Hindu Temple on Maroli-Chhinam Rd as we drive by in our hired car
A large number of travel photos I take when traveling are from the car as we drive along the highways. Sometimes from a rolled down side widow, but most often through the windshield. This type of picture taking is far different that the planned artistic captures that we see in travel magazines and websites. However, pictures from a moving car can be as challenging as the setup and preparation CONTINUE Reading →
Here are the results of a couple of apps that allow you to generate maps of where you have visited or lived in this big world. Plus a few videos I took while traveling.
Create Your Own Visited Countries Map
Four months have passed since we had our deck enclosed making it into a sun-room, and since then we have had warm weather to cold weather. Warm weather you can be in the room with little problems and typically a nice breeze flows through the room. Next year we will consider a fan if the temperatures get too hot. The evening is great to sit and relax as well as enjoy dinner on occasion. As the weather gets colder the current trend is that the room tends to be about 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature and gets a bit chilly in the evening. We have used the electric fireplace several times and it heats the room up very quickly as long as we close the door leading into the house. We have a second smaller heater that we have used a couple of times that has worked out well. Currently the temperature outside is 45, the enclose room is 55 and the house is 69. The windows and door from the house to the room are open.
Ready to start Day 6, the final day of construction.
“Building An Enclosed Deck – Final Day of Construction” is the followup to yesterdays post post on Day 5 of construction. In summary the work started on Monday June 30 and except for a couple of pieces of siding ended on Wednesday July 9th. There was no work done on July 4th and on Monday July 7th. The delay was Independence Day and also waiting on windows to arrive on Tuesday. First thing today was to start working on the sliding door installation. Framing and then install. Just like installing the windows it is a bit of a job. Making sure it fits and functions smoothly always takes extra effort. Along with the door install came more silicone sealing. Never too much as long as it stops a single drop of water!
This post “Enclosing The Deck Day 5 of Construction” is all about the work done on the fifth work day of enclosing our upper deck. Day 4 of construction was mainly focused on getting the roof sealed, trim and end caps put into place, and the insulation under the deck put into place. The fifth day started about 9:30am on July 8th with the crew getting the deck ready for the windows. Then another crew arrived with the windows and installation began. There is a lot of work related to getting the windows into place and making sure everything is working. Once again all the guys knew their jobs and worked well together. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of selecting a company that retains its employees by treating them properly. The experience of each individual working on my deck ranged from 10 to 24 years with all that time working for American Patio Rooms.
Under the deck is as nice as being in the deck. Great finish work by the team.
Day 4 was about the finishing touches and blending the enclosure into the exist home. Getting rid of the rough edges!
Enclosing The Deck Day 4 of Construction consisted of putting the finishing touches on the existing structure and beginning to insulate the bottom of the deck from the cold weather that is just around the corner. The morning started with a few sprinkles of rain but it didn’t last long and work started. There was a 2 man crew again today, once the windows arrive we will be back to a three man crew. First up was to cut off part of the roof that was remaining and wrapping that in aluminum, next quite a bit of time was spent adding all of the end pieces and caps to give the deck that finished look. Finally on the roof to seal everything, and on the bottom of the deck adding the insulation to keep the heat in and the cold out!
Here we are at “Enclosing The Deck Day 3 of Construction” and so far the past 2 days have been nice despite the early forecast of rain. It looks like today we will bypass the rain again! Sometimes things just work out. On the agenda for today was to get the walls and windows installed. Unfortunately the windows are not getting installed so that is a little disappointing. We knew the sliding glass door was on back-order so we were expecting that. The past 2 days we had a 3 man crew and today there is a 2 man crew. Looks like Tuesday before we get the windows.
Day 2 started with the new portion of the deck complete
Enclosing The Deck Day 2: Today’s work brought with it a couple of disappointments. First my new roof put on last year was not done properly and now I have to contact Lowes to see what can be done. So far the installer that Lowe’s uses doesn’t seem to keen on making the mistake right. Second, the chimney enclosure had water damage behind the siding and needs repaired. Builders these days are in such a rush that work isn’t done properly. Goes along with the inability to install shingles and ice guards properly. That is why I hired American Patio Rooms, just tired of poor workmanship.
Been busy working long days for several months so I haven't done much in nature photography. Still taking a lot of pictures when I can, but more around the house and with friends. I hope to do more nature photography in 2015.
Had to cut down a backyard tree today. It was getting more and more dead branches. The birds loved the tree and I had a few feeders hanging from the limbs over the years. Two big trees remain so they still have a place to go.
I went through all my observations this morning and removed all Flickr photo links. Still had a couple remaining. I updated my Flickr photos from time to time which breaks the links. Mostly changing keywords or captions. Everything moved to Picasa now.
Just went through all my pictures from 2008 and I only had 2 pictures of wildlife (birds) and they were junk. I don't know what was going on in 2008 that I didn't take any wildlife pics or even flowers! Well, there are the Koi pics from a pond, but that hardly qualifies. I must […]