And we’re back…

If you’ve been trying to see what we’ve been up to these past few days, you probably got a timeout or web page inaccessible message the past few days.

We lost power in the storm Sunday night / Monday morning, around 2:40 AM. A lot of people in the Merrimack Valley lost power that evening, as we had a storm come through with hard rain and strong winds. There were a few places in the area that clocked gusts in excess of 90 MPH. Lots of trees and branches down. We had a tree come down on Robin Hood, just around the corner from us, pulling down electrical wires and blocking the road. Our generator had been running full time since early Monday morning, so keeping the website up has not been a priority here.

We hosted Anne and Mike last night, as they lost power too, but didn’t have a generator. Joyce skipped major cooking and brought home Market Basket roasted chicken and salad, and made mashed potatoes on the stove.

I got a call from George about 12:30 this afternoon (school was canceled because the buses couldn’t run their regular routes) saying our power was back on. I talked him through the process of switching back to line power, and shutting the generator down. Still lots of people in the area without power, hope they all get power back soon.

Crafty Jenn

What do you do with a rim bent from a pothole on Rt 38? Take out the spokes and give it to Jennifer!

 

Cotton twine, tied off each end, replaces the spokes, and the rest of the rim wrapped with the same twine, makes a picture hanger for the daughter’s room.

Go George! Go Jen! – Barracudas 2015-2016

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.

SwimTeam

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:

George Swim Team 2015-2016

George Swim Award 2015-2016

George Ribbons

Jennifer brought home:

Jennifer Swim Team 2015-2016

Jennifer Ribbons

It was a fun season for all.

Basement Workshop

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.

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Can finally get my tools arranged and out of the various boxes they have been in the past year. More later.

Bathroom Remodeling – Phase I

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…

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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.

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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.)

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Here is the new tub installed. They put up temporary plastic so we could use our only shower for the weekend.

 

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Tiling has started. Hope to get the rest of the walls and floors done in the next few days.

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Things are going well. More Later.

George Harris Powell – Award Winning Writer

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.

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All dressed up for the occasion.
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DaaaAAAaaad! Turn Off The Flash!

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.

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George receiving his award.
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Enjoying the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George’s ELA teacher, Mr. Maslanka, also came down for the day to participate in the ceremony.

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George with his ELA teacher, Mr. Maslanka.
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George with his proud parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Blizzard 27 Jan 2015

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.

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I made a snowstick yesterday with some PVC pipe, wrapping black tape every three inches so we could read it from the window.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Update, 3PM.

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.

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