Spring like weather with 30 degree swing from day to night.
The biggest factor has been the wind. This week it came blowing through here at 100 mph. Well, OK …maybe not that bad …but it seemed like it.
A few weeks ago wind destroyed the shelter I had made for my dogs. This week I managed to get that completely rebuilt with a few design modifications that seem to work.
The stress level on LZ Jerry has been higher than usual for the last few weeks, but this week on my 1 to 5 scale it was between a 3 to 4. 1 being normal and 5 being worst case scenario.
Had to deal with civilians which always raises the stress level but the combination of civilians, cold, wind, and loss of my water supply for over 24 hours was what brought it up so high.
Don’t misunderstand, LZ Jerry is totally self sufficient. I use creek water in situations like this, but don’t really like having to carry 5 gal containers of water up from the creek.
There were a couple of days that were nice which allowed me to work on the dog shelter but when the water went out in late afternoon it was a bad to worse situation. It got down to 16 degrees that night.
The next day the wind started and it seemed, while working on the water station, that no amount of clothes would keep me warm. That was especially true when working hard enough to get hot, then taking off clothes to cool down only to be cold again.
The bottom line is plumbing is not one of my favorite things. The irony being in the SCUBA business I was constantly building fill stations and gas mixing equipment using pressures as high as 5000psi. (to give a little perspective a car tire is usually 35-40psi).
Today my hands are sore with numerous cuts and abrasions and the rest of my body is telling me; Jerry you’re a fucking old man, but my mind is telling me; you’re fucking infantry and you can do anything.
I guess I’ll just have to wait and see who wins.
The good thing is, the sky is the bluest of blue, the sun is out, Lake Jerry is still full of fish waiting to be caught, and Mack’s Creek is running crystal clear.
It’s Friday and the fridge is full of cold beer. The Daytona race is just around the corner.
In summary; LZ Jerry is still a liberal free zone. It’s Friday! It could get drunk out tonight.
Life is good on LZ Jerry
Update on dog shelter; 02/16/17 wind, rain, & snow has not affected the new shelter and is still standing today