Good Rain Storm, Apricot Trees, Citrus, Dentist and Maybe Some Flooding

Wednesday February 12, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Big storm hits

That big storm came in last night and boy did it rain and it’s still raining.

Today I had a dentist appointment in the afternoon so with it still raining like hell I planned what I could to get done before the afternoon appointment.

My brother’s for apricot trees

I first was headed to Healdsburg to pick up three small apricot trees from  my brother Mike who had started them from seed.

Can’t go that way

I was going to go the back roads way and stay off the freeway so I took Eastside road which I thought would be high enough not to be effected from high water. I travelled a few miles down the road when I came to a flooded road closed sign so I turned around and headed back and hit the road to the freeway.

The rain was coming down like cats and dogs going up the freeway and the closer I got to Healdsburg the harder it was coming down.

It’s raining harder than it looks going up the freeway.rain

 

My brother’s place

It was raining even harder as I approached my brother’s house. He grows citrus trees for their fruit so I was hoping to get some of those too along with the apricot trees.

This was my view as I turned into his driveway raining hard.raining

 

Rounding up the trees

We had to go out into the rain and round up the three apricot trees and it was a a bit muddy. They barely fit into the car and I broke a lot of branches getting them in there but they’ll grow back. I need to get them planted in the next couple of days before I leave on my trip.

Yes I’ll take some fruit

My brother offered me some oranges and lemons so I got some of each.

I still had a long time until my afternoon dentist appointment so I went to Santa Rosa to a Chinese market and bought a bunch of instant noodles for my trip.

More shopping

It was still too early so I went to a large grocery store and did some more shopping for my trip.

Peaceful spot

After that I headed to Forestville where my Dentist works. I was still an hour and a half early so I pulled into the cemetery there to have a snooze until it was time for my appointment.

Snoozing

I snoozed here along with all the other people here. Of course they all snoozed much better than I.floweres

 

I left there when I had about a half hour to go for my appointment and headed to the dentist office.

Bad news at the dentist

I was hoping to just get an adjustment on  my last crown we did, but no, she had to find another bad tooth that would also need a crown replaced. I scheduled an appointment when I get back from my trip to Arizona.

I thought about getting this done in Mexico while I was down that way, but I don’t have papers to cross the border so that’s out.

It was still raining hard as I drove on home for the day.

Sounds like the area is going to get some flooding

I was hoping to maybe go for a yak tomorrow as the rain was supposed to let up a bit, but I hear it will likely flood around Guerneville tomorrow so if I was to go I’d only have to drive down the road about a mile to put in so the yakking is likely not going to happen.

My place is out of the flood zone thanks to my Great Grandfather not settling in the flood zone many years ago.

That was it for me today. I stayed fairly dry most of the time.

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Dirt Bike Ride, Garage Roof and Van Repairs and the Rat Trap Gets Made

Tuesday February 12, 2019 Guerneville CA.

Bike riding day

My brother’s motorcycle battery needed charging so it was a good day to go for a ride. It wasn’t raining yet but it was a bit on the cool side. I put on an extra extra shirt and found some gloves and I’m glad I did.

The bike started right up and I was off once I got through two gates.

This brush got a little help getting off the road.bike

 

This was one of the roads I took headed up to the ridge top to check out the view.trail2

 

Ridge top Guerneville view

It didn’t take long to get to the ridge top overlooking the town of Guerneville.ridgetop

 

This is what Guerneville looked like today with a big storm approaching.guerneville

 

It’s a cool day for sure.

I’m glad I had the gloves but my hands where still getting real cold.

Non the less I was going to go for a motorcycle ride around the property.

I went down through this area and jumped on and off some other roads before I headed for home.trail5

 

A a bit of ditch work

On the way home I stopped at this spot to put a few rocks in the ditch to help plug it up.ditchbike

 

I put a few rocks on the left of those stakes. The idea is when there’s a big storm things wash down these ditches and if you can block them the debrie and rocks get caught and build the ditch back up. It works well if done right. ditchfix6

 

Don’t use culverts

One of the reasons I’ve been trying to get my old Toyota running is so I can haul rocks to put in these kinds of spots to make dams to repair them. I’m  not a liker of culverts and don’t use them as they plug up in big storms and wash out doing a lot of damage in the process.

I headed on home from there and parked the bike.

Chickens go out to graze

It was time to let the chickens out to graze for the day.chickens

 

Patching some garage roof leaks

The other day I noticed I had a big leak in the garage, bigger than any of the smaller ones. :O) So I got the ladder out and went up on the roof to see what I could do. While I was up there it started to spit lightly. I sealed up some of the old nail holes and hammered a few nails down too. This big storm coming in should give it a good test and let me know where else it’s leaking. My Dad built that garage when I was a little kid, over sixty years ago or so.roofix

 

Fixed the van’s cooler leak

While I was working on the roof getting things together I noticed this wet spot under my van which was right under my added radiator cooler so I got some tools out and tightened up the loose hose clamp. That leak is likely why I had to add coolant to the system the other day when I was checking things out.leak

 

A better rat trap, maybe?

It was raining lightly by now but I had a plan to build a rat trap or at least get it started. I sorta had a plan on how I wanted to build it. I had a plastic bucket I cut in half a while back and thought I could do some thing with it so I cut and made stuff to get it done and I did get it done just after dark.

The bucket is the trap I made and am testing out.bucket

 

How the new trap works

It’s hard to see but the bucket is cut in half about in the middle and the top slides down over the bottom so when the trap is set off it falls around the bottom plugging the entrance hole on the right, just out of sight. There’s a hole by the food on the right which you can’t see. I put a stick in the middle to  hold the top up and if the stick is moved the top should fall down. I’ll likely have to improve the stick trigger but I just wanted to get it done to test for now. My camera will watch it for me and record any action. I’m also able to watch this from my computer in real time and it will let me know when something moves in the picture area.trap

 

Big storms coming in

It’s still early and the rats haven’t put in a showing yet. The rain has increased so the big storm is headed in. Best thing to do for a big storm is enjoy it.

Here’s a night picture of some of  my chickens on the roost sleeping away. This is from last night.chicks

 

Last night’s rat pictures

A good deal of time was spent watching these four young rats steal food from that feeder on the right. The rats are on the left getting ready to make a dash for the feeder.rateyes

 

They made the dash and you can see one of them on the feeder and the others are waiting their turn.rats

 

That was my day for a good one. Let the rain rip. :O)

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