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New Floors
Jan 27th, 2015 by Mike

What a process. We had the carpet replaced with laminate in all of our house except the bathrooms. It was about 1150 square feet of floors.

First we had to move all the stuff that might break or fall out of the cabinets. We moved it all to the garage:

Garage

Packed Garage


Then the workers got busy.

Replacing Tile

Entry Way All Torn Up


And after two days, they finished. Wow, what a difference!

LR

The Finished Living Room


Then our work began. We had to unpack all the boxes we’d moved to the garage and rewire all the electronics. Our son, Dave, painted the living room and both smaller bedrooms in the mean time.

TV

Just Behind The TV

Garage

Clean Garage


And finally the garage is back to normal after having laid some of the rescued carpet down on the garage floor. We still have a few boxes to unpack, then we’ll be done. It turned into a two-week process even though the flooring guys only took two days to lay the flooring. Fortunately, they moved all the furniture, so we didn’t have to.

© 2015, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

The Spider Web Tent
Sep 7th, 2014 by Mike

I’ve been busy scanning our collection of slides (you old timers will remember these) and came across one that we took in Yosemite National Park in 1976 while on a camping trip there. In our haste to get out of town, I failed to pack the tent poles. We had to improvise.

WebTent

The Infamous Spider Web Tent

© 2014, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Great News!
Jan 7th, 2014 by Mike

Kelijah

Kelijah In The Shredder Confetti

Just before Christmas, son, David, got engaged to be married. His future bride, Mindi, comes with a three year-old son, Kelijah. They’re planning the nuptials for early August (the 2nd or 3rd at this point). Mrs. Major and I are very excited and Mrs. Major is already chomping at the bit to plan and offer suggestions and advice. Sweet Dau #1 is also very excited and can hardly wait to meet Mindi.

David and Kelijah have strongly bonded already. Kelijah is a very smart, strong-willed child who is adorable. He’s curious about everything and remembers what he learns…careful what you teach him. He and I are already building a bond…the photo at left, for example. As we don’t have snow in our area of Florida, we created one out of shredder confetti. I think Mindi was a little taken aback when she saw the mess, but we’ve done crazier things around the Erickson house.

© 2014, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Bombarded
Nov 25th, 2013 by Mike

We just got home from a Caribbean cruise with our good friends, Jerry and Lori Roames. I just picked up the accumulated mail and we are inundated with 27 (count ’em twenty-seven) catalogs.

© 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Fall is Here
Oct 1st, 2013 by Mike

And to celebrate we cracked a bottle of the Major’s latest:

Witbier

A tasty Belgian white

© 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Bathroom Complete
Jul 12th, 2013 by Mike

shower

Finished shower with glass

vanity
Finished vanity top

The master bath is finally done. The glass is on the shower (pictured left), the vanity top is in place (pictured below), and the tile is laid (not pictured). In the guest bath, the vanity is in place and the only thing left is to tile the floor and install the new toilet. Those tasks will probably be done early next week.
It will be good to have the workmen out of the house and have it to ourselves again.

© 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

New Shower
Jul 7th, 2013 by Mike

shower

Shower Sans Glass


For two weeks now, the workmen have been tearing out our old shower and installing a new one. Here it is without the glass installed. The glass comes on Tuesday.

The original shower has been leaking for several years and has responded only temporarily to my occasional caulking efforts. Gradually the vinyl flooring was getting darker in the leaky spots, so we decided to replace the shower and tile (done but not pictured, here) the floors.

We are pleased with the outcome, but can’t wait for the glass enclosure so we can shower in our own bathroom again. How spoiled we are.

© 2013 – 2016, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Ups And Downs
Jul 30th, 2012 by Mike

Mountain LionYesterday was a day of anticipation as I prepared my MacBook Pro to install the latest and greatest operating system, Mountain Lion. Got it ready; clicked the button in the App Store ($20); waited the 1.5 hours for download; waited the 2 hours for install; rebooted. Crap. None of the iWorks apps would launch, Mail took 18 hours to covert the Mail database and didn’t finish, tons of other apps crashed.

Today I spend the day converting back to Lion and recovering my data. Now I’m back and running. Guess the latest and greatest isn’t really the greatest.

© 2012, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Got The Brewery Going
Jul 18th, 2012 by Mike

Since May 5th, I’ve been busy crafting three different 5 gallon batches of beer. Here they are:

The Major’s Hopalong IPA

The Major’s Clown Nose Red

The Major’s Regimental Milk Chocolate Stout

These are the 72nd, 73rd, and 74th batches of beer I have brewed since I started in 1993. These three are especially good. If I can find the room, I’ll bring samples with me for Old Dad and Patrick when we head for California this fall.

The red is an extract brew. The stout and IPA are all-grain concoctions. If you want the recipe, just leave a comment and if I have your email address, I’ll send it to you. (Don’t leave your email in the body of your comments).

© 2012 – 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

The Hard Part’s Over
Feb 29th, 2012 by Mike

ToothBack

Whew! Look at the Temps

Well, the hard part is over with. Today, the dentist pulled #8, chopped off a bunch of bone and stuffed it into the hole #8 left, ground #7 down to fit a crown, and knocked off the crown on #9. His assistant made the temporary bridge pictured here.

I feel pretty well all considered. My gums are a little roughed up and of course the socket where the tooth was extracted is throbbing a little. The naproxin sodium seems to be working, though. I’m also on six days worth of antibiotics.

Probably the most uncomfortable part will be the prohibition on rinsing my mouth for two weeks. Apparently, they stuffed some compound into the socket over the bone graft to hold  everything together. That along with the temporary bridge is keeping everything packed tight. They’re afraid if I rinse my mouth, especially with mouthwash, it will dissolve the compound and everything will come tumbling out. Just don’t get downwind of my breath.

If everything goes well, in two weeks I’ll return so they can make impressions for the permanent bridge.

Let’s hope all goes well.

I’m tired. I think I’ll take a nap.

© 2012, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

The Continuing Saga of #8
Feb 28th, 2012 by Mike

The Last Time It Happened

They’re going to knock my front teeth out tomorrow. All because of #8. In a previous post, I introduced the woes I was having with my right incisor, #8.

Back in July, #8 broke and the dentist re-crowned it. It has since begun to migrate so that it’s no longer lined up with my other front teeth. X-rays show that the tooth, the foundation upon which the crown rests, it coming apart. This is probably the result of the collision of my front teeth with my brother Dan’s forehead.

I should have chosen to have a gap ($0) rather then the crown ($1100) because now I have the choice between a gap and a bridge ($2775) or an implant ($???). Of course the gap is out of the question (see picture) and my periodontist does not recommend the implant on my front tooth for various reasons which I will not go into here.

So tomorrow, they’re going to pull #8, knock the crown off of #9, and prep #7 for a crown so after my mouth heals, they  build a bridge between #7 and #9 with a reasonable facsimile of #8 in the middle.

Hopefully, Dan’s head has fared better than my tooth.

© 2012, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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