NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog NORASPAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tomorrow the little stitches will be gone. I am hoping to do some PT then walking the trail. Today was a bit of a washout but we had to get to the eye Dr to get DH glasses fixed. <BR> I had to push the glass in to the frame and it was not easy but it stayed in for 2 days. <BR> DH was able to drive us up to Waterville and wait to get it repaired. Happily the glasses are on a warranty so that was a relief. <BR> <BR> We drove home and my knee was very sore so I had to ice it and so the two of us took time to some recordings we wanted to watch but we seem to have been too busy. Today... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:47:01 EST Today was another concert, it was good to get out with sunshine. We went to a concert at a church. It was a really nice time these were good musicians and yet not professional. It was a nice mix of music. <BR> The last performer on the Pipe organ was 99 years old and she handled it well. <BR> <BR> Needless to say she got a big hand at the end. Pat in Maine is off to bed. <em>276</em> mm <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <em>276</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:55:05 EST Rain, Rain in Maine. We all needed it and still we need some more. Today was a day off the computer. I tried to ask some questions about my pages and as soon as I finished it there was a page saying OOPS! Spark ERROR. <BR> <BR> I get them so often. I was writing a Blog and it disappeared and the page asked if I was a new member or please sign in. <BR> <BR> I can check out some peoples name but my name comes up with other peoples page and it says Spark ERROR. <BR> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> I had a great day. We went to our first live play for th... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:49:36 EST My first blog blew away and I changed it.. Today we took the RV to have the winterizing. If water stays out in the cold and any water is in the pipes we will find out next year. <BR> So we go to a professional now. DH and mine are not as strong as they were so we have it done for us. <BR> We went for the winterizing and since we were close to an RV garage we asked why the check engine is still on. It had been on after a new battery was put in. He said it would go out. <BR> Instead e have rarely going out this summer alas but I did rem... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:16:04 EST The trees are not so finally gone. We only had light drizzle in the overnight.75 degrees today. I am still not moving very fast. DH and I went to the grocery store. I wanted to get some salads again. I love Fresh express and we are really liking the variety. <BR> I went in and DH stayed outside. <BR> I was walking with my fore arm crutch and I had a handy small cart. I bought the salads and I wanted to get back. I went to the door and hit my cell phone and I was told this person has not added messages. <BR> Tried again and still same message. I walked in to the car park and had no clue... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:19:21 EST Today was another nice day here in Maine. We have rain -Finally. DH and I did a lot of getting ready to winter. We try to guess when everything is covered and all the tools we need for the snow. <BR> After over 50 years we used to get caught and now we are making the best guess and out everything back for next year and take out the tools for the cold. <BR> <BR> I am still trying for another scoop that is not an arm and a leg price. Last year I saw what I wanted and when I decided to get my snow scoop they were all gone. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will call aro... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:28:28 EST Hi again, I am back--almost. Today was in the high seventies in Augusta Maine. I took advantage of the warm weather and the sight of amazing trees in the sunshine. <BR> I walked round the yard, it was bright sun shine on the burning bushes, it was a perfect sight. <BR> <BR> Several warm days we had a breeze and the pine needles showered the yard. I looked out of my kitchen window this morning and I went out to see the world again. <BR> <BR> I wanted to rake the pine needles but raking is a twisting motion. No could do. <BR> I went to the garage and found the big c... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:17:33 EST I am back, getting better and over the awful medications. I know they help and used them. Thinking back it seems it was a long time but it was only 2 days. Prep at home and out patient hospital. GREAT! <BR> <BR> I was the first patient in the O.R. and I liked that. My surgeon was on time, I know him well so I was doing fine. There was a team to every person and they were all busy and it was a room of smiles. They were great. <BR> <BR> When the anesthetist asked questions all were fine but I told him I have an issue. <BR> In England I was about 5 years old and the School dentist ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:45:07 EST Yesterday was my Birthday today is my small surgery. I am waiting for DH to awaken. <BR> We had agreat day Leaf Peeping and when we got home the phone rang several times.' <BR> Our youngest son and family had KEY LIME PIE for my birthday. <BR> We sat around chatting and our other sons talked to me and also DH. <BR> This morning I have to go to Day surgery to fix my knee. I have to get there for 6am and so I have logged in and I am off to awaked DH. <BR> it is 20 miles but I have to login when and where I am. I love My Spark and Spark friends.... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:44:31 EST Follow up on my Guatemala blog about the Garbage Dump where children live and Play. The stories are on the internet.-"SAFE PASSAGE" <BR> <BR> Safe Passage was founded in 1999 by the late Hanley Denning. <BR> She was born and lived in Maine. It is a story that I heard about in my yesterday Senior College lecture and I wrote yesterdays blog. <BR> <BR> I was so surprised that a young woman could do so much from so little. <BR> It is in Wikipedia <BR> <BR> There are other articles about this and there is a video too. <BR> <BR> Hanley Denning founded The organization that n... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:23:04 EST Today we walked the beautiful trail. We missed the rain or wind so leaves are on the trail. We walked and then went to Senior college. <BR> There was a number of our high school came to tell us about the conditions in Guatemala where there are so many children and mostly mothers live and have to clothe and feed them. <BR> <BR> The students took slides and a little video. It was amazing. These people live on a massive garbage dump. <BR> <BR> The children had happy faces all the time and they were finding books and magazines. They would walk away with them. They looked at the pages... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:12:40 EST Today we put the mower away and brought out the snow blower. We start it and know it works. I decided to switch all the bikes hang from the rafters, 4 up there. That keeps the tires keep in better shape. They rarely inflate if they are hanging from the rims upside down. <BR> <BR> I opened all the plastic boxes with my threads and 22 others so I am no longer keeping the huge cones I have. I use more bobbins than cones. I will offer them to anther woman who wanted to do alterations. I showed her a lot of technique's and one day she asked me why I taught her so much. <BR> I told her t... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:51:50 EST Myself, my youngest son and our Grand daughter. Fabulous. DH wanted to stay home. <img src="">Today was a rare treat. It was raining we knew it and I wanted to take our GD to the gardens. DIL has to work so I thought DH and I our son and GD. <BR> <BR> I talked with DH and I said I wanted to do the gardens. The trees are MAGNIFICENT-Truly. <BR> It was raining but we often walk in the rain with umbrellas. <BR> I looked at him and I knew he did not want to go. I understood he walks slower, he does... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:24:50 EST I guess today ran over for my last blog. I need more sleep, Goodnight. Stay safe. Today has been a nice day but I did just enough today. I set up a phone to others on Skype but it still has not got it right. <BR> <BR> I decided to be in touch with my Grandkids in New York. There was no reason to go over there. Grand daughter thinks she has a cold and I do not want to get infected and have to postpone the procedure. <BR> I had a flu shot and Pneumonia last Friday given in my Dr's office. I never thought about it we get them every time with the flu but the injection site i... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 22:43:37 EST I Aced the STRESS TEST. I wanted to go leaf peeping so I called a walking buddy. My friends daughters went to Farmington and we both knew the trail and the trees and it s a lovely day to do it. <BR> <BR> Almost all of our trees still have their leaves on the tree. Very few on the Ground. <BR> My friend was knitting and as we started the journey in our city the trees were startling. I commented and she said WOW. I better leave my knitting alone. I agreed with her for certain. <BR> She put it away. We drove to Farmington Maine where the University of Farmington and they ha... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 23:52:34 EST Early cardiac stress test at 7a.m.Monday. My Dr asked for it before surgery on Friday. Busy week trying to got things ready for my knee surgery. It is just a meniscus tear but it help the pain go away (I HOPE). <BR> <BR> I will need a walker a few days but my crutches will do I know just how they work. I Used them for almost a month so we bought the forearm crutch it is best for me. <BR> <BR> I have had phone calls and I was determined to be in bed by now. HUGS Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> GOODNIGHT <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 23:03:53 EST Thanks for the messages today I appreciated it. Thanks for helping me to keep calm and by now e have had fabulous weather so it has been a great time to get together and walk. I love to get walking with friends. I do not like a walk alone. I like to chatty walk is my kind of walk. <BR> <BR> I am dreading walking with crutches again. I had my back injured and it was much longer than this will be. <BR> <BR> I will hope to keep up with my Spark friends. Thanks <em>304</em> mm <em>345</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 22:57:46 EST Hi I went to the Dr and I told him I was going to have surgery on my knee. It is just a meniscus tear. <BR> <BR> I am having the surgery day after my birthday. <BR> <BR> My Dr decided to have me do a Cardiac stress test on Friday. <BR> <BR> I walked over 8,000 steps. <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I will walk the trail so that is over 6,000 and at 7-30a.m. FRIDAY, I will do that stress test. <BR> <BR> Some day I might lose another pound or two but I like to walk so what the heck. <BR> <BR> It might rain on Friday so I can walk indoors for free. ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:02:03 EST Finally finished the pool is totally undercover. I hope it stays that way till SPRING. We have the yard done but not very pretty at this time. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will find some more bulbs for the Spring. <BR> <BR> I will take out all of the annuals and hope to get some soil if there is any left at Agway. <BR> <BR> I want to cut the low branches and take them to the dump we can still do that. <BR> <BR> Just thinking about tomorrow might be rain. I will hope tomorrow I will remove the annuals. <BR> <BR> My locker garden will go to bed for next year. Pat in Maine. <em>87... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 23:54:13 EST Not much was done today except making more batch meals for DH and I. I have the yard already for winter. The pool is covered tight over the top. We should have done it before but now it is impossible to get the heavy tarp right we just decided to have it done. <BR> Today I had a busy day cooking, I am trying to get our dinners for after my surgery. DH can cook but I prefer to have him doing things together. If I do the cooking he can just ZAP in the microwave. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with the camera. I have thought it was the computer. Microsoft opene... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 23:54:59 EST Today I went to see the manager about the 2017 car being not what I wanted. This morning I took DH to Senior college and dropped him off. I told him I am adamant about going to the dealership to ask for the manager I did not want a low car.. <BR> <BR> We have been with this dealership for years and bought minivans since the old K-car station Wagon. After the K-car the mini-vans . While my mother was coming to visit USA to UK we had three boys and mother and we went almost everywhere in Maine in minivans. <BR> <BR> I would not get in to take the 2017 car back to ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:47:03 EST I am hoping to get to some photos. I got in touch with a microsoft person on the computer. I asked why there were no updates on my computer. There is no place to find it. <BR> He took control of my computer and I saw on a page that said up-dates and next to it said NEVER. <BR> My computer was supposed to set up at the shop. <BR> After our eldest son came over he thought it was not set up properly. I went to the store and they said it would cost $149.00 They said you should have come earlier. I argued you did the man is not here any more and he said he was not a good tech so we had... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:29:44 EST Today was a busy day. There were no walkers they are all out of town. I decided to bake. I was going to paint the doors. We take them off the hinges and lie them down. I do the painting I like to do it but with my knee out of commission for a week or two and the garage will be too cold. I need to do it NOW. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will have a new pool cover because we do not want the dogs to fall in the pool. We always take out some water and we use a tarp and it worked but now we do not take water out of the pool so the tarp will only be a step down <em>46... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:15:27 EST The trees are still just turning, I went to senior college and the trees this year are pastel peach. Today at the Senior college lecture we had a really informative horticulturist and she is also a landscape architect. <BR> <BR> She brought slides and her biggest comment was YOU MUST HAVE TO WATER YOUR SHRUBS and PERENNIAL because they will have losses and the other plants will be very weak. Especially in our Zone 4 the North East. We have had very little rain. Everyone said it is great it is here now. The lecturer disagreed. <BR> <BR> After a really parched area and late in the season peo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:32:29 EST I am so glad I blogged that De-cluttering. I read some comments that said it is liberating. Some of us have a very hard time to let go. <BR> I was homeless as a child. My Gran took me in and Mother and brother found others to help the family.Mother would some time take her with me but mostly big brother, she adored him -I do too. <BR> <BR> No problem my uncle adored me, he was a bachelor and he would bring me small gifts and I do think that those gifts were love. <BR> <BR> Eventually my mother remarried and my Brother went to the air force and Mother and my stepfather brought me... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:10:08 EST We have almost picked up. Now we are going to get rid of a lot of stuff. When you have to empty places where you store stuff I think I personally avoid those places. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to NOT HOARD any more. <BR> <BR> As soon as I even think about something in the garage he is taking to the trash and I promised if He asks and I say yes it goes. <BR> <BR> It does feel a little empty placed, a little feeling of NOT letting it go but I had to read a blog yesterday and I am going to change my ways. <BR> <BR> I have to say I have changed my ways . I drove in to... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:58:51 EST Today was a really nice morning. We were no longer waiting for contractors. Our contractors we have known for a long time and when you find good ones -they are keepers. <BR> Our kitchen man raised the sink and counter so I do not bend my back and I was getting backache from an injury~.Not now! <BR> <BR> I can stand at the sink and my hands reach the bottom of my sink feels just comfortable. <BR> Alas my DH has to lean just a bit but he does a lot of dishes and he says it never bothered him. We rarely use the dishwasher but in the winter it gets used a lot to help ke... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:25:54 EST A super busy day and we love how it came out. Super busy day again. <BR> I needed some dirt to get to keep my concrete blocks to stay upright. I had a wheelbarrow of dirt and a lot of blue rocks were in it. <BR> Our Driveway to garage has dropped over the years so I sieved the small rocks and put the rocks in front of the garage floor it looks nicer and helps the tires of the cars. <BR> I packed the concrete blocks where they look like to fall and I want them straight. <BR> SO FAR THEY ARE STRAIGHT. I will keep an eye on it. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:25:29 EST Still too late and still to get to do it tomorrow. DH and I got the Garden almost done. <BR> We had a dining club today and I thought we should not go. <BR> We do so small functions we decided to go. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to do the painting in the Kitchen. I thought I would have time but when I got home I went to bed. I had a bad headache. The haddock was so overcooked It was chewy. I left the table and spoke to the owner I left my food at the table left the rest room and she looked at my plate. She came back to the table and I said no pr... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:10:28 EST Today I am sore but happy. Our son is the same way but we accomplished rebuilding the rock wall. Dismantling and rebuilding the long wall would have had to pay someone else to do it. I was hoping we could get more help but our son and GS in upstate NY are both unable to get over here. Grand son has just started at college. His Dad our eldest son has compulsory over time for several weeks so this is the best time to get it done. I started to take the wall down by myself. <BR> Our son at the house had to work mornings so I began Saturday morning. He started right after he got home. <BR> ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:44:00 EST After several years I wanted the Rock wall rebuilt. It took me 8 hours with help from our son. GREAT Today I decided to repair my rock wall. It was badly made and very expensive and the owner of the company died and he was young and slim and such a very nice person. <BR> He was having CHEMO but the laborers tried to get the business going without its leader, <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> The concrete was heavy and when we discovered today we would still have it. <em>465</em> <BR> This morning I decided to pick the rocks to bor... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:45:45 EST He is home thank goodness. He was in a lot of pain and he has had a lot of minor issues like 25% and a 50%. He has some narrowing and twisted artery in that area so he might have to have a stent like his Dad. <BR> <BR> They checked him out and they were thinking he has to go to a Gastroenterologist. <BR> He had issues in infancy and we always had to higher his crib. <BR> The sphincter was not very tight but it seemed it went away but now he will get some answers and I told hold him to a PC. <BR> He did call in the m... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:50:34 EST I have been working in the yard, then the phone rang and ------ our son wants to tell me he is going to the hospital and he said he was light headed. <BR> I asked him if the ambulance is there and he said he will drive it is close by. <BR> I said call right now, he is our smartest son and he did not think about the call. <BR> <BR> I asked him to call and he said after I have seen a DR again <BR> <BR> I was about go to bed then the phone rang., <BR> <BR> I will wait for the call since. I have no intention to make another call when it comes. <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:49:14 EST Nothing is Broken, but my Orthopedist is checking the X-rays. I had the shoulder examination and he saw a rotator cuff tear. He said he could give me some PT. <BR> Therapist was great and it was so much better. <BR> <BR> I had found a way to move the concrete stones and I had the hang of it. I did not lift them I used a spade to drag them. It was going great, <BR> <BR> I cut the Hostas down a bit early so I could see the terrain. I was using a spirit level to make it look better. I was doing three concrete stones at a time and ready to quit. I wanted... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:57:51 EST Today I fell messing with the rock wall. I fell backwards and my shoulder that I was having Physical Therapy was a month ago and now it has hurt again. <BR> <BR> We had a great time with a dear friend who has travelled to almost all the National Parks. <BR> She showed us YELLOWSTONE. I hope to get to it some day. Pat in Maine off to bed. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:18:38 EST Senior college started today and we had to shuffle cars. Not cards. 4 grown ups and one GD and only two cars, what a trip it was. <BR> <BR> A friend I had not seen for several years. We planned today and then she had company and I had a first day of senior college. <BR> <BR> We wanted to go to the gardens but we had to stay close. <BR> My friend and I sat in McDonalds for two hours and really catching up and it went fast so we will be doing it again very soon. <BR> <BR> DH took GD to Karate, and dropped me for my first session of my course Jane Austen. Pr... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:22:23 EST Today I got in to the pool. We put the ladders in and after so long I was afraid of falling. DS got in and shivered, I got down the ladders and shivered. I got in to swim and as soon as I stood up there was a cool breeze and so I ducked down in to warmer water. <BR> I had goggles and cap and I swam and asked DS if he wanted to get out. <BR> When I asked him to come in the pool he was painting so he was able to get back to his brushes. <BR> <BR> I swam and then I got my Aqua jogger and more swimming. I swam round the pool to see everything was done right. <BR> <BR> DS came out and t... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:49:38 EST Thanks for the support here. Over this week we were so overwhelmed. Our son had his car and they were house hunting. <BR> Both of those dreams are off because the engine failed <BR> They were getting excited trying to save more money to look for a house of their own but now it is, they have to stay with us a little longer. <BR> It is great for us but they had a house before and things were going well so it has been a pain. <BR> <BR> The pool is finally cleaned, I was going to take a swim in it but alas there was a fluky storm and it dropped a heavy rain s... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:58:00 EST Things are getting better. Crossing my fingers. The sanitary people have been a great deal of help for us. <BR> <BR> They actually told us about a really good plumber. Father and 2 sons plumbers so we called and one came right to the house. <BR> I had to go to the surgeon. DH was staying home. The young man saw what he needed and said he would come back after my appointment <BR> I had my appointment. DH drove me to the hospital, and the plumber said call me to come back to the house. <BR> <BR> I went to my Dr. appt. and as soon as we... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:08:39 EST It's DRASTIC at our house. The sewer and drain are not catching water. Where black water is. ? The Sanitary men who had put the drains in to the street remembered when it was done. They went to use the camera and they had brought a water truck to see where the water is going. <BR> <BR> I was in the house flushing the toilet. I walked out the door they said flush the toilet I told them I did. We tried again no water but water flushed. The younger man took dye and put in the toilet. Flushed and no water goes outside. <BR> <BR> This is getting serious. There is no rain for weeks but the... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 23:35:04 EST Now it is getting complicated with the plumbing. <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> Our Kitchen is great. It will be perfect for DH and I, it will be CARPET on the floor. <BR> These are what we like. We are old and we want comfort so we are doing it OUR WAY! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> DH has an issue with a foot bone that they can not operate on. Surgeon's said DH is too old to do this surgery. We have had lots of opinions but DH said, it aches sometimes and after the surgeries it will be a l... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 23:00:27 EST Once again too late but a good excercise day. We had a good day after all. <BR> we both did a lot of work and some fun. Pat in Maine. Thanks Spark friends Pat in Maine, Mon, 5 Sep 2016 23:57:44 EST JUST a quick post. <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We are drying out but the sump pump keeps going on and we have had no rain, That is odd and we will try to get the sanitary people to help us out. No emergency they are closed and need help call the police. Never heard of that way, <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> After lunch our DIL called and said we have free tickets at the REGAL. I had been wanting to see Pete's Dragon. ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 23:32:49 EST AND THE BEAT GOES ON. We have had very little rain and we have water in the house. <BR> <BR> The pool is beautiful and our kitchen is superb. <BR> We went down the stairs in the basement where the family live. Water every where at their front entry. Our son was a great help. <BR> Last night we had plumbing issues. It took me hours to get the dirty water away. <BR> The contractor has his own plumber but they were not answering the phone. Now we are all using the bathroom upstairs. <BR> This morning the water was still coming in and our son vacuum the rug. There were a l... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:25:32 EST Nothing will stop this, it was a good day. Water in the house and NO RAIN in days. I got up early to top off the pool. <BR> It coincided when the men came they were happy and they pressure treated all the lines. <BR> <BR> All those lines are still good according to the man in charge. <BR> They took two tanks of water $300 a pop so we did 2 tanks and used the domestic water to top off.. <BR> We spent the day putting all my kitchen cabinets and deciding what is no use to us now. <BR> <BR> The afternoon I needed to buy food but it was a nightmare the big shops were long li... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 23:51:12 EST SORRY TWO hours to browse the photos and now they are all mixed up. Internet explorer blocked them and there was a huge amount of words I do not know. It said it was blocked. <BR> <BR> It was a really annoying two hours. Tomorrow I will use another computer my surface it might work, <BR> I LOVED XP and made nice photos and posted but not here alas. <BR> Pool is refilled and we like it, <BR> Kitchen we love too and it was almost all of our cabinets and they were put in with straight lines and oh it is perfect.. I am tired I was making a rock wall all aftern... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:40:18 EST These two days have been excellent. My kitchen is looking great and I will take photos. MY Kitchen is almost finished and the carpenter is training his son to be a carpenter. I stayed out of the house because I keep asking questions. Our sink is a Merrilat kitchen and they made just a front so many years ago. The carpenter used 6 small sheets of plywood. Made bottom and sides and his son gave it 2 coats of paint and it is so light not gloomy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow the plumber comes and they do not use traps and only one pipe so I will have much more room. Then the carpenter said t... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:07:33 EST Today has been long and the house is a mess. Hopefully just three days more. It is a situation we have at home because the contactor asks what we want. <BR> That keeps us at home. <BR> The poor dogs are not happy with the noise and one is a BEAGLE who always joins in with the racket. <BR> He likes to be with me so we walk around the yard together. The Chihuahua is always to get out of the very big yard. She just has to be out there looking for trouble. She is just a lady of privilege and she does what she wants not here we are ready to tie her up. <BR> <BR> Only solu... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:29:45 EST Today the front steps were re-built by ME!! I am getting very handy with a CROW BAR. <BR> DH did not want me to do this but he knows we will have to start from scratch. I had been taking down our wall and I am using some of those concrete blocks to save our concrete steps.. <BR> To me it is like sewing you just have to put the pieces together. That was what I did. <BR> <BR> Today was a REAL WORK OUT. <BR> I used the crow bar and I kind of rolled the rectangle blocks. I was able to get it up of the other block and once it was up on end... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:23:47 EST Tomorrow the contractor to fix the floor that the plumber neglected to close the pipe. We did not notice for a long time and when we got to the basement there was a lot of water to wipe up. <BR> Called the plumber and his boss came out to fix it. <BR> Now the floor has to be fixed and then we have to fix the floor. Have to redo the sink and counters too. <BR> They called today and we were out and now we will have to take everything out that we can. <BR> Looking forward it will be fixed soon <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine. <BR> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:51:18 EST