The One-Legged Sandpiper

"Knee deep and just a little behind"

Monday, April 26, 1999
Sunday, May 9, 1999

Number Twenty-Four

Slowly evolving into the news and information arm of Adirondack Style Outdoor Furniture

Landscaping And Wisdom Teeth

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Sandpiper launches multi-page format, faster loading, less waiting for pics.

Kenderian-Zilinsy Associates, Web site under construction.

Jenneau earns her keep, catches a mouse in the shop.

Peas replanted, no need to call Farm Aid.

First Underwater Digital picture available, by accident.

Wisdom Tooth Removed, bring on the Jell-O.

A history of Ocean County, part four, in this issue.

HTML lesson five in this issue.
Where to learn more.

Pipers online.

Saturday Evening Piper
You Can Read All About It In The Sunday Piper
Piper On Ice
Special Report - The Big Snow Storm
Weekend Warrior Piper
In Like A Lion
Is It Winter Yet?
R.I.P. Millennium Falcon, 1986-1999
N.J. Or Bust, Whatever That Means
20 Issues And Counting
Knee Deep And WAY Behind
Calidris Alba?
Landscaping And Wisdom Teeth


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News Monday April 26, 1999 through Sunday May 09, 1999
Adirondack Style furniture business related news.
Green Side Up Gardening News.
Piper Geographic Travel And Geography.
Local News, Events And History
Links to interesting sites.
Eastside Marketplace, Providence, RI.
Ocean Beach New Jersey.
HTML lessons. Learn how gently and thoroughly.
Here's The Church A pictorial and historical look at my home.
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Monday Cloudy and rainy all day. A nasty storm blew in from the west at sunset.
Tuesday Sunny and warm in the morning. Cloudy, windy, cold and raining at night.
Wednesday Sunny and cool in the morning. Low 40s at night.
Thursday Warm and overcast. The first day with no fire.
Friday Sunny, clear, breezy and warm.
Saturday Warmest day so far, mid 70s. Low 40s at night.
Sunday Warm and windy during the day, windy and colder by the minute at night.
Monday Cold, wet and windy all day. Landscaping called because of wind. October.
Tuesday Cold and windy again. More October weather. Rainy all day.
Wednesday Warmer and rainy. Gray and dismal all day.
Thursday Rainy and gray in the morning. High 50s. Great day for extracting a wisdom tooth. Clearing and warm in the afternoon.
Friday Breezy, Warm and overcast. Almost raining all day.
Saturday Warm and overcast in the morning. Colder and windy by noon. Thunder storms by 2:00. Rainy and cold for the rest of the day.
Sunday Warm in the Morning, cloudy and windy for the rest of the day. Again.

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News Monday, April 26, 1999 Through Sunday, May 9, 1999

Notice the temperature in the shop, with a fire.


The front doors receive a coat of paint. The first in over 30 years.

Front door

The front door tread is well worn after 130 years, but still reponds to a coat of deck paint.

Front door tread

The I-beams receive a coat of paint after patching and sanding. These will be put in place as soon as the floor in the shop is sanded, stained and urethaned.


Damage to the sidewalk leading to the front steps.

Sidewalk damage

The retaining wall is seriously deteriorated. The town may be replacing the sidewalks and curbs, and hopefully the retaining wall soon. They seem to have money burning a hole in their pocket.

Retaining wall left side

The retaining wall on the right side is almost as bad as the left side. There's a chance that the town will not be replacing the sidewalks and wall. The next project here may be to repair the damage, to keep the wall from crumbling more.

Retaining wall right side

Digging out the grass and soil behind the wall to install the pressure treated decking to hold back the lawn and keep the new grass seed from washing away.

Under construction

The right side with the first section of decking in place and grass seed planted.


Enlarging the cracks in the front walk to permit patching with concrete.

Chipping the walk

The lumber dryer sustained wind damage this week. Only the outer layer of plastic was damaged, so the wood supply is in no danger.

Lumber dryer damage

Time to get a jump on next years heating season. The shop stove and chimney get a much needed cleaning. The tarp on the ground prevents any stray creasote from killing the grass underneath.

Chimney Cleaning

With a 30 foot run from the stove to the cap, and 180 degree change in direction, including a 5 foot horizontal section, it's amazing that there isn't more creasote build up.


The pilot house bathroom framing almost complete. One step closer.

Pilot House Bathroom Framing

The wood stove has been cleaned inside and out, coated with stove-black, WD-40'd, and covered to keep out sawdust and crud. The flue has been cleaned, rust proofed and stacked next to the stove. The stove area will be covered with a collapsable work bench for furniture assembly during the warmer months providing some much needed bench space, at least until October.

Wood Stove Ready For Summer

The I-beams are almost ready for installation. As soon as the floor is sanded and urethaned in the shop, these will be installed to help suport the "Promenade Deck" over the "Pilot House".

I-Beams Almost Done

The front stairs with the railings painted, and a test patch of gray stain. If the color looks good, this stain will be used on the entire foundation, after patching and resurfacing.

Front Stairs

The view from the Sales Office floor, looking up through the hatch into the "Elevator Shaft" to the attic. This was the first use of the new hatch, loading some boxes into a storage room over one of the front guest rooms.

Attick Hatch

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Adirondack Style
Outdoor Furniture

Kind of a slow period in the furniture business due to back and wisdom tooth trouble. The yearly landscaping urge is taking up valuable time and resources, but only lasts a week or two in the spring. Included below are some sample runs of the old furniture database, recently converted to run in a Windows 98 environment.

The Purchase Sheet is a shopping list for all material needed for a batch of furniture. If there is nothing recorded in inventory, which there isn't yet, It assumes every supply item needs to be purchased and creates a big shopping list complete with quantities, unit price, and where to get it. A handy way to budget for production as far into the future as needed.

Sample Purchase Sheet

The Stock Report is a list of stock needed for a batch of furniture. This assumes I'm way ahead on the millwork, and can walk over to the finished wood rack and pick what I need. It's also handy to check the results of the millwork steps if I'm finishing as I go. Kind of like an internal shopping list.

Sample Stock Report

The Millwork Sheet is a check list of each step to be completed on each machine to produce the required amount of stock for the current batch of furniture, in this case 20 chairs. The jigs and test blocks for each setting for each machine are numbered to allow test cut results to be compared with samples of the correct dimensions. Every piece should be accurate to .01 inches.

Sample Millwork Sheet

The Cutting Trace is actually run first in the report stream. This calculates, by mimicing the actual sequence that the chair parts are cut in, the precice amount of wood needed for each batch. This accounts for the thickness of the saw blade as well as the average length of stock used. The only reason that this would need to be printed would be to debug a new cutting strategy to try for better yield, or to find human errors in the cutting process that lead to waste. A scrap summary report provides a list of all the pieces left in the scrap box after cutting. Lining up the actual scrap end to end and measuring the resulting length only takes a minute, but is an effective way to rate cutting efficiency.

Cutting Trace

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Green Side Up

One of the biggest causes of poor growth is lack of water. The weather has been extremely dry for this time of year, making it all the more important to water every day thoroughly. Use a soaker hose for best results, and water before the sun is high. The morning is better because it allows the foliage to dry, helping to prevent fungus problems.

Summers coming. Time to plant lots of Basil, Parsley, Chives, Dill, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Did I mention Basil? Yea, well plant some more then. Ya can't have too much of that.

Should be planted

Beets,Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Corn, Dill, Endive, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Strawberries, Swiss Chard.

Should be started From Seed

Cucumbers, Eggplants, Melons, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Squash, Tomatoes.

OK to plant now

Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Brocolli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Garlic, Lettuce, Potatoes, Radishes, Shallots, Squash.

OK to transplant outside soon

Cucumbers, Melons, New Zealand Spinach, Parsley, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes.

Tomatoes and Melons may need to be covered on cold nights.

Peas soaking

Peas ready to be planted after soaking in water for 24 hours. This softens the pea seed and activates the pea embryo. You get much faster germination this way. The sooner the pea sprouts, the sooner the danger of fungus destoying the seeds is past. You can normally skip the application of fungicide doing it this way.

I plant about 10 times the amount of peas specified by most seed companies. More seeds planted, more peas picked. They secure their own nitrogen from bacteria in the soil like all legumes so nitrogen depletion from over crowding is not a problem.

Peas replanted

Pea cages

These cages help support the huge mass of vines produced by so many seeds. The vines can top out at seven feet ot more by the time they stop producing, and without support they will fall over, kinking the vines and strangling further growth. Note: Use four inch mesh fencing for the cage to allow you to reach your hand inside the cage to get the peas there easily. Notice the soaker hose. It's almost impossible to water peas too much.

For about two weeks in the spring, I'm overcome with the urge to landscape. Usually, I resist the urge, but this year seemed like a good time to give in. The front of the building could use some dressing up to go with the newly remodeled sales office in the entry hall. A little measuring and planning, and we were off to Walmart. Here's the van load of landscaping supplies. Peatmoss and scalloped concrete border visible here. Van full of supplies

New soaker hose

Four lengths of soaker hose, the best watering method short of buried irrigation pipe, ready to be put in place. After the P&M Memorial Water Company was bought out by Crystal Water of Danielson, they announced that they will be installing water meters. Time to consider efficient methods of watering the greenery.

Some new 100 foot hoses, and a few 50 footers, will allow everything to be watered at once. We have the water pressure to do it as well. A hose left in the sun turned on at the faucet will swell up like a python after a few hours.

New garden hose

Elepant Ears soaking

Elephant Ear bulbs soaking with Caladium bulbs amoung the new plants waiting in the shade to be put in the ground.. The Elephant Ear plants at the Queen Victoria Botanical Garden in Vancouver are over eight feet tall, with leaves 4 feet wide spreading over a 10 foot radius. 200 pound bulbs as big as beach balls are the reason. These are the size of small rutabagas... Now.

A "before" picture of the barren wasteland on either side of the front stairs. The soil is well draiined and acidic from past generations of evergreens. Grass will not grow here at all in the dry, acidic environment..


Starting to dig

The outline of the new bed is complete. The curved border pieces are temporary, just there to mark the curve on the ground. The soil is very loose and digs like sand. It's powder dry 16 inches down. Only a few crumbling roots remain from the old evergreens. The stumps were pulled out with the Millenium Falcon a few years back.

The border set in place, with the ends locked together tightly, and tamped firmly in place with a 12 pound sledge. No mortor was used, but you can still step on them without them tipping or sinking.

Border in place

Pete Who?

A 5.5 cubic foot bale of peatmoss dug in to provide some organic matter and keep the fine soil from crusing over and allowing the water to run off. The wind was so strong Sunday, we had to hose the peatmoss down as it was being raked and turned in to keep it from blowing away.

The "starboard" side under way. The soil here is poor compared to the "port" side. Full of clay, roots and... ROCKS.

The other side started

The plants arrive

The first load of plants arrive from the shade of the tractor shed area. Six shrubs for each side, all of them hardy evergreens known for maintaining nice shapes naturally... No Trimming!

The right side planted. The left will be a mirror image of the right. Because of the clean simple lines used in the design of the church, and most New England public buildings at that time, it seemed that symetrical, and rather formal, plantings would be a safe treatment. The larger Arborvitae on the ends will help to soften the clean sharp corners of the building and help merge the building with the lot, rather then serve it on the lot


The rock pile

A few of the rocks unearthed on the left side of the stairs. It appeared we might have uncovered an old grave at first because of the position, and large quantity, of large flat rocks. What is more likely the explanation is that this was a dumping area for extra foundation stones. The "grave" makes a better story though..

The plants all planted on the right side, with the soaker hose in place, and some temporary screens to block the wind howling out of the north. The two bushes being sheltered in the picture were actually being blown out of the ground. The bushes include a Dark American, and Jade Green Arborvitae, an Alberta Spruce, A low growing Mugho Pine, and two Rhodedendrons; one pink and one white. The large leaves of two Elephant Ears will border the stairs, and Caladiums will add a little color in front of the evergreens.

All Planted

Soaker Hose

The soaker hose in place on the left side, soon to be coverd with bark mulch to retain moisture, and prevent weeds.

Until more outdoor faucets can be plumbed, and water lines and sprinklers run to the far corners of the yard, everything needs to be watered with one faucet, supplying 6 areas with splitters and flow control valves to balance the flow so one faucet controls it all.

Faucet and valves

More valves

These valves at the end of a hundred foot hose supply and control water flow to the soaker hoses in the new plantings out front. The goal is enough water to wet the ground, but not enough to puddle and run off.

Only a week after replanting, the replacement sugar snap peas are up and growing quickly. The spring crop may not be a total loss. Might not have to sell the farm.

New peas up

Transplants doing OK

Two recently transplanted White Pines, doing well in their new location. They'll eventualy help sheild the "Bunker" and a small garden area between the bunker and wood shed. It's called the bunker because anything that can burn or explode, from propane to acids and solvents are stored there. Closer to the neighbor.

Lilacs starting to bloom. Some good pictures to follow soon.

Lilacs starting to bloom

Retaining Wall Corner

The corner, where the retaining wall merges with the steps from the sidewalk.

The sidewalk, viewed from the sales office front door, with the border being installed.

Sidewalk Border

Border Complete With Grass Seed

The front walk, with the border installed, and grass seed planted, waiting for patching .

The new white Rhodys showing good new growth.

New Growth

Side Walk

The front sidewalk after minor repairs. Retaining wall repairs to follow soon.

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... Oh it's the POSH POSH travelin' life, the travelin' life for me. First cabin, Captains table, regal company. Whenever aboard I travel abroad, but ever so stylishly... Port Out, Starboard Home, POSH with a capital P...

When travelers left Europe for the Orient, before the days of air travel and air conditioning, they could look forward to a long uncomfortable voyage on a sail or steam ship. The sun in the southern seas would beat down on the black hulls of those ships turning the cabins on the sunny side of the ship into ovens. Wealthy travelers could afford to reserve a cabin on the port, or left, side of the ship for the voyage east. This put them on the north, or shaded, side. They would then reserve a cabin on the opposite side of the ship for the trip west, again the cooler north side of the ship. This class of travel became known as Port Out Starboard Home, or POSH, which to this day refers to luxurious accomodations or methods of travel. The only way to go.


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