I just contributed to another two loans through Kiva. Firstly a cabbage farmer in Esteli, Nicaragua. I can’t stand cabbbage, but I wish him well with his crops 🙂 The second loan is to assist a small group in Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan to purchase more cattle to expand their business. Read more »
In 2017 I purchased a bench saw for doing little jobs around the home. The problem is the unit is too heavy to move around the garage easily. So today I built a small frame for it to stand on, adding wheels to the bottom of the frame. Now I can easily move it around when needed. The frame isn’t square, instead I kept it the same size as the saws feet, so I dont kick the frame when walking past. Later if I want to I can put a base on the frame for storage.
We’ve had a run of temperatures in the high 30’s so today we decided to go for a swim. We hadn’t been to the Aquatic Centre in Olympic Park so decided to check it out. The centre opened at 10.00am and we got there at 11.00am. It was already busy, but we pretty much walked straight in.
They have lockers, so we hired one to put our gear in, then went into the pool. We swam in the two smaller pools. They were quite warm so not very pleasant. I was wearing my swimming rasher/tshirt, as I’m a bit self conscious about my pacemaker scar, and being a bit overweight. Looks definitely weren’t on the mind of everyone as there were lots of people who, well, weren’t oil paintings. It was only when we were leaving that I realised the larger lap pool wasn’t heated so was nice and cool. We swam for about an hour and then had a bite to eat in the cafe.
On the way out we noticed that the line into the centre was huge, leading back outside the doors. And the carpark was full, with people parking illegally, because they couldn’t find a spot. If you’re going to go here on a hot day, go early.
One of the things I like about where we life is that its right next to an undeveloped wilderness, so we have lots of animals around. Often there are all sorts of birds, large lizards, possums, and this week a rabbit came to visit. He was stretched out across the road and at first I thought he might have an injured leg. But he was fine. As soon as I got near he hopped away. I followed him for a bit, and even shared a bit of carrot with him, before he bounced into the bushes.
Last year I decided to re-do the paved stairs that we have outside. The pavers, and logs supporting them had moved over the years so there are large gaps between the pavers. It seemed like too big a job for me so I thought I’d try tradesman; the internet way. I went onto AirTasker and put out a job request. Had several interested parties and accepted one. I ordered some online logs to replace the existing ones.
And then it started to go pear shaped. The logs arrived; and I’d ordered the wrong logs. Instead of half logs, I’d ordered full logs. And the AirTasker trademan kept saying he’d come to look/do the job, but never turned up.
Eventually I gave up. Defeated. I cancelled the AirTasker job. But now I had these big logs taking up room. Too big to throw out. Today I finally got in and cut them up into smaller sizes. Over the next few months they will disappear, piece by piece, into the rubbish bin.