There has been something rather exciting going on at Shady Acres.  Certain Man’s dream of building a pavilion that could be used for vehicles in the winter and for all manner of gatherings in the summer, is finally coming true!  This week, Eldest Son and the company he works for, Wrights Construction, started the process.

We are building a pavilion!

Building the pavilion The beginning
The beginning of it all.  A cold, but sunny morning.  Things would change fast!

Building the pavilion The Guys
Eldest Son with good friend Matt.  These two are a trip. 
Knowing them as well as she does, CMW could have some anxiety
about entrusting the precious pavilion into their care. 
(Actually, these two are the carpenters of choice for this job.  No lie.)

Building the pavilion Getting started
Eldest Son surveys the yet unsullied landscape. 
H-m-m-m-m. . .  This picture looks a little bit like, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”
Pull yer cap up there a mite, Son of mine!

Building the pavilion Raph measures
If the corners are straight to begin with, that is half the battle!

Building the pavilion Digging in the posts
This is a good piece of machinery to have when you want to dig in a bunch of posts.

Then the hard work really begins.
Building the pavilion Setting the posts
I was amazed that Eldest Son could actually pick one of these big old posts up and drop it into the hole.

Building the pavilion Making the corner
Then they needed to steady and secure it.

Building the pavilion Hugging the post
“You gotta’ hug these things to work on them!”  
It is safe to say that both of these fellows would much rather be hugging their girls on this cold morning.
(The question is, would the girls want to be hugging these half frozen guys with mud on their shoes?)

And the morning and the evening were the first day!Building the pavilion Evening one
By the evening, it had started to snow.  The fellows worked hard, and were ready for trusses by the next morning.  The next morning, it was cold and snowing and sleeting and eventually just a freezing rain, and there was a layer of ice over everything.  The fellow came to hang the trusses, so they worked through the incredible cold, coming into the house in late morning with the job done.  They were wet and freezing and almost numb with the cold, but warm dry clothing, big mugs of hot chocolate and a warm fire cheered them up.  They were glad to have the trusses in place.  It was so cold and wet and rainy that day that there were no pictures taken.  But this is what it looks like now, and we are all anxiously awaiting it to be completed.  (These pictures were taken this morning.  The snow is all gone, and it looks and feels like spring.

Building the pavilion End of Day two
View from the edge of the garage

Building the pavilion End of Day two another view
View from the edge of the patio

And while I was out there, guess what!  I saw this:
Building the pavilion My Tulips are up
In spite of the ice and the snow and the cold of this past week,
My tulips are coming up very nicely.
Spring is coming!

Ah, the promise of the resurrection.  
Made even sweeter by the knowlege that Melanie Miller is safely home
in the arms of Jesus
as of this morning at around 11:30.  

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  1. I’ve been seeing your building going up the couple times I had to make a run to Milford. How exciting! Can’t wait for picnic time!I can’t believe your tulips……but I must because pictures don’t lie!Oh the relief to know that Mel has finally made it home. I just want to cry for this dear family!

  2. Oooh, I didn’t know this was in the works!  how nice.  It will be so wonderful to have a permamant place of shade for old bones and young babies in the summer picnics! 
    My daffodils are coming up too.  Question is, will they bloom this year?

  3. =) Thanks for your nice comment…

  4. Oh, groan. Max and Roger; ya never know what that pair will do next! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. A building project, eh? You wouldn’t even think of digging postholes around here right now, but things are looking up…it was 40 degrees today ~ major heat wave!

  6. Whens the tater salid ready?

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about Melanie Miller.  When Wes had a co-worker died they passed out flower seeds at the service.  Maybe you could find out what her favorite flowers were and plant them on the side of the pavilion? 

  8. It always amazes me how spring flowers know just when to start peeking up through the ground, even though it’s still cold out!
    I didn’t know Melanie, but I have been following the family blog. Yesterday morning I was wondering about her and then found out last evening she went to be with God. My heart bleeds for her family.

  9. New life as spring shows it’s face and New Life for Melanie. I weep for her family but as you say she is in the arms of Jesus.
    Your building project will mean more pictures I hope. Looks like you have a good crew working there.

  10. Somehow I thought you meant  that you were building a deck. A deck it is not! A pavilion will add a new dimension to your picnics. We missed seeing you Sunday- hope you are feeling better.

  11. In answer to your question regarding the quilt, in the past we have raffled them off. Some of us, however, are wondering how an auction would go over. I have yet to suggest that idea to the fair board and hear their response. It would certainly be less work for me!
    About the healing, my cast is scheduled to come off Thursday. Like a child anticipitating an exciting event, I have to sleep only 3 more times!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ You know the feeling…

  12. Thanks for the post.  Yup they are normal….I think.  I really need to get back to posting.  Come by again.

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