Those Steps Had to Go
For some time my front verandah has been in need of repair. The first task has been to repair the steps. They were too steep for my aging friends and they were beginning to decay. Having taken a few tumbles off them myself, I approach them with caution but others are at greater risk. They were particularly hazardous in the Winter or when wet. The biggest complaint was there was no handrail. Over a year ago, I promised Veronica, the fair Floridian, that I would make them safer for her. Well, that necessity passed but now June is nervous of them. So. . . . . . .
On the east side I removed the steps and will be developing a garden instead of replacing them.
On the west side, most of the work has been done. I put in a ramp for Dave so he can easily reach the ground unaided. And I have put in new steps, with a handrail. They are still fairly steep but a lot safer. So on to more improvements, a new porch roof, some repairs and painting all.
In spite of my modest carpentry skills and my normal inertia on getting things done, I feel satisfied with my efforts. I am one of those people who can tolerate a problem about the place. (witness the long time I will haul water before I fix the pump). I usually need a crisis or someone to light a fire under me to get at it, dreamer that I am. I saw June coming with the matches so I got at it. Too bad Veronica isn't here to try the steps out. Alas!
Here is some more interesting information about Meagan MacGrath's climbing of Mount Everest which I wrote about on May 25. On her way down the mountain she was instrumental in rescuing another climber who was suffering from cerebral edema, from which she would have died without help. Here is an article about it. Canadian Everest climber who saved fellow mountaineer honored in Nepal - Inter