We are trying our best to prevail with building...staying on schedule...wasting no time if at all possible, but have you ever tried to build and dodge raindrops at the same time? It’s difficult...and you’re always ducking and dodging!!! Have you ever really looked at the rain as it falls? There are a lot of drops to dodge! There must be hundreds of them in a normal rainy day....I say hundreds because you can’t count them...So, I just guessed...maybe there’s a thousand...who knows for sure. (sometimes you have to portray the widely believed “less than intelligent” Farmer’s level of mentality expected by most city slickers, in spite of the verity that we must be architects, builders, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, biologists, botanists and financial experts, all rolled into one dumb looking hick with a wheat sprig toothpick sticking out of our mouth, beneath our straw hat)
Anyway, yesterday Vick and I ran a few little errands and walked our friend’s dog around noon, before settling down to building. We began the two sided run in shed just beyond where the old barn will be expanded outward another eight feet, giving the alpacas more room. The run-in shed will have an eight foot opening toward the barn which will be open to the barn side animals, while the eight foot side away from the barn will be accessed by animals in the pasture closer to the road. The old, gray board fence will be removed, and wooden walls installed on the three tier, 2x4 framework remaining and a steel roof installed over the joists and perlings. We will also install an eight foot high wind break wall to limit winter wind and snow from entering the pasture side opening.
It looks like today will be a finishing day for the hospice gift shop since it’s raining so badly. We’ll take the vacuum out and clean the carpet, finish hanging some of the artwork and finish the carpet around the wood stove where it needs glued into place.
We also need to visit Elli Steffen in Woodstock, so we can pick up her donated piece of art for the gift shop wall. We’ll also have to visit our potter friend Lois and pick up her donation of a pottery piece. Things are really starting to come together!
We will be meeting with Steve Manny, Director of Development for the community hospice in our area this week sometime. He wants to meet with Vick and me to talk a bit and actually see the gift shop and find out how much more we have to do before our perceived May opening date. We look forward to finally meeting Mr. Manny, after talking to him so many times on the phone.
We’ll get back to the barn and the expansion as soon as the sun comes back out again....until then, “keep a countin’ them raindrops.......”
Remove the old gray fence and imagine what the board will will look like.
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