SWITBO has made her presence felt on the dead tree. Here is a before and after picture. She took a bunch of dead layers off the tree, harvested quite a bit of trash in the process and then went to work on a very neglected agave.
Tried at various times to get her to help move "A" Mountain rock. She'd move a few, lose interest and head back to her tree. By lunch time she was showing the signs of distraction she gets at about mile 80 of a century on the tandem. By distracted, she means she is done doing useful work. On the Tandem that means her legs are going around because they are strapped to the pedals that are connected by a chain to my pedals, but all her legs are doing is adding to drag that I must overcome. She went and sat in the shade that the block guys like. She and the block guys both have an eye for shade.
Speaking of the tandem. Just got word that one of our "Fearless Four" from the transcontinental ride, "Columbus Dan" was killed in a bike accident Sunday. Was coming down a mountain in Montana near Glacier Park. There were a bunch of Dan's on the ride and each had an adjective so we could distinguish. He was from Columbus, so was Columbus Dan. He, TW (who coincidentally lives in Denver), Zippy (who coincidentally lives in Tucson), and me (I'm Loco as in Locomotive and wacky, works both ways) just randomly headed out the day before the transcontinental started to ride from the hotel to the Pacific. We then randomly heading out to do laundry in Sioux Falls, SD (the link is to the post from that day) and figured out we were the same guys that had done the ride that first day. Became the Four at that point. Bicycling is getting dangerous...
At the Quail Manor. The block guys were grouting the back walls. For the biggest part of 8 hours they made and poured mortar into the the walls in back. There were four of them. It was a lot of mortar. Pushed in wheelbarrowed to the back of the property, lifted to the top of the wall and poured in.
"Haul n Otis" re-entered the scene to do rough grading. Bit of a conflict with the block guys since anywhere there is an open space there is a pile of something. And, Tony (the block guy) needs to build most of the front courtyard so Otis can get his Bobcat in there to back fill and adjust the grade. Then Otis exits the courtyard and Tony finishes the wall. We do the last of back fill and grade by hand.
We got things worked out. Otis started doing his thing. The pictures are below. Hard to say from the pictures, but the place looks better already. Ann, Otis, and Sonja will start in tomorrow working the back drainage so when rain water comes under the back wall it pools and goes on over the DnT's yard as designed. Should be interesting.
Here are today's pictures. The last picture is of the color pallet. Roof sample, stucco sample, rough sawn trim sample, garage door sample, accent blue sample (the one between the wood and garage door samples).