While walking around the yard examining my half-dead plants, I noticed that the lawn mower had broken one of the irrigation pipes where it comes out of the ground. I reported it to the office. A man came by the next day to fix it. I asked him if he could help me figure out the five zones on the irrigation system controller. He turned it to “manual” and turned on each zone in turn. While doing so, he noticed that all of them were set to only three minutes, three times a week. Not enough for the summer in Florida! No wonder all my shrubs were sickly.
One of our items on the fix-it list was the painted lanai floor. The paint was peeling up. When the painter came and patched the spots, he told us that they had mixed too much sand in the paint (to make the floor non-skid) and it would continue to peel. We decided to go ahead and come up with some flooring. A neighbor recommended “pool decking”.
The man from Mid-State Stone , with a helper, arrived at 0800. Andy and I had already moved most of the patio furniture from the lanai; they moved the rest. Then I positioned myself inside the sliding glass door to watch them work.
Bill Snow called late in the afternoon to say that he and Mary would be spending the night at Lake Louisa State Park, just thirty minutes from us. So we drove down there to meet them and got there before they did. We waited at the entrance gate.
I also took a photo of Bill, but it turned out most unflattering.
When we arrived home from our summer road trip, the air conditioning compressor had died and the house was HOT. The irrigation system was not working properly and all the flower beds and shrubs were half dead. We were approaching our one-year in the house and the end of the warranty. I had already entered most of the little fixes before we left, so I just had to start the appointments for repairs. It all went well but was time-consuming. We did manage to take a few walks, including an old favorite, Okahumpka Park.
We did not stay long in Wisconsin. Grandsons, Owen and Cam, were shocked to learn we were leaving so soon as we usually stay for weeks. We rented a small trailer and hooked it up to the back of our little RV. George helped us load it up and turn things around to aim out of the driveway.
It was a two-day drive to Gatlinburg where we stopped in at Jake and Angie’s Wood Art. I had scouted out all the chainsaw carving shops in May and June. Jake was busy carving when we pulled up.
There were plenty of works in progress too, mostly bears.
The bear I chose was standing with a little tilt, so Jake leveled the base for me.
There were lots of small bears on display in front of the store.
Turns out, Jake was heading to Marathon FL, the next day to carve the pilings on his father’s pier.
I didn’t take a picture of my bear.
We had planned to stay for the night, but it was early in the day. We pulled out of Jake & Angie’s Wood Art and drove over the mountain through the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I guess we were like horses headed for the barn on the last leg of our long summer trip.
We left Maryland and took a quick trip back to Wisconsin to pick up my old roll-top desk that daughter Jennifer didn’t want any more. Jennifer took us on a new walk while the boys were in school. It is on the campus of Concordia University overlooking Lake Michigan.
That’s it: a zigzag sidewalk running down the tall bank.
Jennifer led the way.
There is also a staircase for those who want to take the short route. We did a bit of sidewalk and then some stairs.
This is looking back up from the bottom.
A man was weed-whacking on the massive hill. Andy and I joked that Spence would love that.
The beach was full of pebbles and driftwood.
There were also some large boulders placed along the bottom of the hill to control erosion. Jennifer showed us where grandson Owen likes to mine jewels.
Andy clung to the handrail going back up the stairs. He made it all the way without too much trouble. His new right knee is doing well and now we are planning for the new left knee.