Finally, I’m gettin’ to set a spell with you and bring you up to speed on whats been going on in our neck of the woods! Last year I posted about remodeling our bathroom and finding a portion of drywall crumbling under the tile wall and Bossman saying thats it, he was done! Read about it here and see the pics. Well, last month we hired a friend of ours to finish up for us. Bossman helped him, but he just did the grunt work. We were in no hurry and John worked a few days a week in-between other jobs. He is the maintenance man at our local regional airport. They had to take down a whole wall behind the tub that was tiled and remove the drywall.
John raised the shower up higher as it was really low, it would hit Bossman on the belly! The good news was we didn’t have to tear out the other wall where the crumbling was happening. John was able to patch the bottom where it was crumbling. All that tile work is tedious! We couldn’t find the same tile as it was from 1961, white with small flakes in it. But John had a box of white tiles so we just saved as much as we could, taking it off the wall by the toilet and used it in the conspicuous places and used John’s white tile on the wall next to the toilet as that little alcove is shadowy and its not as noticeable there. We had one of those old fashioned wall heaters in the middle of the wall under the window and John took that out and used the original tile we salvaged on that spot. He utilized the electric hook up there to put an outside outlet on the front of the house. Now Bossman will have a convenient outlet for the travel trailer and won’t have to have 3 extension cords running around the house! This week he is building a built in narrow cabinet in the corner between the vanity and the wall.
John ate with us a lot and brought his young nephew over some to hang out with me. We really enjoyed having them around! He started just dragging Bossman over to the airport with him when he had to run there for something and put him to work. He’s been moving planes around hangers and fueling helicopters and planes with John. He’s just one of the guys over there now. Funny thing is he doesn’t like flying in big jets let alone small planes, so its kind of an odd fit! He’s even helping fuel up planes and helicopters!
We also had an electrician come out and run electricity from the house to the garage and install lighting. So he was working in the basement and running wires out the side of the house and burying wire underground to the garage. We didn’t mean for all this to be going on at once but it’s just how it worked out! While we had the ditch witch here for the electrician, Bossman dug up the drain line for the basement shower and fixed it as it was plugged or something and the ground was wet all the time. Our basement shower doesn’t drain into the sewer, it drains into the sump pump/French drain and then out into the backyard underground in a pipe. It’s been that way since the house was built we guess. They put a concrete patio over top of the drain pipe where it comes out of the house :0. Would never pass muster nowadays! Our washing machine and stationery tub in the basement drain into a dry well. It’s kind of nice because that reduces the amount going into our septic system.
And sadly in the middle of all this, Bossman’s mom passed away. She was 92 and had
Mary’s wedding picture
been bedridden for six months. It was very sad, the last six months had been very hard on the family. They kept her at home and took care of her themselves. They did her proud. By the end she didn’t really know them all the time and had dementia pretty bad. Thank heavens there were so many of them to help! Bossman is one of nine! Three of those, including us, live away. We went home for five days then. His dad died in 1977 of a massive heart attack at the age of 51.
Of course there was the book sale. We worked on that for two months setting up. Our first weekend was April 27 & 28. I missed the 27th as we were up in Pa. but I got home to work it on the 28th. Then I worked all day Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th. We had a picnic for the workers on Sunday. The same weekend we volunteered at the vintage airplane tour! Who said retirement was relaxing? Tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the plane!
We got a new truck! The cargo van just didn’t have the umph to tow the travel trailer up and down all these mountains. The van sold in one day! We were so surprised at that. We just went to the Ford dealer to ask about which engines where best for towing, not to actually buy as Bossman wanted to get a used truck, a couple of years old. But they gave us such a deal we couldn’t resist. Always buy your vehicle on the last day of the month! All kinds of incentives then. Bossman gave them a ridiculously low price as he didn’t want to buy and he thought no way they would come down that much but they did! The warranties were hard to beat. It will last us the rest of our lives so it was worth getting new. The technology on these new vehicles is ridiculous! We had to go to the dealer three times to have them explain things to us. It’s nothing but a huge computer. One day we pulled into the driveway and turned it off and got out and the radio kept playing. We couldn’t get it to turn off and the dash lights and functions on the steering wheel wouldn’t work. On a Sunday too, the dealer was closed. Bossman said oh no, dead battery in the morning. Take it over now and leave it there for the morning. I convinced him to unhook the battery for a second and ‘reboot’ the computer. It worked. They did put a new audio module in it though. It came with 6 months of Sirius Radio. We can stream it in the house too. I love the Siriously Sinatra station! I want to keep it now! I can listen to audio books and podcast from my phone through the truck radio! We’re living’ in luxury now, baby! I guess you can tell we haven’t had a new car in a long time 🙂
I finally subscribed to Acorn. I love it. Picked up a Roku stick for the TV in the back bedroom so I could watch back there when sports are on. Otherwise I stream it through the Apple TV in the living room. I’m thinking about subscribing to BritBox too. Shetland is streaming on there right now. Those Roku’s are pretty neat, I can take it with me when we travel and have my Acorn with me.
I found this cool Agatha Christie reading list app to keep track of which of her books I have! You might like it too if you love her, check it out HERE. There’s also an Agatha Christie Mahjong game app, Mahjong Crimes, and another solve the mystery game featuring Poirot, Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders.
The iris are blooming along the back property line and the color is magnificent this year! Too bad the stalks always end up falling over with the weight of the flowers. There’s lots of flowers on each stalk. The mockingbird is still chasing other birds away! The woodpeckers have stopped even coming by. I thought he would be on his way by now.
We finished a couple more puzzles before all the work got started. I also found a Wysocki puzzle online that I’ve been looking for several years! I was so pumped. It’s an old puzzle, but this one is brand new, never opened. Picked up a couple more we don’t have at Walmart recently too. We’re set for when the heat gets to much to be outside! Puzzling and my blog have brought me a new friend from Massachusetts! Sue emailed me about a puzzle and we have struck up a correspondence through email. I love meeting new people!
We are off to Maryland to see my son and his family for Mother’s Day weekend. Haven’t seen them since Christmas. My granddaughter got excepted into a performing arts high school for next year. She plays violin in the school orchestra. She also started playing recently with her church worship team! I’m very proud of her. We’re going to Myrtle Beach for a week soon too, looking forward to just getting to relax and catch up on my reading!
Just found out today that a friend, back home in PA., who has been battling cancer for several years has found out the new medication isn’t working for her. She went through chemo and radical mastectomy and reconstruction several years ago and now the cancer is back in the bone, I think it is. She opted not to do treatment again. The cost and the treatment itself was just too much for her to do again. It is a hormone driven cancer so they tried this new drug but it didn’t work. I got the saddest message telling me she probably won’t see me in this life again but she will look for me in heaven. She has the most amazing faith and doesn’t want anyone to feel bad for her. She said she is going home to be with her savior and we’ll be reunited someday. I haven’t known her long, but we had an instant connection. She gave me all her Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt books from her teen years because she said she knew they would have a good home! We’re praying for a miracle, but it looks like God will heal her on the other side.
Well, I’ve rattled on enough. It was nice chatting, although I wish you’d talk a little more! Ha Ha!
Thanks for stopping by!