Sunday, July 29, 2007

Surgery's not my bag baby, yeh!

At least not on HP printers. Paper jam led to surgery using dental picks, which led to creasing the ribbon that runs through the ink cartridges, which is what is causing the "Cartridge Jam" error message I'm guessing.
A new equivalent replacement is $170, hard to imagine it could be fixed for much less.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

remodel update

Spent ALL DAY Thursday waiting for the inspector, who showed up at 4:45 pm. Friday was touch up and insulation.

Today (Sat) the sheetrock went in. Monday another inspection, then sheetrock taping. Wed the floor people are coming, maybe Friday the cabinets will be delivered (depending on how the floor goes). Things are suddenly cooking!

Oh! and it's Lily's last week on probation. Appt Friday for clearance to do all the things we're sort of letting her do now under supervision.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Busted by Karma Kop

So I had a restless night last night. The phone message from the contractor, "Looks like we might have a leak in the roof" played to my subliminal fears that the patch job on the remodel was not adequate.

Got to the house early, couldn't find signs of a leak. Contractor arrives. Message should have been, "I see a water stain on the top plate of the wall, near where the leaky skylight was, it's dry, but I don't remember seeing it before."

So I ran LOTS of water across the roof, no leak. I realized it was Karma when I went into a room to check for signs of water, and I wanted to yell out "Were these puddles here before?" even though it was dry, and I realized I might not have appreciated that bit of humor at that moment if someone did it to me.

Contractor spent today "wrapping" the beams with clear fir plywood. I got to sand them. (I'm HELPING!")


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When is an unseasonal rain & leaky roof a GOOD thing?

During a summer remodel, before you have done work that would have gotten screwed up.

Update, shower (bath kind, not weather) came in, but it was damaged in transit, new one may be in NEXT Tues.

Cabinets are done and we have nowhere to put them. Builder will hold them for a little while...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Roofer update

They showed up sometime this am and installed the skylight. The downside is that they discovered a change order from the roof job that cost us another $371. I have to think if I had let them forget about the skylight they might have forgotten the extra bucks. oh well.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Today is our ACTUAL 30th anniversary

For those unable to attend due to being in colder or warmer climes or ships at sea. And also those who couldn't hear my mumbling. Following is the text of our ceremony.

Wedding Renewal Vows for Steven & Kathleen

The quality of love is that which gives meaning to all human relations. A lasting, loving relationship is one of the mysteries of life. On this occasion, we are witnessing the reaffirmation of those vows of love made by Kathleen and Steven on their wedding day July 9, 1977.

During the intervening years, Kathleen and Steven have lived through sickness and health, pain and pleasure, success and loss. Because of their love for each other, they have persevered through the bright sunlight of the mountaintops and the shadows of the valleys. Their love has brought them together to this joyous occasion, where hand-in-hand they renew their vows of love and trust in each other.

Before the vows, Kathleen and Steven will read “The Art of a Good Marriage.”

The Art of a Good Marriage
By Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end
with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience
understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

Kathleen and Steven, you have come to this place together to continue to confirm to each other and to make public that your destinies shall be one and that your joys shall not be known apart. You are saying, “I love you” as a full commitment of yourselves to each other. You are again declaring your intention to make this venture of faith and love.

Steven, having full confidence in and love for Kathleen, will you continue to be her loving and faithful husband in sickness and health, in prosperity and need, in joy and loss, and to respect her privileges as an individual as long as you both shall live? (“I will”)

Kathleen, having full confidence in and love for Steven, will you continue to be his loving and faithful wife in sickness and health, in prosperity and need, in joy and loss, and to respect his privileges as an individual as long as you both shall live? (“I will”)

Will you who have witness these promises do all in your power to continue to uphold these two persons in their marriage? (“We will”)


New Roof-CHECK!

Party- CHECK! Renewal of vows- CHECK! Good time had by all- CHECK!

Lily's stitches out-CHECK

(ONLY 4 more weeks of house arrest)

Next remodel inspection-delayed, floor prep/installation delayed

I actually have a day off! CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Lily's Surgery X rays

Yes, you've all (both of you)been waiting for it, and HERE IT IS!

Monday, July 02, 2007


This Sunday, Moonrabbit and I are celebrating 30 years of marital bliss here. (It's actually 3o years on the 9th). So if you remember, perhaps lift a glass for us.