Blessed and overwhelmed, to say the least! I have pictures. . . a TON has been going on! ! ! So much going on, in fact, that I haven’t had time to keep up on the blogging. But I am trying to catch up here somewhat.
We have even had a laptop that has been fixed for 3 weeks now, but we haven’t had a chance to pick it up. It is a hike to get to our property, and I am there almost every day! I am not complaining, mind you. But working at the property takes most of our day up, and we are normally driving home at dusk of the evening.
However, we did have a break the other day, went grocery shopping, did a better day of school with the guys, caught up on several other fun things~like the checkbook! FUN!, and we actually ended with a fun family night playing GUESSTURES! It is a hoot to see the fellows act out charades~~they did pretty good for being 7 and 8 years old. So wished I had taken pictures~~instead, I just savored the moments!
So, I will catch you up with all that has been happening, and use pictures to tell the stories!
Working hard on the framing, and placing loads of rebar for support.
Working together to put a frame in the wall forms for our window in the basement.
Measuring and squaring off to saw the frame for the double door in the basement. (I was not doing the sawing.)
The forms for the basement walls being put up.
The forms up for the walls to be poured.
Taking lunch under our only good shade tree near the build.
Thankful for the shade this hickory nut tree provides, but the nuts are falling. We can hear when a nut starts falling, so you have to duck and cover your head, just in case~~ ;-0
Framing up the door here~~quite the dilemma we are in now with this. (story later)
They were so kind to help one another ‘get fat’! Not having any fun here~~
No, no fun at all! (Can’t stop laughing!)
Wing walls prepped in case there was extra cement!
And the next day, we were headed down to help with the walls being poured~~EEEEEEH!
Traveling down~~okay, so I think the fog in the valley is one of the coolest things. #beautifulmornings
Early in the morning of the pour. Everything seems ready here. See the extra steel braces on the corners.
It kind of makes me nervous even blogging about this after the fact. I had asked Jay, our basement builder, (and a.k.a. our logger) if there was anything else we needed to do before the cement trucks came that morning, and he folded his hands to indicate praying. You can bet we had already been doing that.
You know, it is sometimes a concern for builders of the possibility of the walls blowing out when the cement is being poured. I wasn’t actually concerned about that. Of course, in my naive state of understanding, I was probably not concerned about that enough. However, the 2×4’s that were bracing the wall frames (which may not seem strong, but were ash and oak tree 2×4’s, and they) were stronger than any 2×4 you would get at the local hardware store, and actually 2×4, not 1 1/2″ x 3″. It was mega strong. I think I was just nervous that our walls were.already.being.poured, oh my! ! ! Everything is happening way FAST!
It was actually sweet~~that morning, I was the first one to show up at our site, and I was all by myself. (first time that has ever happened) The sun was rising. There was dew on the grass. Such a sweet time out there. All was quiet. EXCEPT, I heard a train blowing it’s horn in the not-too-far-off distance. God knows me! I LOVE planes and trains. I think I have already expressed that on here, and I couldn’t believe my ears because I did not realize that trains were so close. How fun to hear the train as the sun was rising that morning. So, an airport going in right next to us, and trains coming and going near us (somewhere) makes me happy. Even though we are not in a metropolis! (insert contented smile. . . .)
A good picture of the frame all up, and ready for a pour (taken with a child’s vantage point of view).
So everyone started showing up. . .
and HERE COMES THE FIRST CEMENT TRUCK! Are we ready?
Everyone get in your positions! So, our basement builder had rented a vibrator for when our walls were poured, but funny thing. . . .it was not being used between the forms down in the cement like I have seen it normally used. When Jay picked up the vibrator, they warned him that several people who had used it had their walls blow out because the vibration was too much. We (or I should say my husband, got the job of using the vibrator on the outside of the inside basement walls ? ? ? is that clear as mud?) He was inside the basement, and using the vibrator against the wall forms. I had started using it, and man, the vibration was way too much for me to handle, so I gave it to my husband; but that thing gets uber hot, and was then burning his hands. The rest of us were pounding on the walls with rubber mallets just to get the cement to settle, while he was getting his hands burned trying to use the vibrator. We got him some old rags to help him hold it, which made it way better, but still not great. He hung in there, and our walls look mostly amazing with a few ‘honeycomb’ spots where we missed a spot here or there. Not a big deal.
Here are some pictures of the pour. . .
The cement is rolling~here we go!
Building up some muscle here~~when you don’t want to pay for a pumper truck, you work a little harder to move the cement.
It’s easier to straddle the top of the frame and work the cement, so I went to a different spot, and hammered on the walls.
Notice the rebar in there to hold the logs when we go to set them.
I got to work on the leveling of the top of the walls.
Walls all finished and starting to set up.
PRAISE the LORD! NO wall blowouts! Truly, truly thankful for our 10″ thick walls to hold the future logs. . .
Nothing else to do for the day, so what to do?
Get bush hogging, of course!
Everyone else had taken off for the day. But it was still early in the day, so I had time to bushhog. I was trying to get the field cut to make it look better.
In the meantime, there was a movie premiere. It is a fun thing to see your daughter on the big screen, albeit a small part.
The ‘Orphaned Courage’ crew. She’s the one with the movie ‘clapper’ thingy, and also had a speaking part besides. What fun for her!
Rolled out the red carpet~~How fun!
Stunning! That’s my girl!
And we all traveled to see her in her first speaking part in a film.
And boys having their campout for a few days. . .
Manning the fire they got going from embers that hadn’t gone out completely.
At the Big Bone Lick State Park museum.
We went to a beautiful God honoring wedding. . .
Such a sweet couple wanting to please God in/with their marriage. How sweet to be a part of! LOVED it!
And our sweet Motley crew. Yep, we can get cleaned up sometimes. 😉
And then it was ~~~ back to the build . . .
After the walls were poured, we left the forms on for the weekend so that the concrete would cure a little more slowly. However, we wanted to work on taking the plywood frames off of the walls because rain was expected on Monday, and BECAUSE we are planning on re-purposing the plywood for our floors and/or roof, so we didn’t want them getting all wet. . .
Sooooooo, the concrete on our walls had set up all weekend. We were ready to work on taking it off, and I was really praying hard that the rain would hold off. . . but God had other plans.
Praying that the rain holds off, and it was holding off. . . until I pulled on to our property!
I sat in the car waiting for my husband and boys to show up (they drove separately) . . .And thanked God because He knows better than I what I need. . . so there you have it! I sat there and listened to the beautiful rain coming down, and thanked the LORD for it!
So, what does a home schooling mom do when it rains? We head to the library, of course. I headed to the library, met the librarians, got a library card for the county we WILL ultimately live in, and the boys and I did school together.
Then I put a call in to the mason that will ultimately build our masonry heater in the next few years~~ when we are to that point~~ and he met me down at the library to return my “Living Homes” book (that has all of the information about how to build the masonry heater as well as building a rock wall), and then he took the time to explain to me about building a flagstone wall. (He told me he wants to be there when I start that so he can help me get a good start.) YOU BET, Stan!
Then on the way back to our property after the rain stopped, I got a call stating that a plumber was planning on meeting me there to talk about roughing in the plumbing. So much going on. . .it makes my head spin!
I think I have put enough on here for one day.
Just “Thank you LORD!” for the help you have provided for building our basement, protection from the walls blowing out, for the rain you saw fit to bring, and for libraries!
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.