Porch detour – Waterbed and Paddock

Well, the porch has taken a back seat to a waterbed change-out and cleaning up the paddock for our new colt.  As much as I wanted to work on the porch, I had to take a detour.  We will start with Saturday.

Saturday was the day we planned to empty the waterbed and change it out to a Nautilus Air Bed.  I know you are thinking who has a waterbed these days?  Well, that would be us!!  My darling husband gets attached to inanimate objects.  He has loved having a waterbed and said that it actually felt good to his back.  Even after his back surgery in 2004.  Well I hated it, but he was the one with the bad back.  Once about 7 years ago, we decided to buy a Nautilus Bed, with the comfort select for each side, hoping to make us each happy.  (Those babies are expensive).  Anyway, we emptied the waterbed and put up the new expensive Nautilus Bed.  That lasted about 2 months, with his constant complaining that he could hardly walk, and that the bed hurt his back, so we packed up the Nautilus bed and put back in the waterbed.  To my chagrin.  😦

Now he can hardly get out of the waterbed because of back pain, and said he wanted to try the Nautilus Bed again.  Visions of the last change-out made me hesitate.  So I let him grumble for a couple of months.  Those darn waterbeds are hard to empty and heavy to get out.  So, short of making him beg, this was the change-out weekend.  It was as miserable as I remembered.  Lugging out the waterbed and being a contortionist trying to hook-up the airbed, made me long to be younger and more flexible.  By the time we finished with that I was done for the day.  Remember “I am OLD.”  My physical therapist is going to have a hay-day trying to get me somewhat back to normal.  I wander does this count as exercise?  The bed was in and I slept just fine, Lynn, on the other hand, growled all night.  But he didn’t remember that this morning, so it sounds like he is going to make it work, because he said he’s done with the waterbed.  That remains to be seen.

Sunday (Today).

My back let me know that I overdid it yesterday, but time is running out for all the other things we have to get done this week.  We are going to pick-up our little 4 month old colt next week so we had to get the paddock cleaned up and ready for him.  I am so excited that I popped 2 Excedrin and hobbled out to get started.  We had lots of Elderberry plants growing wild in our paddocks and I don’t think they are good for horses.  Our other horse and the Llamas ignore them, but I didn’t want to take any chances with the new colt.  So my job was to get the handy dandy electric chain saw out and cut those suckers down.  Having never used a chain saw before, I was a little hesitant.  Now, guess what, Mamma has a brand new toy 🙂

I did have the foresight to take a before and after picture.  Yeah.  Six hours later, and we are almost ready.  We still have a lot of yard debris to haul off, but it is now ready for Mr. Lynn to go in and fix all the broken fences.  There are a few boards that need replacing and the guy wire put back on the gate.  He will be handling that side of the work, while I am basking in the air conditioned office sitting on my rump.

What was Lynn doing all this time, you ask?  He finished replacing the floor in the horse trailer and took all four wheels off and repacked them with grease.  At least I think that is right, I don’t do mechanical stuff.  He also worked on the brakes.  We haven’t had the trailer out since before the flood in 2006, so that needed tending too.  He will be testing all the trailer electrical stuff tomorrow.

About the porch.  I absolutely hate not finishing a project before starting another project.  That was what I did when I was a teenager.  I made a concerted effort, as I got older, to complete one project before starting another one, so this bouncing around is out of my comfort zone.  So stay tuned as I will be back hard at it on the porch in a couple of weeks, as winter’s a comin’.

Annie, the chainsaw diva

Paddock before
Paddock before
Electric Chain Saw
Electric Chain Saw
What a mess
What a mess
Working on the brakes
Working on the brakes
Mend a few boards and it will be good as new
Mend a few boards and it will be good as new
Maybe next year we will get around to painting the fence and fixing the roof.
Maybe next year we will get around to painting the fence and fixing the roof.
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