Today we got one of the three required City departments to give Final sign off on work completed. True, it was a very easy one, but that means progress. Last Wednesday we poured the driveway approaches. The concrete must be inspected after seven days to ensure there is no cracking. Concrete Rick bought a special tool to rough finish the horse trail area and the inspector said that was one of the best jobs he has seen. The drive approach is the only item we need OKd by Engineering/Public works, so that is one department done, two to go ….
In order to get the Planning Department to sign off, we need all the front landscaping, the correct grading elevations, the house to look like the colored renderings we submitted, and possibly the two side gates in place. Today Doc and I worked on the South yard to create a stone retention wall and bring the accessway to the proper elevation. We are almost done with that. Need to get more soil hauled in!
I kept hauling rocks from the equestrian path to where Doc was working. Each time I returned to the pile, there was a lizard on the highest rock who would greet me, then scramble as I took rocks away. I finally got down to the last few rocks and did not have the heart to take his perch away. So I lifted him and his rock and put them into the front yard.
Today the last of the humongous rock pile was dealt with! Compare today’s remaining rock pile (in video) with the rock pile as it looked a year ago. (Photo).
The Painters applied the final coat of epoxy and put the colored sprinkles in it. Tomorrow will be Day #4 of the process - the sealing coat.
During the morning I noticed a neighbor standing out front and admiring the house. I invited him in. He was Korean and only spoke a few words of English. His “WOW” when he stood in the Grand Room was pretty easy to understand. He walked around and, just like so many other people, “petted” the tile stream, the picket wall tiles, the granite wall paint, the cork floor etc. It’s fun how people like to touch aspects of the house.
Windowwasher Brian completed most of the window interiors and began on the exteriors. I would have just used a razor blade to clean off the excess stucco, but he says that would scratch the glass. He uses something to dissolve the residue.
At 6:10 p.m. Doc and I locked up the Penny Palace and scrambled to make our 7 p.m. meeting. We were both filthy from working and laying in the dirt. Doc had puncture wounds in both arms, so there were blood trails there. We were both sunburned and sweaty and being grateful that our meeting was not a dinner engagement.
Penny Finding? At 7:15 a.m. we stopped at McDonalds for breakfast. As Doc placed our order, I hopped out to walk next door to the self-serve car wash. Found a dime and three pennies near the vacuum canisters. Meanwhile Doc collected four shiny pennies - while staying seated in the van! He just opened his door and reached out for them. (Coins #4-8 Sit-N-Finds)
Total: 8 Coins P (7), N (0), D (1), Q (0) = $0.17
This early retirment thing isn't all its cracked up to be. I stood on a penny at Copy & Mail (which, by way of apology, had to be collected), and picked up 3 more on the way out of the BSC.
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