Gosh – what a heavy heart I have writing this post after the tragedies we have had within the United States, (not just continental) this last month… hurricanes and shootings, some close to home, some close to friends. The circle of life and mother nature are not being very friendly this late summer and fall of 2017.
Today – Oct 4 – We are COMPLETELY sheathed in (vertically).
We have made progress! Visible progress! I fear that once we get inside, hopefully this month, that progress will not be quite so visible. The next step (roofing) also makes me quite nervous. We’re still open to possibly hiring that out, I mean, who really wants to strap into a harness if you aren’t doing a zip-line? Not this girl, but I will, (if dear hubby can do it, I can do it).
We had quite a few visitors, some unwanted, this month. Ms Black Widow Spider, and her sister came to nest in our concrete block pile.
“Spot,” the frog, named by one of our granddaughters, took root in the barn, seemingly entranced by this bottle of water on top of a tool box.
…and there is always “Hank” the neighbor dog who comes by most days for a treat and spray of the hose. He’s also camera shy, and actually dodges the treats if you toss them to him, but he will sit and high five for a treat.
Now for the guts and glory!
- House completely sheathed, check
- Five front deck 6×6 cedar posts installed, check
- Decks on front and back framed, check
- Roof deck on back deck framed, check
- CoPpEr roof gables, ordered, delivered and installed, check (my FAVE this month)
Oh yeah, there were a few watermelon success stories from the garden, this beauty came home with us today.
This month we also took a mini time-out for ourselves. We were headed to South Carolina to a sweet house that backed up to a waterfall, (here – photo from airbnb)but passing thru Chattanooga we got a call that Hurricane Irma had impacted the sweet treehouse, and the power was out at our destination for the duration of our quick trip. So I got on the phone and we re-routed to Lake Lure, NC and landed in the Patrick Swayze Suite at the Lake Lure Spa and Inn who claims Mr Swayze actually stayed in the same room as us while filming the classic movie “Dirty Dancing.” Luckily, (depends on your perspective), we just missed the 30th anniversary of the filming festival. But we did get to do some amazing rock climbing and garden viewing… pizza eating… beer drinking… etc
And saw this Devil
near the top of Chimney Rock, which we climbed… over 900 steps, (there is a staircase to the top, i.e. stairway to heaven, then a 2 mile hike to a waterfall, at over 2,000 feet elevation
where I relaxed, finally!
So it was a nice break from hammering nails, sawing up boards, taping seams, etc… but it’s always amazing to be back “home,” and working on the tiny house.
P.S. The church painting challenge… I believe I finished 25 paintings in 30 days – and we were traveling 5, or so of the 30 days, so I feel like I made my goal… the fact I was still painting every day after a week is pretty amazing – here are some of the pieces I didn’t post last update.