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  • After running some Saturday errands - some shopping, getting new glasses ordered, taking my mother-in-law's scooter over to the repair guy in Maryland, only to discover it was working fine all along - we just needed to take the battery out and reinstall it - we got back home, and I put together a couple of new loungers for our new back patio. Tightening down some of the screws was harder than normal, as my right hand strength is still not back to par, with 2 sprained fingers still healing.

    But I got them done, then it was finally time to enjoy what we spent all winter and half the spring waiting to get finished - our new back yard water spa and patio. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day, weather-wise.

  • Our backyard always was glorious space, with an amazing canopy of trees - big oaks going way up to the sky, with half a dozen good sized Dogwoods adding grace and style, a great soundtrack of birds of all types and chirps - cardinals, blue jays, robins, crows, whippoorwills, and many I haven't identified yet, but hear singing their distinctive tunes all the time.

    With our reconfigured patio and swim spa, to add to the already existing jacuzzi, we'll be spending a lot more time out here, year round, but especially in the spring, summer and fall. Sitting out here is so much more relaxing than sitting in the house.

    This was worth the wait. After seriously considering selling the house, retiring, and moving down to South Carolina last year, when things were going crappily at my job and Kathy got laid off, we reevaluated everything, and determined we weren't nearly ready for that. In fact, we came to the realization that we really love living where we do, and decided this is where we plan to stay for a long time to come. Kathy got a great job right down the road, helping families get into affordable housing.

  • This kind of reflects our commitment to staying here, and making the most of this space. We tried to design it in a way that it will continue to be usable well into our "golden" years. I plan to keep swimming in this swim spa until I'm 100 - at least!

    Well, let me get back to lounging by the pool - after a long, hard week at work, this is just a bit like heaven. I'm going to enjoy this.

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