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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6660 on: December 29, 2018, 02:30:59 am »
Nice work on that table mr Zog  :thumleft: All you need is some wood tools and maybe start making furniture? palet furniture for outside?

I have lots of wood tools, and I can get pallets for free all over.

My biggest issue is time. I have many jobs to do around the house, and most of them need to be done before the start of Hurricane season in 5 months (like fixing the side fences and securing the shutters properly), and with the plumbing job I am working 12 - 14 hours most days. And on call every 3rd week. So that leaves me very little time to do stuff like making furniture for resale.

But you have a good point, definitely something I can look into...

Any ideas on what kinds of stuff I can make that will sell locally?  :peepwall:   Remember we live amongst a load of rednecks, who love fishin' and huntin' and camo and BIG trucks and stuff...   :deal:   Maybe some kind of fold-up camping chair?

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Search Pinterest you will find plenty examples!!  :thumleft:


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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6661 on: December 29, 2018, 02:34:47 am »
Ok, so it's Friday night.

Was a short week, because I had Monday and Tuesday off, but it felt loooong  :imaposer:

I'm on call for the next 7 days, so no chance to take the boat out again, but I'll try see if I can take Tom down to the lagoon sometime this weekend and see if we have any luck.

Also have several "honey-do's" to get done the weekend.

I'm starting to get sad because Tom flies home in a week. It's been so frikken lovely having him around.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6662 on: December 29, 2018, 07:58:52 am »
Leave the sadness for when Tom IS gone, mate.
Until then, seize every moment of happiness you have together.

The past is mere memories.
The future is not assured.
Right now is a real gift - that is why we call it "The Present"!

Your time with Tom will come.
Make memories with him now so he will yearn to be with you when that time comes around.
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« Reply #6663 on: December 29, 2018, 08:29:10 am »
Leave the sadness for when Tom IS gone, mate.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6664 on: December 29, 2018, 10:18:18 am »
Procrastinator's 1st rule: why do today that which you can comfortably do tomorrow?

Never put off unto tomorrow that which you can put off unto the day after...?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6665 on: December 29, 2018, 01:14:40 pm »
Leave the sadness for when Tom IS gone, mate.

Procrastinator's 1st rule: why do today that which you can comfortably do tomorrow?


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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6666 on: December 31, 2018, 02:02:06 am »
So another weekend is ISM...

But it was a good one  :biggrin:

Saturday morning I had to do some chores, then I went to Bass Pro Shops to pay my outboard engine instalment, and Wallmart for a couple of small jobbies. Then back home where Tom and I took down the outside Christmas lights, and cleaned out the gutter over the little porch on my workshop. Then I got a callout for work, but it was an easy job, I was done in an hour.

By then it was around lunch time, and we decided to go fishing  :biggrin:

So Tom and I packed up the gear, and used Mrs Zog's new little car to get to the dock at the boat launch on the Indian River Lagoon. (my truck is parked at the shop in Melbourne, I have my work-van at home the weekend). We stopped at the little "bait-and-tackle" shop near the launch and got a couple of live shrimp for bait.

We had an awesome afternoon fishing. Tom caught 12 fishes, with 6 different species. They were; Yellowtail Snapper, Ladyfish, Redfish, Catfish, and a small Skate/Ray! I got a few less than him, and this made him really chuffed with himself  :imaposer:

We got home after dark, and on the way home Tom asked if we could go again Sunday. So Sunday morning I woke him up at 6am  :pot:  :imaposer:  (it was still fully dark  :biggrin:  ) and we got dressed and went back to the same spot. Again a few live shrimp for bait, and today Tom got 14 fishes! Including a small Jack Crevalle! It gave him quite a pull!

Back home around noon, unpacked the gear, and got busy with more chores. Tom vacuumed the house while I tidied it up, and repaired the slow-draining drain in the basin in the bathroom. Then I dug up the old paving stones that were under the step at the side door to my workshop. They were skew and cockeye and just not right. I got the ground under them properly level and relaid them. Now the wooden step is nice and level and doesn't slide around when I step on it anymore.

When that was done, and while I was still in a digging mood, I dug a soakaway drain next to my shed below where I still want to mount the washbasin I salvaged from the old house. I git it down around 5 feet deep, then lined it with a 5 inch corrugated pipe that I had drilled about 200 10mm holes in, and dropped in a whole bunch of gravel stones around it to aid the drainage. I had to cover the new hole in the ground with an old trailer rim and tyre to stop Sammy digging it out again  :eek7:  :imaposer:

Then the dogs got a bath, and I had a shower. They were very stinky  :o

Finally, I ended off the day with a braai  :drif:   I cooked up a few sausages, and a couple of steaks that my friend from Arizona had sent me. MAN!!! They were frikken awesome, rare for me, and medium rare for the wife. Tom got a piece of my medium rare, but he preferred the sausage. Philistine     :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Back to work tomorrow, I start off the day installing a new geyser. Eish.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6667 on: December 31, 2018, 02:49:29 am »
Lekker man!  :thumleft:

Happy new year to you Zog's!  :occasion14:
 

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« Reply #6668 on: December 31, 2018, 05:35:37 am »
That an underwater bat he got there? Interesting that they go for line bait  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6669 on: December 31, 2018, 06:13:20 am »
Fishing with your kid is just awesome!
Ironically my daughter was the best fisherman in my household after me!
Hope the new year just brings you more good things and happy times!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6670 on: December 31, 2018, 06:28:12 am »
Fantastic Gary  :thumleft:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6671 on: December 31, 2018, 08:14:32 am »
Priceless memories made!
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« Reply #6672 on: December 31, 2018, 11:19:06 am »
Nice  :thumleft:

I reckon 2019 is going to be good to the Zog's - it can only get better from here!
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« Reply #6673 on: January 01, 2019, 02:26:04 am »
Happy New Year y'all  :ricky:


It's still 2018 here, for about another 4 1/2 hours or so, but it already sounds like a war zone out there. Fireworks are sold everywhere in this State, even at Walmart, and I think most rednecks, hillbillies, and other assorted fine folk save up all year, and drink one beer less each day, so that they can burn thousands of $$$ each new years eve and 4th July.

The mind boggles, I saw fireworks at Walmart a couple of days ago, and they are effing EXPENSIVE  :eek7:   I dunno how they do it. Seriously.  And of course the fireworks are interspersed with random "celebratory" gunfire. They even had a banner on the news earlier that the authorities are requesting folks to refrain from the "celebratory gunfire". Really? ASKING them to REFRAIN?  It's not illegal you see... in this State you can fire your weapon anytime, just as long as you aim it in a safe direction. Like into the ground. A few minutes ago I heard some very rapid gunfire... almost like an auto... but that would be illegal. May have been a bumpstock. I dunno…


The good news is that Sammy is lying snoring at my feet on the carpet, and Maggie (who is usually super-hyper and barking at fireworks) is asleep in her basket. I don't know what happened there, maybe they just got gatvol of it all? Whatever it is, I'll take it. Peace and quiet on the canine front  :biggrin:

I had a long day at work. Started the geyser install at 8am sharp, and finished my last job (an after hours call-out) at 7pm. Now my belly is full because Mrs Zog sprang for pizza tonight  :drif: and I'm chilling on my camo lazyboy recliner with a brannas & coke  :ricky:   

If I don't get called out tomorrow I want to build the support frame for my workshop washbasin, and maybe even dig the trench for the water line...  :thumleft:

and a few other "honey-do's"  :lol8:

Have an awesome 2019 guys & girls, and thank you for taking the time to read this "blog"  :ricky:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #6674 on: January 01, 2019, 06:35:14 am »
Thank you for sharing Gary.
Have an awesome 2019!
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« Reply #6675 on: January 01, 2019, 07:55:30 am »
Happy new  year Mr Z  :thumleft:
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« Reply #6676 on: January 01, 2019, 10:21:19 am »
Have an awesome 2019 guys & girls, and thank you for taking the time to read this "blog"  :ricky:

May the best of 2018 be the worst of 2019 for the Zogs.  ;D

Tell me, does a "Zog blog" not become a ZLOG ?  :patch:
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« Reply #6677 on: January 01, 2019, 10:59:36 am »
A wonderful and prosperous year ahead for you and the whole family Gary.

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« Reply #6678 on: January 01, 2019, 11:19:47 am »
Quote :-  "thank you for taking the time to read this "blog".

Thank you for writing it, but where the hell do you find the time?  ???

Happy new year.
 

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« Reply #6679 on: January 01, 2019, 12:30:08 pm »
All the best for the new year, The Zogs and readers alike! May you all be blessed abundantly!

It's probably been about 5 or 6 months since I started reading your memoirs and I can honestly say I get excited every time I see there's a new post...

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