When I woke up this morning ... it was to the sound of a baler working in the field just to the north of us (the field we're in the process of buying). The photo at right was taken a few days ago, right after the field was first mowed. Tim had it mowed with very wide windrows, to speed up the drying. Since then it's been raked twice to turn over the windrows, fluff them up, and let them dry thoroughly. Then this morning was the baling. It was just barely daylight, and that baler was making short work of the baling job. Before the baler was even finished, there were two trucks with hay trailers out on the field, with 6 or 7 people working to load it all up. By the time I finished with my tea (and homemade apricot/pistachio biscotti!), the field was clear and I knew Tim would want to get the water going. So I walked out, met Tim on his way over to start putting down pipe, and the two of us got three strings of pipe up and running. The arthritis in his hands is keeping him from gripping anything, but otherwise his strength is at least 50% of normal, maybe better. Considering that two weeks ago he was down to about 5%, this seems almost miraculous. He did about half the work of moving the pipe this morning, where when he's 100% he does about 2/3 (because he's stronger than I am, and can move two pipes at once).
I did manage to get a bit of work done on the grill cabinet drawers over the past few days. I'm currently working on the two drawers for the center unit of the cabinet. That's one of them at left, having it's bottom (1/2" birch plywood) glued on, with 25 lb. bags of lead shot as “clamps”. In addition to the work on the drawers themselves, I also got the four cabinet half of the rails installed. I'd made a jig for this on the first two shelves, and this greatly simplified the rail installation I did yesterday. Hooray for jigs!
I sold some of our index-fund ETFs yesterday, in preparation for buying our neighbor's place. Those ETFs were purchased in early 2014, over four years ago. I was surprised by the capital gains on them – over a 100% gain on each of the three ETFs I sold. The stock market has been very good to us in our retirement. Well, so far, anyway...
Hoping to make some progress on those drawers this morning!