. That was the first post about moving.

I have a rant about moving and the wife not talking to me for almost a day. I will not do it again. I am paying someone to do it for me.

jeffus 04-14-2008 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by troy00690 (Post 118002)
I am paying someone to do it for me.

If I buy beer, I can whip-up 5 movers pretty easily. ;)

I hear ya though, it's a beotch. Good luck finding everything - ha!

jeffb 04-14-2008 07:03 PM

Just got a box from Gurney's...

75 strawberry plants
20 Asparagus Crowns
4 Blueberry
4 Rhubarb.

Looks like I'm going to planting this week....

woodchuck 04-14-2008 07:10 PM

There are two groundhog dens in my southern garden this year, caught one snooping around the woodpile when we came home, and thats also the garden area with my strawberry patch, rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and asparagus, grrrrrr.....woodchuck reporting for sniper duty sir.

chuck 04-14-2008 07:17 PM

Hmmm.... are not ground hogs and woodchucks the same thing? I can picture the headline now Woodchuck jailed for murdering furry cosine over nibbled strawberry's!

Riggs 04-14-2008 07:28 PM

Sitting the bench here as a breather after just volunteering in 3rd grade classroom. Ahhhhh, quiet. I was trying to help the kids who are behind on what they call "math timings", basically just learning multiplication tables. I swear, I really don't know how teachers do it. The effing games some kids play, little rascals. Course I was working with some of the harder kids today. 4 kids and 2 hours and I've had it. Back for more fun tomorrow with kindergarteners. There's a lot of cool moments too though, still worth it.


It was interesting to listen in to the substitute teacher as I did this. Made me appreciate our usual teacher. The substitute just had a patronizing tone that bugged me. Probably because it's so hard to take control out of nowhere like that, you get a little defensive maybe. Subbing isn't just babysitting anymore, they have a whole lesson plan, and go at it, I'll give her that.

Cubfan 04-14-2008 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by stretch (Post 117990)
Looks like it's the entrepreneurial life for you, Woody.


Funny you should say that to him Stretchy. I already gave him an idea months ago, he knows it's brilliant too. Get planting Woodrow!

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6148/hopsgu3.jpg

tt3 04-14-2008 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Cubfan (Post 118018)
Funny you should say that to him Stretchy. I already gave him an idea months ago, he knows it's brilliant too. Get planting Woodrow!

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6148/hopsgu3.jpg


The downside of growing hops is it takes two or three years to get a healthy root structure to support several bines to produce a noticeable amount. There is also a mold or mildew or some such that attacks them as well as aphids but those are controllable. I'm not nay sayin' I'm just sayin'.
If this were the stool in the pub that I can't see, I'd tell you about the great trip with the 3yo to the nature center and walking trails for two hours, then I'd tell you about the meltdown that has been going on since 1:50
(Its 2:50 now)
yeah, but its not the pub, so I won't mention it.

Cubfan 04-14-2008 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tt3 (Post 118020)
The downside of growing hops is it takes two or three years to get a healthy root structure.

like I said, get planting! :)

that dude knows his agriculture. There's no reason he couldn't get started on some varieties and see where it leads. He's got the land, he's got the time, he's got the know-how. I think it's a great idea.

chuck 04-14-2008 08:59 PM

grow corn thats where the money is right now, or even wheat! the world is starving! Oh ya wrong thread ;)
I need some bench time, I was going to a meeting tonight for scouts and had planned to take the kid along and grab something to eat on the way, well the meeting was just canceled and of course I've got nothing out for dinner.............................
Is it ok to have PB&J for dinner??????

jeffb 04-14-2008 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chuck (Post 118029)
Is it ok to have PB&J for dinner??????

Always!! Even pancakes, waffles or french toast....

woodchuck 04-14-2008 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cubfan (Post 118018)
Funny you should say that to him Stretchy. I already gave him an idea months ago, he knows it's brilliant too. Get planting Woodrow!

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6148/hopsgu3.jpg

Dude, I already grow more brussells sprouts than we can eat....the wife actually buys it even though the freezer is full of it.


OHhhhhhhhh, you meant that OTHER idea, yeah, between that and the fish, I'd have this whole town of drunken college kids fed, ;;;;;;;;;OMG, that's it, feed the 20,000 college kids expensive fish and free beer, no license, no liability, and bonus points for make-your-own-bonfire, and can you imagine the HOTTIES for babysitters..........Cubby, you missed youre calling dude, I so need a cool front man.

woodchuck 04-14-2008 09:19 PM

I should have never left the ladder against the house, three times I've had to chase the kids off the rooves(roofs)sp???, this is what I get for building their confidence and adventourous side.

OH, just to deal with the really bad day I've had( in my head), I dropped 4 BIG a$$ trees and the kids were like, " so, big deal", I can't win for losing man.

tt3 04-14-2008 09:34 PM

:D My wife would have an absolute fit if I left a ladder up to the roof!
I'm sitting here instead of waking the now sleeping 3yo who was screaming earlier. The silence is nice. Tara is coloring at the table after having helped me with the dishes.
Nice to sit down once in a while.

Cubfan 04-14-2008 09:38 PM

Mr. Clampett behind us left a 6' ladder up once. When I saw the 2yo girl standing up on the top rung I didn't even bother looking for the mom, I just hurdled the fence and got her down. Next time they leave the ladder out I'm putting the yapping dog up there.

G2 took a 3 1/2 hour nap today.

AtHomeDaddy 04-14-2008 10:56 PM

So the school bus won't let kindergarten kids get off unless an older sibling or parent is there to walk them home. Since our oldest is in Kinder, I have to trek to the corner to get the boy every day. Since I can't see the stop from the house, it has been a big pain in the butt all year long, if the younger kid is napping.

Today little sister was wide awake, playing tea party with her dolls but I fell asleep in my comfy reading chair while I was waiting for the bus. Next thing I knew, J, my 6 year old was running in the house, screaming "Hey Dad! I walked myself home!"

Scared the bejebus out of me and woke me up, quick.

woodchuck 04-15-2008 12:43 AM

My day just keeps getting better, NOT, a landowner whose land I've been cutting on, reminded me of who was the lordandmaster and who was the serf, thanks buddy.
On the way home from his place, I filled up my truck, $80, sheesh. On from there I stopped at a horseguys house, had stopped once before so he remembered me, well, he has a 4x4 tractor, and I need some red oak logs yanked and loaded, he wants to really see what his tractor can do other than shovel horse poo, so we started striking a deal. I'll be able to share more facts later this week.

Oh yeah, and by the way on the way home I realized......look for it.

jeffus 04-15-2008 02:13 AM

Woody,

Don't buy the equipment outright. Look into the possibilities of renting on an as-needed basis until you get established. Maybe you could get a break on rental fees if you did some maintainence for them or became a regular customer? You should do what you're good at and hire gorillas for the heavy-lifting.

You'd also need to do sales calls, quotations/proposals, and advertising. Perhaps the 'downsized' spouse could work the office or even do sales calls/consultations while you're out lumberjacking.

You might also rely on your arborist skills as well. It's not always about 'taking it down'. With your knowledge of trees and all things agricultural, you'd probably be quite dangerous as a landscape architect (not a grass-cutting landscaper) - what to plant and where, for the right reasons.

Don't sell yourself short! And don't let them get ya down!

Riggs 04-15-2008 04:55 AM

Check this on ebay out for what you need for that tree business Woody. Only had 62,000 miles, $5K. Not only that, but your kids, or their friends, would never forget it. I swear, I thing if this had been closer to me, I would've gone for it just for the hell of it. Read the description, this guy is one cool dad. Yea, Indy's is cool too, but look at that thing man! :cool:

woodchuck 04-15-2008 08:55 AM

Riggs, that is funny, the treeguy I have worked with, he is a fireman, and he did buy a 100' ladder truck to start things off with, he still has it, and won't hesitate to use it either. I was along on a couple jobs he used it on, he had another retired fireman operating the controls. It was novel to be sure.
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My daughter, she's pooping in her pants on purpose, for attention, might have been the same pattern in preschool, so tomorrow(today), I'm going to be more attentive to her, make sure I 'fill her cup' early in the day, and also enourage regular potty breaks. I know most of her body language already, when she's going to do it, but this is a habit that needs to be corrected, soon.

The coons are active, woke up to what sounded like one on the house again, checked it out, and there was one scurrying up a nearby tree, now maybe I can get back to sleep.

tt3 04-15-2008 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by woodchuck (Post 118066)
The coons are active, woke up to what sounded like one on the house again, checked it out, and there was one scurrying up a nearby tree, now maybe I can get back to sleep.

I'm guessing it won't be scurrying up any more trees, right?
;)

woodchuck 04-15-2008 02:38 PM

What a night, was asleep/awake from 230-5, and just got up here at 9am, thanks kids for being great.

I was hunting with a spotlight last night.

jeffb 04-16-2008 10:16 AM

Wife came home early yesterday and we got everything planted. Hopefully the asparagus will work....We can enjoy some in three years....

I hate poison ivy. Can't stand it. Always get it no matter what I do. Gloves or no gloves, take a shower as soon as I come in, use Zanfel to help remove it.

This yard has it everywhere. We tried to spray it but that did little to help kill it.

On another note, I found a tick on my oldest yesterday. It looks like it might have been a deer tick. We're watching the mark closely to see.

chuck 04-16-2008 11:12 AM

I was chatting with a friend in Netherlands last night, get this the price of gas there $9.10 A GALLON! And we complain about $3!

CTDon 04-16-2008 12:07 PM

Not to jinx it, but man, the potty training with Ian is going really well.

Yesterday late afternoon was the best sign yet. He sits on his little potty to pee (he stands at the normal potty, or if we're outside) and as he's pulling his underwear and pants back up he says out loud (to himself) "I have to poop too". He then sits down and releases the mother-load.

The last few days he is going to pee on his own, without prompting or saying anything.

I'm not saying we're out of the woods, or that I'll stop carrying around 3 extra changes of clothes when we go out, but this is nice!

woodchuck 04-16-2008 12:25 PM

Jeff I'm waiting to see my asparagus breakground yet, it should have. I've little to offer on the ivy, none here.

Sounds good Don.

Last night I oiled the hinges on the wifes door, since it was creaking when she went to work and subsequently stirred our daughter, so far, quiet house.

The wind around here yesterday and today, ufdah, I thought the house was going to fall over, creaks and groans like I've never heard before.

A while back the wife prompted me to get a coffee grinder, nothing high brow, but to open my options for when she is shopping. Okay, so its a Mr.Coffee little thing, and I think I hitting the button twice may be too fine, it resembles cocoa powder, but the coffee is much more mild than the usual grounds in the can. So, coffee magii, what should I be doing?

Cubfan 04-16-2008 12:37 PM

well, my coffee grinder I have to continually hold it down until I get it to my liking, so I dont know how you make adjustments to yours. But if you're saying it's ground really fine but still mild, then you simply have mildly roasted beans.

troy00690 04-16-2008 04:09 PM

The inlaws got me a coffee grinder a few years back. It has different settings on it for what kind of coffee maker you have and how many cups you are brewing. It is nice. It also came with a pound of free coffee.

tt3 04-16-2008 04:46 PM

I've got a $12 one that I hold down until it sounds right. Most beans if you grind them too much they get really bitter.


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