Friday, June 30, 2017

RENVTNS 101, VOL I, #4 Work goes on.

             Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hand.

Yes, work goes on and is quite evident.  Blogger is impressed, not only with the progress, but with the workers' tolerance of her efforts in photographing the progress.  Sometimes they even wave when seeing her at a distance.  Nice guys.
Walking down the first floor hall creates all kinds of curiosity, especially with the noise coming from behind the "veils".  One must wait until the workers are gone before venturing into the areas.  More later on revelations.

Last week, the vestibule intact, this week, harbinger of things to

Just as several offices are coming into existence, the old are going out of existence.  Here's an office off the faculty room at that stage as large "tubing" appears on one wall
while the opposite wall disappears.

Of course there are all sorts of tasks to be accomplished, whether drilling out unwanted terrazzo or polishing a strip of metal for some important feature.

And so another work week ends and the holiday weekend begins.  Thanks, guys!  Enjoy the break.

Monday, June 26, 2017

RENVTNS. 101 VOL. I, #3

Further Adventures of the First Floor…and Beyond

Quite a week!  Things are moving rapidly with workmen at many turns (don’t want to exaggerate).  Not only the first floor is changing, but the art department, inside and out.  The “yard” next to the driveway leading to the baseball field, is beginning to show that something’s a’foot (or tractor tread) as more channels are dug, occupied with pipes of some kind, then refilled; concrete  cut; sand dumped.

Last week already the vestibule of chapel was showing hints of change.

Looking out the south side windows or stepping out the basement door brings one to the sad but necessary sight of the demise of our Empress (tree).  She was always so regal in spring when she wore her pink-blossomed crown.  But she was ailing.  Empress was planted by Sr. M. Reina and her sister Mil around 1964.

Seen in this is work being done on pipes being cut, in the art patio.

Next issue—more on the chapel end (we trust) as well as more developments on the rest of the first floor.  We may see if anything further is happening in the art department, too.

Friday, June 16, 2017

RENVTNS. 101, Vol. I, #2

Memories like birds, fleeting--one must grasp and hold in heart's hand.

Oh, the Wonders We See  Oh, the photos blogger could show!  But let’s be practical.  Four on this round will be enough to prove that things are moving at quite a pace.

Earlier in the week, the drilling from outside caught our attention.  Men were operating two drills--one jack-hammer and one drill operated remotely—to break up the basement window wells.  New to blogger was that a drill could be used remotely as from the tractor (or whatever the vehicle is called).  Dust accumulated in the basement, as one can imagine.

Moving indoors, we have the foreman of all that’s transpiring now (on the right) and one of his workers, looking at the plans.

The third photo is significant for what we are seeing in several areas on the first floor—old haunts going as walls crumble.  Here is what is revealed as Mrs. Price’s office and Mrs. Stratman’s classroom meet.  Ah, the stories that wall could have told.  Mrs. Statman’s room was originally two rooms--the school office and the principal’s office with it’s entrance way.  Yes, the stories….

What happens when a new rest room is needed where offices and one end of a classroom are in the way?  Why, a wall (in this case, two) comes down.  What’s needed also, of course, is plumbing connections and fixtures, the latter of which is suggested in this photo.

Stay tuned for the further exciting adventures of the first floor.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Where to Start? Renovations 101

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

RENOVATIONS 2017                                                                                                      Vol. I #1

Yes, it has come to this again.  “A time to tear down and a time to build, “ as the writer of Ecclesiastes concluded.  “Tear down?” you ask.  Well, not exactly, but close to it—sort of.  What must come down is seen here.

Why lamp posts, you may wonder.  The old will give way to the new and improved; also, one end of the driveway must extend out a bit to make way for a better swing around an expanded chapel.  (Many, many adjectives will be required to describe tearing down the old and building the new, so hang on!)
Actually, the harbinger of  “tear down…build” (td-b) is the arrival of the trash containers of which two now “grace” the property.  Other things and people have arrived as well, just as other things have disappeared.  And so we see…

All this in one week’s time, i.e. Week One.  Stay tuned for the further adventures of Renovations 2017 .

If blogger can stay consistent, the volumes will come new monthly, while the numbers will be advanced within each volume.  We'll see...