Thursday, August 17, 2017

Building Project-- Day 40 & 41

Once again the garden takes precedence, and I don't have the best building summary.

I sent my dear second-born out to record what happened on Tuesday since I was busy.  He found the scaffolding interesting.

 And, like my other son, he also took some pictures of the backhoe. However, I've noticed another picture focus for my sons.

Those plans in a bucket are quite curious. I think those two boys take pictures of it every time I send them out with the camera.

Also on Day 40, some work was done on the inside.

Yesterday was a day up on the roof. I took this picture. Disclaimer: this picture was not taken yesterday. I took it this morning because I was gone in the evening and couldn't take the end of the day photo. It looks a lot like this on the other side.

The plan for today, originally, was to go crazy with the shingles. However, the carpenter got a call that the shingle delivery would be later than expected, so for now, they're working on making the seam/gutter tight on the east side so possible impending rain doesn't get through. Then, if it's not too stinking hot, they'll get to the shingles. But if it's way too hot, the shingles will have to wait until tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tin Can Man-- Before and After

Remember this fella?

Shiny and new!

Well, the elements have changed him a bit, but still think he's rather cute. He's also still functional, clanging away in the breezes.

Not so shiny and new

Rusty, but cute

Building Project-- Days 36-39

I'm a little behind on the blog front, but, thanks to a good deal of rain and the weekend, not much has happened.

Day 36 was a bit of a clean-up day, but not much building action. Day 37 was a day off, but it rained. Day 38 was Sunday. And yesterday, on Day 39, it rained most of the day.

Before it rained, there were a couple hours of working on the roof to make the joining nice and waterproof.

And because the previous ramp was needed for the scaffolding that was put up yesterday, my sons made a ramp out of some scrap wood to make it easier getting into and out of the addition. They were so proud.

I haven't checked the weather yet today, but it looks like another dreary day so far. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Building Project-- Day 35

I'll be honest: I haven't actually been outside to see the how the work yesterday ended. I had a mommy-daughter date with my oldest girl, and we went to the big town for eye doctor appointments and some shopping. A soft pretzel may have been involved.

Anyway, when we got back home, everybody else had eaten supper already, and our waffles and bacon were waiting on the table. Then I had to wrangle the overtired 3-year-old and do the bedtime routine. I enlisted the help of my 2nd-born to take pictures since it would be dark before I had time. It was already low-light outside, but I think he did a good job.

West side

East side

East side:  close-up

Inside shot

This last picture gives you an idea of the biggest difference we noticed today from inside the house: it's darker. Although the tarp isn't permanent, it darkens things up like it will be when complete. The kids like the cozy feel and think they'll be able to take naps in the current living room since it's darker. I'm surprised that I agree because I really like lots of natural sunlight; however, the new atmosphere inside here is not unpleasant at all.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Building Project-- Day 34

I realized I haven't been blogging much about things that aren't the building project. For me right now, other than my regular mom/wife duties, life is about the garden, putting up things from the garden, and eating things from the garden.

Onions that my daughter picked for me yesterday

Big ol' pile of greens we worked on canning last night

Donated tomatoes from a friend and peppers and zucchini of ours

Our garden is really starting to produce things-- especially jalapeƱos and green peppers.

Now, on to the real star of our lives. Yesterday was another big work day with more roof stuff. These are the end of the day pictures.

West side

East side

Until tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Building Project-- Day 32 & 33

Day 32 was a short day. I heard a little sawing and nail-gunning, but I think the main reason the carpenters came out in the drizzle was to meet the delivery truck.

When the drizzle turned to rain, Day 32 was over.

Now Day 33 was a different story entirely. Yesterday began with an obstacle course for Jimmy. He had to maneuver around the bluebird house, the well cover, the piles of lumber, and the clothesline-- all while carrying the roof tresses. I'm telling you, that man has serious skills!

Picking up tresses by hand and moving them into place was no easy task either, but in what seemed like no time at all, the men had several up.

One thing I'm learned about a modern construction site is that the nail gun is used more than the hammer. But you can see below that the hammer isn't entirely obsolete.

Here's another backhoe picture. My son didn't take this one; I did. I'm not crazy about backhoes like he is, but I love Jimmy's smile. That man knows how to work!

I don't have an end-of-the-day picture because, to be honest, I had a date with green beans in the garden. I didn't get back until it was a little dark for pictures. I do have some close-to-quittin'-time pictures. This first picture gives you an idea of how much work was done yesterday.

These next two pictures shows you that I was a little obsessed with close up pictures. First up is a picture of the rafters from inside the addition. 

Pretty blue sky!

One casualty of yesterday's work was my clothesline. The line itself had to come down until it's no longer in the way. That's okay because with all the dust and building, I haven't been hanging things out anyway.

Clothesline pole close-up

Another high point of the day for me was when one of the workers brought me tomatoes from his garden since ours aren't ripe yet. I ate some for both lunch and supper. Oh, and my husband grilled chicken for everybody for lunch; I always enjoy that. 

On a completely un-construction note, my parents came for a quick visit since they were close by for a doctor's appointment. It was so nice to just take time out of working in the garden and chat for an hour or two. Their visit gave me a taste of what it would be like if we had family living close by. Even my children commented on how nice a visit it was. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Building Project- Day 31

Yesterday's work on the inside looked like a lot of 2 x 4's. 

But on the outside is something more exciting-- dinosaurs!  

Well, okay, the wrap on the outside was put up, and it has upside-down green dinosaur pictures on it. The upside-down fact had a couple of my more particular ones somewhat agitated, but I assured them it would work just as well as if it were right-side up.

I don't have a picture of the addition right now, but it looks like a wading pool with all the rain from last evening. Wasn't that storm a doozy! We were actually north of here in McConnellsburg, and it was much worse there. We had to navigate through non-functioning traffic signals, low visibility, some awesome lightning strikes, and falling tree branches on our way back from (not getting to go) swimming. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Building Project-- Day 30

We have lots of pictures today because there were lots of workers and a lot of work done.

First off, I'll show you the most strenuous thing I did to help with the construction work. And here's the full disclosure--my son did most of the work; I just carried the jug and a few water pitchers.

Water for the troops

And now it's time to raise some walls!

First wall up

Boy, that looks like hard work from behind this camera!

I just liked this hammer picture.
End of the day picture #1

End of the day picture #2

End of the day picture #3
Standing where the entrance to the addition will be (from our living room)

This is what will be a new bedroom

Yesterday at the end of the day, I walked through the addition trying to figure out where furniture and such would go. It's getting even more exciting.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Building Project--Day 29

Let's keep this short and sweet today.

Lots of work yesterday on walls and making holes in the roof to prepare for the walls to go up!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Building Project--Day 28

We keep seeing new pieces of equipment around here. Day 28 was no exception.

Roof tresses backing up the driveway

First of all, I continue to be impressed by all the drivers of big trucks/trailers/equipment who are so good at backing up our long driveway. 

Second, there was no crane or forklift or anything attached to this trailer. How in the world were they going to get those huge tresses off the back of that trailer!?

Well, it just so happens that the trailer has motorized rollers. Here you can see them in action:

We got a better look at the rollers as the truck left. 

Sorry if the picture is too small to see the rollers well, but I promise they're there.

Now, let's get a closer look at those tresses.

The kids and I liked the silver spiky things that held the tresses together.

And my dear 3rd born son took most of the pictures again, so. . . 

Obligatory backhoe picture

Is anybody else thinking he just might be a professional backhoe operator someday?

And finally, the end of the day picture shows what the carpenters were working on today---building walls. 

Walls with doors and windows!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Building Project--Day 27

Something impressive happened today.

I stood on the finished subfloor. It gave me a completely different perspective. It's so difficult to visualize spacing and size and all of that, but it became a little more clear yesterday. I stood on the edge and saw what our new and smaller backyard would look like (still really big). I stood where we'll enter the addition from the house and experienced the large space.

Things are really coming together. I'm not sure what's next because I haven't asked, but work has already begun today!