kitchen progress

It was brought to my attention today that the contractor I was paying more than 3 times what I am paying the current contractor, made a number of dumb mistakes. I am sure he would have remedied those things, but it would have been at my expense.

That’s annoying but I am glad I discovered it sooner than later. Very happy with our current guy and hes doing a great job.

I hope to have him for at least 3 more days next week. I have many months more of work for him but that will also depend upon his availability.

He made good progress in the kitchen today. It’s nice to see coming a long.

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Scout’s new necklace

It would be a disaster if Scout ever got out. He’s deaf and he’s not exactly friendly with strangers. We thought it time to get a tag with our phone numbers.

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slow and steady

We finally found a more affordable contractor. The last was $80/hour which seemed absurd. The new worker is doing great and we are finally making progress on the kitchen. Still so much work remains. At least now we are much more hopeful that progress will accelerate.

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visitor from GDL

When Yun was on one of her trips to Guadalajara, her mom’s friends were kind enough to give them a place to rest for a week. This saved us a lot of money. Yesterday Emilio was up in Tucson for a brief stay with his family from Yuma, so we were able to go out for breakfast and later have them over to the house.

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imagine this scenario

It started getting warm yesterday, really warm. I quite like the change. One thing I don’t like is when rattle snakes come into the house.

The trauma was real. I grabbed a shovel and slayed it. Then we speculated about the hundreds of brothers and sisters that are probably hiding all throughout the house.

I didn’t sleep well. I dreamt of snakes.

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gifts

Matt came over today to celebrate my securities license success. So good.

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Persian New Year

We celebrated Persian New Year’s today at Elias and Ali’s. So much exotic food.

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dinner at Jesus y Crystal

Matt and Dana joined us for dinner at Jesus and Crystal’s place. Great dinner and fun to catch up after many years.

Jesus has an arsenal. Matt is holding his 50 cal in the photo above.

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electrical work

Finally my friend Jesus was able to make it out to change my main electrical panel along with a list of other things.

First TEP had to come out and disconnect the electricity. They disconnected on the roof. The panel being removed is the original.

They are going to add a new timer for the pool at the same time, along with a kit I bought that measures the electrical usage overall and by circuit through a wifi connection. It should be helpful to know how much the pool consumes with the single speed pump, along with multiple a/c units, one of which is older.

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DIY dog bath

Our dogs were filthy from the construction debris. We found a place to take them where for $15 we could wash them. It seems pricey, but so much nicer than doing it at home.

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