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14 September 2018 @ 03:30 pm
NewYear's Resolution Met!  
Today has been an excellent day and though it's far from over I had to post about this now. I planted my cutting of my Dragon Fruit today. It's a variety called Condor and is purple.

Here it is at the base of the purple Sully post. I took this through my window looking down. So nice to be able to get to the window of my room. It looks tiny but most of it is buried underground. I hope it will grow huge. It has new growth already. And while I was planting this I saw a pair of Baltimore Oriels in my tree. I was so happy. I haven't seen one in years. Such bright orange birds. I just stared at them. I didn't have a camera unfortunately.

Then I got to work on the garage.

Lots of progress since last time isn't it? This is what I've done since the last time I posted about this when the boxes were to the ceiling.

And this is the view from the other side.

This is some of the work I did today. I just kept at it and kept at it and at last I made a big enough space for the Jeep.

At last there he is. I'm so proud of myself and I did this all by myself. I'm also amazed that there is room left on both sides so both doors open with no prob. The spare tire has lots of room and the front has room that I can get to the washer and dryer.

This is crazy amount of work. You can see how I still have stupid plates I need to get rid of on the right side. Moving those book shelves was hard. The one on the left too had tons of plates. I had to take them down two by two and put them all on the ground then move the shelves by sliding them around. I had to take the movable shelves out to make it lighter for me and I had to take breaks to catch my breath. Remember I'm not very strong so I have to work slowly and smarter not harder. Don't need to make my back and joints worse than they already are. Notice the wood under the jeep. I have enough ground clearance I can leave those there. Originally that was going to be the frame for the new coop I was going to build but I no longer have chickens so I'm kind of stuck with the wood. I guess new projects will pop up I can use them for. I'm thrilled and so happy with myself right now. This was my New Year's resolution and I have met it.

Now all the junk is in the living room. It's at the point where I can't do much else because either stuff needs to go to donations or it needs to go to the trash. There's no room so until I do that I can't sort through more boxes. Sigh still need to get rid of those stupid Camaro tires too, but still need two or three more hub caps. Funny enough once I get rid of them I still want to buy new tires and wheels for the jeep so this problem will eventually come back to me.

Oh and I got lucky too to have found a seller selling cuttings of Frankie's Red Dragon fruit. It is probably the rarest dragon fruit. It's got orange skin and red flesh and supposed to be one of the sweetest. I'm not sure what that means. I haven't had a super sweet dragon fruit yet but I hope my own home grown ones will be better than what I've had from stores. But yeah can't wait to get this cutting. Ok lastly just for fun.

My Macatoo as a passenger. I took him to JoAnn Fabircs so they could tell me what he's made of if I try to make a new one. Funny enough, I found another one just like him and bought him. But I can't bring myself to tear him apart to reverse engineer him and get the pattern. Well that sucks but yeah I can't do it. They are rare and poor thing. What if I don't learn then I'd have ruined a rare cute toy. I still want the red one.

actipton80actipton80 on September 14th, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)
That's great you can get the jeep into the garage now and there is still room to move around it. I hope you can find a way to dispose of both those plates and those old tires.

Macatoo looks so cute belted into the passenger seat. I hope you can get a pattern, hopefully without tearing up the other one too bad.

Still no rain yet. It could start at any time. Mom and I went to the mall for some last minute shopping. It wasn't crowded at all which was great.
Desthagirion on September 14th, 2018 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled about the jeep finally being inside. This is so much better for it. The ultimate goal is to get rid of even more stuff and only have things in plastic bins and plastic shelves. No cardboard or wood. Then I can wash the jeep in the garage and not worry about the stuff around it. Yes it's so easy to walk around all sides of it. I want to put a tennis ball or something so I know where to stop when I go in.

It was so cute having him seat belted in that I had to get a pic of him. I wanted to get the Sahara logo in there too so everyone knew he was in a Jeep. Yeah I feel so bad about opening up the other one. I'd have to save all the beads too so they don't go all over the place.

Wow no rain yet. Looks like its heading that way though. The center is going to curve around Charlotte then head north to New York. Oh I love it when stores are empty. That's cool. Hum, I think I need a hurricane icon. I've needed one for some time now.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on September 15th, 2018 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope that dragon fruit can grow and you get yummy fruit from it. Even if not, it will be an awesome decorative plant.

And yay for all the progress and getting your Jeep in. Well done! I am thinking about a big clean up, but haven't started yet.

Bummer you still haven't got a pattern for another Macatoo, but cool you found another (rare) one.

Edited at 2018-09-15 09:36 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on September 15th, 2018 08:40 pm (UTC)
I hope so too. I have two of these posts with them growing on it.

I can't believe that's done. Now only the mess in the living room remains. Oh you've got a big clean up too. They're no fun.

Yeah, I'm not sure how I'd get it without destroying the one which I really don't want to do.
kabuldurkabuldur on September 16th, 2018 09:24 am (UTC)
You have two of them? Cool.

I'm not sure if I ant to have a big clean up or not.I have to decided whether I will let go of some things or not. In a prefect world, I wouldn't.

Not sure how you'd do that, either. You could put cloth over, say calico, and draw where the seams are in pencil, and then add extra for the other side of the seams, but it likely would not be accurate.
Desthagirion on September 16th, 2018 11:02 am (UTC)
I need to post the video where I show the two poles.
Oh you'll be making very hard decisions if you do. I'm going through that.
kabuldurkabuldur on September 17th, 2018 10:44 am (UTC)
I saw the video. Such artwork on the poles and, as I said, I didn't know there were so many varieties of dragon fruit.

You have made such a big difference in your desert garden!

Yes, very hard decisions, indeed.
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 16th, 2018 07:24 am (UTC)
That's nice that you planted a dragon fruit cutting, from what I looked up they are nice looking and interesting plants. Tis indeed the time to plant in warm soil before the cool fronts start to hit.

I'll have to look at some of the older posts in time but it's great you made some progress on the garage. Cleaning out is a pain but the results are well worth it in the end. Glad the New Year resolution was met.
Desthagirion on September 16th, 2018 11:04 am (UTC)
They get huge and people set them up on these cool trellises. Yeah we still have some warm months before winter. I hope these things will do well for me. I really want to harvest my own fruit.

Yeah you can see how bad it was in the older posts. Now it's just a matter of emptying the living room. I'll be so glad when that's over.