January 20-25, 2014
Jackpot...our week got off to a squeaky clean start. First thing Monday morning, Belle got a much needed washing and wax job. We met Jason last year...he owns and operates Xtreme Power Washing.
Jason and his family do a great job...there were 5 folks working a steady pace. The transformation from dirty to clean and shiny took about 3 hours.
Jackpot...later that day, Joe and I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Whitaker. Gary owns and operates Creative Woodworking.
Gary is one busy, gifted woodworker! He just received an order from Orvis for 100 Fly Tying Work Centers which he designed. If you are a fisherman, you might have ordered one of them from Orvis.com, item #62KX-0000. Cabellas also sells them.
|Fly Tying Work Center for Orvis...|
Also, he has an order for secure souvenir cases for all the National Parks west of the Mississippi. It seems with cut-backs, most National Parks have one person in the gift shop at a time and souvenirs are being stolen. Even with all he has to do, Gary agreed to make 5 cherry table tops and 2 cabinet doors for Belle. We gave him patterns and dimensions and in 2 days, he called to say they were ready!
We enjoyed our visits with him. He is just the nicest guy! As a side note, his wife is from the Philippines. Their family there own a 40 acre farm that he built a home on...a home he designed and built. There were 4 other family homes on the farm. I say were, because they were all destroyed in the recent devastating Typhoon. His home stood strong...and his family were all safe! Today, their farm provides food for many neighbors who are without a home and food.
Do I have to say that Joe was in woodworking heaven! Thanks Gary!
Wednesday and Thursday were spent staining and varnishing...
...as we enjoyed the most beautiful serenade! This Curve-billed Thrasher has the loveliest song!
She just opens up and out comes the most intricate melodies! Her songs are so pleasing to the ear and she is very generous with them.
She isn't skittish either.
I was all in her space!
I smelled these buds and blossoms on the lemon tree the thrasher was in.
There were lots of green lemons at different stages...
Our sweet pups have enjoyed this awesome weather...we have no complaints there...as it warms up to a nice 75*.
We sure haven't missed the humidity!
When we bought Belle 2 years ago, there was an euro recliner and ottoman in this space. It didn't really serve any purpose, so we made a donation. This space is on the left side as you enter the front door. After tossing around many ideas, we decided this would be a nice place for the TV.
Jackpot...we took Belle back (to Fisher's RV Repair) for her new left rear jack on Friday and Jeff Fisher re-routed our dish receiver cable. Thanks Jeff!
Today, we finished the first of several projects...our new TV placement. The TV doesn't sit on the table, but is on a swing bar and for travel will be flush with the wall. For viewing, we have several choices. We wanted the arch in the table to mirror the curve in the cabinets above it! I think Joe's design is perfect!
Pot Meat had all the "fun" jobs! That's me! About 5 years ago, Joe gave me the nickname Pot Meat when we built a privacy fence in the backyard. Construction workers in the south are known for eating potted meat on their breaks...how do we know that? Well, its not uncommon to find the cans left behind long after they have moved on to other jobs. Anyway, every time we have a project...Pot Meat shows up ready for work!
So...we hit the jackpot! No it wasn't millions of dollars from the lottery. It was much more...meeting the nicest folks! Friends who I hope we can visit with again.
I hope you don't mind, but I will be posting several more before and after photos...projects we hope to finish up this week.
I mentioned earlier in this post how sweet our pups have been this week...well, they do have their moments like all children...
Can you believe they were just playing?
Have a wonderful week. Until next time, take care...
and enjoy the view!