Spiral stairs

(063:  Looking down the spiral stairs.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

This photo was taken before we finished the stairs.  As you can see, we hadn’t yet put the railing on.  That was the hard part — bending a circular railing into a half spiral.  You’d think it would be fairly simple.  Yet we found it to be counter-intuitive.  It took a little while but we eventually figured it out.

Here is a photo of the stairs taken last week:

(The finished product.)

The DIRECTV blimp wanted to be in the picture.  We’re used to seeing the Goodyear Blimp in this part of the world.  I’m not sure what the DIRECTV blimp was doing here.  Perhaps Goodyear is renting out any extra space they may have in the dock.

(In the clouds.)

Friends will be arriving on Friday for a weekend visit with us.  I’ve been doing the usual cleaning to get ready for their visit.  One of the good things about having so much company this summer — besides the company, of course — is that it’s helping me keep my home in order.

Now, if I could just find a way to keep the cats from shedding.  Izzy and Bella are driving me crazy with all the cat hairs everywhere.  Bella will let me brush her, and even likes to be vacuumed (she’s a weird cat).  Izzy, however, doesn’t like being brushed and won’t let me near her with the vacuum (she’s a weird cat, too, but in different ways).  I wonder how funny they’d look if I had them shaved.

Hidden away

(045:  Sculptures hiding in the weeds.  Akron, Ohio.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

You can find sculptures like this hidden away amongst the weeds along the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail in Akron.  I’m not sure who put them there or why.  Perhaps it was part of the trail (re)construction.

The spiral stairs are up and went up with almost no stress thanks to the extra pair of hands on the friend who stopped by to help.  I’m grateful for his help.  I didn’t have to do much at all since the two guys had everything pretty much under control.  I’m not sure it would have went as well or as smoothly if it had been just M and I doing it on our own.  For one thing, the friend is taller than either of us and that was a definite plus in dealing with the tallness of the stairs.

There is still some work to be done on the stairs, held up due to a need to contact the company.  One piece had a bad weld and fell apart.  Another piece was cut wrong and won’t fit.  We’ll have to get those replaced.  But the main staircase is up.  The pieces we need to replace are part of the railing and balusters.

M and I went to the Old European Days festival at a local park yesterday evening.  I think it should have been called the German Summer Festival or Practice for Oktoberfest since it was held at the German Family Society park, included traditional German dancing by people in traditional German costumes and traditional German foods and beer.  I ate far too much food, having ordered the German dinner plate which consists of lots of meats and heaping helpings of sauerkraut and German potato salad.  The only food choices, by the way, were German.

I don’t think I’ll need to eat again for a few weeks.  My stomach is still pretty unhappy with me this morning.  No wonder gluttony was considered by some to be one of the seven deadly sins.