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Hi all, this is Golf&Venture.  Anyone remember me?  Been away for a couple 2 or 3 years.  Was thinking about the group.  I hung up my helmet and my riding rear.

I've retired from Boeing after 31 years.  This past March joined the 70's club.  Included another grandson to my family and am in very good health but did have a full left knee replacement. 

I still have my 89 VR and my wrecked 91 VR.  I can barely put the old VR on the rear kick stand anymore.  Backing it up out of the garage is also a struggle.   Every couple of months I start the old beast up with a box fan for radiator air flow.  Listen to the hum of the engine. Straddle it, put it in gear and let it run for a while. Rev it a few times, bringing back memories.  It needs a good carb cleaning.  Anyone have a good step by step instructions in how to clean a set of carbs. SkyDoc provided me instructions on how to remove the 4 carbs in tack, as in a complete set without removing everything around it.  Sure worked really slick.  Don't want to or feel it needs rebuilding, just a good cleaning. 

Golfing is my main hobby now. 

I do an occasional puzzle.

Hit the Casinos. 

Learned some cooking skill, by making my very first favorite pie, Apple. 

Still play my Trumpet, which is now 53 years old. Anyone into trumpets, it an Olds Recording. The only trumpet every made with the middle finger valve extended out a slight bit to accommodate ones middle finger. 

I Converted my attached 2 car garage into a 1 bedroom apartment and renting it out to the Traveling Nurse organization thru Furnish Finders.

Been catching up on yard improvements that I've neglected for the past 34 years, but my 2 goats have been keeping the place at bay from being over taken by black berries and other natural foliage. 

My good buddy, Kubota, for the past 7 years has been helping me around the yard.  Moved some good size boulders, railroad ties and moving some dirt around.  Buddy Kubota has been a tremendous help in so many small big and small ways.  

Adding side boards to my trailer so I can haul free farm dirt from Enumclaw for my soon to be planted fruit trees, and grape vine plants. 

Oh I forgotten to mention that I've vastly enlarged my Straw Bale Gardening,  Love it, no weeding and it grows vegies like crazy.

Projects I like to start, some day.  1) Rebuilding of my 68 Kawasaki 90 G3TR, my very first m/c. 2) Still have my 74 Yamaha YZ125 to clean and get running again.  3) Have my first new vehicle a 1976 Chev Luv, a major project now.  4) Get my 1976 AMC Pacer running again, my mother's first and only new vehicle.  5) Have my 1988 Bayliner Capri 19.5 ft with a Chev 305 that I want to restore, which I bought it new.  6) Need to replace my 34 year old deck around my home.  7) Build a deck around my above ground pool.  8)-Thinking of adding a couple of egg laying chickens to my farm of 2 goats next year. 9) But I did manage to re-roof my home and detached garage of nearly 4000 sq ft over a 4 year period prior to my knee replacement. Layed every single composition sheet single handed even a huge 12/12 roof. 10) Almost forgot about my motorhome, getting it back to operational

10) So much to do, yet so little time left, but loving Retirement..

 

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My wife and I are doing a straw bale garden this year. 15 bales, but I think we'll double that next year. I made the green house with 1/2" PVC and 3 mill visqueen. About 12' x 12'.

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8 hours ago, luvmy40 said:

My wife and I are doing a straw bale garden this year. 15 bales, but I think we'll double that next year. I made the green house with 1/2" PVC and 3 mill visqueen. About 12' x 12'.

How long have you been doing Straw Bale Gardening?  Have you planted yet and what do you plant? Have any pictures? I will gather and post some pictures. 

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12 hours ago, GolfVenture said:

How long have you been doing Straw Bale Gardening?  Have you planted yet and what do you plant? Have any pictures? I will gather and post some pictures. 

No pics right now. I'm on the road for work. This is the first try at straw bale gardening. It's realy our first try at gardening at all.

We've planted leeks, cucumbers, radishes, cabage, turnips, kohlrabi, onions, zuchini, several varieties of peppers and have tomatos and green beans up next. I'm sure there's more that I'm thinking of.

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I know someone who built a straw bale insulation ... house ...Very thick walls and all doors and windows are a special fit ...Their heating bill is very near ZERO DOLLARS ...The straw bales have been chemically treated to resist  fire and moisture ....Not sure of the cost

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4 hours ago, larrydr said:

I know someone who built a straw bale insulation ... house ...Very thick walls and all doors and windows are a special fit ...Their heating bill is very near ZERO DOLLARS ...The straw bales have been chemically treated to resist  fire and moisture ....Not sure of the cost

Imagine that.  How creative.  Never heard of that.

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