Cool and damp again, hopefully the clear will hold for another day or two. We are in the rain zone in the national forecast today and tomorrow, but that will suck for driving to the BOL with a loaded truck. It was clear most of the day yesterday but a front came in very dramatically and it got dark early… no rain but SOLID cloud bank.
I did my errands, and a few other things. Like starting to put out some decorations. I got some more of the Halloween stuff put back in the attic too. Didn’t make sense to put it away in front of the Christmas stuff.
Then in the evening I had a prepper fail. Wife and kids will be at Girl Scout camp this weekend so she told me to fill up a couple of 1 pound propane bottles. No problem. Except that I have one full BBQ tank and 4 empties at the moment. I’ve been moving tanks to the BOL, and only taking a couple at a time to get refilled. And I got behind. Compounding the issue, the full tank leaks when I put the transfer hose on it. So that was a no-go. The tank in the grill was almost out and didn’t have enough left to fill even one small bottle. 10 empty small bottles, two part full, no way to refill. Yeah, I moved about a dozen to the BOL, but I should have seen that I was leaving home short.
So I need to fill the BBQ bottles I have here. Then determine if the refill hose is faulty. Then fill or replace a bunch of 1 pound bottles so we can fuel the stoves and Mr Heater Lil Buddy heaters if needed. And all in a hurry because I lost track of it. In my defense, it seems that my wife used the hose to refill some small bottles at some point in the past, without letting me know. I don’t know if the hose leaked at that point or if something failed or is missing as a result of it being used. I’m not happy about the whole mess. I should probably bite the bullet and buy a case of 1 pounders just to be sure we have some.
Cut my hair and trimmed the beard. That wahl trimmer kit has paid for itself in money, time, and convenience many times over. It helps that I wear a crew cut and am comfortable with that. It’s a straightforward clipper cut. My barber is asking $20 per cut now. He was $12 when I started with him in ’03.
All my running around is complicated by the freezer and dishwasher in the back of my truck. I might have to just run around town with them loaded to get everything done before heading up.
It’s always something. Need to get some groceries too. On the plus side, Costco had gas for $2.49/gal. Filled the Expedition. THAT ain’t cheap.
And since we’re on the topic of fuel, I need to start rotating my stored gasoline and cleaning up any that has gotten contaminated with water over the summer. More joy. I did pick up a new 5 gallon jug for storage. The 5 gal. plastic Blitz cans have a definite lifespan. The welded seam at the top of the handle always seems to fail eventually, so I need to start replacing cans too. Commander Zero likes the nato style metal cans, but they are a bit spendy for my taste. I’ll make due with plastic, and just replace them when they fail.
I better get the kids out the door and get started on something.
Stack what you need. Check your stacks. Replace what has failed.