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.
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.
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.
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.