Thursday, May 11, 2017

Asphalt Driveway

We decided to have our asphalt driveway replaced.

It was a spur-of-the moment decision when the paving company who was doing our neighbor's knocked on our door and asked if we were interested in having ours redone.

Our old driveway was old and cracked and we got what we thought was an okay deal so we went ahead and had it done.
For comparison, here's a before shot. I forgot to take a picture before the guys came and broke up our driveway but this one still shows the old asphalt in the ramp that goes from the sidewalk to the street. Our driveway had cracks that were bigger than that and had weeds growing out of the cracks too.

It took the contractors 3 days to get everything done.

On day 1, they came and dug out and carted away the old asphalt.

On day 2, we came home to a mini-road roller parked in our driveway, it was used to compact the gravel base.

They laid the asphalt on day 3.

While all this was happening, I was doing my own research on how to take care of a new asphalt driveway and I learned quite a few things:
- you can walk on asphalt 24 hours after it gets laid
- you can park on it after 3-5 days (we waited 5 whole days to be sure)
- It takes 6-10 months to completely cure so during this time, we'd have to avoid parking in the same spot all the time and also avoid turning the wheels while the vehicle isn't moving.

We may also have to get it sealed after it cures and then every 2-3 years after that.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Child care

Swe-cha is on spring break this week and his backup day care fell through (they're at full capacity and could not accommodate him this week) so I've been working from home.

It's amazing how God always comes through for us and I thought I'd put up a post so I don't forget about this when I get worried again in the future.

So I've been fretting about Swe-cha's daycare for the summer. I learned last week that the summer camp he attended last year may not operate this summer because they did not do well financially last year. Apparently, since he is now 7, there aren't a lot of places in our town that would take kids beyond the age of 6 and given that he is special needs (albeit high functioning), it is not so easy to find a place that would be appropriate for him.

Last weekend, on Palm Sunday, I offered this up to the Lord and asked him for help. I was tired from calling all these places and not getting any leads.

Today, boss calls me up to talk about something else and asked how things are going this week. He then mentions that with our company's offices upcoming move to another city, we're really moving towards getting employees on a hoteling concept and they don't expect employees to come to work daily. Working from home might work out better for me & my child's needs.

The truth is, I've been leaning towards asking to WFH over the summer as a last resort, nahihiya lang ako to ask when I have not thoroughly exhausted all options yet and here, I didn't even have to ask.


Ang galing ni God, he's working miracles through my boss & my company.