For 2019…

2019 the big messI don’t do New Years resolutions but I do have a lot of things planned for 2019. My brother and sister in-law got us going pretty good before they went back to China and I want to keep that going. It’s hard to believe we got so complacent over the years and them giving us a kick in the butt was a good thing. I have a problem with making to-do lists because I put too much stuff on them then nothing gets done. But here are some things i hope to get done in 2019…

Health, studies, and home…

I really need to lose about 20 lbs and get in shape. The funny thing is, when I asked my 13 year old what he wants for Christmas this year he said weights and a punching bag. Really? OK I can love that idea. I don’t know where it came from but it’s a great idea. Something the whole family can do together. I don’t have a place to put it so I even decided to do something I swore I’d never do – give up my train table. It takes up a lot of space (hard to believe how big a 4×8 table seems when it’s in your living room) and if I get rid of it we’ll have plenty of room for a punching bag and a weight bench. Also more room to play ping pong…

Last year I got my technician class amateur radio license and started studying for my general class license but never finished. For 2019 I want to get my general class license. Also need to finish my FEMA training so I don’t get kicked out of CERT, and I want to learn to speak some Chinese.

As for home, other than cleaning and organizing there’s not a whole lot of things. I do want to convert our entry hall closet into a second pantry and do a lot of cooking and canning. Maybe even start brewing my own beer.

Yard

My brother and sister gave us a pretty good start on the yard, especially the back yard. We’ve got a nice shed put up (still need to finish the siding) and a chicken coop built (still need to put up a chicken run). My brother also helped me get rid of a huge bush in the front yard so we’d have room for a couple grape vines. So first things will be to finish the shed and chicken run.

When it gets warm next spring I want to put in a couple of grape vines. Hopefully we’ll get a lot earlier start on the garden than we did this year. We’ve got re-bar and PVC hoops over most of the raised beds so I’ll be able to put up Agribon after the last snow. I also want to build an automatic watering system, a water collection system, and put in a fire pit. IF there is time I’d also like to build a rabbit hutch.

Planes, trains, and automobiles…

I have a drone I started and never finished so I need to get that done. I also want to restore one of my grandpa’s control line airplanes. Maybe fly some model rockets with my son…

I’m giving up my train table but not giving up on having a layout. I want to put up a shelf layout in the garage, or at least have a portable switching layout.

I need to get my Buick running. Actually I have 4 vehicles i need to get running but I’ll settle for 2 running by the end of 2019 – the Buick and my dad’s old pickup. Speaking of which, I’ll need to take a road trip to get it. I’ve given up hope of getting my Barracuda running any time soon but I need to at least get it cleaned out (it’s being used as a storage container) and get the engine pulled. Maybe it will be running in 2020…

The Man Cave

I’m in the middle of cleaning and organizing my garage (a.k.a. the Man Cave). I just got a drill press and a band saw so i need to make room for them. I also have a router but I never put up a router table so I’ll need to do that. I haven’t decided whether to put my sewing machine in the garage or the house, but if it goes in the Man Cave I’ll need to make more room.

 

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