Bundled under a blanket on the couch last night, Joyce gently suggested that perhaps it might be time to turn the heat back on. Summer is gone, leaves are turning, frost sparkles on the morning grass. We finally turned the heat back on last night. Woke this morning to a comfortable house, with the warm smell of the heaters working. Fall is here.
George and Jennifer finished a successful swim season. Their team, the Lowell YMCA ‘Barracudas’, had their banquet last week, and passed out awards and ribbons to all the swimmers.
Both George and Jennifer worked hard in swim practices, typically 3 – 4 times/week, and had a lot to show for it at the end of the season.
George brought home:
Jennifer brought home:
It was a fun season for all.
Just had a great birthday. What’s the best thing to do on your 59th birthday? Go running, of course.
Ran with a great group of friends from Nashua, NH down to Lawrence, MA, then had a great lunch at the Claddagh at the end. Afterwards, returned home and had a wonderful afternoon and evening with Joyce, George and Jennifer.
With moving my tools, workbench and shelves out of the garage and into the basement, I haven’t had a workplace for the past year. Finally started on putting together a proper workplace downstairs, using the large bench already there. Putting pegboard up on the concrete walls was too much, so I reconfigured the big workbench to hold a 4′ x 8′ sheet of pegboard. I plan on adding shelves, and possibly drawers, under the workbench later.
Can finally get my tools arranged and out of the various boxes they have been in the past year. More later.
Kids have passed the half-way point in the first trimester, the air conditioner and fans are put away and the furnace has been turned on again. Fall is here. Summer open water swims are replaced with later sunrises, earlier sunsets, new colors in the trees and carpets of leaves to rake. For some of us, that is…
It’s been just over a week since the bathroom remodeling started, here is what it is looking like so far.
This is where we started…
After removal of the old floor, toilet and tub. They also took off the baseboard, numbering each piece to go back in the same location.
Here is where they ran into a surprise while taking out the old tub. Seems that when they built the place, someone tried to run a water supply line where a waste line was already placed. How did they fix it? Just run the line up through the floor next to the wall, instead of inside the wall. (Note the old hole drilled in the baseplate where the water line was suppose to run.)
Here is the new tub installed. They put up temporary plastic so we could use our only shower for the weekend.
Tiling has started. Hope to get the rest of the walls and floors done in the next few days.
Things are going well. More Later.
Joyce and I took the day off to take George into Boston today, where he received an award for his writing. George’s submission for ‘Letters about Literature’, a letter he wrote to Orson Scott Card about his book Ender’s Game, was selected as one of the notable entries out of more than 3,000 entries here in Massachusetts. George was invited to attend a ceremony at the State House in Boston, so off we went after Jennifer left for school.
We were seated in the Gardner Auditorium along with the other students, their parents and teachers. Each student was called up to receive their award, where part of their letter to the author they chose was read to the audience.
George’s ELA teacher, Mr. Maslanka, also came down for the day to participate in the ceremony.
We had a wonderful time at the state house, and stopped for lunch on the way home.
Update – 26 May
Here are some pictures of the awards George received last week. Sorry it took so long to get them up for you. As with the other images, click on them to see a larger version.
Just about everything is closed today due to the blizzard. The forecasts have us in the 2′-3′ range. We took some pictures yesterday before the snow started, and a few more this morning after we got up. Here is what it looked like before it started.
I made a snowstick yesterday with some PVC pipe, wrapping black tape every three inches so we could read it from the window.
We had about six inches of snow on the ground already, so it’s not like we haven’t already seen snow. Most of the snow on the ground fell last Saturday.
The snow started yesterday evening just after sunset. I took George to his trumpet lessons in a light flurry, and in thirty minutes it had turned to a strong snow. Here’s what we woke up to this morning.
Yesterday, I had moved the firewood away from the edge, hoping to keep the snow off it. I also moved the chairs and other stuff we keep on the small porch hoping to keep the snow off them. The snow has been so fine and light it simply blows through the screens.
If you look carefully, you can just see the mailbox at the end of our driveway. The snowplows made several passes overnight, pushing most of the snow to the center, but some still spills out into our yard and driveway.
We’re not quite to 30 inches, so subtracting the six inches we stared with, we’re already knocking on the 2′ range, and the storm is suppose to last the rest of the day and well into the evening. We’ll post some more pictures after we get out and try to clean some up.
Joyce, the kids and I went out late this morning, after it looked like the snow was slowing down a bit. Joyce ran the snow blower, while the kids and I ran the shovels. Joyce had to make three passes down the driveway, with the kids and I pulling snow banks down as the snow was too deep for the snow blower. Fortunately, the snow was light and fluffy, to it wasn’t too heavy to pick up. Being light and fluffy, however, it would blow back in your face if you tried to throw it in the wrong direction.
Joyce and I finally had a chance to watch Jennifer participate in (almost) a whole swim meet, with the Lowell YMCA Barracudas against the West Roxbury YMCA Gators. We did miss the first few heats, as we went to the West Roxbury YMCA only to discover an empty pool not much larger than small hotel pool. The West Roxbury meet was held at the Hyde Park YMCA, which no one bothered to tell anyone from Lowell. Even the YMCA team bus made a stop at the West Roxbury ‘Y. Thankfully, the Garmin was able to guide us to the Hyde Park ‘Y.
Jennifer did great, even at the 100 yd freestyle which she was dreading. We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed watching her.