Perhaps that seems like an odd title — but there is a parallel that I was thinking about this afternoon as I held tape measurers and pounded nails. We were both looking forward to getting the last piece of siding as it seems like a milestone but there is still much work to be done. We don’t want to be known as the cedar house on the hill so the paint needs to be applied before the cedar has a chance to age.
Which is what brings me to the tar paper. I have about 3 early memories of growing up in a black house but then most of my other memories have it as a yellow house so until years later I had no idea that the black was tar paper and that the house wasn’t sided for several years. My parents and older siblings with baby Bernie (4 months old) in tow moved into the house (from the garage/granary that they had lived in for a couple of summers) during a wicked rain storm. With 4 small children and land to farm it took my dad a few years to get the house sided and I am pretty sure he felt as happy when he pounded the last nail as we did today. As an aside – my parents and brother sold the home quarter and it changed hands twice. The house was not required by the last farmer and so he sold it to someone in the town of Avonlea — so the house I grew up in was transported to another town and renovated. My mom and I stopped to see it on a tour through there but no one was home — without my mom knowing it was the same house I might have driven by. I wonder if that is what people will think about “Herbie’s” old house when we have the siding complete and the verandah back on.
The three colors completed and the scaffolding down. It isn’t an exciting reveal as it looks the same as the other two dormer sides but hey it’s progress!
It always seems to rain on Saturdays and everything always takes longer than we anticipate. We are both playing soccer (in fact Ron is playing in two divisions) so it seems like we aren’t speeding along to completion of this side. So we decided that having some assistance would be nice as siding with 3 speeds the process up significantly as one (Ron) cuts and we (Spencer and I) install.
The text conversation I had with Spencer about another rain delay and how we are behind.
Spencer’s “two years worth” comment stems from the fact we said it would take us five years to restore the house. He figures we are way behind by his reckoning. We bought the land and the house in 2006 (fall — October to be exact) and so didn’t start the process until spring of 2007 but for some reason he insists on counting 06 as year 1. We don’t figure it as anything except as a planning phase. We moved the house in 2007 and spent two solid years working on it before we moved into it 2009. Since then we have also built a garage and sided it as well as done some landscaping so that counts for some lost time on the restoration project in our mind so if we are generous in our reckoning we are part way thru year six of the project but he doesn’t see it that way and loves to hassle me about it and say that is a 15 year project. Too which I reply – nope. We’ll be too tired in 15 years to keep going so we have to get it completed!!
So he showed up and helped us on the Saturday and then also came back on the Tuesday evening – it does go so much faster with 3 that we made great progress. And then it rained again on Saturday this weekend so we lost another day!
We were in Alberta in the early summer to attend the Kitchen family reunion and watch Alyssa ride at Spruce Meadows but we still managed to find time to go to Nanton and look at antiques. Low and behold – we found the stair bannister that we were looking for hanging on a wall! It will require a bit of modification but we can do that so someday this winter the stairs to the basement will feel easier for those who like railings.!
We also found this amazing table that fits our dining room and house so we bought it! It has character and size and we are looking forward to entertaining at it. The wood is quarter sawn – even the leaves and there are lots of them! The feet are so amazing..
Here is Ron putting on the last four pieces of siding and hiding the Typar paper. These four were pre painted as the angle makes it super hard to do the edges as the paint brush hits the roof.
Ah the siding is up – now just the finishing work to do and some fascia boards to replace. Since last nights’ picture I have already primed the window sills and cut in all the corners and window edges.
A blog entry with no real artistic photo plus I can’t find the picture of me in front of the house on the farm having a picnic with my mom where the house is black tar paper. So I’ll just hit post and be happy with the entry and the fact that I completed it in two nights. Spell check seems to have calved on the blog site so I am just hoping I don’t have too many errors.
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