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  • Wow! Just typed in the date and realized only 16 more days to Halloween! Guess it's time to break out the hanged man, the scary recordings and a few other tidbits. I already have a black cat, although she is such a pig when it comes to her food bowl she would hardly scare anyone. Bug them for attention perhaps, but definitely not scare them.

    Routine aerobics day, did my 60 bicycles, 150 situps and spent 32 minutes on the Gazelle listening to the FM oldies channel to see if I was missing anything. Nope. Commercials, contests, and the continuous recycling of chart toppers from the 60's – 70's – 80's that makes up most of the canned radio market. Glad I got the workout in early, because the afternoon was a workout all by itself.

    The photos here are the back of my garage, where I am currently in the process of adding a concrete footing/barrier against rodents. During the winters in the past they have actually dug through the siding (two layers, the newer vinyl and the older wood) to escape the cold. We lay out rat poison and traps, of course, but we would rather not have to deal with the problem. While I enjoy feeding corn to the squirrels, the rats are another story.

    I hear the shrieking already. “You have rats? Ewwwww!” Don't look now, folks, but so do you. Rats are one of the most prolific and persistent species on the planet. They feed on almost anything, including one another, and have managed to elude all attempts at extermination for centuries.

    Getting back to the afternoon, the form (the frame around the base of the garage) was built yesterday using some scrap wood I had in the garage. I started with 5-50 pound bags of concrete and will need at least 4 more to finish. But when it is done, there will be a six inch concrete wall preventing the little darlings from penetrating the wall.

    Mixing the concrete is quite a task, since I do not own a cement mixer. Instead, I purchased a paddle attachment for my drill and have been mixing the concrete in a 5 gallon bucket, which takes a considerable amount of effort even if the drill is doing the mixing. You see, you have to move it around in the bucket constantly or not all of the concrete gets mixed and you end up with wasted materials. Not that concrete is that expensive, but when you have to do all the work manually, it is not something you want to have to redo.

    Tomorrow I return to my weight bench, and I will be interested to see how well I do with the additional labor I did today. Hopefully, the weights will seem easier by comparison. Probably not, but one can hope.

    I hope you all have had a blessed day.

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