Today was a shopping day. Angela and I went out and spent most of the day shopping today. Part of the trip involved trying to find window coverings for the three Motion Windows and the read cargo door windows. I had brought home some "top down/bottom up" type of pleated blinds from a local big box retailer. The concept was great, pull the shade down and you get a privacy sheer, the pull the handle back up and you get a blackout privacy covering. The only problem was that when they were folded away to the top of the window casing, the profile was over 4" in height. In your home this might be okay because the top of the window is most likely higher up, i.e., above your head and not impeding your view. In a van the window is lower down and only 25" tall as well. That means more than 25% of the view out is blocked if you're standing.
After an early dinner (finished eating by 5:00 - we did skip lunch however...) I spent about 2.5 hours working in Redford. I made a knife holder for the top drawer and secured organizer blocks in the drawer. That way things shouldn't slide about too much when we're driving. I also prepped for installing the rest of the vinyl flooring tomorrow. That involved screwing down the floor boards and doing some vacuuming. As usual, in order to screw down the floor boards, I had to first lift them to see where the 2x4 supports ran underneath. In order to lift the boards, I has to take the cupboard doors off the fridge cabinet and also take the bottom drawer out of the kitchen cabinet. That meant emptying the drawer first, and so on. In the end, the boards are now countersunk, screwed in place, and vacuumed. Everything else has been put back in place as well so that tomorrow I can get right to flooring. It won't be as straight forward as in the dining area because the path is a bit narrower so I'll have to cut planks. Also there are a couple of corners to work around and more aluminum edge trim to install.
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.