I'm not in uniform this week, and with a holiday on Monday my internal calendar is all screwed up. I've got a list of chores that I'm working off, and the lawnmower was on top of the list. It's 8+ years old and right now it's fixed. I don't know how long it is going to stay fixed, but that little chore is done.
Next comes fence maintenance. For those of you who don't live in hurricane-prone areas, you probably would be amazed at what 100 mph winds can do to a wooden fence. Thankfully, here in central Louisiana we don't often get 100 mph winds, but we do see 50+ mph winds when a hurricane rolls ashore, heads north and batters the hell out of us as a tropical storm. My privacy fence has been through three of these things in the past eight years and parts of it are getting pretty wobbly.
I started, after the lawnmower repair, punching holes in the back yard so that I can install wooden 4X4 posts to supplement the metal poles that hold the fence. Wood flexes, while metal posts bend and crimp. The combination of the two makes for a very sturdy fence. I'm only going to install a half-dozen of these things, so it doesn't justify renting a power auger. My old fashioned post hole digger will suffice. However, punching holes in the ground in 90 degree heat takes a lot out of an old, fat man. I'll get it done, but at my pace, with lots of iced tea breaks. Which reminds me, I need to go buy some concrete.