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Signs of Spring

Omar, Charles and Kameron move picnic tables while Julie and Duncan figure out placement

Sometimes spring arrives in Colorado in waves that feel like that bad bus driver, the one who alternately steps on the gas and then lets off, again and again, rocking you forward and back into half-nausea. That’s how it’s been this year – 80 degree days followed by an icy blast of wind and snow and then it starts again. But underfoot (and a couple of times under the snow), the grass is greening and the smell of the damp, warming soil is like a reassuring promise, while overhead in the budding trees robins and sparrows and towhees announce their return.

Even though the center was closed for Good Friday, it was a busy week. Both Omar and Lauren graduated this week. Adrian completed his Drop on Wednesday, and his Monster Route on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tuesday Seniors group traveled to Boulder to visit the Celestial Seasons herbal tea factory (located, appropriately enough on Sleepytime Drive).

Here are a couple of pics that speak of this spring. One of them is a group of volunteers, under the direction of Director Julie Deden and Senior Services Director Duncan larsen, moving the picnic tables onto our new patio outside the meeting room door. This was a classic “No, I don’t like it there, let’s try it over here” kind of activity. (Those picnic tables are made of steel, just saying.) The patio was put in last year as part of our parking lot and grounds redesign project. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your lunch in the spring sunshine and listen to the birds sing.

Our roof at the McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments is new,after the the big January snowstorm revealed serious leakages. The final exterior touches involve painting the roof trim. But while we have the painters up on ladders, we’re doing the necessary maintenance of painting the window trim and changing the colors. Why not? Spring is a great time for fresh new color!

Enjoy the Easter weekend all!

Repainting the trim at McGeorge Mountain Terrace

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Who has snow blowers on their roof? McGeorge Mountain terrace Apartments does!

Roofing crew on top of McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments with snow blowers

Okay, we haven’t been talking about this much, because it’s kind of stressful. But on January 11 the roof of the McGeorge Mountain Terrace Apartments began to leak. The leaks were massive, and the insurance adjuster traced them back to hail damage that would have occurred last summer. Water damaged the ceiling in all 12 of the 2nd story apartments. In most, the damage was minor, in a few others water was collected in buckets for several days while disaster mitigation crews worked to dry things out.

The stress of course was for Director Julie Deden, Residential Manager Vicki Sayler and the rest of us, worrying about the roof and further damage, when we can get it fixed, etc. But some of the stress has been borne by our students. Most second floor apartments are definitely livable, but others had to be abandoned for the time being. So some of our students had to move, a couple of in apartments with three students instead of the customary two. this occurred just as we had a whole new batch of students arrive after the first of the year. Let’s say this right here – our students have been great!

Okay, our insurance is covering the damage. We’re working with 5280 Disaster Restoration and R3NG/CP&M will replace the roof. And we are really thankful to be working with these folks – really thankful!

That January storm was more like a typcal Colorado spring storm – lots of wet, heavy snow. Lots of moisture content. For the past few storms, R3NG/CP&M crews have been shoveling snow from the roof in order to prevent more leakage. fortunately, we haven’t had a big snow storm in the past month, just smaller ones. Replacement of the roof was initially set for last week, but the temperatures need to be above 40 degrees. The bittercold of last week turned into a heavy snow last night – eight to ten inches. Today the sun came out and that snow started turning to water very fast.

And the roofing crew from R3NG/CP&M got right on it. Because various pieces of equipment have already been waiting in our apartment parking lot, they were able to put snow blowers on the roof this morning, ensuring they could get the snow off in time to avoid serious further damage.

What a sense of relief when we found out that they were up there, maybe even a few tears. And as the temps continue to rise, we’re still on track for the roof replacement to begin on Monday!

Yes, thankful!