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  • An Annotated List for a Trip Ashore

    Leaving from the Back Beach at 6:30 (low tide)
    Boat loaded the day before with trash, broken window, broken lawnmower...
    Back at 12:30 (high tide)

    Portland Glass
    • Drop off window with broken glass (four feet by five feet). Now there is a square chunk of granite so when the screen door is caught by the nor’east wind it can’t swing into the window.

    At Put’s Chain Saw Shop
    • Drop off mom and dad’s mower. Something is bound up tight inside.

    • Pick up our mower. The guy wrote, ‘Hit Something’ on the tag he attached to the handle. I didn’t bother to tell him it was a repeat occurrence. Soon as he sees the blade, he'll know.

    • Pick up chain saw if it turned out to be fixable. He said a lot of customers were bringing in the 250s and trading them in for the ‘easy-start’ model. He said it had the highest compression of the ‘homeowner’ range of saws and people found it hard to start them. I asked him if he meant I was getting old cause I’d been running the saw just fine for the 10 years since I bought it from the owner of the shop.

    • New chainsaw even if the old one is fixed. This way we’ll have a saw Carly can start. She said, ‘Yay, now you can teach me to cut down trees.

    • 2 pulpwood log carriers to carry the section of log to make the new raised beds. Carly asked how many we’d need. I thought; six-16 foot sections for a side, times two sides, and maybe three or four rounds high. And four beds. And the ends, don't forget the ends…. A lot, I said.

    • New chain for the chain saw because that is a lot of trees and there is firewood too now that Carly and Claire are staying on until November or later.

    • 1 box chain files

    • Fiberglass axe handle, splitting wood is hard on handles and the old one is slipping off.

    At Hardware Store
    • Outdoor wood screws but not the long ones I have shit loads of those

    • Cat’s paw to replace the one that went AWOL. New policy in place for lending tools: Write it down.

    • Hardware cloth to finish making the drying racks for seaweed, rose, bay, and balsam (but maybe plastic mesh if it is strong enough and small enough so rose petals won’t fall through)

    • Cover crop seeds to build the soil in the new raised beds but not clover we’ll never get rid of it and not winter rye because that time I hauled bales of it I got a horrific rash.

    • Spikes to nail together logs for raised beds

    • 1 roll of 6 inch aluminum flashing to go around where I removed the trim and took out the broken window.

    • 1 box inch and a half shingle nails to nail the window back in when it comes back with new glass.

    • Auto body filler to patch the window trim that was taken off without the cat’s paw so the broken window could be replaced

    • T-junction, hose clamps and connectors and tap for garden hose. With running water we will be able to water the garden without carrying buckets for the first time.

    • Lye for soap making

    At the Grocery Store (for supper tonight)
    • Strawberries
    • Cream
    • Salmon steaks
    • Green veg
    (and in general)
    • Bagels
    • Coffee
    • Milk
    • Grapefruit juice (just for a treat)
    • Wine many boxes
    • Beer as well
    • Butterfinger candy bars (the mini kind to add to the mix in the big jar)

    (Original list was written on a scrap of clapboard but was left behind.)
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