July 4, 2017 Work Week


Saturday, July 1 – JD cranked and we mowed the front and west yard. The capacitor on the AC compressor went out and Shane with ESTES replaced it. Charged tractor batteries.


  • Mary finished cutting the grass and I trimmed the back of the ditch that Ted had sprayed. Trimmed around pecans and various places.
  • Charged Fergie’s battery, replaced battery clamps and installed with felt insulators. She cranked quickly and then ran her around the pecan orchard in the shade.
  • A long-horned red cow had a calf across the street from the pecan orchard.


  • Ford would not spin fast enough to crank and the new battery would not take a charge. Bought a new 4DR LT from Dueitt’s Battery Supply,  251-478-1638, 3225 Springhill Ave. for $165.

    Barn Graves June 2013
  • Sprayed nettles and big weeds in the garden with Glyphosate + 2-4-D.
  • Mary weeded and trimmed crepe myrtles and got too hot.

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Installed new battery, it spun fast and cranked quickly. Attached Ted’s box blade with rippers and leveled old barn site.
  • HGeat index in the afternoon was 115 degrees so stayed inside a lot.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – See post about new roof installation that began today.

Thursday and Friday – See post about Cain Trees topping and trimming pecan trees.

Saturday – Stacked all firewood in the shed after splitting the large ones.

Sunday – Planted Pink bloomers and Mexican liriope from Houston: between pecans in the backyard; on yard side at the entrance gate and liriope in front of climbing roses. Smoked BBRibs and Chicken thighs on the Grt Smokey Mtn with pecan splits. Sprayed bleach on vinyl and green brick at carport. Moved the two sickly azaleas in the old barn grave site to the power pole at the street fence. Sealed Chimney brick at flue with roofing compound as the water has been ponding on the old uneven seal and running in a separation of the old seal and the flue.


  1. APEX installed “cricket” at Chimney.
  2. ESTES blew in Owens Corning’s AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Insulation to the R-19 level (6″) in the house where it was already insulated and enough to be R-38 over the carport where the studio will be. $1,800 + $600. Spread cottonseed meal on all beds, crepes, roses, etc.
  3. APEX hauled off leftover shingles, underlayment, and other materials.
  4. Spread cottonseed meal
  5. Hauled limbs and old firewood to burn pile.

Summary of work on the house:

  1. Topped pecan trees
  2. Serviced AC unit
  3. new roof
  4. blown in insulation
  5. Met with Alabama Power and two electricians.
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