Friday, August 12, 2016

Balcony project

8am - A new project is in the works this morning. I'd like to have more flower pot space. My thinking is, to construct an additional railing from the top of the balcony wall.

This rail will have to extend inward from the balcony wall. The apartment owner recently cautioned a tenant to move her flower pots more to the inside of her balcony. The owner warned that a pot too close to the balcony's edge could fall and hit somebody walking below. That tenant's view looks to the south, toward the apartment's courtyard. Making that tenant's balcony easily visible to the owner.

My balcony view looks toward the north. Very difficult for the owner to casually view my balcony from below. Nevertheless, I do not want to tempt fate or the apartment owner's wrath. So this project will extend inward from the balcony wall. Not outward.
 I will install a new rail extending inward from the wall in this pic
[Click on pic for a close-up view]


Floor garden
The balcony project might require moving all of the garden now sitting on the concrete balcony floor to move inward 8 inches. But that is doable.

I just love to do this kind of stuff! 馃槑


10am - Project on  HOLD!
I was on my way to buy the lumber for the project, when I stopped at the Guava Gardens recreation room just to visit. While visiting, Robby, the apartment house owner, asked me to go outside so we could talk privately.

Robby explained, that when the apartment of a tenant who just moved out was inspected, it was found that he had damaged the balcony floor by causing the concrete to be wet for several years. That balcony would have to have its concrete balcony floor jack hammered up and replaced. Robby was concerned that my balcony floor could become damaged if I also kept the concrete wet for several years.

Next week, Robby wants to go up to my apartment with Vince, his maintenance man. They will inspect the balcony to see if my garden is causing the concrete floor to be wet.

It so happens, that my garden work is ALSO causing the concrete to be wet. BUT, I could very easily have that wetness dry out permanently! And that is exactly what I intend to do before Robby and Vince inspect next week.

Lucky George!
I believe that I am sooooo lucky to have gone to the Guava Gardens Recreation Room this morning. If I had NOT gone there, it is very likely that Robby and Vince might have inspected my balcony, unannounced!

An unannounced balcony inspection could have doomed my precious garden!

Garden patch
While I was outside in the apartment courtyard talking with Robby, he offered me a garden patch. He even offered to pay for the plants and supplies in the garden patch.

Wow! I would LOVE that! 馃槏


2pm - Dixieline
I am at Dixieline Hardware and Lumber to buy the lumber and material for my balcony project.

I'm confident that when Robby and Vince inspect my balcony next week, that they both will trust me to be NO threat to the concrete balcony floor.

6pm - Shabbat [Sabbath]
This evening at sundown begins Shabbat, the Sabbath to the Lord. Which means that I will be at Temple Emanu-El to observe.

I love to go to Temple Emanu-El for the Shabbat. Especially when Rabbi Lawson is conducting Shabbat service! He has many good bible stories to share.

Rabbi Marty Lawson
[I love this guy!]

Here is the Commandment from Exodus 20,7 to 20,10: 
[Hebrew is read right to left] 
  讝ָ讻讜ֹ专 讗ֶ转-讬讜ֹ诐 讛ַ砖ַּׁ讘ָּ转, 诇ְ拽ַ讚ְּ砖ׁ讜ֹ.  7 Remember the sabbath day,     to keep it holy.
  砖ֵׁ砖ֶׁ转 讬ָ诪ִ讬诐 转ַּ注ֲ讘ֹ讚, 讜ְ注ָ砖ִׂ讬转ָ 讻ָּ诇-诪ְ诇ַ讗讻ְ转ֶּ讱ָ.  8 Six days shalt thou labour,       and do all thy work;
  讜ְ讬讜ֹ诐, 讛ַ砖ְּׁ讘ִ讬注ִ讬--砖ַׁ讘ָּ转, 诇ַ讬讛讜ָ讛 讗ֱ诇ֹ讛ֶ讬讱ָ:  诇ֹ讗-转ַ注ֲ砖ֶׂ讛 讻ָ诇-诪ְ诇ָ讗讻ָ讛 讗ַ转ָּ讛 讜ּ讘ִ谞ְ讱ָ 讜ּ讘ִ转ֶּ讱ָ, 注ַ讘ְ讚ְּ讱ָ 讜ַ讗ֲ诪ָ转ְ讱ָ 讜ּ讘ְ讛ֶ诪ְ转ֶּ讱ָ, 讜ְ讙ֵ专ְ讱ָ, 讗ֲ砖ֶׁ专 讘ִּ砖ְׁ注ָ专ֶ讬讱ָ.  9 but the seventh day is a             sabbath unto the LORD thy         God, in it thou shalt not do any     manner of work, thou, nor thy     son, nor thy daughter, nor thy       man-servant, nor thy maid-           servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy     stranger that is within thy gates;
  讻ִּ讬 砖ֵׁ砖ֶׁ转-讬ָ诪ִ讬诐 注ָ砖ָׂ讛 讬ְ讛讜ָ讛 讗ֶ转-讛ַ砖ָּׁ诪ַ讬ִ诐 讜ְ讗ֶ转-讛ָ讗ָ专ֶ抓, 讗ֶ转-讛ַ讬ָּ诐 讜ְ讗ֶ转-讻ָּ诇-讗ֲ砖ֶׁ专-讘ָּ诐, 讜ַ讬ָּ谞ַ讞, 讘ַּ讬ּ讜ֹ诐 讛ַ砖ְּׁ讘ִ讬注ִ讬; 注ַ诇-讻ֵּ谉, 讘ֵּ专ַ讱ְ 讬ְ讛讜ָ讛 讗ֶ转-讬讜ֹ诐 讛ַ砖ַּׁ讘ָּ转--讜ַ讬ְ拽ַ讚ְּ砖ֵׁ讛讜ּ.  {住} 10 for in six days the LORD    made heaven and earth, the sea,    and all that in them is, and  rested on the seventh day;  wherefore the LORD blessed 
 the sabbath day, and hallowed 
 it. {S}


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15 comments:

  1. Go to your local second hand store like Salvation Army and get saucers for your small pots. They always have them around here

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    1. Hi FG,
      Good suggestion! 馃槑

      All of my pots arrived with saucers. However, the wood underneath a saucer may still get water soaked.

      I will be very careful from now on to keep that area dry.

      George


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  2. It was nice of Robby to offer you a garden patch and to pay for the plants and supplies -- that is going the extra mile. Sounds like you have good management at your building. They joys of renting is always a balancing act of your needs and the needs of the owner.

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    1. Hi Sheila,
      You are right-on about Robby being a good owner. He is friendly with me and has always treated me well.

      George

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  3. How about putting "feet" under your pots so that air can circulate and prevent the cement from staying wet? I've seen them at gardening stores here in Victoria.

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    1. Hi Suz,
      I am taking your suggestion. I am putting feet under the boards that the flower pots sit on so that air may circulate and permit the concrete to remain dry.

      George
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  4. I have idea...why don't you plant a few flowers around the apartment complex in potted containers for everyone to enjoy including yourself. This would also give walking exercise as well. Everyday you would walk the garden trail to inspect, care for plants.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      I plan to take up your suggestion with the garden patch that Robby offered to me.

      AND I plan to keep my balcony flowers growing too. But keeping the concrete floor of my balcony dry.

      George
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  5. Another idea, ask Robby for a ground level apartment with a patio so you can have your garden. I love flowers/gardens too.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      That is a good idea!

      However, I love my apartment on the building's north side on the 3rd floor. I do not wish to move.

      I will keep the concrete on my balcony completely dry.

      George
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  6. Large rubber or plastic mats with rims to hold the water in might work well.

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    1. Hi JJ,
      Rubber mats may work.

      However, I plan to permit NO water to go on the concrete of my balcony anymore. Not hard for me to do this.

      Only in my ignorance, did I allow water to make the concrete damp in the first place!

      George
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  7. George...You shouldn't be so proud of "cheating" on the rules of your apartment on the balcony plants. You have been treated more than fairly by the manager. Enjoy your Shabbat service.

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    1. Hi Barb,
      I do not believe that I cheated. Nor do I believe that I was proud of cheating.

      George

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  8. Loved your Shabbat post. When did you "sneak" that pic of Rabbi Marty? I was happy to see you with your walking stick. Be well and strong. You have so many good friends, you will "never walk alone". Barbara

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