09:29 – It was 55.5F (13C) when I took Colin out around 0700 this morning, bright and breezy.
Barbara is off to the gym. Today and tomorrow she’ll be getting packed for her week-long trip down to the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC for a crafts class. She leaves Sunday morning and returns the following Saturday afternoon.
We finished binge-watching Shetland on Netflix streaming last night. Barbara commented that it was the best recent series we’ve seen, and I agree. Excellent cast, writing, production values, and everything else. We did watch it with closed-captioning turned on because otherwise we’d have been unable to understand a lot of the dialog. In series three, they added the delightful Archie Panjabi as a main character. She’s a beautiful woman and a superb actress. We liked her in The Good Wife, and watching her in Shetland just confirmed our opinion. Barbara and I are both surprised that someone hasn’t given her her own series.
Sam from Shaw Brothers finished the Sheetrock work yesterday afternoon. The next step is to get the drop ceiling installed. The guys are showing up to do that next Wednesday morning. When they finish that, the next step is get everything painted, followed by installing the new floor. As Churchill said, “This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
As long as everything is being ripped out and replaced, Barbara decided to rearrange the furniture downstairs. Our guest bedroom, which we call Frances’s and Al’s room, is at the far end of the downstairs den. We did have the sofa, love seat, end tables, and so on arranged at the near end, right at the bottom of the stairs. But Barbara intends to move that group of furniture down to the far end of the den, which’ll give Frances and Al a sitting/TV area right outside their bedroom door.