The rebirth of a country school

Month: May 2015

Big Changes!

Happy Memorial Day to you all!  This was a great weekend of progress at the school.  Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello – its always great to see friends and neighbors.

Started off with beautiful morning sunshine.

Sunlight morning windows

After getting set up, and grass mowed, we started with filling the dumpster.  There were several ‘pockets’ of stuff to clear out that we had collected over the winterDumpster

That gave us room to resume pulling up floorboards.  FloorboardsMade it all the way across, and into the foyer too.






Next, we started tackling the walls.  It was surprising to find that under the drywall on this wall, it was silver!  I can’t imagine what that was for originally.Silver wall








But our focus is to get weight off of the floor joists under the bell tower. We worked to expose the wall beams so we can see what additional support is needed to make sure that tower stays put.  So after pulling off the beadboard and storing it for later re-install, down came the lath and plaster in the foyer. What a difference! But to emphasize how much we need to shore up, the 2×4 to the farthest left in this picture is all that is holding up that corner of the bell tower on this corner.Open foyer

This used to be a doorway.  They must have been a bit short of lumber to fill it in, because they used parts of an old table for sides of the structure. Makeshift door frame

Interesting – this is an old way to straighten bowed wood.  Notice how it was cut almost all the way through, then they inserted shims and nailed a brace beside it for stability.  Seems a bit shady to me. Curved post hack

In the end, I’ll again let Boo close the show, because after all that work, we were all tired enough to sleep on a rock.  She was the only one who actually did, but we were all very close. Dog on a rock

Mowing. Just mowing.

As I reviewed the weekend and what I accomplished, what I arrived at was:  mowing.  That’s it.  I just mowed.


And while it was a well-needed project, it wasn’t especially rewarding.  But then I reconsidered what I had really done.

I went to a Swedish breakfast at the local church and had this…

Swedish breakfast









I sat and listened to the frogs and pheasants and contemplated buying new boots this year…


I sat on a rock and watched my flowers grow…

Flower bed









…and watched a storm roll in…

Storm clouds


So I guess, I accomplished more than just cut grass.  🙂


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Nothing new for this week – we came to visit, water trees and plant some flowers in the rain.  We’re looking forward to seeing you stop by soon!

Kevin and Janelle


Spring work weekend

Not a lot to report – just another gloriously warm spring weekend at the school.  It was an odds and ends kind of couple days.  Items that were addressed:


Dirt to Move Beagle in a Wheelbarrow

This pile had to be moved from the front to the back to create a landing pad for the trailer.  I put out an offer to all those friends who wanted to skip the gym and do some schoolhouse bootcamp, but no one took us up on it.  In the end, our good neighbors helped us out with their Bobcat.  Scoobi supervised.








The playhouse got a thorough cleaning and is ready to be shored up.  Maybe we can use it to house extra guests?



Or in other words, lots and lots of tuck pointing.  I decided to tackle any hole that a mouse or wasp could sneak into.  It was a lofty goal.  My patience for the task gave out before it was finished.  But as has become one of our favorite sayings up there  “There are lots of squirrels”.  As in, I’m going to work on this, but, oh, look, a squirrel! I’m going to work on something else!  The cracks, I’m sure, will be there next week.


Holey bucket  Poor man's tree waterer








We drilled holes in perfectly good buckets.  But set next to the three apple trees provided by Janelle’s mom, they became poor man’s tree waterers.  I put in a big rock to keep it from blowing away, filled it with water, and done.  Should provide a good watering for the next week.

PLANT 101.

Another mystery plant – well, ok, maybe not a mystery to anyone in the area, but new to me.  Pretty white flowers on oak looking leaved sprouting all amongst our trees.  Anenomies?  Oak creeper?  Something else?

Pretty flower




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