Hump Day And We Were Busy!

Fact:  The bookworms will appreciate this fun fact: Isaac Asimov is the only author to write a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

6:00 AM and Gary is on the job because it will be 90+ degrees today so getting on the job early is a good thing.

He was our alarm clock today because it is Wednesday, meaning we have to get up early and clean the house before the house cleaners arrive, duh!!

Progress check:  The walls are coming along nicely.

The beds are starting to take shape!

Scout is sniffing for a varmint in the same stones from yesterday!  He is convinced it is still inside the blocks, although we saw them exit the blocks and run next door yesterday!  Once upon a time, a friend of mine wanted to start collecting dogs. I gave him a couple of pointers.

Yesterday at Home Depot, when we bought wheelbarrow #2, a lovely lady stopped us and asked if we needed insulation; we replied, “Hell yes!!” We wanted the insulation replaced, but contractors are unreliable.  With Home Depot behind this company, they have to be good.

So the nice man stopped by this morning, and starting Tuesday of next week, the old R-15 insulation dating back 40 years will be replaced with R-38.  It’s a two-day process, but it will make a significant difference in cooling the home.  Insulation is identified and labeled by R-value, and “R” stands for resistance to heat flow.  The higher the insulation R-value, the greater the insulating power.

Our current insulation is a compacted R-21, which is about an R-10.

After the salesman departed, it was time for the cleaning folks to leave; we were by ourselves again!  Mary asked how we would cook the beans, so I went to my trusted source, YouTube!  I wonder if I could explain to my father what a YouTube was; they have everything!!

What vegetable comes from outer space? Green beings!  I could not resist!

We are going to cook up the brown string beans.

We had two good videos to select from.  Mary watched them and knew what she wanted to do!  I told Mary, “It takes 3.14 pastry chefs to make a pie.” I have no idea why!

They were loaded with aphids, but a stream of water cured that issue quickly!

We cut up an onion, a tomato, some garlic, and finally some bell pepper and sauteed them in a pan.  The beans were cut into bite-size portions.  After adding the beans, we cooked them for ten minutes with the lid on the pan.  The results were terrific!

Mary plated them with some leftover stuffed zucchini; it was not only pretty, but it tasted amazing.

We almost ate every bite but decided to take some to Jan for her assessment.

It was hot outside, so we took a short nap.  Mary took off to an appointment at 3:00 PM, returning at 5:30 PM.  While she was gone, I straightened up the office, which looks presentable now!

Jan called looking for company, so we popped over and brought her goodies.  We killed off a bottle of wine with her and discussed the current events.

There was a nice warm breeze when we got home.

Upon returning home, I dragged out my air compressor and cleaned out the condenser unit, which is now spotless.  Ed is coming over tomorrow to replace the starting/running capacitor.

I had to scold Mary for leaving the air conditioning on for the night.  We had a very heated argument.

We crashed early, telling each other we would watch a movie.  Duh, we were both out like a light.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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