Construction Journal Entry Week of 6/26/22

6/27-7/2/22 I went up to Camp Serendipity for six days: Monday through Saturday.

I arrived at 11:30, brought my gear up in two trips, including one in a wheelbarrow. The temperature outside was 73 degrees. I hoisted the flag and then unpacked my gear. I had a light lunch and then took a nap. I felt weak but I felt OK. When I got up, I practiced the piano. I did not have much of an appetite.

On Tuesday I felt tired and weak again. I had a small breakfast and then practiced the piano, listened to the radio, and did some napping. I had a small green smoothie for lunch, and it didn't go down well. After my nap I practiced the piano and then Robert called. He advised me to work as much as I felt like and to disinfect everything in the cabin. Then I walked down to the street where workers were installing a fiber conduit.

On Wednesday I slept in and felt a little better. Robert called again to check on me. Then I went outside and weed wacked the bushes along the concrete staircase and some amount of the driveway below. I talked to the workers installing the conduit. Then I practiced the piano before having lunch and a nap. When I got up, I practiced the piano and did some writing.

At 8:00 o'clock there was a loud knock at the door. It was Barb and Byron who were pretty frantic. They informed me that my phone was dead, and that Ellen was unable to get ahold of me, so she had called them. The phone line was evidently damaged by the crew that was digging in the street. Since the phone was dead. I went to bed without talking to Ellen.

On Thursday morning the phone was still dead. I went down and talked with the workers, and they explained that they had damaged the phone line and they had called for service. I tried to call Ellen but my cell phone didn't work at the school bus turn around or at Ron Sideritz's place. I came back home, whacked weeds, and then had my lunch. The workers had quit and had parked three vehicles on my property. I had given them permission for that.

I drove back to Ron Sideritz's trying to get cell phone service and failed and since I couldn't talk to Ellen, I was getting desperate. I decided to drive up to Barb and Byron's and borrow their phone but when I got to my driveway, there was a Ziply guy working. I talked with him quite a while. I borrowed his telephone to call Ellen and explained my predicament. He seemed sympathetic and told me he thought he could hotwire my phone. After a short while he succeeded, and my phone service was restored. I talked to Ellen and told her the good news and then Robert called. Just as I was talking to Robert, Byron and Barb showed up at the door and invited me out to dinner. I dropped everything and we went to the Squirrel Tree and had a great dinner. I called Ellen and learned that she had gotten COVID. We decided it would be best if I stayed one more day, so I plan to go home on Saturday.

On Friday I went out and whacked weeds in the morning and then Robert called, and we talked. I practiced the piano, listened to the radio and then had my lunch and a nap. When I got up, I went into the woods and saw that the salt was in good shape. Paul's irrigation valve had stopped so I opened it enough to reestablish the dribble. Then I checked on Runty and was surprised at how well it's doing. Then I proceeded into the woods, turned the mirror to light up Brian, and then took 5 gallons of water up to Andrew. Back in the cabin I called Earl and let him know about my troubles. He said he might be over for a visit, but he did not show up.

On Saturday I vacuumed the loft and the loft staircase and gathered up all the bedding to bring home to wash. Ellen called and told me that John had tried to get a hold of me, so I gave John a call and we had a long conversation catching him up on my activities. Then I finished vacuuming the first floor, had my lunch and left for home at 12:30. Another interesting week.

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