Days 36-42: Fill, Gravel & More Arachnids

Monday, 9/5
Merry Labor Day, y’all.  We were open at Bean Vivant so that we could celebrate the joys of working.

Tuesday, 9/6
Brian selected our gravelsman and ordered 12 yards of fill and 12 yards of gravel (that has been  variously described as 3/4-, 3/4 half and lime chip).  Brian met the truck driver to show him where to dump the stuff, returned to work for a bit and then went home early to move our tarp-covered piles of tri-ply out of the way.  Unfortunately, he found that half of the pieces were covered with mold.  Bummer.  The driver delivered the fill and planned to return Wednesday with the gravel.

Discovery on the tri-ply pile:

Discovery in the tri-ply pile: a very tiny pseudoscorpion a.k.a. book scorpion

Wednesday, 9/7
We watched the gravelsman drive by the shack around midday with our gravel.  The owner of the business stopped by Bean Vivant a few hours later for payment.  Onto step two – schedule the guy to smoosh around the material with a bobcat.  We went with a different company, who turned out to be the son of the gravelsman.  Funny little town.

The hurricane/tropical storm also arrived overnight so we woke to Pacific Northwest-esque drizzly rain weather.  It picked up around midday, tapered off and then proceeded to continue that pattern all afternoon.

Thursday, 9/8
Normal work day.

Caterpillar found near front door.

Caterpillar found near front door.

Friday, 9/9
Scary morning – We came across a living vinegaroon (Class Arachnida, Order Thelyphonida) on our morning walk!!!  It seriously looked like it fell from outer space and/or a time portal to prehistoric times.

We were expecting the bobcatsman to call us to schedule the bobcat work but to no avail.  We learned this lesson earlier in our project but it still hasn’t sunk in.  Contractors do not work or answer their phones on Fridays (or Saturdays and Sundays).

Vinegaroon/whip scorpion on Cheyenne Street

Vinegaroon/whip scorpion on Cheyenne Street

Saturday, 9/10
Work, laundry, maintenance at el shack-ola and grocery shopping.  And now you sleep!

After being reprimanded for trying to attack Brian, Fred flew into a corner, ran out of flight space and then landed on this lamp cord.

After being reprimanded for trying to attack Brian, Fred flew into a corner, ran out of flight space and then landed on this lamp cord.

Sunday, 9/11
Very productive day.  We found a pair of awesome furniture pieces that act as seats and (front-opening) storage trunks.  They are 30″x 30″ on the top and 20″ tall.  After bringing them home, we moved around the stuff along the south wall so that we could put the chests into position.  THEN, we unpacked several boxes!!  Yay for unpacking!

Next up, we moved the trim outside, primed, waited, painted, waiting and then painted again. That was basically the whole day.  Between trim sessions, we moved stuff down from the bathroom storage floor, cleaned and organized.

New furniture "chests". They are solid wood and we got the pair for just $15!!!!

New furniture “chests”. They are solid wood and we got the pair for just $15!!!!  [Organization in progress all around.]

Front view of the chests - they work as a window seat and storage area. They are also great as a place to sit and put your shoes on.

Front view of the chests – they work as a window seat and storage area. They are also great as a place to sit and put your shoes on.

It seemed appropriate to use one of our beautiful bird side-tables to hold the bird food, near the bird cage. I hope Fred appreciates it.

It seemed appropriate to use one of our beautiful bird side-tables to hold the bird food, near the bird cage. I hope Fred appreciates it.  [Follow-up:  The following Thursday morning, around 4:45am, Fred grabbed the cashew jar, picked it up and dropped it on the tile.  It shattered and threw both cashews and glass all over.  Thanks Fred.]

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