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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

More of Last Week's News

So, where were we? The cement crew had worked through the brutally hot day last Tuesday and planned to pour the house slab on Wednesday. Tom and my dad and I worked late into the evening to finish laying the in-floor heat tubes. When we got home that night there was a message from Cement Boss saying that, due to the excessive heat (and how it affected the mud as well as the workers), we would postpone pouring the house until Monday, the 18th. And, really, I don't know how we could have been ready for the 7:00 a.m. scheduled pour Wednesday morning.

The guys arrived bright and early, as usual, on Wednesday and set to work finishing the Styrofoam (for frost protection) and laying the rebar in the house slab. They also framed up the 2' x 24' apron in front of the garage and removed the forms from the cement pad that the Central Boiler will sit on. They worked a full day, so, as I said, we wouldn't have been ready to pour that morning, anyway!

Since the cement crew wouldn't be back until Monday and the well guy had not yet called, we had a day or two of (relative) respite. Errands, chores, and the like filled our days. I think we even each squeezed in a much-needed nap or two! Tom seized an opportunity to go water skiing with our best friends on an inland lake one evening. Despite not being on the water on skis in many, many years, reports are that he did very well! Meanwhile, I went to bed at 5:00 that night!

Before he left Sunday evening, Tom and I spent the afternoon tweaking the very last things regarding the in-floor heat for the house slab. We measured and re-measured, checked and re-checked . . . 'cause once that cement is poured, that's it! But, we left the property feeling confident about and looking forward to the impending excitement of Monday morning!

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