Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Am Getting Too Old For This Mishegoss

It snowed hard here from the evening of the day before yesterday until last morning. This is the scene at Sky Acres:

They do plow the tiedowns, but they don't cut too close to the airplanes, for obvious reasons. I shoveled enough away so when they do plow later today or tomorrow, it will clear the tiedown area. (I also shoveled a path so I could get to it.) Because of drifting, the snow varies from a few inches to well over a foot.

I think I got my exercise in for today.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sometimes, Sympathy Is Hard to Find
(a whining post, you have been warned)

I went to my home airport yesterday in order to brush the snow from my airplane and to shovel out around the tiedown. The wind was pretty strong, which meant that if I was not careful of where I stood, brushing the snow from the wings meant that I got a faceful of it.

So, after I was done doing that, I went to the airport FBO's building in order to get a cup of hot tea at the cafe.

When I passed through the office, another owner was trying to move to a west-facing hangar as he thought it was too rough to have a hangar that faced to the east.

I thought about that as I walked by, chilled half-way to the bone, that I'd love to be able to afford to keep my airplane in a hangar, regardless of the direction it faced. Life is tough for some people.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Peppermint Oil

In an earlier post, I mentioned that a cotton ball soaked with real peppermint oil was a decent mouse deterrent.

It seems to work.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the roll of paper towels that I keep in the airplane had been nibbled on. So I got some old knee-high stockings, some cotton balls and peppermint oil. I put one in the baggage compartment and one in the cabin.

The roll hasn't been nibbled on since.

So it does seem to work, but I reiterate that you probably have to go to a health food store to find genuine essential peppermint oil. The synthetic stuff won't do the job.