Deck plans submitted. (Yet still waiting to hear back from inspector)
Materials on sale.
Money in bank.
That's when I find out that the cantilever that is my sliding patio door was indeed NOT built to support the weight of a deck, even thought it has the decking channel built into the siding...
What does this mean? This means more work, modification of plans, more money, more work, more time... I don't even know what the inspector is going to say yet, but because I WANT to do the job right the first time, I am going to ask the inspector, and see what he says.
I am going to venture a guess that he is going to ask me to place another "Beam" up along the house under the deck where it meets up with the cantilever entrance, to support the weight of the deck. All things considered... That wont be too bad. About $100.00 extra, three additional holes / posts, and a few hours extra time. But to not have the deck rip a portion of the house away, it will be worth it.
21' deep (out from the house) x 20' wide (side to side). Here is a quick photo of the layout... It may be hard to see, but I'll try to get some better pictuers of it later.
Here is where it will be;
On a side note... Zachary offered as much help as I want when it comes time to build. He said he has his own tools, and lots of screws in his toolbox too! (I was so proud). Guess he is going to learn a little bit about deck building this summer! Jonathan was not too intrested in helping build, but said he can't wait for the "finished deck party"! That's my "socialite" kiddo for ya!
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Sunday - Leave Minnesota for Chicago in AM. A possible visit to the Hancock Observatory (top of Sears Tower) in afternoon / evening based on a recommendation from a co-worker who had just returned from taking her kids to Chicago. Then a hotel stay in Chicago for the night.
Monday - A visit to the Field Museum for the King Tut exhibit (and various other exhibits) or a visit to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry for the day. (I went there as a kid, and can remember how cool it was even today!) Then another hotel stay in Chicago for the night.
Tuesday - We will visit the Museum that we did not visit the day before (The Field Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry). We will then leave for Brian's new house (about 2 hours south of Chicago) to see their new house, visit Brian and Jessica, and spend some time with Miles. We will be staying with Brian and Jessica for the night. (Thanks guys! That saves us some extra $$.)
Wednesday - We will be visiting Brian, Jessica and Miles for the day (He has the day off of work - I dont know about Jessica though). We will leave for home some time that afternoon / evening.
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It's a busy little trip, but I think it's gonna be FUN!
Girls, I know that you will have fun with Grandma and Grandpa for these few days, and dont fret... We will have our own mini-vacations to go on too! (No boys (execpt your dad) allowed! (grin))
Of course, the first three links are my "trifecta" of blogs... So they get first billing! After the list of my blogs, I will maintain the list in ALPHABETICAL ORDER. There is NO SIGNIFICANCE to which blog is first, and which is last.
I do my blog reading through Google Reader, and this is the list of Father Bloggers (and a few mothers too) that are currently in my reader. I do read all of these (as time allows), but the BOLDED links are ones that (for whatever reason) I tend to gravitate more towards, and comment on more frequently. Most of these are from Minnesota, or (if the are not) it is someone that I share a a common interest (other than fatherhood) with, or wrote a post that hooked me in.
If you do not find your blog on here, and you think I would be interested in it, please drop me an email HERE, or leave me a comment!
Dad Bloggers - Updated 07-20-08
Dad of Divas
- Dad of Divas Reviews
Here are a couple of Moms too!
My life is busy. Very, very busy and stressful. Yet, I do enjoy writing. I do not write often, and when I do, it takes me a while to do it. I go over and over my writing, tweaking and adjusting it until it is just so. But when I am done, it is something I am proud of.
I guess in a way, I have been keeping a Blog (ok, not a Blog, but more of a memoir) of my outdoor adventures for many years now. Outdoor hunting / fishing / camping is something I enjoy, but do not partake in as often as I would like to. I have wanted to leave behind a legacy of some of the things that meant a lot to me when I had the chance to do them. I have been documenting my hunting and fishing adventures on and off since 1998. I usually type them up in a word processor (tweaking them as I do) and when I am happy with the results, I print them out. I now have a special outdoor journal I keep. It is a soft leather book with handmade paper, and a leather strap around the outside. I spent months looking for just the right one. I have been transferring my printed stories into that book for my children, and my children's children. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THAT JOURNAL.
You will NOT find me posting here every day. I would love to say that I will be writing once a week, but, as I have stated earlier, my life is busy.
I'd like to summarize some of why I started this Blog with lyrics of a song. Music has been, is, and will continue to be a huge part of my life. I am not normally an emotional person. I have learned to re-direct emotions. Music is the one place that I allow my feelings and emotions to run free. Happiness, humor, sadness, sorrow, anger, reflection, or relaxation. This is one song that CONSISTENTLY makes me cry. It is the reason I took my boys to Star Wars, It is the reason I keep my outdoor journal, and it is the reason I am starting this Blog.
I guess now I do know. Although inspired by what she is doing, I am not copying what my friend is doing after all.
Benjamin, Jonathan, Zachary, Rebecca, & Melissa - I hope that in some ways you are not like me...
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