Waiting, at a dead standstill

Well, we are supposed to get the boom-lift back tomorrow. Had to work for a living this week. Hopefully, back to the house on Saturday. I guess if it had to break, this week was the best time. We have hundreds of wildfires in the State of Washington now, and the air is thick with smoke, ash, and dirt. Air advisories are to stay inside unless absolutely necessary. It is really gloomy and still. Wishing for wind,  is a two-edged sword. You want wind to blow this gunk out, but it would just feed the wildfires.

Some progress:  The second turned post is glued together and just waiting for me to work my magic.  That will probably be Saturday afternoon.  This is moving way to slow for me.  Sometimes I have so much that needs to be done, I don’t know what to do next.  So I guess, I will just do some reflecting.

Now where was I, oh yeah, 1998.  That was the year that we built the Garage and started on the Shop.  Lynn did most of the work, but I helped.  I put on the cedar shakes.  That was when I wasn’t scared of getting on the roof.  They still need painting, maybe next year.

We did have the cement floor for the shop poured at the same time as the garage.  Work on the shop I believe began in 1998, also.  We found a plan for a 2 story garage/shop at Lumberman’s in Walla Walla.  It was off the shelf for about $12.00.  It was just what we were looking for.  It simulated a barn-style shop which fit well with our outbuildings.  Those plans were more detailed than the plans for the house.  It detailed where every board went.  Though Lynn didn’t need that much detail, I was amazed.  Of course, we had to tweak it to our liking.  I believe he made it wider and deeper.  I just hope to get it painted this year as it looks like a patch-work quilt now.  That is definitely the plan for the lift in the next 3 weeks.  Note:  There is a barn-style door in the upper-level middle of the shop.  It is framed in (and sheeted over for now), but probably will not be put in until next year.

I plan to take at least part of next week off to work on the house.  Winter is fast approaching and we have a lot to do.

Note:  None of the buildings had ready-made-trusses, Lynn hand-framed all of them.  In hind site he would probably have saved himself a lot of grief if he had ordered them.  He is just old-school, you know, “I can do it myself!”  The stubborn Scotsman.

I will try to find some pictures of the garage and shop to post.  I think we are on our way to 1999.

Annie, the house-bound novice carpenter.

The shop as it stands now. Need to paint the top floor.


4-1-98 Shop walls going up. First floor.

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