Our business is shut down right now, and I’ve tried to avoid posting about the coronavirus because of so much conflicting information. So, what now?
Years ago, I wrote some poetry which is also published elsewhere. So I figured why not? Maybe some of you will like it or even be inspired to write something yourselves. The poetry has its own navigation menu at the bottom of the right panel on laptops, but phone users will have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
Stay home and stay safe; I hope you enjoy the poetry.
Heres a quick link to get started…
For the past two days I’ve been talking with a Military Veteran whose late wife was also a Veteran. She recently committed suicide, and of course, he’s having trouble not only understanding it; but dealing with the guilt. He didn’t see it coming at all. As a Veteran of 12 years service myself, I felt drawn to help him. We don’t leave soldiers behind; it’s part of the deal.
I don’t have personal experience with spousal suicide, but I’ve experienced spousal loss twice, and nearly a third time. My first wife Brenda died in 2001 from Breast Cancer, and my second wife Patty died from complications after a stroke. A blood clot in her lungs took her. My current wife contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis in July of 2017, and died eight times before making a long-winded, full recovery.
Looking at the statistics on Veteran Suicide for 2019 was shocking. We hear this, and we hear that; but it doesn’t really sink in until you see the numbers. I still feel drawn in, but what can I do? What can any of us do?
If you clicked on the link above (Veteran Suicide for 2019) and were taken to the PDF report, you’ll also find that these statistics don’t cover National Guard or Reserve Soldiers who have never been on Active Federal Duty; nor does it include Active Duty Soldiers who commit suicide while currently enlisted. It also doesn’t include the number of family members affected by those deaths.
There are a number of organizations who can help. I’ve decided to dedicate a page on this site with links to many of them. If you are a Veteran, a spouse, child or parent of a Veteran; you might find it useful to bookmark this contact list. I’m simply naming it Veteran’s Hotlines. I’ll expand the page as time allows.
If you are indeed a Veteran, whether Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve; Thank you kindly for your dedicated service. This great country depends on, or has depended on you to survive these 200+ years.
We’ve suspended our renovation projects for now, due to the Corona Virus outbreak. Many of the homes being remodeled and renovated belong to elderly couples, generally retired and/or disabled. The reach of the virus remains unknown, so we have to implement the instructions suggested by The President and our Governor in regard to Social Distancing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected directly by the virus, and for those struggling to find ample supplies to ride out the weeks to come at home. We presently don’t know of anyone in our area who has contracted the virus; and for that we are grateful.
On the way home from shopping this morning, I listened to “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd on the radio. It seemed so fitting. You should check it out.
Tomorrow we start on one of several jobs requiring the installation of crown moulding. I haven’t cut any since 1996, so I thought I would browse some of the videos on you-tube to refresh my memory. Two things stood out to me that simplified the whole ordeal.
The material sits at a 45 degree angle against the backstop of your compound miter saw, and your saw cuts both inside and outside corners at a 45 degree angle.
The long measurement will always be on the wall for an inside corner, and on the ceiling for outside corners.
We’re finishing up the renovation job, and I’ll post some new photos by the weekend. I’ll also get some shots of the crown moulding jobs. We have a lot of projects lined up. Most of them are smaller than the one we’re currently completing. In order to make profit on these small jobs, we’ll have to get in and out. Should be fun…
Update : Once we arrived at the new job, the material hadn’t been delivered. Part of the crown had already been installed, and the baseboards I found out were included. Here’s what we walked into…
After leaving this job behind, we drove to another which had a garage full of moulding, but only a few 16′ lengths of baseboard. There should have been 550 linear feet waiting on us. It was a frustrating day to say the least. After a conversation with the contractor, we were able to get some material on the job by noon. We lost most of the morning.
We did get to talk with the homeowner extensively about his experiences since Hurricane Michael. Eighteen months after the storm, he and his wife are still living in a camper in their front yard. This guy is a Marine Veteran and at 70 years of age, he’s frustrated by the same process that we’re experiencing. It is indeed a sad situation. More later…
In the remodeling business, you never know what you’re going to run into. My son and I recently broke away from our jobs with a local electrical contractor, and he started subcontracting restoration and remodeling again. At 60 years of age I decided to join in the fun. We had problems with labor the first go-around, but have learned since then to keep things simple and profitable.
The general contractor we sub from has quite a bit of work; fifty-two projects and counting at the moment. The Senior Project Manager says he hasn’t had a day off since Hurricane Michael. I’m not sure if all the work they have is related to the storm, but as long as we keep our end straight we should have plenty of work.
The job they started us on was a three bedroom, two bath concrete block home in Panama City. Another subcontractor had started the project, and for whatever reason, had left the job unfinished. After they had installed the new drywall in most of the house the electrical inspection failed, so the electricians came in and cut out strips of drywall to replace wiring in the outside walls. Older homes in our area had the old two prong receptacles with no ground, and I’m assuming that was the reason for the failed inspection and probably for the previous subcontractor leaving abruptly.
We’ve patched and finished the drywall, sprayed texture on the walls and ceilings and will start painting this week. We also have the doors and baseboards to install. A flooring company is laying the hardwood floors. I’ll update the progress soon and try to get better pictures.
Update: Looks like we’re doing the floors, and they’re not wood; they’re the snap together panels meant to look like wood flooring. We’ve done them before, so it’s just a another chance to make a few extra dollars.
This is a previous floor we contracted in Alabama. This one had the under-layment used to dampen the sound of your steps. The current job may or may not get the under-layment. I haven’t heard yet.
Update: I have some “after” photos, although the project wasn’t completely finished at the time. We left George, our drywall finisher/trim painter behind to complete the painting, and the rest of the crew moved to another job. The walls were done in Warm Putty, a custom color from Sherwin Williams, but one of the one gallon cans was lighter. Subsequently, we had to have another can or so to cut in around the ceilings and around the trim. The doors and trim were painted in Dover White (semi-gloss), and some are unfinished in the photos.