George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Time to catch up. The
observatory platform is ready to go. The observatory is in Singapore…next stop
Our cherry tree finally
bloomed after five years. It’s tall enough so that the deer can’t eat the
leaves. Speaking of deer, I installed new fencing around one of Erika’s
gardens. Erika lost all of her crops last year because of the deer.
It’s finally time to work on the doors. I have three doors that need to have the glass panes replaced. The doors also need some repair and paint.
First, I removed the doors from
the hinges and then removed the glass panels. Since I replaced the small panes of
glass with one large glass panel, the mouldings were destroyed.
I made new
mouldings and glued everything in place. Any cracks were filled with
epoxy putty and sanded smooth. The doors will be painted gloss white so any
defects will be hidden from view. New satin nickel hardware will be added later.
This morning the ScopeDome passed through the Suez Canal and the
Red Sea on its way to Singapore. Meanwhile
back at home, the observatory platform is almost complete. The lumber arrived
last week. Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating.
100VAC and 200VAC will be available at the pier
Working between the snow flakes and raindrops I
managed to get all the planks down. The platform still needs a couple of coats
of stain. Before installing each board, I gave the undersides a coat of stain. I
want this deck to last a long time.
The pier is isolated from the
platform to prevent any vibrations from being transmitted to the telescope
imaging equipment. The equipment is extremely sensitive to movement and must
remain rock solid while imaging. The gap between the platform and pier will be
filled with foam backer rod to prevent any uninvited guests from entering the
CAT 6 cable is available for remote imaging
Before staining, all of the
knots will be filled with epoxy and sanded smooth.
After almost 5 years, we
finally hiked some of the trails on Mount Yufu. We had no intention of climbing
the mountain. We just wanted to give the doggies a chance to explore some new
Lucky and Kiley had a blast chasing deer up and down the mountain. The funny thing is that the dogs are scared of deer!
We hiked a couple of the side trails. I know many people would rather climb to the top of the mountain, but with doggies it would have been very difficult since some of the sections of trail are steep and require hand rails.
Besides, the hike was for the doggies and I think they really enjoyed it.
We had a good time too! We'll be back since it's only 10 minutes away.