All I can say is that you would’ve been even more surprised to see me last night when I was halfway done and had to go to the ER!
Well, my Mom started chemo today after being diagnosed with cancer. They removed the cancer in January but she still has to undergo chemo in order to help prevent it from coming back. I shaved my head to show my support and love for her. Please pray that her body will not react too much to the treatment and that she will have energy to conduct a choral show on March 5th before she takes the rest of year off from work.
Jessica and Adelina are doing better today. Adelina is back to her lively self and none worse for wear. Jessica is a little sore and the little man in her belly is causing quite a bit of discomfort. 6 and 1/2 weeks to go!!!
I finished up the repair project with a partner last week. One of the aspects of the repair was to fabricate a metal stringer that supports the cowling’s round shape. After bending the piece with a 1/8″ radius, I used a “Shrinker/Stretcher” tool that does what the name suggests. After feeding in the piece of metal, a pedal is depressed that brings the top “teeth” down on the bottom “teeth”. Once the “teeth” contact one another, they are designed to either spread apart, for stretching, or come together, for shrinking.
It is important to space the stretching/shrinking apart because it creates a small bend that can lead to stress and cracks. The cowling, being as it covers the engine, is subject to a lot of vibration and the stringer could break if there is too much stress. After shrinking the piece to fit the cowling, we riveted it on and it looks great. (Except for the small place where the rivet gun slipped off the rivet and hit the skin a couple of times. I don’t know how that happened…)
Thank you once again for all of your prayers for our family. God is carrying us through, one day at a time. We are eagerly awaiting the days to come, even as we enjoy the days that we are in! Have a blessed week!