written June 18+
OK, it's another week or so, and I'm
making notes for our own memories. We are back from the activity
of grandkids and back to house, yard, neighbors, and Fresno family.
So, that's our diary record for another week. I wonder what's next.
Sunday, Fathers' Day, came and went, with long-distance best wishes, tree-planning in front, and
a simple BBQ dinner with Marianne, Mamo, and me. The cold I'd
picked up in Los Gatos (from kids?) was getting worse, but on a
seemingly predictable ten-day schedule.
On Monday, the chores started. First, we took the Audi back into
the shop to fix the failing front-left suspension. It would take
another week for the problem to be found and, hopefully, fixed.
After that, it was house work, including the annual air-conditioning
check, important as the ten-day forecast has highs in the high 90's
every day. Locals tell us it will get hot after that.
evening Gene and Nancy and Angie and Tom joined us for dinner. We
started by introducing them to caipirinhas and avocado bruschettas on the
patio, and followed with lamb dinner inside, enjoying good food,
conversation and air-conditioning.
Now it's Saturday. Marianne had an art lesson while I tried to
repair the yard damage done by our construction crew. The roots
of two of our trees had been assaulted by all the digging, so I
needed to re-cover with dirt and build flooding basins for the
remaining root systems.
I'm not sure the yard work will ever get done, but I have discovered
that, once in awhile, I enjoyed just pushing dirt around. And we
have plenty of dirt.
Bocce court frame ready for filling
Twenty-three tons of gravel get spread out. Glad this isn't DIY!
Meanwhile, the garage foundation was prepared by Wednesday, including
these ridiculous "strong wall" foundations. When there is an
earthquake, our house may fall, but the garage won't.
Thursday was devoted to building inspection, a task that took no more than 20 minutes.
On Friday, the big concrete truck arrived at 9am and the hard work
began. The next five hours ended with a smooth and slightly soft
Now that phase is over and walls should start going up next week.
John and Marianne