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Gray skies; windy    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of cloudy skies

The gray and cloudy skies out our front window tonight.

We had gray skies today, keeping the temperatures lower. Our high was about 80° I think. And this afternoon the wind started up with breezes in the 10-15 MPH range for the most part. We may have some rain again tonight; it sure felt like it earlier today. And the forecast is for temps in the 75-85° range over the next 3-5 days but then it will heat up to close to 100°. That is quite normal for May, when we can expect 100+ many days. I went around our patio this afternoon checking to see that all our storage tubs were battened down. I had seen the cover had blown off one of them and didn't want the contents to get wet should it rain. These tubs contain items we want to put in storage once our new shed is ready at our new place.

Rain; More house progress    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of kitchen

Part of kitchen and bar area

We had rain today! First time in about 35 days, and not much fell. But it at least wet the ground.

I ordered our replacement windows today and am getting quotes on the replacement front and back door.

Marv and T. R. have been busy taping joints and got started on spraying texture on ceilings and walls. They got the master bedroom and bath done and worked their way part-way down the hall.

Window shopping    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Gizmos tracks

Gizmo's tracks as he tried to get to the golf cart driving by

Whenever they see someone in a golf card Kerby and Gizmo get excited and try to get to the cart. That's because one of the employees in Royal Palm Community does security tours in the evening and always has dog treats with him. Bill the Dog Whisperer we call him loves dogs and gets excited when he sees one just as they do. But our boys do not discriminate, and go after ANY golf cart on the move. Tonight, for example, a lady drove by in her golf cart while I was walking the boys and Gizmo wanted in the worst way to go see her. He headed across the gravel, digging in with his paws with all his might, and because I kept him on a tight leash his steps were not far apart. You can see his tracks in the photo at left.

House progress    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of TR and Marv taping

T.R. (left) and Marv taping joints in the dining room

We are both seeing and making progress on the new place. Marv and his helper, T. R., have made good progress this week in taping joints and masking trim. By tomorrow afternoon they expect to start spraying texture on the ceiling and walls. And by the end of the week they expect to spray on the primer paint coat. The painting inside should probably be done late next week.Those are important steps, because then the plastic sheeting and masking tape will be gone and the house will start to look like it belongs to us, with our colors.

More decisions    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We went to Lowes today and picked out the flooring for our craft room/office and the color to use for the vanity tops/sinks in the bathrooms. We selected a Congoleum sheet product for the flooring; a tough vinyl material that should wear well and not show impressions from chair wheels. And we talked with a salesperson at Lowes regarding Corian tops and got the info about that. We did not order the tops, though, because we prefer to have Marv do that since he is the contractor. Also, we want to give him the option to go with cultured marble or Corian, depending on which will be better for us on price and delivery.

Busy day    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Unlike yesterday, today was much busier for us both. Elaine spent much of the day with her friend Jan Ostlund, working on their craft projects. Jan and Dave will be heading out for the summer early next month, so Jan and Elaine won't have many opportunities to do this until next fall/winter. They do so enjoy their time together, and they both learn a lot from each other. They do similar craft work, though they each have different styles, so they can share tools, techniques, and ideas.