No cats have been harmed in the creation of the Quail Manor.

I made mention in yesterdays muse about the putting down of cats. No cats have been put down nor are any cats in any danger of being put down. They are young, healthy, vibrant, hungry, and looking forward to their next beauty treatment. It's not easy looking marvelous. If Mina is not in her safety harness and out on her safety tether, she's annoyed, but in otherwise good spirits.

Ann told my mom it was my poor attempt at humor. Which I thought was uncharacteristically inaccurate. I've never know Sweetie to be wrong though. Merely an analogy to my inability to watch the defacing of the perfect slab...

Apologies for any confusion. Ann insisted I print a retraction. I'll put that on page 19. In very small print.

Full disclosure, there is one cat that has been seriously annoyed in the creation of the Quail Manor. The neighbors across the street have a living, middle aged tom cat. Missing an ear. They think a coyote altercation. One eye is funky. Not sure the genesis of that. There's a lot of wild stuff passing through "A" Mountain, so to be alive, this is a pretty bad assed cat. He walks with purpose. More of a strut than a walk. Not sure if it has a name. I'll call him Cat.

Cat's primary hang-out used to be under the Tree that consumed the Quail Manor in it's first incarnation. Very, very good hunting under that tree. Cat will accept a head buffing, but is still annoyed. 

The subject of today's muse was going to be what the steel tubing delivery guy said to CtC and I. They were unwilling to "tip" the tubing like lumber since it could buckle. So we unloaded it by hand. 

The delivery guy was start a couple of sticks off the back. CtC and I were in a loop. One would grab the two sticks and walk away from the truck pulling towards the other end of the pile we were building on the ground. The other of us would be waling towards the back of the truck and get there in time to grab the back end of the two sticks and then set them in our growing pile. Repeat until done. 

About halfway through, early 20's and fit looking delivery guy comments "you guys are faster than the young guys I usually work with". Hummm. Did he just call us old? Or, was that a complement that we were way better than he expected when he pulled-up? Or, was he saying his usual guys were crap. We discussed among ourselves, while continuing to loop and unload, decided it was all of the above.

The steel is a greasy nasty mess. Tomorrow I start de-greasing it so we can paint it to look rusty. But not be rusting and drip onto our synthetic stucco walls and as yet undefined courtyard furniture.

Mostly we (meaning of course CtC) installed blocking in the bathroom so when the time comes to install towel bars and robe hooks, we attach them to wood. There is also blocking for the shower head. It's real high. Higher than CtC wanted to put it. Told him that's where SWITBO wants it. You want to call her? End of discussion.

The bathroom floors are now ready to be repoured. Still have to epoxy some rebar into the old slab and sticking into the area of the new slab so they are tied together.

Built 8 cheap saw horses so we can have stations for cleaning, priming, and painting (so it looks rusty, not painted) the steel tubing.

The sand blaster will blast on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning so the painter can paint, actually stain, the week of the 8th. Then we (CtC) will install the joist hangers for the front porch roof and back pergola. We (CtC) will also install kind of a neat detail to stiffen the pergola structure. There will be two X's of steel cable that run crissross under the rafters. The X's will provide lateral stiffness. Ask the closest engineer. Then the tubing goes up. Then the stucco.

The gas company was here to move the gas meter to the south wall of the garage. A good thing. They wanted $150 extra to dig the trench. We figured that was a cheap trench. It wasn't. These guys were cut from the same cloth as the concrete cutters yesterday. Made a real mess of the stairs Ann built when here last.

Rule of thumb in software development. It's not really right until you build it the third time. Understand the problem the first time you build it. Solves the problem the second time. Runs fast the third time. These stairs may follow that rule. Way easier to build software three times though!

Here are today's pictures.