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So far it's been dreary every day this month. Cold and rainy. I don't really mind, but it makes it a little difficult to do things outside that need doing.
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For various reasons I ended up running the Jeep's tank down below the "E", and when I filled it, it took almost exactly 17 gallons. 364-odd miles; using the significant digits I can remember that works out to about 21.4 MPG. Perhaps 1 MPG off my "normal" MPG under the new slower driving regime, but I did have to run the defroster during a couple of commutes due to all the rain we've been getting, so that probably accounts for it.
Perfectly acceptable. 22 MPG is the EPA rated highway mileage for the 2000 Cherokee Sport with the I6 and 4WD. Can you dig it.
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Friday I cranked up ELO's Secret Messages while I cleaned up the kitchen, with the inevitable result that I now have several of the songs from that album stuck in my head.
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I cleaned out the fireplace and re-straightened the grate.
Funny thing: from the day the fireplace was installed, the grate for it had had a broken piece. When I got my welder, I tried it out by welding the broken piece back on. To my surprise, it stayed, even when I was banging it against the porch to get the bent bar straight again.
I found a bolt of about the right size to stick under the front, in the middle, to keep this from happening again; but what I think I'll do is take that bolt and cut a notch in it, and then try welding it to the grate. WTF, I have the welder; why not?
...if it ever stops raining.