It's about time.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Apartment Reno and Graduation.

Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Last night when we got home from our grandson Matthew’s soccer game we found a note in our door from management informing us they intended to come into our apartment today to conduct preauthorized repairs. The only repairs we could think about were that they were finally going to replace our deteriorating kitchen countertop. They also promised to do it while we were away to North Carolina and the fact that this would be on a Monday we weren’t holding our breath. 
Our galley kitchen with its old countertop.
We were both up around 8:00 and after having our breakfast Kathy suggested we clean the countertop off just in case. The worst that could happen was that it wouldn’t get done until tomorrow. The appointed time came and went and by 10:30 I told Kathy they weren’t coming today but I was still hoping. At 10:39 there was a knock on the door and Dan the apartment building handyman was there. He’d had a quick fix job that had to be done and he was finally here to do our job. 
I'm holding the new sink down while Dan fastens from underneath.
It didn’t take long to shut the water and disconnect the drain. Then the job of finding the hidden screws holding the countertop was a little trickier. After a few quick measurements I helped him lift the old countertop off and maneuver it out to the hallway. 
Greg, Tyler and Karen.
Kathy, Tyler and Myself.
Tyler with his sister Kylla.
After lunch Dan laid the new countertop in place and I held it down while he power screwed it from below. A job like that you should have two people to do it but the building only allows for one person. Using the template for the new sink he cut the opening right in our apartment. Kathy will be busy cleaning all the sawdust that filled the kitchen. Again I leaned down on the sink while he fastened it down. Using a shop-vac Dan cleaned most of the sawdust and called it a day around 3:00 after making the kitchen once again functional. He will return to seal it to the wall tomorrow.
Students entering the room.
Tyler (Center) 
Tyler taking part in ceremony.
By 3:30 we were both changed and on our way to our daughter Karen’s to pick up Tyler to bring him to St. Anne’s High School where his Elementary School Graduation Ceremony was being held. We took a number of pictures at the house before leaving. Karen and Greg had to go pick up his parents Ray and Rose to drive out to the ceremony. When we arrived at the school Tyler had to go with his classmates while Kathy and I had the job of saving chairs for the rest of the group. There was lots of seating in bleachers but our old backs need chairs to support them.
Tyler receiving his diploma.
Tyler with his diploma.
There were a lot of awards but the special one was
"The Mickey Renaud Award".
The graduation ceremony didn’t start until 5:30 and it took over two hours for all the speeches and awards to be complete. That fact that there were 103 children graduating also added to the time. After more pictures Kathy and I headed out to get something to eat for supper. Through miscommunication we hadn’t eaten + the fact our kitchen was a mess so we stopped at A&W for a chicken/bacon wrap.
Tyler with sister Ashley
Grandma Rose, Tyler and Granddad Ray.
Tomorrow we have a few errands to do but I might actually get some work done on my to-do list to get ready for our summer travels. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. Glad that job is done.

    Congratulations to Tyler.

  2. Nice to get the new counter top.
    Nice looking pics of the graduation.