There is so much happening here I just do not have time to blog.
The Traeger arrived a few days ago but I could not assemble it because I had chores to do. Yesterday I painted the back and side fences the same color as the deck. Well it is supposed to be the same color - but they are close enough.
This took some hours and I was knackered when I had finished but decided to tackle the Traeger after dinner.
As I stared in horror at the manual I tired to remember the last time I bought something that I did not have to assemble. I could not think of anything in the USA that I did not have to put together before I could use it.
The book says you assemble the bottom and attach it to the top burner. I assembled the bottom but it was not going to attach to the top no matter what I did. I grunted and groaned and heaved and strained - and re-read the instruction book a number of times. It just did not fit.
Eventually after a couple of glasses of wine I had a moment of clarity and disassembled the bottom and built it directly on to the top. This worked just fine.
I finished today and do have a few bolts and washers left over but most of these are (probably) spares. I am now awaiting my wood pellets so that I can start smoking. I have bought some pork loin for my first culinary experiment.
While I was doing this Cate was sitting outside reading the blogs of the people who are doing the Gobi desert race. This is one she might have done – but she decided to Ecuador instead. Anyway the fastest person is doing the legs in about 5 hours. The slowest is taking 12 hours. Most seem to have decided that they are in fact insane to undertake the race – and many make mention of breaking down and sobbing.
We are inspecting a dog on Saturday. She is a black Labrador named Georgia. I think this means curtains for me and the cats so I am frantically preparing for the event. I just cannot wait.