Sunday, 31 August 2014

Finished! by Susan L.

  I was up and out this morning fairly early. The end was in sight and I wanted to beat the heat which is downright suffocating with the humidity today, probably somewhere near 40 C. So with a nice cup of coffee and something sweet I am holding a quiet celebration almost a month to the day the big build was started.
  I almost feel like smashing a bottle of champagne against the corner to launch her!
  There are little things I would do differently should such a project ever come my way again. Most of it was because this has been a huge learning curve for me. I thank the Lord that nothing had to be ripped out and redone, that mistakes were small enough to ignore or easily fixed. I thank Him for the foundation in construction fundamentals that have found their way into my life from watching my dad and working with my ex on renovations. Little things like always cutting the wood on the waste side of the line or how to straighten a nail. The nail trick was the only carpentry skill my dad actually taught me. A different generation who felt hammers and such were the domain of men.
  I am thankful for the provision that made the shed possible.
  I am ever so grateful it turned out as well as it did.
  With deepest gratitude I never hit my thumb with the hammer. Finger, yes. And I think of another Carpenter who probably did the same as He learned His trade...

  The coffee's done, the dishes aren't. So here she is:
    "So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith; He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil." Is 41:7

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Taking a Chance by Susan L.

  I spent another four hours after work last night on the shed staining the walls and painting the trim and door. The stain ran out. I need to get another gallon and quart to finish and do a second coat. It will be much faster than the first. It sure took a lot of brushing back and forth to get the stain worked in to all the rough spots on the barn board. There's a small chance of thunderstorms but I think I'll risk spending the day working on getting all the brushwork finished. It'll mean a full day but if I can get it ready to install the trim, the final task, I'll be so pleased.
  I said before how much I want this job finished!
  I need to head out to the hardware store before I can start and I want to get going so that's it for today.
  "Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Lk 20:26

Friday, 29 August 2014

Gentle Morning by Susan L.

  At last a morning I can slide in to without being rushed to get my blog done before the busy-ness of the day takes over. I miss having these moments when they aren't there. Somehow the day doesn't feel quite right.
  After work yesterday I spent a few hours working on the shed until the sun vanished behind the trees and the light was too poor. All the windows and trim are now ready for paint and two walls are stained with a first coat. It's a slow and painstaking labour of brush because the barn board is rough and it takes a brush to work the stain into all the various grooves and knots of the pine. I picked a putty/gray clay colour that is in the shingles to soften the appearance and have it blend in a bit. In surveying the job I realised it matches the 1950's stone cut cinder block foundation of the house. The trim is going to be a medium dark taupe, again a colour from the shingles. I chose a grayish denim blue for the door to give it some oomph.
  I'll be glad when it's finished. I never thought the big build would take so long. Although with all the rain, work and with going away it delayed the process somewhat. I just have to remind myself to be patient, to not rush the finishing touches, something I am prone to doing. That's when mistakes are made.
  It's nice too to take this time to daydream a bit about the flower beds I am going to put around it next spring. I hope to put some different plants in instead of simply dividing what I have which is how most of the other gardens have been created. That's one downside to having mostly perennials. When they get too big, what do you do with the pieces divided from the main plant? Simple. Create another flower bed!
  I'm still thinking about a saying to put above the door although I'll make a plaque instead of painting it directly on the trim. That way if it needs re-painting I only have to take it down instead of standing on a ladder doing the lettering. I have a steady hand but it's not that steady.
  But I get ahead of myself. Let's get her finished first.
  "Then He said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches."" Lk 13:18-19