09:37 – It was 59.0F (15C) when I took Colin out at 0650, bright and breezy. I wore a jacket for the first time since last spring.
We got two bills yesterday from Shaw Brothers, one for all the work they did to repair the first flood, and the second for replacing the water heater. The first was about $500 higher than they’d quoted, which was fine. They’d quoted us on installing a drop ceiling downstairs and replacing the cherry flooring in the master bath. We ended up choosing a more expensive ceiling tile than they’d quoted, and having them install ceramic tile rather than hardwood in the master bath. The water heater replacement cost $700 and change, including the new 50-gallon water heater and labor to install it. What we haven’t gotten yet is the bill for digging up the septic tank and repairing the problem.
We’re still binge-watching the excellent Australian soap opera, A Place to Call Home–which has first-rate writing and a top-notch cast–and the excellent British drama Dalziel and Pascoe, which has the delightful Susannah Corbett, although not enough of her.
The show-runner for the former series, Bevan Lee, started out as a writer, and it shows. He’s also done several other series, which I’m going to see if I can get. Barbara and I just looked at the “what’s new in August” for Netflix and Amazon streaming, and, unless we somehow overlooked something worthwhile, it’s a vast wasteland.
Barbara is finally pretty happy with the state of the house, but is making up a list of other stuff we need to do. We have lots of science kit stuff on the schedule for August, of course, but she also wants to get the LTS food that’s still sitting around in boxes and bags–about 250 pounds of it–repackaged and stowed away down in the LTS food room.
We’re eating now mostly from the garden and LTS foods. Last night, we had ham steak with green beans and bacon and fresh cornbread. We also made up a batch of oatmeal cookies for a snack.