Things have been moving along in the construction zone. We now have stairs to the basement instead of having to go way around (which can be very muddy!), or down an extension ladder from what will be the kitchen door. Toby is taking the stairs like they’ve always been there – I used to have to coax him to do stairs at all, so I’m very proud of him 😉
We’re waiting for windows to come in and meanwhile, there was a glitch with the window openings. We found out that windows that are nominally the same size can require different sized openings depending on the manufacturer – oops! My studio looked like this before, but the other day they had to do major surgery, which required taking out a large part of the wall, then reframing the opening. The good news is the window’s larger 🙂
Opening waiting for a window.
Our tv antenna has been sitting on the ground for a while now and our reception has varied from fairly decent to totally pixillated, so I was happy to see this:
Putting up the antenna.
It’s nice when the right tools are at hand, and you have really good help – thanks guys!
We’re having unusually pleasant weather for August – it feels like autumn. When I looked up at the sassafras tree today, I saw little red mittens. Of course that could be from the dry weather we were having before it rained the other day, but I always love the colors.
Did I mention that our George Foreman grill is doing a fine job as a panini grill? Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches make a great supper 😉
I spotted a Giant swallowtail working the flowers recently – they’re about 5″ across – really huge compared to most butterflies. This one looked like it had been around a while, and was a bit tattered, but still beautiful.
Giant swallowtail on phlox.
Another gorgeous sunset, viewed from what will eventually be my office 🙂
Driving across I-44 on the way back from Mom’s I took a break at the recently redone rest area at about mile 109 (a little west of Lebanon MO; there’s one on each side) and I have to say WOW! If you’re not familiar with Interstate 44 across Missouri, it follows the path of Route 66 fairly closely, and that’s the theme of the rest area. It has a very retro feel, with neat historical information panels and a couple of old gas pumps in the Welcome Center part. The picnic shelters in back are modeled after old store fronts and display the names of actual businesses that used to be along the highway. One of the volunteers said it has parking for 75 big trucks in back and that it’s a prototype/model for future rest area rehabs.
When you really had to pump your own!
These signs used to appear on the roof or sides of many barns along the road.
While I was gone, the construction zone went from 1 interior wall framed to all of them framed and windows were ordered 🙂
Bright and very early (6am) on Saturday morning, the roofing crew showed up and started to work. They made a lot of progress by noon, when it was just too hot (upper 90’s) to work any more, then came back around 7 Sunday morning and finished the job.
Barite (locally called “tiff”) was one of the main sources of income in our area going back a long time. Years ago it was mined by hand. It still shows up when we get a load of gravel, and this weekend, our granddaughters (9 & 11) discovered it’s a good chalk substitute (small piece on step) 😉