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Sep 29, 2019 - Sunday 9/29/19

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. All of my art and office stuff was stacked on the bedroom floor to make way for the new front room windows. The install took much longer than we’d anticipated, but then everything we’ve done has taken longer than we thought it would. The front room is amazingly open now. Before, with the old windows and all their panes, the view was nice, but there was little insulation, so the room got incredibly hot when the sun beat down on them in the mornings. The lack of panes really opens up the view. These windows...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Monday 9/16/19

We finally closed the chapter on the master shower remodel last week. Initially, Bill complained that the shower was too big. In my mind, there’s no such thing as too big a shower or tub or TV. Anyway, he seems to be adjusting to it now. The front room windows are in town and are scheduled to be installed Wednesday. And that will be the last of the contracted work (we hope and pray) for a while. We discovered that the roof needs to be replaced in the next few months, but maybe the insurance will pay for part of it. Bill has spent the last...

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Sep 9, 2019 - Monday 9/9/19

After waiting all day for word on the remodeling status, we finally got a call back late Thursday afternoon, with assurances that the work would resume in the morning (last Friday). Sure enough, the plumbers were here on time to hook up the vanity sink. The glass guys also came and installed the shower door. Bill finally has a fully functioning bathroom! He had to wait until Saturday to christen the shower (the adhesive had to dry first). The boss told us the crew would be back today, hopefully to finish the job (they just pulled up). The...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Thursday 9/5/19

We still haven’t heard from or seen the remodeling crew. I talked with the boss’s wife (who works in the office), and I’ve been waiting over an hour for an update. Our new front windows should be in town sometime next week. Meanwhile, I was sitting at the dining room table, working on the grocery list for next week. I noticed an anole (green lizard) on the hummingbird feeder hanger. He was trying to climb up the pole, but he kept slipping back down. After several failed attempts, I grabbed the stepstool from the garage and went out to...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Saturday 8/31/19

It’s been pretty quiet here all week. No remodeling work at all. The plumber came out yesterday and finished all his work under the house. I sealed all the grout and tile in the new shower. The glass front/door will hopefully be in sometime this next week. I’m sure the holiday will delay it and the front windows a bit (front windows should be ready to install around the 11th). Meanwhile, I am enjoying the peace and quiet. We are still waiting for the temps to cool down more. It’s pretty much the same mid-90’s and dry every day. October and...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Monday 8/26/19

The big news of the week was the unanticipated storm that came through late last Friday night. I’ve mentioned before that we are in one of the most flood-prone regions in the country. This storm that looked like a mild shower as it approached, suddenly intensified as it arrived. Once here, it became stationary for 2-3 hours, and dumped an unbelievable 6.5” on us!!! Other than some water in the garage, we didn’t have any other problems from it. The storm did show us that we need to add a drainage system in the backyard (to keep it out of the...

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Aug 20, 2019 - Tuesday 8/20/19

The plumber hasn’t been back yet to finish insulating the pipes. We haven’t paid him any money yet, so I expect he will come as soon as he has an opening. So many people wait until they have a leak to call him, instead of being proactive and replacing all the bad pipe. Since he charges by the hour, it behooves him to fix the leaks. But he is always so busy that he often can’t address a leak for hours (or, in our case, days). I wonder if he lives in one of the mansions that we see high up in the hills? The shower guys will be back this...

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Aug 14, 2019 - Wednesday 8/14/19

We’ve got mostly good news this week. The shower installers began yesterday. I expect the work to continue into next week. The plumber re-plumbed the whole house late last week. It took him about 12 hours (mostly spent under the house). He is back today to finish insulating the pipes. He also installed a water filtration and softening system. This area has some of the hardest water in the country, and it’s been a real struggle to keep water spots off of everything. The new softening system does not use salt. It uses filters. We now have...

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Aug 9, 2019 - Friday 8/9/19

Nearly all of the nature photos in today’s blog were taken yesterday. It was one of those special days when nature presented itself everywhere I went. The tiny snake, called a Texas Blind Snake or Thread Snake was laying in the street in front of our house, and surely would have been run over. I picked it up and put it over in the grass. These little guys only get 11 inches or so when fully grown. They aren’t blind, but have tiny eyes and mostly live underground, so their vision isn’t good. The most interesting fact I found about them is...

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Aug 5, 2019 - Monday 8/5/19

A few days ago, while we were making yet another trip to the hardware store, the air conditioning in Bill’s Honda died. The heat index was over 100 degrees, so the ride back home was toasty to say the least! We dropped the car off at the shop this morning, and since part of the 5-mile Kerrville river trail was just a block away, we took Mo for a nice morning stroll. The skunk grave was along that trail (it may just be a joke, I’m not sure). Bill spent most of Saturday and Sunday washing windows. We don’t think they’d been washed in years....

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Aug 3, 2019 - Saturday 8/3/19

We met with the endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) Wednesday. After seeing what had taken place the week before with the ketoacidosis, Dr. Terry ordered a unique fasting blood test. She believes that Bill is actually a type 1 diabetic. That statement alone blew us away. After two decades of being told (by primary care docs) that he was type 2, he may have been mis-diagnosed and mistreated? I had read that type 1 was childhood onset, and she said that isn’t true. She has patients in their 80’s that have been diagnosed as type 1. The...

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Jul 29, 2019 - Monday 7/29/19

We had a nice, quiet weekend, and things are getting back to normal. Bill (I call him “Bill 2.0”) is doing well. We have three busy days this week. Today, my new mattress comes (but not until after 5pm), and Bill and Harold (using Harold’s truck) are going to cart off the old shower stall to the dump. They are loading up as I write this. Wednesday at 8am (yikes!) is Bill’s diabetes specialist, and the window coverings in the afternoon. Friday, we get the new garage doors. So, just a typical week for us! Our skunk has become a regular...

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