Taking some time off while my daughter is back home visiting from Chicago. Got to spend today target shooting with her. We practiced with her Ruger .380 LCP and Kahr 9mm. She also shot her bows and the Marlin .22. I sighted in my 30-06. Beautiful day at Pithole Paradise.
I used two cans of foam insulation and sealed any unwanted daylight leaking through. Bugs, mice, moths and spiders have tried to make this their home. Now that I’ve sealed it I also set off a bug bomb to get any stragglers. Of course I believe this will keep them out. There’s just no way they can find a way around it.
I finally removed the windows, caulked the seems and fastened them down permanently. I think I might have overdone the caulking.
Still some framing to do on the inside but I can do that with the windows in.
And finally. The last window (for now) is installed. I’m not yet sure which side I am putting the smallest one.
Several improvement. First off. The well is working. I tried it many times and it only would drag the generator down. Then my dad came out and I went to show him how it didn’t work. Sure enough. It worked.
Still runs a little red but I think that will clear up. It hasn’t run for almost five years.
I also got a compressor to run my brad gun.
Plus a propane lantern and camp shower
Okay. Time to cover what Pithole is.
Originally Pithole was just a creek near the Holmden farm in Venango County Pennsylvania.
The name supposedly came from some sulfur smelling holes along the creek. The holes or cracks probably also leaked natural gas into the air since some unconfirmed stories say people get sick or die near the holes. These holes do exist but it is not certain they are the source of the name. Another possibility is pits dug by native Indians, even predating the later Senecas, in order to obtain oil for medicine and rituals.
While wandering my land I discovered the combination of moist soil and shady trees is perfect for mushrooms. I am not very good at identifying mushrooms but there are some I know well. Here is a Cauliflower Mushroom I found this morning. It is edible, and some say very good, but it is just too ugly for me to try eating it.