Providence strikes again – Paint Sprayer Discount

pntspryrI’m constantly amazed how often the things I need come to me free or cheap when the time is right.

All you have to do is have patience and wait.  They say good things come to those who wait.  I think it is totally true.


sdngI put off starting a big project of replacing the siding on the front of my house for so many years.  It was starting to rot where the water splashes on it from the porch roof.  It needed to be done before I go to sell the house and time is getting short so I decided to get it done.

I got the bright idea to buy a paint sprayer.  I could totally do this with a brush but next year when I’m building my new house, I’ll need a sprayer anyway.  The best thing I could find would be a good looking Graco sprayer from Home Depot for $260.  Fine.  Totally worth it.

Today I gen an email from Harbor Freight with a coupon to buy one almost exactly the same for only $169.  Dude!  Love it!  The reviews are good and I’ve never had any problems with HF stuff.  It even uses the Graco sprayer tip and parts.   I’m going to pick it up this week.  Noice!



Extra land sold in just a few days!

intmnyWooooooo!  My land sold for a lot more than I bought it for!

I originally bought 8 acres of land in the country at $11,000 an acre.  I didn’t need that much but it is hard to find small acreage.   I divided it in two parts, kept what I wanted and listed the other part just the other day.  The real estate agent just called me and said it sold for full asking price!!!  Should have asked more.

I knew it would sell quickly because of its scarcity plus it has a nice pond on it.   We listed it for $16,200.  A nice profit of $5200 an acre.  That means my total cost after the 6% fee to the realtor is only $5211 per acre or $18,000 total.  Shit yeah!  That will pay for the water, septic and electricity installation and still have some left over.  Free money!

I love it when a plan comes together… plus a bonus!


Land Cleared! DONE!


The people I hired came out to use the big machine to clear out all my land.  I met them there at 8:00 Wednesday morning and they set to work.  It was HOT!!!  A 100 degree day.  Fortunately for him the cab is air conditioned because he worked a straight 9 hours to get half of it done.  I spent most of the time sitting in the shade but at the end of the day I felt like I did a ton of work.  Sweating must take a lot of energy.

They came back the next day to the the rest of my keep lot and most of the lot I have to sell.  That will make it easier for the buyer to see it and it should sell quickly.  I’m hoping to get $15,000 an acre.

It seems like slow progress but it has only been a month or so.  Nice.


Land Clearing – On the Other Side

Today I was scheduled to meet with the man who is going to use the big equipment to clear out the brush on my new property.   He cancelled because it was supposed to be rainy.

Rather than cancel my scheduled day off, I decided to keep it.  It has been a long time since I’ve had a vacation day.

Since it was cloudy and sprinkley, I decided it was a perfect day to be outside since the relentless sun was taking a break.   I loaded up my car and headed out there.

My fist stop was at the County offices where I asked again to make sure that I correctly understood that there were no building codes or permits required to build a house except for a driveway permit and a septic tank permit.  I already had the driveway permit so they gave me the paperwork for the septic.  This is good!

I headed out to the property where I was able to park on the driveway entrance since it now exists.  First time parking off the street!

I first trimmed a few bushes right at the fence entrance area to make it more open.  Nice!

My mission today was to use my brush cutter blade on the weed-eater to smooth down all the tiny tree trunks to avoid tire damage and allow me to use a mower to keep the weeds at bay.

I doused myself liberally with bug spray to ward off the little Red-bug beasts.  These no-see-um’s will get your ankles and waist area and itch for two weeks or more.  They are much like mosquito bites.  Perhaps worse.  Want to avoid that.

Fortunately, the hot summer sun had baked the weeds to death so they hadn’t grown much since my last visit.  I walked around and had at all the stumps that I could find until the ground was smooth and tire-safe.   I used my regular weed-eater with a heavy duty tip to cut down the rest of the weeds in the area.

Snake!!!  I cut off his head with the machine.  First snake!  Scary!  Need to be careful!   Sorry Snakey but, No Snakes!   I’ll have to put up a sign.

After a few hours of work I was satisfied with the smoothness of the shave so I brought my car all the way in.  YAY!  Not having driven on this dirt before I was worried about sinking in and getting stuck but it wasn’t a problem even with the moisture.  It wasn’t muddy per se.  The dirt is a bit sandy so I don’t think “Mud” will ever be an issue.  Once it packs down it will be even more drive-able.

I’m satisfied for now.  We are rescheduled for next week for the guy to come clear the rest.


Driveway Culvert Done!!

It was a cloudy Sunday morning so I decided I would try to beat the sun and get some work done.  I hit the road and headed out to my property to see if I could get some of the gravel spread over the new culvert pipe that was delivered yesterday.  Even though the sun was threatening to come out from behind the thinning clouds I set to work.

I probably spent about an hour shoveling and raking while taking a lot of breaks.  The humidity was 88% so your sweat really doesn’t evaporate.  I kept stopping to towel off and drink some cold ice tea.   I got quite a bit done before I admitted defeat for the day.  I’m going to be sore tomorrow.

Before leaving I decided to walk into the property and rest under a shady oak tree.  I took off all my clothes and hung my sweat-soaked underwear on a tree limb to dry a bit while appreciating the breeze.  After a few minutes I heard some heavy equipment coming down the street.  I had a good feeling so I got dressed and headed out to the road.

A neighbor ad seen me toiling and came to my rescue.  Alfred, my next-door neighbor who owns 15 acres, made short work of smoothing out the pile with his Kubota tractor.

Alfred is a really nice guy.  We talked for a little while before he had to go pick up his wife from Church.  I gave him some money because he saved me so much time and work.  It was really nice to meet him.  The people I’ve met out here are the best people ever.  I feel more and more like I belong here and have been totally out of place living in the city for 50 years.  I knew this but was not in any position to do anything about it until now.

The culvert and driveway entrance are now done.  I can cross that off my list and stop thinking bout it.  Now I can at least drive onto the property.  It’s a relief to finally get it taken care of.

My next step will be to have someone come in and clear the rest of the land.  I found a guy who will do it for around $1400.  All the saplings will be shredded and I won’t even have to gather and burn them.  I think I will have that done next month.  I’m already impressed with what I’ve gotten accomplished.  I wish I had more time and cooler weather.  Stupid sun!


Culvert Pipe Installation

I didn’t expect to get this much done today.  It was a Saturday and my Mom, Sister, Aunt and Uncle were wanting to see my land.  I picked up my mom and headed out to the country.  We picked up my sister and then stopped at my Aunt and Uncle’s house nearby.

My Uncle has a 16 foot trailer so we went to D&D supply. (Not what you’re thinking.)  They had a pipe in stock.  The price was $199 plus tax.  We loaded one up and took it out to my place.  It was as simple as taking it off the trailer and kicking it into the ditch.

I took them on a tour of the land.  All I’ve cleared so far was the driveway but from there they could get the feel of it.  It was getting hot.  It was 102 degrees today so it was good that we got an early start.

I called a sand and gravel company nearby not even sure they were open on a Saturday.  They answered and had what I needed and were able to deliver today so I went with it.  The price of 10 yards of Flex-Base fill was $280 including delivery.  More than I expected but worth it to get it over with.   About an hour later they called and I met the truck there.  It took only a few minutes for the guy to dump the load right on top of the pipe.

At least I don’t have to worry about someone stealing the pipe now.  I’ll come back either one evening after work or next Saturday morning and see if I can get it spread out and leveled.  It might take a few trips for one person to do that.  We’ll see.

Now that I know for sure where the driveway entrance will be I’ll cut the barbed-wire fence and should be able to drive onto the property.  YAY!  That’s a big step.  It’s nice to have this much taken care of.


Slowing down my retirement plans a little

slwsnThe more I think about it, the more it seems like the right idea.

I just bought my 3.5 acres of heaven in the country last month and I have been rushing to get things done in preparation of starting my new life in January.

I’ve done a fair amount of brush clearing myself but is is now officially WAY to hot to be outside in Texas.


Temperatures are soaring over 100 degrees and it’s only May.  Does this portend a very unpleasant summer?  Possibly and most likely.  As an alternative I planned to either rent the big equipment or pay someone to do the job.  Either way is expensive and I hate not doing things myself.

There’s much more to it.  For everything to be in place, I would need the driveway culvert installed, the water hook up, electricity hook up and the foundation slab engineered and installed all by January.  Technically it could be done but it would be a rush and a pain.  Had my land purchase happened quickly it could have been easily accomplished over last winter.

Alternatively, I could push back my new life just one more year.  I really wanted to end my suffering in the city quickly but I guess if I lasted 50 years I guess I could go one more and still be retiring early while I’m still relatively young enough to enjoy it.  OK.  I’m talking myself into it.  One more year of sufferage.  It will suck but it may be best.

Starting in October or November, when the planet begins to cool again, I can get out there and get the rest cleared out.   Then I can just enjoy the land for a bit.  Park my RV out there and have weekend getaways while having the water and power installed.  That will also give me time to buy a truck and manage other preparations.  I’ll also have another year of salary in the bank for good measure.  There is still much to do to prepare my old house for sale as well.

Over the next summer I can get plans in place for the foundation and get that done by mid winter.  If done earlier, it can sit and wait for cooler weather.   In the Fall I can start framing on weekends and stick it out until the end of the year for my bonus check then sayonara suckers!

I think this will work.  Best not to rush things and waste money unnecessarily.  It’s also better for my stress level.  Make it so Number One.