Tuesday, August 14, 2007


The Deck & The Margaritas Await Your Return
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2007 jim otterstrom
The guys next door, Grant and Bill, built this deck last month, finishing it just three days before Bill fell out of a tree he was trimming at his place down near the ocean.
Bill was only about 7 feet up when he fell but he landed very badly, breaking his back in several places, his neck, a couple of ribs, both wrists, and fracturing his skull.
The good news is that our friend and neighbor is going to be OK. The doctors say he's really lucky there was no spinal cord damage and he's home now, recuperating down at his full-time residence, after several weeks in the hospital.
The cabin next door belongs to Grant, and he and Bill use it for week-end getaways, nearly every week. Grant was up over this past weekend to put a coat of varnish on the deck, but Bill won't be traveling for awhile yet, so I thought I'd post this picture for him so he can see how nice the deck looks stained.
Bill has the carpentry skills, doing most of the work on the deck, and he and I much enjoyed gabbing and exchanging ideas as it took shape. We also had a blast christening it over Margaritas.
Peggy and I send our love, Bill...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope he gets well! And thanks for your comment! Sorry I haven't been blogging much, somehow I always let my life fill up with work and plans. Hope you and Peggy are doing well! I actually thought of you last night when I was cookin' some mushrooms!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Jim and Peg,
I am so glad you mentioned Bill. I am so sorry for his accident and i am sure he is well on his way to recovery...hi Bill get well wishes your way your neighbor Cheri

12:12 PM  
Blogger Eric Valentine said...

Sorry to hear about your friend Bill. I do hope he makes a good recovery and can share good times with you down the road.

Best wishes.... Eric

4:50 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


You're welcome, and that is a lovely Morel on your foot, and so relevent to your love of food & cooking.

I don't have any tattoos but I have often thought about having my pale human body covered with some artists beautiful renderings of endangered species.

I've been a slacker of a blogger lately too, I understand, life beckons beyond this pixelated LCD panel.

I think of you when I see giant hollowed out trees!


5:58 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I'll pass your well-wishes to Bill the next time we talk on the phone, and he does visit the blog now & then so he may have gotten the message already.

You ready for the big yard sale next week?

6:02 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


It's always good to hear from you.

As with Cheri, you're good wishes will be passed along to Bill.

How are you doing? I guess it's time I dropped around to find out, huh?

6:06 AM  

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