09/01 TO 09/30/2010
of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and thru 08/31/2010 have been published on the
website. We continue with the
2010 #23 09/01/2010 to 09/30/2010
At last update,
we were visiting Judy’s family in Lufkin, Texas.
Welcome back to our continuing adventure…
WEDNESDAY LUFKIN, TEXAS
Judy and I are having a wonderful visit with two of her kids, their
wives, and five of her grandkids. Mark,
Scott, and I went to a great little Mexican market. The
guys picked out some fantastically marinated beef meat for the dinner
extravaganza. On the super-hot gas
griddle, Scott sizzled a pile of adobo seasoned Fajita slabs.
Thinly sliced, the succulently tender meat strips were heaped into flour
tortillas, thence topped with cheese and a variety of other enhancements.
Man, oh man, they were soooo gooood.
I wish we had a place like that market near us and a chef as talented as
Scott to fix ‘em.
THURSDAY LUFKIN, TX
The grandsons were over to the guesthouse early this morning.
It was so early that she had just gotten out of the shower.
They were all ready to give Grandma Judy some loving hugs.
FRIDAY LUFKIN to SAN
It was only a relatively short visit to Lufkin.
We got ourselves around and began the 5+-hour drive back to our place in
SATURDAY SAN ANTONIO to
Scott and Mary came to our home to take us down to Rockport, TX.
After about a 3-hour ride, we arrived at Key Allegro Marina.
The weather was perfect under those Texas “Blue, Clear Skies”.
Mary has been doing some redecorating in the Master Stateroom.
The new bedding really brightens up the comfortable, king-sized bed.
This weekend, the work list was put on the back burner.
It was party time!
Everybody loves Scott. Each
and every guest was excited to be aboard the luxury yacht for the homecoming
Scott’s friend, Terry, and the legendary man himself…
This is our main-man, JD. We
have known him since he was a lad. He
grew up with his Mom and Dad aboard their sailboats, (MUSIC MAN) and then,
(FAITH). In his late teens, he set
out on his own sailing adventures by single-handing his own boat on some long
voyages. Still living on his sailboat, JD has enlisted in the US NAVY
and is awaiting his deployment orders. He
is a great young man and we certainly wish him all the best that life can offer.
Scott has always attracted the pretty ones, like “bees to honey”.
The gals all donned their stylish, “GOT GEMBA?” shirts.
Wow, just too sexy!!! This
is certainly a dynamite, bevy of beauties…
SUNDAY ROCKPORT to SAN
Mary is still entrenched in her work ethic. She
thinks that her office would absolutely collapse if she missed a day (and maybe
it would). We headed back to San
Antonio in this gorgeous Sunday afternoon.
A twisted oak tree provided a picturesque setting for our Judy and Mary.
Judy and Fred…
I don’t think that Judy would totally agree with Mary’s license plate
frame. I'm very sure of one thing, I’m
not going to get tricked into that discussion…
FRIDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
Even though I have been working steadily from dawn to dusk, my project
list seems to be growing faster than my accomplishments.
As I start each little project, it turns out to be more complex and I dig
in further to do it right. The
pedestal platform for the furnace/air handler base needed much attention. Shown here, I have reinforced the supports and replaced some
of the structure. To improve the
efficiency, I lined the entire air box with heavy insulation board.
When I finish the side panels, they too will be faced with high factor
insulation panels. Each panel has
to be custom cut.
Judy worked on the kitchen back door.
Still masked off in this picture, the steel door had to be scraped,
sanded, and refinished with oil-based paint.
MONDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
We were delighted to have visitors to our home.
The boys from ADAMAS DE MARIS were here to spend the night with us.
With the torrid Texas temperatures, the “Yankee” boys were looking
for a way to cool down. Skip and
Judy turned the air-bubblers and water-jets on high and soothed themselves in
the swirling water.
My very long time buddy, JD (ADAMAS DE MARIS) and I sought the shady
patio and a fan to keep us cool. It
is wonderful to have them here. As
you may remember, JD is a member of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club and loves
to spend the winters in the Bahamas. We
have sailed together extensively and enjoyed each other’s friendship for
almost three decades.
With the sun decorations hung, the deck resurfaced and painted up, and
the new custom cover for the spa pool, the patio renovation project is coming
I have completed the rebuild of the air-conditioning unit housing and the
sitting bench. The deck lights were refinished and reinstalled.
TUESDAY SAN ANTONIO,
The tap water in San Antonio comes from the Edwards Aquifer.
The underground, limestone reservoirs are infamous for the hard water
that they supply. Most everyone has
resorted to the use of water softeners to reduce the calcium deposits and
hardness factors. Several years
ago, our old softener decided to fail. I
have deferred its replacement until now. In
this picture, the salt tub has already been removed and the resin catalyst
processor was still plumbed in.
Another project that needed attention was a rotting section of the patio
to garage doorframe. Through annual fees, the Homeowners Association undertakes
the responsibility of exterior maintenance (roofs and personal improvements not
included). A simple phone call
scheduled a maintenance technician/carpenter to attend to the issue.
In Texas, we don’t have basements in our homes.
For my workshop, I have converted one side of the two-car garage for my
project center. I made this handy
device to be a “jig” for ripping and cutting long, straight spans with my
circular saw. Since each different
brand of saw has unique measurements, the guide must be matched to the
individual saw. Now, all of my
panel cuts will be accurate and perfectly straight.
The installation of the new water softener required a lot of re-plumbing.
Using a blowtorch, I had to remove the existing valves, and then sweat in
new fittings to accommodate the updated unit. These days, the advanced units have digital controls, water
saving features, and an integrated tank. It
will be great to have nice, soft water for our showers again.
No more ugly water spots on the tiles, sinks, and dishware. Note the
completed air box structure under the air handler.
So tell me, “do I do nice work, or what?”
When the association carpenter arrived, I couldn’t resist getting
involved in the doorframe repair. Together,
we accomplished the repairs and it is like new again.
MONDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
When the patio home was built, wood paneling was the sophisticated choice
and vogue of interior design. With
time, designers have invoked fashionable changes that have rendered this once
tasteful feature passé. Some years
ago, we conceded to lighten up the living area by renovating the largest wall
and installing new wallboard painted in a light color.
Since then, Judy has hoped I would upgrade the rest of the room. Again, I conceded to her more tasteful desires and
began to plan the project. The next
several pictures show the “Before”.
Windows in both my office and the living area featured dark wood
shutters. Although these are coming
back in design trends, we agreed that for the look we wanted, they would have to
SATURDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
I was quick to admit that this was a project that exceeded my sole
capacity. Thoroughly satisfied and
impressed with Tyler from Premier Remodeling, I called him for his expert
assistance. By using his ideas and
skills, we formulated a plan and commenced the renovations.
The first step was to remove all of the existing wood panels.
I had imagined that we would have to replace all of the wallboard.
Tyler said that he could rescue the existing walls and obtain excellent
The shutters were disassembled, the upper and lower moldings removed, and
the paneling stripped away in stages.
A part of the project was to renovate the cocktail bar area.
One of my jobs was to remove the glass racks, lighting fixtures,
shelving, and various other accessories.
Panel by panel, the removal process revealed the bare walls.
Tyler and I worked steadily. He
is such a good craftsman and is always careful and considerate of our home.
There is an obvious pride in everything he does.
The project included replacing the wet bar counter and
shelf. I tackled the removal of the plumbing fixtures and sink.
The cabinets will be refinished to reflect a more modern look.
I was pleased that Tyler would be able to eliminate the need to replace
Note how carefully that Tyler placed the construction paper on the tile
floor to protect the surface from any damage.
Here, the wet bar counter has been ripped out.
Here, you can see the protected floor.
Note the upgraded doors that Tyler installed a couple of weeks ago.
So far, we have only changed out the downstairs doors.
Later, I hope to upgrade the upstairs doors from their existing flat
THURSDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
To further protect our room furnishings, we covered everything with a
variety of plastic sheeting and old bedding sheets.
Tyler carefully and skillfully restored the wall surfaces using a
three-stage process. He first
applied a base coat of quick drying “mud” to the needed areas.
After sanding, he applied a smoother, slow-drying compound that required
overnight setting. Note how well
the taped construction paper protected the tiles from splatters.
Over the following week, the renovations continued to include the
finishing coats of plaster “mud” and subsequent texturing.
While he was at it, he made several repairs to other wall surfaces
throughout the houserooms.
THURSDAY SAN ANTONIO, TX
The kitchen counters had always “bugged” Judy’s sense of design.
Formerly, they were the outdated, butcher-block pattern.
Together, Judy and I selected a new counter design that we both liked
very much. With Tyler’s
professional assistance, we proceeded to replace and update the kitchen area.
It was my job to prepare the area and do the finish work.
It was Tyler’s job to cut and install the new counter surface.
Tyler custom cut and constructed the new counter area for the wet bar.
Judy worked on refinishing the liquor cabinets and I did the plumbing and
faucet repair tasks. All of these
projects are really starting to take shape and we are thrilled with the emerging
new look. Of course, we still have
lots more to do.
The trim work on the carpeted stairway was dull, crude, and much too
plain. Prodded by Judy’s impetus,
I activated our plan to improve the situation by installing new trim moldings.
To replace the removed shutters, I installed modern, wide-slat blinds.
When Judy designs and sews the window treatments, it is going to look so
For the kitchen counters, I came up with the addition of embossed wood
trim that I spray-painted to accent the backsplashes.
Another separate project in progress was the design and construction of a
headboard for the master bed. I
conceived an idea and made the plans for a unique construction.
I would employ a framed, shutter design braced with side supports and a
My compound miter saw has been invaluable for this type of construction.
Without it, my molding projects and headboard project would not have been
With all of this construction going on, the garages became a total
workshop and the vehicles were relegated to street parking.
In the next update edition, we will explore the progress and advances in
the renovation projects. I hope you
will return to the website for more on our continuing adventures.
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