Our waking hours have been filled to the brim these last several months. There has been the usual garden and yard work, the usual housework and meals, and the usual number of hours spent on the work that brings in our income… but we have also tackled some really huge projects in what we optimistically call our “spare time.”
First we repaired and rejuvenated an old shed that was originally built over a hundred years ago. It is in amazingly good condition, except for normal deterioration and some recent rather extensive water damage, and we wanted our repairs to preserve the integrity of the shed’s age and history. I think we managed to do that, but finding appropriate materials at a reasonable price was more difficult than we had anticipated.
After a fresh coat of paint on the shed, we moved on to another building and replacing clapboards and more painting. Then we built a small front porch, and after that a very large deck and two flights of stairs. By the time we were finishing the last of these projects, the days were getting shorter, the temperatures were dropping drastically, and any spare time was becoming almost nonexistent.
The first lasting snowfall and two weeks of near-zero temperatures brought a sudden halt to our outdoor ambitions. After all those weeks and months of long hours and hard physical work, everyone agreed it was past time for a rest!