Sunday, March 07, 2010

Another Weekend, Another Project

Last year we dismantled the old wooden deck and sidewalk behind the garage replaced it with concrete.  Before they poured the slab I connected some drain pipe to one that stopped at the edge of the wooden deck and ran it across the back of the garage to just outside our fence.  In doing so it helped to relieve some minor flooding on a sidewalk.  But my plans were to continue the pipe ninety feet to the street and place a pop-up head for the water to flow out at the edge of the curb and on to the street.

Well we got a guy to do it yesterday and just in time.  There's an 80% chance of rain tomorrow.  Hopefully, it will be enough to check out the new drain.

This is one of those projects we wish we had done twenty years ago.  Now it's done and I shouldn't have worry about it anymore.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to finish up Judy's new plant potting stand and the counter behind the garage.  I've built the frame and louvered cedar doors and now I'm ready to install porcelain tile on top of both.  We bought the tile and probably would have started tomorrow except for the rain.  I'll just work on another project inside. 

There's always something to do around here.

A few days later...

Take a look at what we did.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Judy Is Retiring

After four and a half decades of commuting to work, making sure customers and bosses are happy and all the stuff in between, my Sweetie is finally ready to retire.  It wasn't an easy decision.  She agonized for weeks over the exact date and time: June 4, 2010, 4:30 PM or June 4, 2010, 4:00 PM by skipping lunch. But 4:30 won out because the last day was no reason to start making changes.  Any changes in her life would start when she arrives home at 4:55 and then it's MARGARITA TIME...

She asked me to set up a countdown calendar so she will know just how long she's got.

Judy's Retirement Countdown

Meanwhile, her boss is throwing a little party for her at his house on May 8th.  That should be fun.

Oh yea, and she's got all these ideas about seeing America and Canada and Mexico and other places yet unnamed, but which include Big Green Egg fests all over the country.  I suppose I'd better not start any new projects just yet.

It's going to be nice to have her all to myself for a change, but I may have to take on a second wife, younger of course, who has a good job that pays enough to afford us.  (Can I do that???)