All posts by Pithole Hermit

Camping out

So, you may be asking yourself, “Where does someone who lives in a cabin in the woods go to get away?”. Well, I go further back in the woods and setup a camp.

It’s down by the growing pond, so soon there will be lots of frogs when the tadpoles leave the water. And probably mosquitos.

Saw Mill

So I started using the Alaskan Sawmill. Sorry, no video. I snapped a couple pictures. Worked okay. I’ll use it mainly for small logs. I would have set up for video but the chainsaw wouldn’t start and I had to tear it down so by the time I was cutting I didn’t feel like filming.

For the first cut you are supposed to put a flat board on top. Since I was just checking it out, and the log was pretty straight, I didn’t bother.


After nearly three years I finally put wheels on my generator. Now I can be mobile while working with power tools. Things like grinding old pipes in the woods for construction. When it quits raining (or even snowing) I’ll weld on a handle.

And these 10 inch wheels with bearings were only $5.99 each at Harbor Freight.

Workshop siding

I used some old fence boards to side part of the workshop.  I like the weathered look.

I even used a vinegar, tea and rusted steep wool mixture to make the new boards look old.



Today I got some more set up for my workshop.

First I put down some old outdoor carpet/AstroTurf.

Then I had two shelves which were to high and took up too much floor space.  So I cut them to put the shelves closer together.  Then I stacked them.

Much better.  Lots of shelf space without taking up floor space for large tools and a workbench.  I used some of the cut tubing for the legs to add the top shelving.

The rest I’ll save for future use.

Except for one that Lily go a hold of and chewed up.



FedUp – updated

Every time I order something from Amazon I cringe when I am notified it’s shipping FedEx.  Their tracking is horrendous, and never makes sense or even go in order.  The packages seem to get misplaced for a few days.  To top it off, they use the USPS for final delivery which means the tracking ends when they turn it over to the Post Office.  But even then it’s not guaranteed it won’t suddenly be back at FedEx.  For example, here is an order.   Notice the last update has it in Clinton PA, which is about 100 miles away in the Pittsburgh area, on the 29th.  But it was already in Clinton on the 23rd, then in Zelionople, then Franklin (which is my normal local distribution location if FedEx was delivering), then Pleasantville (it actually says in transit to meaning the USPS never touched it yet) at my Post Office on the 26th.  But, back to Clinton on the 29th.  What?  Why did it go back to the beginning?  Now it’s another 4 days predicted to get back to Pleasantville.  Also, I never know for sure where it is.  It could arrive today even if tracking says it’s in Clinton.  And this type of thing happens all the time with FedEx.  I wish I could tell Amazon to use UPS.  Or even the Post Office.  They don’t do too bad when they aren’t working with FedEx.

  • Monday , 4/29/2019

    8:43 pm

    Arrived at FedEx location
  • Friday , 4/26/2019

    2:12 pm

    In transit
    In transit to U.S. Postal Service
  • 5:56 am

    Departed FedEx location
  • 5:50 am

    Arrived at FedEx location
  • Thursday , 4/25/2019

    11:27 pm

    Departed FedEx location
  • 3:10 pm

    Arrived at FedEx location
  • 12:29 am

    Shipment information sent to U.S. Postal Service
  • 12:18 am

    Departed FedEx location
  • Tuesday , 4/23/2019

    5:08 pm

    Arrived at FedEx location
  • 2:07 am

    Departed FedEx location
  • Monday , 4/22/2019

    12:43 pm

    Arrived at FedEx location
  • Saturday , 4/13/2019

    2:23 am

    Shipment information sent to FedEx

Update May 1st:

I ordered two items on April 12th.  The one above, and one shipped from Thailand.  Guess what?   The one from Thailand got here before the one above.  Both were listed as shipped on April 13th.  The Thailand package arrived today.  The one originating 200 miles away in Breinigsville, PA still hasn’t arrived.

Border Daffodils

For a few weeks every spring I can tell the borders of my property from any point.

The previous property owner planted daffodils just inside the property line grouped about every 30 feet.

Frog Pond

I was raking the leaves out of the beginnings of my pond so I could see better where to dig.  I noticed these clusters of round things in the water.  Then I saw the tadpoles.  Hundreds of them and lots more eggs.


I got some roof board for the workshop.  Instead of trying to tie them all on the Jeep roof I had them cut in half.  The 4′ by 4′ fit in the back.  Easier to wrestle up on the roof, too.  With the steep roof and low eaves I’m going for to he look of a gingerbread house in Southwest Germany.  Or since it’s a workshop, maybe Santa’s workshop.