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Getting Started

As you may have noticed in my last post, our progress on the garage is not longer "our" progress.  It's Luke's progress.  I am on crutches for the next three months so my duties have been reduced to resting and keeping my foot elevated; all the garage construction is now Luke's responsibility.  Fortunately my husband happens to be a norwegian giant, former construction foreman and a very hard worker.  While I was laying on the couch all day he was framing walls Our pastor came over to help put up the wall with the garage door header.  Our church really does have wonderful people! As you may have noticed from the photos the sidewalk is poured but we still do not have our driveway or sidewalk.  This massive stump is holding everything up while we wait for the very unreliable tree company to actually remove it as promised.  Every time we work with a contractor Luke and I are reminded why we prefer to do as much of our own work as possible.   But finding out how mas…

Well, That Changes Plans

It looks like my plans for the summer have changed Instead of building a garage and putting new siding and windows on the house, I will be spending the next three months on crutches.  Which means Luke is going to be stuck doing all the work to get the garage dried in by himself.  I can't express how wonderful he has been through this whole ordeal but here are a few of the highlights: He sets his alarm to wake me up during the night when it's time for pain pillsHe rearranged the furniture in our room so I could get around easier and moved into the guest room so I could sleep more comfortablyHe will not let me go down the basement stairs and has been doing all the laundry himselfDespite being exhausted by caring for me and working full time time he has never complained.  I know I was not so gracious when he had his ankle surgery four years ago. So Luke will be busy the summer with garage construction, but despite my non-weight-bearing ankle I've decided not to let the summer…

As Good As It Gets - For Now

After weeks of work the porch is a finished as it's going to get for now.  We cannot completely finish the project because of the siding.  We hope to replace all the windows and siding on the house this fall.  Until then we're going to have to look at our unfinished gable. And some very ugly siding with cracking paint And our hideous front door (I've already picked out our new door, but after eight months is has yet to go on sale.  I may have to pay retail...oh the horror.) But I am pleased with how the porch turned out.  The bulky 4x6 posts provide a visual balance for the 2x6 rafters. And the tongue and groove ceiling was well worth the expense and trouble. Even without replacing the siding or installing a new exterior light fixture the porch has made a huge difference in how the house looks from the street.   Before After Unfortunately the new siding and windows for the house are still a long way off.  We are starting work on building the garage and we'll be busy w…