Summer’s End

Since I’ve been slowing pulling long sleeved clothes out of the brilliantly organized “garbage bag” clothes storage system we have going on in the garage, and I also just ordered some much needed Carhartt bibs, I guess you could say the sun has set on our first summer of official house building.

This time last year I remember saying to MysteryMan, “Next summer is going to be the best summer of our lives.” And he was all, “Have you lost your everloving mind?”

I get that a lot, actually.

The truth is that it went by quicker than I would have expected. I thought we’d have more “sitting in lawn chairs, cooking our dinner on the grill next to our half-built house” episodes… which, in all fairness, we did do a lot of cooking on the grill, but not so much sitting around.

One thing we definitely did was a lot of building…

DSC_0661

DSC_0844

It actually started with finishing the Station. If you can imagine, back when we started this, we actually spent a couple of hours figuring out the correct way to frame a corner.

There was a lot of mudding

master_domain

And finish work…

it_takes_two

And there was a time when I thought I might suffocate under the weight of thousands of little glass tiles.

tile

Then there was the donkey shed which we successfully pre-fabbed in the garage, and then assembled in the pasture

DSC_1293

And actually was finished just in time for its new occupants.

And all of that was just the peripheral projects, the big one required a lot of time with paintbrushes…

060210_painting_fascia

Power tools…

saws_alone

Demoing…

DSC_0244

And learning new tricks…

using_break_1

We also got a lot dirty…

dirty

103110

And will probably be spending years digging grit out from under our fingernails.

Let’s not forget about all of that time spend up on ladders, either.

101610_walking_the_plank

The last two months of our lives have been nothing but ladders.

house_of_ladders

But even if it meant more endless days of climbing up to the roof and back down, I wouldn’t have minded just a few more weeks of summer.

country_sunset061310

2 Responses

Leave a Reply to Julie Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm not interested in a mediocre life. I'm here to kick ass or die.

(formerly DIYdiva.net)