with Jim and Gayle
The big project for this month was the installation of a shade
structure at the back of the lot. It will provide nice shade now
that it is getting warmer, but more importantly, next season, it will
be a covered area where we can have friends over in the evenings and,
with heaters, keep warm.
It was educational watching the pergola being built (it was too big
of a job for Jim to tackle, so we contracted it to be built). The
footings had to be 56 cubic inches. Rather than destroy our new
cement, the cement contractors drilled a 6 inch hole and then used a
shop vacuum to hollow out the footings to the correct dimensions.
Who would have thought to do that?
After the footings were dug, the iron posts were cemented in place
and then the concrete blocks were put around the
posts. The "alumawood" top was then built. Finally, the
stucco was put on the posts. Jim is now waiting for that to cure
before he paints it.
Jim has been busy, busy, busy! I can't keep up with everything
he's done this month! Besides designing and supervising the
construction of the pergola, he hung shades on the west side to block
the sun. He acid washed the bricks in our front circular drive to
try to remove the white residue on them. We were given two box
propane heaters that he is refurbishing. He's done a lot of tile
work on the lot. He's also had to fix the patio furniture on the
old lot. And as if that wasn't enough, he's volunteered to serve
on the Architectural Committee for the resort that approves all changes
made to lots in the resort.
We went to a couple of resort events -- a block party, the end of
the season resort party, and a couple of ice cream socials.
There is a major tennis tournament in the area every year. A
friend gave me a general admission ticket for one afternoon. With
general admission, late in the tournament, all you get to do is sit in
a lawn chair and watch the action on a big screen. I lasted about
30 minutes before I was bored. But I did learn several things
about going to the tournament so next year, I will try to go on one of
the first two days when admission is free and you can watch live action
(though none of the superstars live Serena Williams).
I hosted an Easter dinner.
I continue to do my knee exercises and water aerobics, play a
limited amount of easy pickleball, and play cards and majong (what a
life!). Jim has been so busy that he hasn't gone to water
aerobics this month. Jim hasn't even had time to take Max to his
weekly small dog play day but Jim does give him his daily golf cart
And finally, I've made the decision to get a partial knee
replacement. The surgery is scheduled for May 4.
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