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Today I cleaned the gutters again. After that wind last week I could see the sticks sticking out. I had to get another hose so I could reach the west side to wash it out. The front porch west side is sloped 180° wrong so I need to figure out how to fix that. The stink was still bad in that one because I didn't hose it out last time. Also knocked down a nest on the northwest side under the eaves. Don't know what made it but it got wasp killer, the water hose, then chopped down with a garden trowel. Sprayed off the siding around the house while I was at it. Had quite a few areas that needed the cobwebs washed away. Lots of water leaked in on my front porch windows but I was expecting that. The window ledge is flat instead of sloped away so any water that lands there stays.

Next on the I better do this already list is chopping some opportunistic trees that are growing on the north fence line. Neighbor would be happy with everything going so I don't have to worry about identifying the good things. And there are a couple nice things growing there but it's such a tangle from being on the fence line that I'm not going to put in the work to sort it. I think there are 5 tree stumps in 15 meters of fence making it impossible to just mow along it.
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I pulled out a bunch of cable from the basement.
Two lines of CAT5 to the bedroom and the stub that went nowhere. I've got the line going to my computer room with a branch to the living room just in case. WiFi will work if I decide I want a connection anywhere else. There is still cable sticking out the west side of the house that I'll want to pull. I need to get some sealant before pulling that out though.
A couple of phone lines that dead ended too. I've still got the landline wiring and I'm pretty sure extra line yet too but I want to make sure it's alright to just cut and pull before doing that. One line is a grounded line to a pipe so I'll look up advice before just cutting everything out.
Power lines I'm not going to mess with myself but I've got a couple that dead end. One probably served the washer before a proper hard line and outlet was put in. It still ends in the fuse box, I didn't open the box to try and see if it connects or hangs loose inside, not going to bother today. Too many old knob lines still there for my comfort but doing anything about that will have to wait on someone trained to play with electricity. I also spotted a thin double line under the front door, maybe a doorbell at one time.

I knocked the buildup out of the furnace flue. Quite a bit of buildup too.

A dehumidifier for the basement gets bumped up the priority list a spot. In the winter not a problem but now that it's summer it's gotten noticeable.
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I got the 3rd of my new(to me) bookcases set up today. I think I'm happy where they all are. I'm 90% done with arranging my books now. The new ones need another shelf added since all bookcases come with too few shelves; sure I have books that are 12" tall but not many and I don't need 14" clearance on all my shelves.

I also learned the south side kitchen power outlets are on the same circuit as the furnace. Furnace, Fridge, & Popcorn Popper makes too many. I'm surprised this hasn't come up yet but I suppose the Furnace & Fridge are both intermittent and I probably was popping corn when one hit the startup cycle and so used more juice. 
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Good deed for the week.

Cleaned the gutters. The sellers were supposed to do that before me taking possession in December but I'm not sure if they did and I didn't have any way to check.
Oh My Fucking Basement Cat! That was nasty. East side just had a lot of leaves and sticks. We've had a few mostly dry days so not wet just more than I was expecting. Got the hose and washed it out afterward and cleared the clump that made it down. North side is short and not much in it.
The west side was bad. Almost halfway down near where the Radon vent went up it was matted and wet. Possible that when they installed the radon system they ruined the slope so it wasn't draining. I thought something had died up there. If that is what dead leaves and rotting vegetation smells like I never want to visit any swamps. The garbage bag I half filled from the gutters is going to stay outside, I just washed my trash bin so it's drying and I don't want to put something that nasty in it right after I've cleaned some of the stink out. The porch gutter was just as bad. I could see on that one the slope was bad. I didn't get either of those washed, just couldn't bring myself to go up there again and the hose wasn't going to reach but maybe halfway anyhow.
Added to my shopping list is a hose nozzle. Turn water on carry hose up the ladder while the water is flowing, try not to get myself wet. It would be a bit easier if I could control it at the end.
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I better get these up while I can still remember where I was. A good vacation, plenty relaxing, not too many pics just because I'm not a real big picture person.
May 1st to 7th more driving than I like but it gets me away from home. I forgot to take a stack of cash with me so the credit card got used for way more than I usually would.

Receipts
1st: Petromart, Missouri Valley, Iowa - 1st fuel up of many. I need to plan a bit next year and just take a vacation all on rail.
1st: Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas - food & drink
2nd: Sea Life, Kansas City, Kansas - aquarium & it's a shame you need a kid to visit attached Legoland. I'll have to grab my nephew next time I'm going to KC
2nd: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Kansas City, Kansas - bit of fudge that I enjoyed for a couple days
2nd: Science City, Kansas City, Missouri - toys for the nephews
2nd: Wilderness Reflections, Kansas City, Missouri - pyrite sphere & a soapstone frog for the dash
2nd: The Vault, Kansas City, Missouri - money swag from the Fed museum
2nd: Granite City Food & Brewery, Kansas City, Kansas - food
3rd: Casey's General Store, Peculiar, Missouri - gas & a bit of travel stuff
3rd: Kum & Go, Joplin, Missouri - travel stuff
4th: Casey's General Store, Springdale, Arkansas - more gas
4th: Sassy's Red House, Fayetteville, Arkansas - ok food
5th: War Eagle Cavern, Rogers, Arkansas - not worth seeing & the tour guide was a religious nut
5th: Smokin Joes, Rogers, Arkansas - good food
6th: Hampton, Fayetteville, Arkansas - gotta sleep somewhere
6th: Cosmic Cavern, Berryville, Arkansas
6th: White Oak Station, Berryville, Arkansas - gas & stuff
6th: Talking Rocks Cavern, Branson West, Missouri
6th: Main Street Flea Market, Branson, Missouri - some books is all. I didn't see too much downtown that tempted me.
Fuddruckers, Springfield, Missouri - very good burger.
Kwik Zone, Mound City, Missouri - gas. I messed up and almost ran out of gas in the middle of the night. 12.928 gallons and while the web says it's got a 14.4 gallon tank I've never run that low and I'm pretty sure I didn't have another gallon left of driving. Massive amount of panicking.


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Went into the attic for the 1st time today. I've stuck my head up there before and decided NOPE! Managed to stay ambitious today because I will have a couple things done so wanted to see it all myself. Of course I forgot a camera. And forgot to cover my head with something.
Small access hole. Lots of spider webs, but they looked old and I didn't see any spiders or any other bugs. HotHotHotHot.
The vents on the north & south sides are both dirty and need cleaned off.
The bathroom vent either needs vented to outside or at the least lifted up. Right now it's sitting down between the joists with insulation all around it. I didn't think to turn it on before going up so I don't know how well it's pulling air. Made the mistake of moving it a bit so when I got back down I had to push the vent back up from the bathroom. It's back to hanging down 1/2" on one side just like it used to.
I think the house used to have a skylight or something. Anybody recognize what this would have been? Square on the roof and under that a hole in the attic floor that leads to dead space in my kitchen roof. Lying there with the trash is a window with 4 rectangular panes and also a screen of the same size. Now that I know for certain that is just dead space in my kitchen ceiling I'm more curious why it's there. Why wouldn't you just continue the 8 1/2' ceiling that's in the rest of the house? Instead from the center line I've got a 7' ceiling extending out 44", then it goes up to the regular height. Knock that out and I could put a shelf along there for cookbooks, or something else I don't use.
There is also a long handled squeegee up there. I thought about bringing it down but didn't.
None of the electrical junction boxes are covered.
Wondering what some of the pipes are for. Maybe the gas line went up to the attic and came down to the kitchen at one time. Now the gas line comes in the east side of the basement and only goes to the furnace so any other lines in the house are remnants.
One of the 2x4s from the roof to the floor joists is loose. Found that out when I touched it to keep my balance. I'm glad I was just being safe as I walked. Had I tried to catch myself I would have gone down. Home inspector mentioned maybe increasing support for roof, so maybe I'll ask the insulators about that. Probably not something they do but no harm in asking. I've learned a lot by asking whoever was here all kinds of questions.
Went from climbing down the ladder straight to the shower. I think I'll leave those clothes in the tub so they don't make my dirty clothes filthy.
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I got the 3rd of my new(to me) bookcases set up today. I think I'm happy where they all are. I'm 90% done with arranging my books now. The new ones need another shelf added since all bookcases come with too few shelves; sure I have books that are 12" tall but not many and I don't need 14" clearance on all my shelves.

I also learned the south side kitchen power outlets are on the same circuit as the furnace. Furnace, Fridge, & Popcorn Popper makes too many. I'm surprised this hasn't come up yet but I suppose the Furnace & Fridge are both intermittent and I probably was popping corn when one hit the startup cycle and so used more juice. 
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Tour guide was a religious nut. Every 3rd or 4th explanation was The Flood. No understanding of how any of the big changes happen. Inaccurate with a couple of the pre-white details that makes the rest of his stories automatically more questionable. Cave system also not impressive. At least as far as the tour goes. It would be a 15-20 minute tour without the stories.
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