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doors and windows

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Repairs are continuing with the house.  Last year we got the fascia replaced.  It was rotting and the previous contractor we hired didn't replace everything, didn't do a good job where it was replaced, and simply didn't finish the job.  On the second go-around the new contractor replaced all the fascia including the work that was half done, and painted the trim around the house.  The new fascia is Hardi-plank and we shouldn't have to worry about it rotting.

We hired another contractor to look at the roof.  They did spot repairs on the roof and installed new gutters in the front and back of the house.  They will also be replacing our front and back doors and the windows.  Our replacement doors and windows arrived this past week and are sitting in the garage.  We also have new locks to go with the new doors.  All together, it's a LOT of dollars.

One of our windows has been broken ever since we bought the house.  It's a small hole in the glass.  For the most part, we seldom open the windows because it is very difficult.  The doors has always had a big gap in them.  We stuff the gap with a yardstick and towel.

We look forward to having these problems corrected.  We don't know yet when the workers can come.  But all the parts are here.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

I've been sick for a week now. The symptoms keep changing. Sinus, cold, allergies ... any one of those probably occurred some time during the week. I've a cough that just won't quit. I've tried just about every color of Mucinex. Delsym worked for me at one time, but it doesn't seem to do anything this time around. This past week I have tried eating oranges, drinking hot tea, hot apple juice, and hot apple cider. I went to the doctor on Friday and he prescribed a cough syrup with codeine and Zyrtec D. I think the Zyrtec is throwing my body for a loop. It did dry me up (too much, I think) but now it's time for another dose and my body is still feeling drugged though my nose is running again. I couldn't get they cough syrup because the pharmacist needs to talk to the Doc and it was Saturday when I tried to fill that prescription. So I'm trying super duper strength Robitussin DM.

I learned Thursday night that a friend of mine passed. I was able to confirm it on Friday morning. He was a good guy. We're not real close but I do try to call him on his birthday and perhaps any one of those military days (Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Day, etc.).  He had been bed-ridden for years.  I was not able to attend any of the services for him because I found out too late (the funeral was at the same time as my doctor's appointment).  May his soul rest in peace.  And may time heal the sorrow of his friend who had taken care of him through all those years.


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Mikhail Baryshnikov dances to Vladimir Visotsky (or Vysotsky)in the movie "White Nights"

apostolic visitation

Friday, February 05, 2010

A representative from Rome is visiting the U.S.A. women religious congregations.  It's not new news; I just haven't paid it much attention.  However, the visitation seems to have caused quite a flurry.  Here is National Catholic Reporter's collection of "stuff" on the topic:

As someone seeking to enter religious life, I ought to be keenly interested.  I've just been too pre-occupied with my own fires.  I am surprised by the negative views of the ordeal.  Of course nobody likes audits.  Usually the grumbling is along the lines of it being another inconvenience.  In this case, the grumblings go far beyond that into issues that I don't understand and have no awareness of.  It'd be nice to sit with some women religious over some bubble tea and hear what the big hoolabaloo is all about.

C'mon T.O.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

C'mon T.O., if you're still lurking, please e-mail me.  It's been a while.  I think your blog was LAMLand.  Like I said, it's been a while.  Please.

Little Portion Hermitage

Last year, there was a fire at Little Portion Hermitage, the community founded by John Michael Talbot.  They are rebuilding.  If you are able, please help them by giving a donation.  Thanks.