Today we’ll correct that with a digging iron and shovel by hand, before going any further. The posts need to be correct or the roof will never fit square! You certainly can’t curve straight metal roofing, that’s for sure.
We will begin measuring and drilling post holes…one at a time, until all of them are installed plumb and square. After that, we will install the top rails around the posts to define where the roof rafters will rest and be supported. They will be the doubled ten foot 2x8’s between posts, front and rear. The 15’ tie boards will only be 2x6 because they are not load bearing…just tie boards.
Josh will be here today, so we’ll use his brawn to help place the posts after he is done with the barn cleaning. If all works well, we can use him to help place the top rails too. Below are pictures of yesterday afternoons progress. I also threw in a picture of the beautiful Rose of Sharon and Vick’s black eyed Susan’s out front. The final picture is my secret, early morning spot for writing, reading and sipping coffee.
Sometimes I don’t get a chance to get out there in the morning before everything and everybody becomes active. Once that happens, we have to move on with the day’s agenda. It is special when I can get out there to daydream or just relax to listen to the morning noises…head laid back on the backrest of the platform rocker, with my eyes closed. I allow myself to be taken where ever my mind or sub-conscious takes me as I glide back and forth on the rocker.
It is cool and comfy with a usual slight breeze moving through the screens…so it’s the perfect spot to “Just exist without meaning” for as long as I can sometimes. Sometimes I write; other times I read, but anytime out there is rewarding. When it is hot, I simply turn the ceiling fan on low and enjoy the man-made breeze on my sweaty body as I relax. I often think…everyone should be aware of such a spot to escape life’s demands.
Later today or tomorrow morning I will offer more progress or achievement, whatever it may be deemed, but change in any event.
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