Our first big building project is the cordwood and masonry shop to store our equipment that we will need for the other projects. We've dug the holes and set four corner poles. That was done last spring. Then we dug the footings and poured the below grade footings. Next was the forms and pouring the above grade footings, while doing that, we sunk the bolts to set the center wall poles. The next step was the top seals. Michael,my oldest son drew the plans, made the estimates, material list and got the prices off the net. I helped drive a few nails and lift the heavy stuff and learned a lot of stuff. When he didn't need help, I worked on the cordwood wall. I've completed a 4'X10' section with a little help from Megan and Fisher. I have been doing most of the debarking of the cedar and Michael showed me how to cut the logs the length needed, but he has done most of the sawing. I'm still not comfortable with a chainsaw. I'd rather carry and stack the wood than use the chainsaw. If I have to, I guess I'll have to overcome that fear. If you'd like, I can take and post some pics as we progress. When we aren't building, we have been doing other projects. We've made two pretty good size planter beds to grow flowers and veggies in. You know after sitting behind a desk 5 days a week, it feels good to get outside and work. I can't wait for Brenda to see what other things we've gotten done, since she was up. I've got to get a structure built so that she will have a place to sleep when she comes up. I don't think she is into the camping in a tent thing. I can't say that I've done the camping thing with either of my sisters. I kind of like it when it isn't too cold or hot.
My sweet niece, Trish will be having a birthday pretty soon. In case I forget,,,,Happy Birthday Trisha.