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Old 03-10-2009, 04:04 PM   #271
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Hey Coco,

How are things going for you and your wife?

Has she been able to make it back to the island yet?

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Thanks for asking.
She is still immobile. Might be getting a visit from the home care gal tomorrow. Looks like at least another week before she will even be able to get to the Dr's office. Then several weeks for physio. I doubt she will be back on the island for at least a month, likely longer.
I guess you are still in the cold up there. We are here too, still below 0C as I write this with snow which we got two days ago. And windy. It's not usually anywhere near this bad in March.
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Hi Cocobolo, I haven't seen you post anything lately and just wondered how your wife is doing. I hope everything is going well.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:40 PM   #274
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It is Saturday evening as I post this, so good evening to all.
First let me issue a most heartfelt "thankyou" to all of you who have sent private mails with your good wishes. I promise you, each and every one has been passed along to my wife.
As of three days ago, she has been trying to graduate from using a walker, to just using a cane. This might be a little premature, as every time she has tried it, the knee swells up considerably. She has been talking to her doctor by phone, and she is not certain why the knee is swelling up as much as it is. It may simply be lack of use, and the muscles and anything else inside the knee might just be objecting. She is managing the exercises that the physiotherapist gave her to do very well. All in all, she is coming along as expected. She is just getting frustrated because it is taking so long. But really, it is only 5 weeks today. So anywhere between another 3 and 7 weeks before she is able to walk without any aid. My guess is the high end.

And just to compound matters, on Friday, March 13th, I managed to have another heart attack. Friday the 13th, it figures.
I was able to get off the island this time fairly quickly, and got to see the doc the following Tuesday. At least they're taking me a bit more seriously this time.
I've done the blood work, the initial ecg, the x-rays - I guess to see if I even have a heart - did the stress test at the cardiologists on Wednesday, followed by the 24 hour heart monitor on Thursday. I was supposed to hear from the doc yesterday with the results of that, but it was a sunny day here, so I guess he went golfing.
Now I should be hearing Monday morning - his nurse promises me that she has put a note on his desk telling him he has been a bad boy - and I am hoping for some good news.
I mean really, if three attacks can't get rid of me they better find something else, right?
About three or four days ago I started to get a resurgence in my energy levels. Don't know why really, no change in diet or anything, maybe it's just the natural healing process. Whatever it is I'll gladly take it.
And we have 5 days of SUNSHINE in the forecast!!! What an improvement that will be. I'm a real sun lover, so I feel better already.
With a little luck I should have some new stuff to show at the house shortly, don't worry, I checked with the good doctor to see if that was OK first.
Again, my thanks to all of you, and thanks also from my wife. She's not a computer user and finds it hard to believe that your online friends would do something like that. I hope to teach her how to go online soon so she can find out for herself just how good people really are.
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T'was great to hear from you again! I'm glad to hear the wife is progressing, slow as it may be, and that you are feelling better as well after your recent cardiac event. Been a rough winter for you this year. At least Spring is here now and things are warning up.
Though we have missed reading your posts and following your progress, don't over do it. I'm sure you're as stubborn as your wife, but over-exerting yourself won't do any good.
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Greetz once again from our little piece of paradise!
My wife is back to the island, possibly a few days early, but is managing remarkably well. The good weather may have something to do with that.
Plus they have found a couple of little problems in my heart, nothing to get too worried about I don't think.
So with all the shenanigans, I have still managed to get a few things done around here, not as much as I would like mind you, but we're progressing.
I'll do my best to get a few pics up tomorrow so you can see the latest damage.
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Welcome back Cocobolo. It's good to know that you and your wife are doing better.

Hopefully she's able to get outside to enjoy some of the spring flowers.
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Thanks gma. Yes, she has been out in the garden for the past couple of days, on and off as she was able, but today it's raining! Wouldn't you know it! Hope to be back a little later with a few pics.
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wow, you really have something special there. i love how your property looks like it is SUPPOSED to be there. being handy comes in handy!

but my favourite part is the toad home at the base of the hollow tree. that's too cute

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The Toad house was done by my wife, she is the artist! She has a couple of other things around here she has done as well, I guess I should take a shot or two and put them up.
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It's about time I coughed up with the promised updates, so here we are at long last!
I thought it might be a nice idea to surprise my wife with a new deck out front. We have been making noises about getting the ground leveled out there, if for no other reason than the table and chairs can at least be close to level! The more we natter about it the less that gets done.
The first step was to try to dig the ground out where the deck would go. Wouldn't you know it, I hit bedrock just a few inches below the surface at the top end. I really should have known that.
Here's the start of the dig.
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It's hard to see in the photo above, but the shaded area is already bedrock. So there's not too much I could do about that. I figured I would just taper the framing where it hit the rock and leave it at that. Here's the framing.
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My original plan was to have the deck circular - more or less - I think it was a total of 30 sides. Then because of the rock, I had to be able to physically move the frame back in order to attach the posts at the front (which you will see shortly).
So it was necessary to provide a straight section at the back in order to facilitate this moving back and forth. It turned out OK in the end. I missed taking photos of some of the steps, sorry about that, so we are jumping ahead to the deck with posts attached and some of the surface boards on.
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That plastic which you see leaning against the posts is lexan sheeting. You have seen me use it in the past. It has been known to get a trifle breezy out the front sometimes, so the idea of a see-through wind screen had some appeal.
My thinking was that the curve of the screen would deflect the worst of the wind around to the sides, as opposed to trying to stop it dead. Wind doesn't like that.
Here, the deck has been surfaced. Unfortunately, the one and only cedar log I had contained a large amount of rot right up through the center. Not surprisingly, this meant that there was much waste. I managed to get something over half the surface covered with cedar, and had to settle for Douglas fir and hemlock for the balance.
At least the cedar log was the "pipe", so it was almost entirely clear and of decent quality - after all the junk was taken out.
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Cedar would have been my first choice for the whole surface, but when you cut your own wood, you gotta take what nature throws at you!
It was the prudent thing to apply wood preservative to the non cedar, and you can easily tell now which is which.
At this point, I have also attached the lexan sheets to the upper portion of the posts. On top of the lexan, you will see the beginnings of a rail.
This is being laminated from cedar also, and I hope will end up around 5" wide or so. Obviously, it has to be laminated in place, and the first part here has just two strips on each side of the lexan. At 3/8" width per strip, the first 4 add up to 1 1/2".
I kind of liked the idea of having the rail appear to be floating, so a little room was left above the posts.
The posts themselves were laminated from red and yellow cedar as well as Douglas fir. Believe it or else, I just didn't have enough wood that was 2" thick to make that many posts.
And the other thing was that a laminated post will be more stable, and not have any tendency to warp or twist. At least, that is my hope!
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