|As the Rains Were Beginning|
I DO know that we have LOTS of "puddles" on the property. I am reminded of my brother Tim when were were children. There was a low spot in our back yard in Bowie, Maryland, and when it rained a lot, that low spot would fill with water. One day, on our way to school, Tim declared to our little group of kids who walked to school together, that the puddle in our back yard was as deep as Foxhill Lake. Well, of course, since all of the kids were also familiar with that local lake, EVERYONE jumped on Tim, and razzed him for days about that statement. But Tim, always determined to stick to his story, never backed off of that statement. And now, more than forty years later, as I slosh through wide puddles that cover my shoes in water as I make my way to the goats and to the chickens, I think to myself... these puddles are as deep as Foxhill Lake! And I smile at the memory.
Despite the rain, we continue to make progress toward our vision for this old farmhouse. The past couple of weeks have been spent creating the "new" second story.
|New Lumber Load Delivered|
|Joe Inspects New Lumber|
The previously "funhouse" floor posed a bit of a challenge, but the carpenter has installed a new and LEVEL floor frame, on top of the old boards, and has installed the new sub-floor in the back part of the second story. He has also has successfully completed the raising of the ceiling in that half of the upstairs.
|New Floor Frame Installed|
|New Sub-floor Going In|
|New Ceiling/Roof Supports Going In|
|New Rafters In Place|
Next he will do the same thing to the front portion of the upstairs. This is no small task and takes a good bit of engineering, but it is coming together.
Meanwhile, we've kept busy cleaning up the downed limbs from the hurricane, and have had many a burn pile in the last few weeks. Funny how the more we do, the more there is to do...
|Loads of Downed Branches|
|Judy Watches yet another Burn Pile|
It is very hard for me to believe that the summer is already gone and we are facing the collection-of-firewood-for-winter season. It seems as if this year has flown by. There is simply not enough time to complete everything we have on our to-do list. Nevertheless, we do continue to make progress and one day, we will be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. In the meantime, however, there is no rest for the weary (or is that the wicked???) In preparation for the colder months, Joe is re-appropriating one of the double carports to transform it into a barn for the chickens and goats.
To accomplish this, the carport had to be moved. To accomplish the moving of the carport, the original goat pen fence had to be taken down. And then there were a couple of days of just cleaning the area up from fallen branches, etc.
|Joe Removes the Fence Posts|
|Judy Rolls up the Fence|
On Tuesday, the last day before the rains set it for good, Joe and the carpenter moved the carport. The process was interesting to watch. It involved a tractor, a twenty foot pole, a chain, a crowbar, a rope, a few blocks of wood, a couple of giant C clamps, a few logs, and a couple of guys who "knew they could" get that carport moved.
|Joe and Wendell toy with the idea of|
dragging the Carport...
|Joe Starts the Move with the Tractor|
|So Far, So Good|
|Add a Few Logs to Facilitate the Rolling|
|Moving, Moving, Moving|
|And, Finally, In Place|
Since this move entailed going AROUND a tree or two, there were a few exciting moments, but, about an hour after they started, the carport was resting nicely in its new location, some fifty feet from where it had started...and none the worse for wear. NOW.... if only the RAINS would give us a break, Joe could get working on the transformation...
|Paths reemerging after cleanup|