Blog faithful, update for the period Feb 25 thru March 9th.
Well it has been a busy 2 weeks at the ranch with a lot to share.
First and foremost let’s talk about safety. Had a small scaffold set collapse last Saturday and fell 5 feet to the floor. Not sure what latch was not hooked but just like you measure twice and cut once, always check pins on scaffold. I was lucky and the good Lord was looking down on me that day, I landed on my feet and whacked the underside of my arm/elbow. Of course PIC #30 is a shot of the bruise, a lot of my local followers thought I should share this as a warning to all of my fellow do-it-yourselfers! Safety first and double check safety items all the time.
Eric would now like me to wear rope climbing gear and a helmet. But, he is a lot older and more cautious than me, a skilled rock climber and great adviser. I will pass on the rope outfit but will be ever vigilant with safety.
My good friend Joe B. can down to visit from Philly last Friday and we began installing a central vacuum system. Got about ½ of it done and I might be able to coax Joe back down with one more Friday night dinner at the Hill Top. Both Joe and I learned something special that Friday as he bunked down at the ranch (RV) with me. Neither one of us believe the stories about our snoring that our wives have been making up for years! I did not hear Joe B. and he didn’t not hear me snore one bit. Go figure.
The siding, soffit and fascia job is now all done and Zach and his guys (with Daniel doing the lion’s share of the work) did a very nice job. I hope to know Zach for many years to come (PIC#39). He is an excellent Contractor. See PICs #32, #34, and #37.
The columns arrived and were just put in place on Tuesday night. See PIC #31 of one of the raised resin columns. Stay tuned for a picture of the front of the house with the columns in place.
A couple of misc. pics of the kitchen ceiling all framed out for insulation #33 and the start of the basement porch ceiling framed out before cedar T&G is installed PIC #35.
One odd picture of a wall organizer I bought and installed in the RV (PIC #36). I now know exactly where every key is and the RV really feels like home away from home.
Finally, PIC #38 is of the barrel ceiling on the front porch. Big Joe, Darrell, Chris and Cory all worked very hard that day to make that ceiling a grand entrance for the property. Thanks for all of your help.
As I close out this update, I have to name a few others. Jackie from work has been my ever diligent Nurse. Splinters, cuts and I am sure she would have set my arm in a cast if I would have broken it. Thanks Jackie for doing all of this non-work related nursing of my bumps and bruises. If there are any single male followers out there I could introduce you to Jackie as she is a young, _______, Syracuse grad and I can vouch for her nursing skills.
In addition, my son is back at Penn State after a Spring break trip with two of his Penn State friends to visit Megan in LA. I think everything went well, Brian hung out with the cat (Webster – sounds like a smart name ( his real name is Banshee, because he meowed like a banshee when she first got him!) and he met a bunch of Megan’s special friends. I hear one is traveling to Baltimore in late March, on tour with the musician known as Van Hunt. He should look me up for a drink and a chat.
And now for the unbelievable news. Chris (our youngest) just got his license and is now driving his mom around. Boy, it seems like they were little kids just a few years ago.
Still trying to get Susan down to the Ranch but she has a thing about RV’s with no plumbing or running water. I understand.
Paul is in next week so maybe we can all have a Friday or Saturday dinner together.