There was the odd, but true, "Nomad," whose bid was low, but included a requirement for us to provide all tools AND to pick him up from his home (40 miles away) and drive him back home when the job was done...he would work as he wished, sleeping in his sleeping bag in the old farmhouse for the several days it would take him to complete the tear out. And there was the outrageous....the guy who wanted three times what anyone else quoted, but who had his own crew and tools, would work normal hours and everyone would sleep at their own houses. The others who bid fell in between, with varying degrees of assurance they could actually accomplish the job.
To be honest, we were seriously considering using "Nomad." He came recommended and purportedly travels with his guitar, which immediately appealed to us... we are always ready for an impromptu jam session. However, in the end, Joe made a deal with "Mr. Outrageous," the guy from whom we purchased the 48 foot semi trailer we will use as storage. He successfully bartered with Mr. O to sell us the semi trailer AND have his experienced crew tear out the floor for LESS than Mr. O had bid for the floor tear out alone.
By the time I arrived home from MD on Wednesday, the floor was being torn out and we could now clearly see what we had suspected. Several beams and all joists will need to be replaced. Not a small undertaking, to be sure, and we will start that bidding process soon.
|Broken Joists and Failed Beams|
Meanwhile, though, the other projects continue. The deck project is nearing completion. The windows, upstairs and down, have been replaced with doors. Tuesday, the deck will be finished.
|Installing Upstairs Door|
Joe, in between supervising floor tear-out, semi trailer delivery, deck construction and delivery of road dirt (more roads and driveways), was modifying the shed and the attached lean-to to accommodate the new tractor. (By this time we were under pressure to "protect" things since Hurricane Earl was heading our way....)
|Lean-to on Shed|
|Ready for Tractor|
|Tractor Tucked In|
|End of Sunflower Season|
|Just a Handful|
I gave Joe a much needed haircut. I suppose it is a little ironic that when it was hot as blazes and the overgrown hair was making things even hotter, we didn't have time to stop and cut it, and today, when we finally took that time, the weather turned much cooler... oh well!
Finally, with evening approaching, we cut a melon from the garden, and sat in the garden enjoying her sweetness.
|Judy Picking Melon|
|Judy, Testing Arm Strength!|
|Notice the form..."kneeling" to eat!!!|
|Doves in Love!|
We ate the whole melon, Joe and I did... all 14 lbs 11.6 oz of her! It was dark when we finished, and the air hinted the first tastes of fall. We put the goats back in their pen, fed the cats and dog, and retired for more relaxation indoors. There are so many projects yet to be done, but today I was happy we decided to just slow down already.
|I can't believe we ate the WHOLE thing!|