Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Today's Job Jar

1) Fix Fence
The deer have been getting in through the back corner of the fence for the past couple of weeks. It has not been a priority because there were no flowers to eat. A couple of days ago Kelly came for a visit and told me the deer were eating the bulbs.
The bank at the back is a 60 degree slope of wet grass and mud. Very hard to climb, specially with my bad knees and balance but... it had to be done. I could not see the damage from the yard so I had no idea of what I needed to repair it. I climbed up to discover the deer had been jumping up on the fence and weighing it down with their bellies over time. They had it down to 3 - 4 feet. I climbed down and got an eight foot steel post, a sledge hammer, some wire fencing twists and climbed back up.
It is impossible to hammer in an 8 foot post from the ground but you can usually plunge a foot or so into the soft soil by hand. except on this one piece of hard ground. My "plunge" only got it in an inch or two and I could not hammer a foot and a half above my head. The ground was slightly higher on the other side of the fence so I pushed it down even more and climbed over. I may have got it into the ground maybe a foot before my head started spinning. It was the best I could do! I got back on the right side, raised the wire fence as best I could and tied it off. It is a long way from perfect but it might hold until I can talk Brooks and LindaLee Matthews Randle into coming up for a working visit. In the meantime I am wiped out. I am too old for this shit!


  1. When planting a metal stake like that use a post driver rather then a sledge. They are available at TSC or Campaign Offices around you.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It'a about time.