September things cooled off enough we could enjoy the occasional fire in the woodstove. It’s also the time of the year I clean the chimney and stove pipe. It’s usually pretty clean, but wouldn’t be if it wasn’t cleaned every fall.
We puttered around the property a bit, I cleaned out the primitive shed I “temporarily” put up in 2005 using a truck canopy and four fence posts so there was a spot to put the brush mower. Most of the stuff from the shed went away, but some of it needs to be stored for some years before I can make that decision. I build an extension off the back of another storage shed with some shelves and now the stuff is out of sight and out of mind. Translate into another language and back and I am told it becomes blind, crazy, but I digress. The actual cleaning and constructing may have happened some in August, but the painting happened in September. For sure. I have photographic evidence.
The canopy has a story. It belonged to somebody who had it on his truck. A friend of mine got it from him and used it as the top of a homemade camper trailer. He and his sons camped in it but they were unable to entice his wife anywhere near it. Classy lady. Has standards. Good for her. She’s the lady who opined that if it was up to men alone they would live in tents not houses. Wise too. In any case when he had had enough of the camping adventure he gave or I bought the used plywood and the canopy for a minimal sum. I used the canopy on my old F250 truck for a few years and then needed some dry storage in a hurry for some stuff that was stored in a tent and the tent collapsed in the snow. Told you she was wise. He married well. And, well, so did I. Hope our wives think they did okay.
I measured the platform bed in our tiny house and the bed in the fifth wheel trailer for air springs on the storage cover. We started the install on the house bed and the springs were too strong to close the bed. That would be uncomfortable and not at all conducive to marital harmony. I stole the lighter air springs out of the RV Bed kit and ordered a lighter pair yet for the fifth wheel bed. They won’t get here in time to be installed in warm enough weather so there’s another project for next year. Yeah! Just what I needed.
Early in the month we travelled to Edmonton and celebrated Ansel’s third birthday. And that pretty much accounts for the month’s activities other than a lot of time being taken up planning and researching our trip to the Maritimes next month. The leaves have turned here and are quite okay, but I am given to believe that they are not in the same league as the spectacular displays if you hit the Maritime Provinces just right. Here’s hoping.
A friend died in September. I had visited him in August and he seemed fine, but obviously forgetful. We worked together for years. He had the most interesting life and stories about it. A number of my Buddy Tales are his. I have started writing a Buddy Tale about his life in general. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I finish and post it.