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Old 01-26-2019, 10:23 AM   #1219
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Be extra careful with the wind today Harvey.


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Old 01-26-2019, 06:58 PM   #1220
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Wind wasnít too bad where we installed the cover. Following is a photo story of the build.

First thing this morning. One of the inspectors doing a once over before we started.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:01 PM   #1221
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Installing the gutter on the posts after installing the posts on the anchors.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:07 PM   #1222
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Then itís just connecting the pans to each other, snap, literally and screwing them into the header and the gutter frameworks. We had to buy four new pans, cost almost as much as the original used package. And it was a double doggone darn bear on some of the pans due to damages to get some of them together.

All thatís left is tomorrow to bolt in the side frames and do the gutter downspouts.

Weíre sitting less than $700.00 in a 20í wide times 14í deep cover over the new outdoor kitchen area. Now we got to get the pavers down a short wall built to give us a little privacy from the street.

We do because we can.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:07 PM   #1223
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One of the great things about living in the Foothills is people let their creative side show itself. Here's two of my favorites we pass on our walks.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:18 PM   #1224
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the new canopy makes a huge difference. But we want more shade. last year we picked up at a yard sale a partial roll of the fabric that was used to make the sun shades for Jane. Ready made crank up shades are available at the box stores, Coolaroo for example is available at Lowes. They're economical but we worry about durability and how they will handle the wind.

On Craig's List I found a metal frame for a single car carport. it's the same stuff you see at swap meets etc where a metal frame holds up tarps to provide shade and privacy for booths. So today I went to the Yuma Swap Meet and picked up the pipe connectors to build a pipe frame across the front of the new canopy and down the sides for about five feet. We'll install the framework and then have the sewing center that did Jane's shades sew up four pieces that can be laced in with rope to provide shade.

The surgeon here had a different prognosis than the one in Texas. Texas wanted immediate surgery. Here he wants to try therapy because he doesn't believe the tear is complete and can be grown back with therapy. I love the idea of not having the surgery, We start Therapy Thursday. Friday I see a specialist about a hip thing that I believe is related to an old injury. if it is then I will bother the VA about it, maybe, they have a full plate already.

It's supposed to be a cool week, highs middle sixties.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:35 PM   #1225
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Today was about installing the framework. What I call Lacey luck once again kicked in laying out the framework. When we were done this evening we had one dinged up long piece of pipe and some assorted pieces two to three feet long.

Tomorrow will be about taking measurements and then taking the material we picked up a year ago with the measurements to Specialty Sewing Senter for them to make us our sun shades for the sides of the new canopy. We're getting excited.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:51 PM   #1226
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Good news on your shoulder.

Best of luck with your PT. Your patio shade is coming along nicely. I admire your can do attitude. Send some warm weather our way. Today was a heat wave at 57* Could use a work crew at my house. Need to pour a new concrete patio. Our chain link fence needs to be replaced with vinyl. The paint that is on the fence flakes off (been painted three times). The paint is oil paint/lead. Patio estimate is $3.000 and ten thousand for the fence!! Ouch.
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Good to get a second opinion.

Really like my new pain management DR. He is giving me RX for nerve pain. He has great credentials and bedside manner. Finaly got my new pills today in the mail at 0 copay. Took our nine yr. old cat into her vet for shots/check up. Stated she needs to go under anesthesia and have her teeth cleaned for $1.200 dollars. DD doesn't have that kind of $. Took her to our other cats vet. She was very cooperative and he was able to pop two balls of tarter off her teeth. He wants to monitor the teeth. They also are going to do the surgery for $350.00 to $550.00. The original vet's office girl called to see if we were going to have the surgery. I told her what happened with the second opinion. Told me I wasn't comparing apples to oranges. "Any vet has the same amt. of schooling and the same NYS licence". I am comparing apples to apples and won't be bringing my cat to you anymore. Hate to be ripped off!! $ doesn't grow on trees. I hear the rain on my window. Going to be freezing rain on Wed. and Thursday.
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Good news on arm. Friday will be my last PT visit. Last night was first night without Ice machine since surgery.
Nice job on the patio.
I use the rollup patio shades with good success. But we do not get winds and sun like AZ. Neighbor next to where you parked when visiting us a few years ago in AZ used them. They worked good. Holding them in place with bungee straps helps a lot.
I used similar straps to hold our sunscreen in place when we stayed in AZ. They do wear out from the sun. But easy to replace.

Glad to read that others are managing this old age trip we are all on.
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That is awesome Ron!!!! Iím glad youíre getting a handle on your ice machine addiction.

Seriously, anyone going through the pain of shoulder surgery that Ron has experienced can appreciate the relief the ice machine gives. I was an abuser and I was ten plus years younger when I had shoulder surgery than when Ron had his. Thatís dog years at our age.

When Doc Runyon explained that he wanted to try therapy first it made me reevaluate my thinking. His theory made sense because I have noticed improvement in range of motion in the last year. And when I had the surgery on the left shoulder 8 years ago I left for Haiti for work after a week of rehab. I was gone five weeks, and then came back for a couple more weeks of rehab and was released. Therapists complemented me on doing the exercises while out of country. I hadnít really worked on the exercises, I just worked.

So maybe just working this past year has been comparable to doing the physical therapy. Iíll blow it by the therapist Thursday. Yesterdayís therapy involved digging four post holes 30Ē deep.

Sam in your weather I would be a slug. Born and raised in the southwest I find the winters in north Texas wearing. I canít imagine coping with what you guys handle with ease.
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The new shade was completed, new floor installed, and we got up the side shades. It has taken the livability of the casita to a new level.

One of the projects Iím working on is a cactus array for the mailbox. Iím using 3/4Ē and 1Ē EMT tubing into what looks at first glance as sausage links. They will be the new cactus stems and flowers. Ya gotta get that imagination fixed!!!!
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Should not require much watering.


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Harvey, I found some of that sunshade material when I was living in Algodones, and wire tied it to the security bars on the windows of the house we rented! Made a huge difference, it was a charcoal color, and you could see out good, but could not see in!

That sunshade material makes a great difference on the temps inside Mona!

Your kitchen cover and shades turned out very nice!

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