Wasn’t feeling great when I woke up this morning, before friggin’ dawn, but throughout the day things got progressively better. It helped that early in the day I got some good news from one of my friends… where upon opening her mail she learned that she regained full custody of her son. 😃😊 This is definitely one of those “not my story to tell” things, since it’s pretty personal, but yeah… it was nice to see that the system finally did its job and justice was served.
As unfair as many of the past instances with the court have seemed, I don’t think anyone expected that favorable of an outcome. 😯 She deserves that outcome, so don’t get me wrong, but after so long you start to doubt that the system is capable of doing what’s right. So it’s gonna be a busy and exciting weekend for them… 😊👩👦👦 such a big change, almost out of the blue, but he’s already super happy – so it’s just a matter of getting all the logistical stuff ironed out and them getting used to the new “new.” 🙂 I’m really excited and happy for the both of them. This is how it should be.
Then later in the evening Rick came over to work on my busted garage door. One of the springs broke quite a while ago, but with the various other stuff I’ve been dealing with – honestly it wasn’t that high on the priority list, so today just ended up being the first convenient time for him to mess with it. 🤷🏻♂️👷🏻♂️ He makes it all look so easy… especially to someone with a left arm that’s basically worthless when it comes to any kind of manual labor. 🙄😏 Didn’t take him long to get new 2x4s up where they’re needed and the new springs installed.
(There was more to it than that, w/ the cables, guides, track aligning, roller adjustments, etc… but yeah…)
The only glitch (for the moment) is that he wasn’t able to find any springs locally that match the ones that were originally on it. 😕 These days, garage doors are made of super light material… but my garage door, a “two-car garage” garage door… is made of thick wood and weighs too effing much. 😄 So despite buying the strongest springs available, the old 1/3 HP garage door opener just wasn’t having it. It can lower the door, but to raise it again it requires someone giving the door a manual boost for the first part of the raising cycle.
But his suggestion sounds good to me. New garage door opener. The one that’s installed now is probably at least half as old as I am, and wasn’t really meant to handle a door as big and heavy as this one even when it was new. So I’m gonna look for a more powerful replacement over the weekend, and between that and the new springs – we’re pretty certain everything will work as it should again. 🧐🤞🏻 And like many things in this house, it was probably past-due for replacement anyway, so I’m all for this solution.
Talking with him while he worked… there’s not much he hasn’t done when it comes to building, remodeling, installing roofs, electrical work, deck builds, garage doors, well installations, etc. You name it, he’s probably done it. In fact he just recently quit his job at Lowe’s to completely go into business for himself. 😯 That takes some balls, but he knows the right people… not only to have continuous jobs lined up, but also having a good group of folks that he can pull into those jobs depending on the needs or specialties.
Plus, Amy will be able to work from home, helping with the behind the scenes stuff like scheduling, accounting, and much of the other “You have to do this now.” legal / payroll / insurance / etc type business stuff. 😏👩🏻💼💻🖨️ Really hoping this works out for them, ‘cuz it’s gotta be a pretty good feeling to work when you want, where you want, on what you want, while having only yourself and your clients to answer to. 🙂👍🏻