This might be a little late in the season to tell you about the joint Christmas present Eva and I got each other. But, considering my track record in posting, I'm sure you'll understand.
First though, let me happily report that I took the day off. Oh, I had several errands to run including a stop at Big Willy to get some blood work done (routine) and then off to the old windshield place.
Alamo Auto Glass, anyway.
So as they got started, the guy called me out to the shop to make sure I knew about some damage to the truck. He said he just wanted me to know that they did not break the plastic thing between the hood and the windshield.
I said, "Yes, the Safelight guy broke the plastic when he replaced my windshield about a year ago, but I didn't notice it until after he left. I figured it was too late once I signed for the windshield."
"Yep." I nodded. "That was what you guys broke about four or five months ago when I got this windshield. I didn't realize it until I was driving home and figured it was too late. Maybe you could fix that for me?"
There was a lot of unintelligible stuttering and stammering and I just turned around and walked to the waiting room. Whatever.
Lund. I'll simply say, you get what you pay for and I suspect I'll be replacing this one in six months. Whatever. I just don't have time to sit down and write an ugly letter to the Internet about it.
Okay, one other thing before we get to the real topic at hand, and that is what remains of one of my chain saws. This blade is actually pretty good. But while I was trying to cut down a tree, I blew the engine on one of the chainsaws. I took it to a repair place and the man was really nice about it.
So back to the patio...
For a long while Eva has had this idea of us extending the back patio and then adding a cover. Her idea involved a wooden deck and slapping on some aluminum as an overhang. She'll surely argue that wasn't her plan, but trust me.
Anyway, we decided that for Christmas, that would be the present. I love the idea of supporting local business so I contacted the husband of a lady I met through one of those Facebook garage sale pages. He came over and looked at the project but after almost a month of trying to get a bid from him, I gave up. We tried others and finally got a bid from a guy who was highly recommended who, as it turns out, framed our house when it was built. That really appealed to me because I love the work he did on the house and I wanted the back patio cover to match our carport.
We decided to get started before Christmas in hopes that it would be done by the 24th or if all else failed, by New Years. You may feel free to begin laughing now.
For those of you interested in dimensions, we made the patio 20 feet deep by 38 feet wide. Yep. No messing around here. It gives us enough space for the hot tub and room for a patio dining set.
Eva called our contractor Menudo, not because he liked tripe for breakfast, but because like the musical group, he had different members of the crew daily. Oh, and he gave Eva a run for her money in actual Spanish versus her more familiar Tex-Mex. He and I communicated in English just fine. He had to correct Eva on her Spanish more than once.