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RE: I'm back online!

Congrats on the plumbing job! Plumbing always is more work than you
think it will be.

I did nothing around the garden over the 3-day weekend. I may have to
start scheduling days off work, or cut back my other recreation!
Saturday we went to riding lessons, but they started late and weren't in
a big hurry so we didn't get home till mid-afternoon. Was a really nice
day though, not exactly warm but not windy. Sunday I went on a long hike
with my friend. I didn't realize, when I finally talked her into going
somewhere else besides the local hill, what I was creating. She's
anxious now to hike as much of the Pacific Crest Trail as we can get to
within a day's drive. So we did 8.5 miles, nice trail, saw only two
other people and a couple deer (around here, that's exciting). I'm not
exactly speedy going uphill so it took us over 4 hours, and was I tired
when we got back. Now she's looking at the next segment heading north
but geez, it's another 8 miles and some of it looks pretty steep...I'm
not sure my knees can take it.
The forecast had been tantalizing us with the promise of snow showers,
but we had been hoping to ride again Monday. It was drizzling at our
house but clear off to the east so we loaded the boys in the trailer and
off we went. Started out nice, but the wind picked up and we were
seriously cold by the time we got back. It couldn't have been more than
35 or so with wind chill. I spent the rest of the day thawing out.
Kind of disappointed it didn't snow, around here if you see a couple
flakes everyone panics and takes off work. Alas...but it's awfully
gloomy out there. Maybe later.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Theresa G.
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 7:30 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] I'm back online!

I finally have internet again!  Spent the weekend doing projects, some
painting, lots of messing with the sprinkler/water system.  Long
story....  Last summer I replaced the sprinkler valves with the
anti-siphon valves (seemed like a good idea).  Well, ever since the
valves bang everytime they open and shift to the next one.  I learned
that this is called "water hammer" and can damage plumbing.  So, got the

little part to install on the main sprinkler line and all the parts to
install it.  Should have taken me about 30 minutes.  Well, once I peeled

all of the pipe insulation off that area, it became obvious that the
sprinkler line off of the main water line was leaking and likely had
been for quite a while.  So little project turned into much bigger
project, 2 extra trips to the hardware store, several bruises, sore
muscles and hands, and about 4 hours I finally got it all fixed up.  I
have this fantasy that my water bill will be cheaper from now on (I
hope).  So for about 5 minute I thought that my sprinkler system was all

fixed- and then I realized that one of the sprinker/bubbler heads was
apparently broken off.  That is my job to tackle today.  It will be a
pain as it is located between tree roots and this giant overgrown
butterfly iris (which I really just want to dig out entirely).
On a positive note- my camellia has started to bloom : )


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