Category Archives: remodeling

Why the window does not open

The tall window at the rear of Jadin’s bedroom opens — but only part way. As the casement swings, it hits the underside of the roof and is blocked by the fascia. Bottom line: The window is too tall, or the roof is too low.

Waaaaaaaaaay back when this window was first installed and tested, Ron and Steven noted the obstruction. They met with Brett the architect to work out approaches that would allow the window to open completely. They settled on raising the roof over this window — or, less destructively, cutting open the roof from the underside, and cutting away a section of fascia about 2 feet wide. Then Ron took medical leave.

1-dsc_3714Today, Odell and Steven walked the site with Cris and Kevin. We elected to open the roof from the underside, cut away the section of fascia, box the underside of the roof.

1-dsc_3716With that done, the painters must now caulk the holes in the framing, prime and paint everything — after the gutter team cuts away about two feet of gutter, installs a new downspout to the left of the window, and erects a diverter that tucks under the shingles to push water into what will be two gutters, one on each side of the window.


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Training for the Tour de Cure to help find a cure for diabetes

ride.6aug2016.44milesJacquela is a Type 1 diabetic, dependent on insulin that is delivered by a pump. Today, Steven peddled 44 miles, a new personal record, training to ride 48 miles in the Tour de Cure in September.

Steven rides for Jacquela with Team Schwab Austin, where she works. Jim, Jason and the evening riders have guided him up from 25-mile runs in just four months.

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28 miles

Saturday morning. Steven is back from the IFA 2016 GPC in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. He needs bike, air, sun, sweat to flush away the 30 hour ride back in three aluminum tubes branded by United Airlines. Jadin has a horseback riding lesson near Pflugerville, north of Austin, where the land rolls flat. There’s less traffic. Jacquela, Jadin, riding boots, bike, helmet, water — loaded into car.

2.5 hours later, Steven sets new records for time on the bike and distance — 28 miles.

And a butterfly rode for about 1 minute on Steven’s left knee.

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Mask up

With help from Jacquela, Steven mounted the mask to its planned place of honor above the fireplace in the family room.

This is the four seasons/four elements mask that we purchased in Taos — as Steven remembers, it was the trip he blew out his knee skiing, so he sat Jacquela on a bench at Taos Pueblo, a stream behind us, the pueblo and courtyard stretching in front of us, unable to bend down to his knee, and he proposed marriage.

She said yes.

Here we are two states, three houses, one dog, one daughter, nearly two decades later.

This mask is our hearth.


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