Today was a family visit day. We were up a bit earlier than usual and enjoyed a light breakfast and a quiet first half of the morning. One of the things I’ve had on my to-do list is ordering Touch of Oranges Wood Cleaner and Touch of Beeswax Wood Preservative. I finally got those ordered today directly from the company with free ground shipping. I checked Amazon but the prices were no better and the products were not eligible for Amazon Prime. I also found what I think is an exact replacement for my iPad2 flip cover and put it in our Amazon shopping cart.
Our son (Brendan) and grand-daughter (Madeline) arrived around 10 AM. Madeline knows her way around the main floor of our house at this point and headed directly for the pantry to see what snacks we might have. We tend to have dried fruit on hand, especially raisins and cranberries, as a tasty but healthy choice. She is very fond of dried cranberries. We spent the morning playing and talking and having a drawn out snacky lunch. Somewhere in there Brendan setup the Pack-n-Play.
Pat Davidson from Apex Roofing showed up around noon to look at our roof and give us a quote. Apex has done two roofs for us on the previous house and did excellent work at a fair price both times. The quote was about what I expected and I gave Pat the verbal go ahead to put us in the schedule. They are scheduling out about six weeks, so mid -June looks like the timeframe. That potentially runs into the SKP Tri-Chapter Rally or the ARRL Field Day, as well as bus and bus barn projects, so we will have to see exactly where things fall. We like to be around while this sort of work is going on. This time, however, I also need to build a dormer on the back side of the roof to provide better access to the attic, generally, and the air-conditioner evaporator/air-handler, specifically.
The quote is for a new roof, with new underpayment and ice shield, so it is a “tear off” where they first remove all of the old roofing and repair any damaged/missing roof decking or boards. They always look for at least a three day window with a dry weather forecast. Pat said they would work with me relative to the dormer. Specifically, they would start the tear off in the area where I want to build the former and then move to a different part of the roof so I can do the carpentry. Linda and I need to visit ABC Supply Co. in new Hudson to pick out the specific shingle we want, and we plan to do that sooner rather than later.
The dormer is simple in concept but a bit trickier in execution. I would build two tapered walls on the ground that look like right triangles. The hypotenuse would attach to the roof with the long leg on top and horizontal and the shirt leg facing out and vertical. Joists would be installed across the two walls, tying the together. The front wall would be framed for an access door between the two short legs. Two rafters would be installed at the end wall. The ridge board would be set in place and cut to tie into the roof. Two backer boards would be installed on the roof running at an angle from the ends of the side walls up to the ridge board. The rest of the rafters would then be installed. The walls and roof would then get plywood sheeting and decking. The final carpentry would be fascia boards and siding. Fortunately we have a pile of Hardy Board left over from when the house was sided. Hopefully there is enough to side the dormer and it is in good enough shape to use. I would then install the door, which I might have to build. Apex would then roof the dormer, including continuous ridge venting. The final steps would be painting the door and door trim and installing fascia and vented soffit material to match what is already on the house if I can find a supplier. We would like the dormer to blend in and look like it belongs there.
Brendan got Madeline down for her nap at 1 PM and then spent a little time looking at what we plan to do with the floor in the bus before heading back to Ann Arbor. I gathered up the Armstrong vinyl floor tile samples and drove to Lynch Carpet in Howell to return them and see what else they might have. Clint let me keep the one we like for a couple more days and gave me a grout color chart. I then headed to Best Buy in Brighton to pick up a Sony Blue-Ray/DVD player and a couple of flash drives, all of which were on sale. I stopped for gas and got back to the house just as Madeline was waking up from her nap.
I was able to spend a little time researching a potential new vehicle. As much as we are enamored with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the Consumer Reports data on them is very discouraging, especially the reliability data. Viable alternatives may be the Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or the Nissan Xterra SUV, both of which are available in 4×4 configurations. Even the Ford F-150 might be a possibility as it is available in a 4-door, short-bed, 4×4 version. They all have much better CR reliability data that the Jeeps. The problem is, they are not Jeeps. If we can wait a year, Ford is releasing an F-150 Raptor in fall 2016 that will feature a 10-speed transmission with six selectable driving modes including rock, mud & sand, and Baja (high speed desert racing). It will probably also feature a ridiculously high price, but then none of these vehicles are inexpensive.
We got a phone call from XPO around 4:20 PM to let us know they would be delivering our box spring mattress foundation around 5 PM. They showed up right on time and carried it to our bedroom. Linda signed the delivery slip and they were gone as quick as they arrived. We will wait until Brendan retrieves Madeline tomorrow to disassemble and reassemble the bed.
I entertained Madeline while Linda prepared dinner, but Madeline was very interested in what her Grandma Linda was doing, so we kept going to the kitchen to check on the work. Linda served some “mock” chicken tenders, but she also fixed fresh green beans and homemade mashed potatoes, reheated some frozen edamame, and set out fresh black grapes and pineapple chunks. Madeline is a good eater and we all enjoyed our meal.
Madeline is “potty trained” and very proud of the fact that she is no longer wearing a diaper. She had a very successful day letting us know she needed to use the toilet. We have a booster ring for the hall bathroom and put a stool in there for her. She uses the stool to get up in the toilet seat and then uses it to stand up at the sink and wash her hands. The hall bathroom sink/counter is lower than normal and turns out to be a great height for Madeline with the use of the stool.
We played after dinner until Madeline was tired. She has always been comfortable staying with us but at 29 months of age is starting to have some anxiety about being away from her parents. She wanted her daddy, and was briefly a little bit teary, but it wasn’t anything Grandma Linda couldn’t handle. Linda followed the usual routine of looking at the rug (wall art) and all of the pictures in the hallway, the small bedroom, and finally the middle bedroom where Madeline’s Pack-n-Play is set up. She selected the Construction Kitties book (again) for a bedtime story. It was one of the books we got from the library yesterday and was her favorite choice all day today. She fell asleep easily as she usually does. We are active, busy people, but it’s a different kind of busy from having a 2-year old in the house. We were tired, and turned in about an hour after our grand-daughter, but it was a good kind of tired.
We were so busy today that we failed to notice that it was Cinco de Mayo until it was almost over.