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General Update on Things

I don’t mean to keep things depressing and dwelling on my families loss but it is my blog so I guess I can do what I want……right? 😉

We buried Mark back on June 7th and had the family over after just to try and help lift our spirits. I’d like to say it has gotten a lot easier but it has only mildly gotten belter. I find myself feeling depressed more than anything lately. Don’t worry though I’m not about to do anything foolish. 😀

You can take this like a grain of salt but believe me this bit of advice is as true as I’m sitting here typing this message. You can never truly judge or know what is going on in someone’s mind no matter how well you might think you know them. I was having a conversation with a friend about a month ago and they had said how well they thought I was doing. That’s when I realized you can know someone who laughs and carries on with people but inside there could be an unfathomable struggle going on, each person with their own troubles that you may or may not know of. I now try not to judge people by their outward appearance anymore as I have a better understanding of personal turmoil.

Tomorrow will be another personal milestone as it would have been Marks 18th birthday. My Wife and I will take the day off as I’m sure it will be a difficult day for us and our 25th Wedding Anniversary is next week . We have decided to head back to Newfoundland again this year  to visit our good friends in New Chelsea and to get away for a little while.

OK now, onto a better subject. The past few Months I have been working on a new deck and sunroom or solarium (we still haven’t figured out what to call it) and it is pretty much complete for this year. There are a few little things to finish up but nothing major. We started out with an older 8×12 deck on the back of the house and wanted to add a sunroom. The sunroom was a kit from Costco that we had been looking at for the past year. They came on sale so we bought one. Simple, right? Noooooooooooooo! We wanted the 12×15 but by the time we ordered it they were all sold out and had to buy the 12×18 foot version. These kits were available in 12 foot wide by 12, 15 & 18 foot lengths. All the pictures of the ones we seen were two doors and you could place each of them anywhere except on the angled corners. Easy we will add a twenty foot extension off of our deck. After much sawing and banging the deck is complete and the kit is on the way.

Wow! The kit arrives in four very large boxes, not that I wasn’t expecting them to be, but when you first see them you figure you got your money worth just in the cardboard alone! Ha! Let the unpacking and assembly begin!!! OH NO!!!!!!! The two doors in this size are not two separate doors but one big double set of doors. This meant I had to add 4 feet to the side of the new deck or use a step ladder to get in and out. My wife wasn’t going to go for that so the extension was going to have to be built and if we do that we might as well replace the old 8×12 that we were going to replace next year so all of the deck will be new. Now everything is new and looks pretty darn good if you ask me. 😀

 

Now that the deck is done and the summer heat has arrived (the solarium is for my wife who loves the heat way more than I do) I like to sit inside the house with the air conditioning. Not wanting to just sit and watch TV and mope around I am slowly pushing myself to work on the layout again. I now have track through two towns and the extension that will eventually lead to “off layout” staging done. For now I may put a helix in to make a loop while I build up my towns and yard before building the rest of the layout.

I keep promising and will post pictures and a belter update for the railroad later on.

 

See Ya

Al

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