Catching up with the Cetus Crew (part 2)
05 August 2022
Terry and the retaining wall
After a very enjoyable drive north from Puerto Escondido (more on that trip later) we arrived at Carly's house on July 11th.
With a series of appointments scheduled to begin the following week (eye doc, dermatology and consult apts for my MOH's surgery) we chose to semi isolate that week to make sure we were healthy after our travels.
Terry, as usual, hit the ground running and within 24 hours of our arrival he had major maintenance yard work done cutting back growth and spreading bark making the place ship shape.
He was on a mission. He'd been planning for about a year to replace a retaining wall that ran along one side of Carly's house and he would finally have the time to do it!
The original was made of old rail ties and they had begun rotting and crumbling away. Unable to find new rail ties to rebuild it, Terry designed and built a whole new wall.
Starting work early every morning (except apt days when we had to drive to Tacoma or Gig Harbor and back) he'd take a break for brunch around noon then get right back to it and work till 5 or later every evening.
Digging and cutting and dragging out the old rotted wood and then finally pouring posts and constructing the new wall was accomplished in record time. He wanted to get it done as soon as possible but was spurred on to complete it before the big "heat wave" predicted to hit the PNW. It was tough work as it was but would be even more difficult in the 90 some degree weather that was coming.
And he did it! The last board was placed and the dirt was moved back in and bark was spread in the garden area between the house and the wall just a day before the hot weather hit.
Of course the warm weather didn't stop him from continuing on with other projects around the house and the yard, but at least he could pick and choose the project and the time of day to do it.
In addition to the appointments and yard work we've been enjoying critter sitting for Carly giving her a chance to get away for some well deserved long weekends.
The critter's include her 4 chickens and her 3 kittens-- the Siamese triplets! 😻😻😻 More on those sweethearts when I write about Rosie in part 3 of this update.