Kitchen Remodel 3

Another Day

Crawlspace Has Spider Webs
Crawlspace Has Spider Webs

We had to go under the house yesterday and check the support beams to ensure that there was enough structure under there to accommodate the weight of the concrete countertops. I was under the house for a few hours working to make sure everything was good. Talk about an Ab Workout. I feel like I did 1000 situps.  Lots of spider webs under there.  Old wires and stuff, that I pulled out to clean it up a bit.

Crawlspace Squeaks
Crawlspace Squeaks

I found a support pillar that looks like someone did a quick one on it. I added a new cement pillar and some new 4×4’s right next to it to help with the weight.

Counter Top Is Ready
Counter Top Is Ready

My father-in-law came over today to pour cement, but we hadn’t finished with the countertop. So we worked on that all afternoon. Tomorrow, he is going to come over with my mother-in-law to pour the cement and finish it up.

Space For The Kitchen Sink
Space For The Kitchen Sink

We put an idea we had for the sink to sit in after the cement gets somewhat dry. Then we can pull out the PVC pipes and allow space for the hoses for the sink to fit in.

Pipes For Sink Faucets
Pipes For Sink Faucets

We will hopefully have a sink tomorrow and then we have to wait 30 days for the cement to cure. Once it cures then we can seal it. Hopefully, by this weekend, we will have the backsplash done too.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

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Old Photos

The Spider
The Spider

Older Photos

I was looking for some photos to post and thought I would go back to the days when I used my Canon Digital Rebel XT. The camera was truly a game changer for me as before I was using the Minolta Dimage 5 which was only 3 Megapixels at the time. I had taken so many photos with both my Rebel and the Dimage that I wondered what they would look like if I was able to enlarge them.

The Spider

Was an old photo that I shot with the Rebel XT and using just the standard 18-55mm lens. I know this lens is garbage, but it does some good work for the entry level photographer just trying to get familiar with their gear/camera. I recall trying to capture this shot and having trouble focusing because of it being night and the flash firing.

Conclusion

Don’t be afraid to get out there and work with your gear. I know a friend of mine by the name of Justin Keys has been out there taking some amazing shots. I know another friend of mine that she mentioned she goes over to a local camera store and rents out larger lenses for her camera for only $20/day. This is amazing that they would do something like that. This allows amateur photographers to work with equipment that they might want to purchase ahead of time and get familiar with it.
Thank you for reading.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Golden Orb Spider

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This is a photo of the Golden Orb Spider.  I came across this fellow while visiting the Academy of Scone Museum in San Francisco, CA.  They are in an exhibit in the Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.

I came across one similar to this when a friend and I were walking through a jungle in Okinawa, Japan.  We were walking through some pretty thick brush and I was watching behind us hoping noting would come up on our rear when all of a sudden I ran right into the back of my friend who had stopped all of a sudden.  I asked him why he stopped and he said look.  I looked out and all I saw was the jungle.  He said not out there look here and pointed right out in front of us and saw this huge web with a big giant Banana Spider hanging in the middle.

After that day we were all a little tense about the spider problem.  Turns out it was their season because we had three other radio operators in the hummer with me monitoring the radio (or playing cards and relaxing) when  the way we had our hummer it faced the sunset and we had a poncho laying over the windshield to block the sun.  I was sitting in the back driver side seat and I noticed a shadow that seemed like a bird had landed on the hood of the hummer.  I pulled out my flashlight and flashed it at the inside of the hummer and saw a huge Banana Spider sitting on the inside of the hummer.  We ran out of the hummer and noticed there were a couple more sitting on the hood and another that was on the inside of the passenger door.  We grabbed one of the M16’s and tried stomping on it but it seemed to counter our movements by jumping to avoid the stomp.

I came across another story of a gentleman that came across the Banana Spider   His name is Paul R. May.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

Manuel Perez