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Under Construction

So far, we have added a skin to the junction box, developed a plan, cut off and angle-ground a ramp unit... all to make the Kitty Kondo.

My noodly little writer arms are hurting.

...and I'm taking a lunch break.

There won't be any tales out of me before dark, if then.


I have just published episode 5 of Inter-Mission, which is now out on Anchor, linked over on the "PODCAST!" link up in the menu, there. It should also be out on the current affiliates with Anchor, which are:

  • Apple Podcasts
  • Breaker
  • Google Podcasts
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • Radio Republic, and...
  • Spotify

Find me on your favourite audio streaming option from the above. Share and enjoy.

I've reached an embuggerance with the dang Kitty Kondo (tm) because we know a 10mm hole is too

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Thursday Already?

Like the late Dent, Arthur Dent, I can never get the hang of Thursdays. They sneak up on me and shock mne with the knowledge that another week is almost over.

Well, shit.

What we have accomplished:

  • Stapled the entire top of the cat cage.
  • Situated the kitty's walkway part one.
  • Built the frame for junction box one.
  • Painted same (two coats).
  • Cut, ground, and fit some wire mesh to the frame (which needs a touch-up because scraping happened)

Cool, but emotionally,

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Okay... More Nonsense

So. I successfully applied a second layer of paint to the box frame. I successfully stapled the lattice at the top of the cage. I successfully cut a piece of wire mesh to size and trimmed the edges with an angle grinder and cut notches in it for the struts of the box.

...just... not quite to size.

I gotta do more grinding to make it fit properly and that's cool. It's cool. It shouldn't take more than half an hour to

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Beloved stayed home, yesterday, and helped me out with making the frame to make a junction box to finish the walkway so we can finish the cat cage.

I'm in the middle of painting it, and I still believe it would go quicker if the whole thing was suspended somehow so I can get to the most territory in the least amount of time.

It shouldn't need to go as far as me building a rig, but I do need to work

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Back at it...

So. I have no idea how our time got stolen this weekend, but it did. I suspect most of it was in the discovery that our Pocket Hole Joint Kit (tm) failed to contain a specific size of screws. Running around after that noise definitely crimped our style.

The one place that has them was shut, too. So that's added to my itinerary today. Brat run, money run, screws if possible.

THEN unfuckening the house, doing the Instants, writing 1K, and building

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Getting closer

We have a much smaller (hopefully cheaper) list of matts to get for some of the last stages of building the exterior walkway.

We have the long stretch of walkway made and ready to install, we have another one almost complete, save for the fact that our supplies literally fell short.

Therefore, this morning, we're going out for matts. The rest of today is going to be spent with me learning how to use dynabolts, and putting together some walkway elements. After

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It is ON

We know what we were doing wrong with the welding. We have everything we could possibly need (I hope). We have safety gear. We have matts. We have knowledge.

We have to at least finish building the metal bending brake today. Beloved insists we don't need the middle bracer, but I'm certain we do. We'll find out who's correct and who's embarrassed today.

As usual, the story will be likely happening after dark. All my energies this day will be spent in

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Mo game, mo shenanigans

Game night is tonight. Tomorrow is bullet days for welding, building the metal bending brake, and finally doing those [EXPLETIVE] walkways. Once everything is together, it should be easy to finish.

Note the qualifier.

It SHOULD be easy to finish. But as a famous pantsless Australian politician once said, "Life was never meant to be easy."

I want to be a whirlwind of activity, but rando BS keeps getting in the way. At least THIS time, we might actually have all the

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...that lay in the house that Jack built.

We need to bend wire to make the walkways to finish the kitty cat shelter. To do that, we need to make a Metal Bending Brake. To do that we need to learn some metalworking skillz like... welding.

To do THAT... oh boy.

  • Obtain some li'l extras that required the unpacking of an Aldi's brand MIG welder Beloved acquired five-ever ago
  • Return home and assemble everything according to instructions
  • Aldi's brand MIG welder has the motor going the wrong way. It's supposed
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Okay. I've Got This

Today, my Beloved is having a day "off" to finish building this dang metal bending brake that has vexed us, last weekend. And since I woke at 3AM again, I'll be doing my utmost to get my content out before I have to use all the daylight I've got to build a tool to make the thing so we can finish the cat cage.

It's turning out like The House That Jack Built around here.

Fortunately, I already acquired the steel to

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I Have a PLN

Today: The instant Chaos is off to school, I paddle on out to Bunnings and get some steel for bracers for the metal bender. I know we're going to need them, but Beloved is still in denial. We shall see who is correct.

Tomorrow: Beloved is taking a day off, so don't expect much in the way of my output until either the work is done, or we run out of daylight. Be warned.

The stories and writing happen whenever I have

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Week 2

So. Making a tool to bend metal for us is harder than it looks. Big shock. I'm going to have to go out for extra matts at some point. Both Beloved and I are very, very tired of all this taking so long. The steps involved seem easy, but... they're not that easy.

A video that takes ten minutes to watch secretly hides two days of agonies. Blugh...

So Beloved is taking a day off later in the week to get these

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If firkin course it didn't work out like I had pln'd. Turns out we needed mor tools, mor mats, and mor bits [not mor dakka, but it was a close call].


We resume faffing about later on in the AM.

If I actually get to work on anything during these wee small hours, it'll likely be more of Episode Nine of Inter-Mission. soul hurts, but I still PLN on learning how to weld, and making the firkin walkways at bloody

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Today, thanks to my numerous errands and trials, we will not be wasting half of today getting matts and tools.


TODAY will be halfway wasted by making a tool out of the matts I fetched. Yay!

At least I'll be learning how to weld. Woot.

So this morning is going to be devoted to those episodes of Inter-Mission that I'm lagging on. By the way, you may have noticed that the link to my podcast has changed sites. That's because Soundcloud

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