Thursday, August 2, 2007

Packed up and ready to go again

another goodby - Chris and Leo

Playing Scattergories after dinner

WORK PARTY - June 20- July 7

As planned, we headed north with a full car: Jon and I, Christopher and Leo Contois (my niece Lisa's son who lives in Phoenix with his mom and brother Max), our dog, MOH and everything else we needed for 2 weeks of work (like a compressor and other tools).

We had a variety of weather. The first few days it was cool at night and in the morning, and warm in the middle of the day. We had a day and a half of cool, refreshing, steady rain. I have always wished I could somehow bottle that wonderful after-rain smell and take it with me to California. The last few days were in the high 80's, perfect for drying lacquer and paint.

Our friends, Terry and Pam Scott with their grandson Kody, arrived at the house the day before we did and quickly got to work and never stopped until they left 10 days later. Initially we set up the kitchen and laundry; very important inorder to keep all 13 of us clean and happy and fed. One night we had as many as 17 for dinner!

Alexandra flew in from New York and stayed 4 days and our daughter Meg with her family came for a week.

Everyone pitched in with a lot of energy and we got so much accomplished: lacquering and sanding the ceiling wood 3 times, getting half of the ceiling up in the great room, painting 2 exterior coats of color coat on most of the bottom half of the house, beginning some landscaping by moving rocks and gravel, planning, preparing, and cleaning up after many meals, and washing and drying lots of laundry.

In spite of our work, we still had energy in between to go rafting, hiking, biking and golfing, so I think we managed to have a balance of work and play! Jon, Chris and I will return for 2 weeks at the end of August, when we hope to finish the ceiling in the great room and loft and make decisions on the bathroom flooring and sink cabinets.

First steps for starting the ceiling

Jon and Alexandra doing the first job of lacquering then drying the Alaskan yellow cedar to be used for the ceiling

How we did it...

Chris and his cousin, Leo Contois tamping and nailing

Meg and Jon measuring while Mark hands the cedar up to Jon

Work on the great room ceiling

Completed half of the ceiling over living room and dining room/kitchen

Beginning the work - exterior painting

Terry and Kody

We take a break and go rafting on the river and hiking!

Gonzalez' and Olin's at nearby Sahale/Koosah Falls

Hike to Proxy Falls

The Kitchen Crew

Dorothea, Meg and Pam on the screened porch on a rainy evening. The kitchen was always moving to accomodate the ceiling work.

Terry washing dishes in the only room that has a sink - the laundry room.