Merry Christmas, and let the BELL ring!

Christmas morning dawned clear and COLD!!

-10 is enough  to make you want to crawl back under the covers and hibernate until spring.  But thank goodness we didn’t.

Biggest news ever….we have a bell!!!!!  Thanks to a chance encounter with a hostess at a theater, a raffle gone awry, and a generous donation from Keith and Bonnie, may I present the New Bass Lake School Bell!


Hoping in the coming weeks we will have more details about it’s history, and how it came to be ours.  But for now, we are happy to share our exciting news and wish you

a Very Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays

Ah, the smell of roasting turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pies and all the goodies of the season. Fortunately for us, mom and dad put on a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner, as the accommodations in the basement are a little tight yet for hosting large groups. Ever try cooking a 20 pound turkey in a toaster oven? Me neither, and this wasn’t the year to start.





We did get to host visitors at the school for the holiday, a first for us. Grace was here for the whole weekend, and among other activities, helped G&G pick out a Christmas tree..


Our tree at the school is a bit more diminutive…we will have to give only small gifts this year to make sure they fit.  I think this is a great first tree – sure to only get bigger from here.


And the California cousins stopped by to take a tour as well. I think they were impressed by our high-class living accommodations.  Except for this picture, they generally bundled up well and kept warm (and then, like true Wisconsin-ites, we went and ate ice cream at the dairy).



The cousins also got to learn new skills, such as four-wheeling and log splitting. Future lumberjacks? 






A great surprise was Farmer George stopping by with a gift from him and Marsha with the perfect holiday / welcome to the neighborhood / Happy Husker Schoolhouse themed gift. We love our neighbors.


Check out our new schoolhouse mugs! These will be to go-to mugs for our future visitors.






And we notched up our Christmas lights on the school from last year. This year we are featuring the bell tower (although I suspect it looks somewhat like a rocketship).

Happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to a Merry Christmas for you all!

It’s a Good Year, if it Snows by November

…especially if it happens before my birthday; that’s what I’ve always said. So along those lines, it was a good year.  A year of firsts, for sure, including being able to gaze out the window at the snow without having to go out in it first.









And speaking of birthdays, I came home from a long business trip – you know the usual big celebrity stuff…book signings, paparazzi, glamorous events – no wait, that was just the crazy dream I had the night before, it was just a business trip – anyway, coming home I had cause for alarm.  Looking up as I walked in, it appeared we had an infiltration of yellow snow.  Or maybe the Blob?  Best case, someone had filled the attic with vanilla pudding. 

Further inspection seemed to confirm my theory of vanilla pudding….








With a closer look, I found it was hard as a rock, and an excellent application of spray foam.  We’re confident this will serve a few purposes….heat retention, for sure, but also as a deterrent for the chipmunks and mice that thought the attic – now cleared of raccoons – would be an excellent winter home.

As a bonus to the attic work, we were able to unearth the old pulley for the bell.  NEAT!  We will definitely be re-using this. 








Since it’s still a snowy / rainy / cold mess out there, I think the rest of today will be focused on some important in-house projects.  I’m thinking baking blueberry muffins, Netflix, laundry.  I’m not sure this is how the students of old spent their days here, but I argue it’s an acceptable improvement.

Fall Sweep

As much as I really don’t want it to, the time to do some final prep for fall has inevitably come.  But if it must, today was as good of a beautiful fall day in Wisconsin as you could ask for.  For example, if I have to spend the morning with the chainsaw and loppers clearing the deadfall on the side of the school, at least I can appreciate the beautiful maples turning golden around me.

But in doing some land clearing, I discovered we had our first garden crop and didn’t even know it.  One cute little baby corn was growing in the back forty.  I wonder if I could make a meal out of this?

In a surprise move, my day-lilly decided to provide a bonus bloom to celebrate the Indian summer.








But alas, all good things must come to an end, and the clouds gathered and the raindrops flew.  I made the best of it for awhile, moving inside to do some therapeutic sawing (yes, that is a thing!)  Here I’m even recycling some cast off boards into supports.  Always looking to save some dough.  Eventually, I threw in the towel (but not the saw, that would be bad).  A shower, some of Kevin’s specialty White Chili, a good night hanging with my parents, even if my Huskers didn’t do so good this week.

I’ll leave you with my latest find, a little zen butterfly windmill.  So relaxing.  Maybe I can install this in the living room.

Move-In Day

In the past, this time of year brought in inevitable post about closing up the schoolhouse for the winter.  Boy is this year different!  This year, October brings move IN day instead.  Yay!  Now, is it move in to a finished schoolhouse?  Well, of course not.  Enough of you visited 2 weeks ago to know we just aren’t there yet.  But there was a portion of the tour that you didn’t get to see. So today I’ll share the less glamorous, basic living standards that we are making home for the next 6 months or so (and strangely enough, are ridiculously excited to be doing).

To set the stage, we set up a living area in the basement.  So much of what we did this year – aside from the fantastic red roof – was foundational that no one could see; that it seems right for us to live where that work happened.  Next year will be different, but for now, this is home.

First up, our kitchen.  It’s a bit messy (ok all the pictures are messy, taken on moving day, so please grant me some leeway!)  Comprised of a upcycled cabinet and top, a microwave, hotplate and toaster oven, it’s already produced some fabulous breakfasts and dinners.  Gourmet, all the way!  

We also have a bathroom, complete with full-sized shower, repurposed from mom’s refinished bathroom.  It feels a bit like showering in a zip-lock bag, but the water is clean and hot ~ good enough for me! .

A good nights sleep is probably the most important part of any successful project.  This is my favorite part of the whole “suite”.  (Note the WI for NE plaque, handmade by my boys.  Always a Cornhusker at heart). .

But just to prove life is not all champagne and roses, sometimes the problems leak in (literally).  In this case, it turns out 3+ inches of rain  will test any foundation, even a 100 year old one.  A little grading should make a difference (I hope).  

As I sit here, Boo and Jax argue that the full-sized couch is the actual highlight of the basement, and who’s to argue with sleeping dogs? 

In the next few weeks, we need to decide next steps.  We will be transitioning from ‘get this done to get settled in before winter’ to ‘now we’re here, what to do next?’ .  I’ve got lots of ideas, but we will see if those dogs suck me into the couch-potato life.  It doesn’t seem so bad….

Ramble Away

Last weekend was a busy one. The River Road Ramble open schoolhouse and yard sale was a huge success.  We were so excited to see all of you out here.  We had lots of visitors stop by.

And inside, so many great conversations!  Visitors whose moms, or dads, aunts or uncles attended school here or taught school here. It was wonderful to meet you all and I hope you come back soon – stop by anytime and say Hi!   Of course, I put up my display of found items, pictures (those I could find – I apparently hid a box of these from myself)


And another vote:  which color for the bell tower?




Sunday – what do you do after a long day in the hot sun?  Sleep in, naps and movie watching, of course.  Work?  Maybe next week.



A picture speaks a thousand words, so here we go!

A beautiful morning and a beautiful new red roof!  Words don’t begin to describe how good it feels to get to this point.  Everything we’ve done over the last 3 years has been with the goal of prepping for the roof, and there it is.  I really love seeing it as I’m rounding the corner on 87 (and can’t wait to see it after Farmer George harvests his corn this year from across the field!)

Another view (because I assume everyone is as infatuated with it as I am)

This is was an in-progress view when it was all hands on deck, literally!


In dismantling the old roof, the roof caps were really cool.  These almost went back up on the roof, but at the last minute we decided to leave them off in case we can think of another cool use for them where they can be seen up close. 

Next decision is going to be whether we do the bell tower in copper, or leave it tin like it is.  I like it better against the red now than I did before, so maybe I’ll solicit another round of votes at the River Road Ramble.

Speaking of the ramble, everyone be sure to stop by the

River Road Ramble

A motor tour of the River Road and Hwy 87

September 23rd, pretty much all day

You know how we like to talk about the school  We’d love to show it off in person and we will have the pictures of how it used to be and former classmates there too.  Stop on by, we would love to see you all!


The Little Stuff

We’ve been so fortunate to show some great progress in the last couple posts, but I wanted to take a step back and show some of the little things that are happening as well.  Or maybe, I just want to prove I do more than take pictures and write for my part in all this. 😉

Project one:  bat houses.  A couple evenings we sat out front and just watched the school in the late evening, counting bats.  Turns out, we have about 15 mama/baby pairs.  Fortunately the babies are now big enough to manage on their own and fly about in the evenings.  Just in time, as the roof replacement is looming.  To encourage them to find a new apartment, we built and hung 5 of these around the yard.  We love the mosquito patrol they do, but we’re not so hip on sharing our attic space.

Project 2:  tin ceilings.  Eventually, all the tin ceiling will need to go back in, but before then, each one need to be reshaped, sandblasted and fit into the plan.  I’ve taken on the sandblasting project, one tile at a time.  At least I can catch a few rays while I do it.

Project 3 (see, I told you I was busy!): tuckpointing.  You might remember my desperate plea for knowledge on how to conquer the tuckpointing technique. After questioning everyone that even looked at it, reading whatever I could get my hands on, and about a dozen failed tries, I think I have it figured out.  I’m at least to where I’m ready to add the red colorant again.  (this picture is an earlier attempt…I did get better after this….

That’s it for me, but it more is happening.  It looks like we will be getting fiber optic phone line and moving into the 21st century soon (don’t mock, this is huge for us!) 

Another biggie was opening up a back door.  We removed some of the brick under one of the windows to put in a second access.  The door is cool, but the bricks are cooler.  Miracle brick, the form is stamped 1903?  1909?  From the archivist, we are guessing they were made right down the road in Cushing, or right up the road in Atlas.









Last but certainly not least, a sneak peak at what’s coming this week..

Check back after this weekend or drive on by if you’re up this way.  Things are looking rosy!

Let’s get one thing straight

As much as I thought getting the beams in was the pinnacle of accomplishment for the summer, we have literally topped it.  Last weekend we tackled that leaning tower of bell and got it standing up straight and in the front of the class.  If I start out with the before and after pictures, can you see the difference?

     You might see it in the “birds’ eye view (aka look at the owl and the tree in the background).

It’s subtle to the naked eye, but significantly straighter now.  Not only did temporary bracing go in, but a back wall and saddle too.  Those get the water moving off the roof, and not down the trough into the middle of the school, like it must have done for the first 100 years.

We had to raise the back support posts quite a bit to get things level.  See the 2×4 we stuck in there?  That’s how much it went up, plus a little on the top as well.  And don’t worry about the now-missing arches…they will go back in eventually!









A lot of people ask us what we are going to do with the bell tower when we are all done, and I’m keeping that a surprise for later (although I know I’ve already spilled the beans to many of you 🙂 ).  Home office?  breeze-way? sleeping nook?  OH the ideas!!  But I do have something in mind, at least for the first iteration.  Here’s a sneak peak…this is the new view from inside the school looking up.  You can see all the way up to the floor of the tower.  Can you see where the old door used to be?  With the old ceiling removed, it looks a looonnng way up there.

I’ll leave you with a sneak peak into the mind of Janelle – no good plan is good without a plan.  This is the roadmap to moving in.  I think we are going to make it!  Just 56 more steps!  

The Beams are In!!

I wanted to name this post off something catchy like “Beam Me Up!” or “BRD – Beam Raising Day’, but I am just so excited about finally getting them up after talking about them for so long, I took the straightforward route.  Long story short, we went from this…

to this!        


Of course, no friend or family is safe from being recruited when it comes to weekend warrior projects of this magnitude.  We talked Mom and Dad and buddy Paul, who are all trying to be retired in some fashion or another, into helping us raise the beams.  Everyone had a job – Dad and I cranked the lifts, Mom was in charge of getting the shims in, and Kevin and Paul up on the plank guiding it into place and securing it there.  All for the price of brats on the grill and some cole slaw!

That wasn’t all we did.  The west wall is now framed. Once they all look like this, we can start thinking about regular house things like electric and insulation.  Do you like the view out my windows?





In the on-going war against the chipmunks, I think we are one up.  One little guy kept burrowing his way in the well access.  So I poured a bit of leftover grout in there…let’s see him chew through that!  He’s gonna need a Chipmunk dentist!









And as a reward, the camper cook (named Kevin) cooked us up a batch of Sunday pancakes with hand-picked blueberries.  Definitely a keeper (Kevin too)!



Moving on Up

As promised – a fireworks picture (thanks Grace!)

As for work in the school, we have officially moved to the next level – literally.  Although we are far from done with the basement, now we can start to focus on the middle…shoring up the skeleton so that the roof can be next.  We put in these temporary posts to help support the roof while we worked, and have already ‘raised the roof’ an inch! 

We also laid down a subfloor of plywood.  Not only is it a great level place to eventually reset the original flooring, but it serves as an excellent dust catcher to keep attic and roof dust from falling through to the basement.

Cryptic markings on the subfloor are our roadmap to walls, posts and hallways.  But now, what do they mean?   I thought this ‘You are Here’ right in the geographical middle of the schoolhouse might be helpful.









In the process of putting the floor together, we really had to put the floor together.  At some point in the past, someone thought it would be a good idea to cut through this support beam, saw a chunk out of it so a floor vent would fit through, and push it over.  We have made it all right again.  









Outside, we have added some ambiance, by way of some outdoor lighting so we can find our way inside in the ‘wee’ hours.






And last but not least, just to prove that we don’t always just work, Grace came up and gave grandpa a run for his money in the fishing arena.  Way to go!!

A New Vocabulary List

As the summer progresses, so does our schoolwork (although I’ve been a bit lax in turning in my homework assignents here – I promise to do better!)  The whole month of June was spent settling into our new surroundings, getting Kevin’s new business up and running and reconnecting with family and friends.  Not a bad way to spend a month.

But I digress….back to the new vocabulary list.  For mid-summer enrichment, I want to add some new words to our repertoire. Here we go…

“Closet”.  This may be a new use for an old word.  Now, closet means any place that clothes can rest and stay relatively un-dusty.

“Cat couch”.  This is truly any horizontal, relatively smooth surface in the school.  He doesn’t care.

“Flooring”.  Previously, this meant carpet, tile, or hardwood.  In our reality, it can consist of plywood or paper (or dust).









“Kitchen sink”   Thanks to a great friend (thanks VAL!!), our kitchen will highlight this beautiful sink and retain some local history.

Here’s one for the more advance grades….”Matches”.  Yes, they may look like logs, but we call them matches here, because we put one in the fire pit before bed, and in the morning we can just throw a couple sticks on it, and the fire starts right up.





“Living Room”.  This is more open air than any other room in the house, but the cornfield and firepit view can’t be beat. 

With the fireworks fourth coming up, we are missing our Grace to light them off, but are looking forward to her smiling face joining us soon. Fireworks pics and big changes in the school coming up soon!

A Monumental Day

Despite it being a rainy week and a complete rain out last Saturday and Sunday, and spotty showers this weekend, there was progress made.  And oh, what progress!

Upstairs, we cleared one half of the school of all our stuff and laid down a new underlayment over the oak boards.  This will provide a nice smooth surface when we reinstall the original flooring, and also serves as a nice grime catcher so we don’t leak dust and debris from the eventual roof replacement down to the basement.

And speaking of basements, what a change there.  With the concrete in and curing, next was some framing for a bathroom and mechanicals room, and insulation.  It looks like a snug blanket (and as a bonus, the baby garner snakes that keep sneaking in from somewhere are going to have to find another place to hang out).






On top of that,  check out this magnificent piece!

  The camper fridge is fantastic, but this is a work of art (OK, maybe it’s an $80 Craigslist find, but to me it’s beautiful).  Think of all the bee…er….I mean SALAD that thing can hold!  At the very least, it redefines the distance traveled when someone declares ‘Beer run!’.

And the piece that made it a monumental weekend, we have made the big move to the school. As much as we’ve appreciated the place to live provided by mom and dad these last months, there is something exciting to finally being on-site, 100% of the time.  Even though most of our stuff is still in storage, just being here is so fulfilling – something we’ve been waiting for a long time.Time to just put up our feet, watch the fire and the rain, and take a moment to relax.

A Concrete Example of a Good Weekend

OK, so maybe I think every weekend is a good weekend at the school, but this time, I have concrete proof of it.  The idea is firmly cemented in my head. (OK, I’ll stop with the bad puns). But look at this!!!!

That my friends is a freshly poured, beautifully troweled, almost ready to dance on floor.  If I say so myself, a thing of beauty.  All the other work we want to get done this year pivots around getting this done, and now it is, so lets go!

But that’s not all.  Stairs that were gone are back again.  Although I loved going downstairs via a ladder every time (not so much), the 7 whole days I lived without these stairs was desperate.



But wait – there’s more! (Now I’m sounding like an infomercial, maybe I should go back to puns).  Our neighbors Shane and Barkley came and reworked the driveway and repositioned our home-away-from-home.


We now have a front door view of the fire, and the good work Farmer George is doing out there.

Wrapped up the days with a beautiful sunset through the clouds over the schoolhouse.  I guess you could say it’s put me on Cloud 9, but it’s Cirrious-ly beautiful (I couldn’t stop myself.  Hey, if puns were outlawed, only outlaws would have puns.  I’ll stop now.)

School. A good foundation.

We’ve been so busy the last few weeks I didn’t take time to update you on all the work that has been going on – my apologies!  Between feeling under the weather and real jobs and rain (and snow!!), we let none of that slow us down.  Any free moment we dedicated to moving ahead.

First, the new electric panel is installed. Coming soon, the outside wires get buried, eliminating the pesky problem of hitting them when moving campers around.

I left you with a glimpse of the basement work we started – well, we rocked that.  Or maybe dug, graded, trenched and pea gravelled is more accurate.  I’m pretty sure the inventors of the tiller didn’t imagine that the basement would be where it was ever used, but it came in handy breaking up some very hard clay.  (Thank you Fredrick Hardware for the loan) 

It’s looking pretty good now.


Fortunately all the dirt we removed didn’t go to waste.  Being nice solid, heavy, thick, wet clay, it made for a great filler for the outside of the school where we need to get the grade sloping away from the foundation.  Is it just me, or does this feel a little like cutting the foot off the blanket and sewing it onto the head?








It’s a muddy mess right now, but I keep telling my self ‘work-in-progress, work-in-progress’.


Pea gravel, you say?  Here’s before and after, 1 shovelful at a time.  At least it wasn’t raining (much).




(OK, so I didn’t get rid of the whole pile, but in my defense, it was a BIG pile).

And of course, out with the new, in with the..wait…why are my brand new stairs missing??  They had to come out temporarily in prep for the new floor.  That’ll be next time – I’ve never been this excited about concrete in my life.  Stay tuned.

Buried Treasure – at last!

As you know, all along I’ve been hoping for some buried treasure.  A long hidden retirement stash, maybe stock papers for a multi-million dollar operation, something like that.  I’d even be happy with a small pile of gold coins.  Ah, but we don’t always get what we want, as the story goes.  We did find something, and it was buried, but gold coins it was not.

What is it?  Pantyhose. Yes, pantyhose.  Buried under the concrete in the basement.  OBVIOUSLY, my first thought was “I hope there isn’t a body attached to these!”  Fortunately, no bodies.  Just lots of pantyhose.  And acorns. Hmm.  As we removed more concrete, it became apparent that my treasure hoarder is a chipmunk with a love of tunnels and ladies underthings!

Nuts galore!

Chipmunk racetrack

His route was very impressive.



Beyond that, you might have guessed, the work of the last few weeks has been in the basement.  We have the floor supports replaced.  Good thing too – here’s a section on one…this holey, rotted piece was all that was holding up 1/6th of the floor.

To date, we have about 2/3 of the concrete up and out, bucket by bucket.  It’s looking a bit different down there.


We even got some help from Grace last weekend. 






But her bigger contribution was with her great eye.  I believe Bass Lake School has it’s own budding Ansel Adams.  She has a great sense of composition and perspective.  I’ll end with a sample of the school from her view:

Thanks Grace – we love them!





A good foundation

Work continued this weekend in the basement.  The hundred year old support beams were sagging mightily.  After a lot of prepping, sore muscles and dust, 1/2 of the beams are in!






I also made some progress on the precarious chimney.  I believe I have it to the state where a jackhammer might take care of the rest.

We had some interesting finds as well.  I think this may be a damper handle for an old stove (anyone want to offer other ideas?)  I’m currently brainstorming ideas to reinvent it  into some other clever usage – taking suggestions on that as well.  

Found a few furry finds as well…this guy was hiding behind some old boards.  He took a few turns around the basement before finding his way upstairs and out the door.

And you might think this is simply a small hole under the front door (as we did).  Turns out this is the superhighway for Chippy the Chipmunk.  I didn’t get a picture, but he has very little fear and visited us several times in the course of our days.  Gonna have to put ‘door repair’ on the list.  Or alternatively, ‘Chipmunk Training Class’.

Three years ago….

Hard to believe, but it was 3 years ago today that we first laid eyes on our little schoolhouse.  Love at first sight for me for sure.  For Kevin, it was probably closer to like-at-first-sight, but he’s come around.    He’s always the sensible one who saw it for what was under the dust – a hidden gem that needed a lot of work.  Well, he was right on both counts.  We’ve seen a lot of dust and dirt, and have had a lot of fun and campfires.  This year will be one of the busiest ever and we can’t wait!

So to get started, first things first.  As with any indoor project, a little clean up seems to go a long way to making the work go better.  First thing to tackle:  basement cobwebs!!






Once that was done, it was time for some treasure hunting.  This reminded me of panning for gold, except that the pan was an old hand-made heat vent…


And the “gold” we found was treasure of another sort.  A medicine bottle for sinus problems.  Main ingredients:  belladona, atropine and scopolamine.  As a nurse, I can tell you, if that didn’t clear up your sinuses, nothing would.

A softball, era unknown.


And most interesting of all, could this be the clapper to the long-lost schoolhouse bell?

This weekend will bring more changes, as we will be updating some beam work.  Stay tuned!

Ready, Set, Go!

It FEELS like spring out there, with weather in the 50’s and better all week.  By the fisherman’s standards though we are not quite there yet I guess.  These brave guys are still out there – maybe they are hoping their trucks also serve as life rafts!(This nervous Nelly couldn’t do it, just sayin’.)

But because it was good weather, and because we couldn’t wait any longer – it was just time to get the ball rolling.  No better time than the present!

First things first, shoring up that belltower.  It’s already caused me 3 years of sleepless nights (OK well, maybe restless nights, let’s not get too carried away).  But before we started doing any foundation work, I wanted to make sure it didn’t end up in a rubble heap IN the foundation.

Brave Kevin got up on the ladder to do some initial measurements.









Then, like magic, up went the first of the supporting beams.  This is looking a lot more sturdy than what was there before, and I’m feeling a whole lot better.  Granted, they’re still just supported with 2×4’s, but that will get fixed soon enough.

Before = no beams
After = beams!

Next, on what started to be a pleasant holiday Monday morning, the backhoe arrived to install the new septic tank.  A little bit of digging ensued (thank goodness for backhoes is all I can say.)  Despite what the picture implies ~ Kevin did NOT do all that himself, although he always says the world needs ditch diggers too. 

The new tank was dropped into place, seen here for the last time ever.

As the trucks pulled out just before noon, the rain started.  And we learned later at the City board meeting that road restrictions also started at noon, so we got that in just in the nick of time!  I’ve never been this excited about a sewage system in my life.

What’s next.  Wait and see…it will depend a lot on the next snow storm coming in, but never fear, more is coming and I can’t wait!



Taking a page from one of my childhood books by Remy Charlip (pun intended), our discoveries last week with the structural engineer can best be described taking a ‘Fortunately, Unfortunately’ approach.


Fortunately, we learned that the work needed in the basement will not be as extensive as we originally thought.  While we thought we would have to do some extensive underpinning to straighten out the floor and lower it enough to get the furnace in, turns out we can do a curb around the perimeter and just lower the middle.  That we can handle with lots of buckets and willpower.  I could make this exercise one in my new year’s resolution to get more fit.

Unfortunately, the bell tower is a bit more tricky.  There is a foreboding crack in the front that has to be addressed, and by someone with more skills than us.  It may come down to setting the bell tower roof on the ground (anyone have a crane they could loan us?) while the blocks are repaired.  The good thing about that is it’s much easier to re-roof at that level!







Fortunately, there is also a simple answer for the sagging roof.  He reports it’s not in terrible shape, but will of course continue to sag if we don’t do something.


Unfortunately, that might also mean pulling off what is there and re-building the roof.  Actually, we have 3 options; we just need to sort out which one might be the best. Next steps will be to get a ‘truss-guy’ in to take a look.  Kevin tells me that’s a real person, I have my doubts.  How does one get to be a truss-guy?  But anyway, having a next step is very promising.

Last but Fortunately not least, the over-all structure is ‘pretty good’.  Tuckpointing needed – but we knew that already.  Flooring needs shored up – knew that too. But altogether do-able.  And that is exactly what we’ve been hoping to hear.

OK everyone – grab a bucket, let’s start digging!



(and as a caveat to the theme….if you noticed that Unfortunately the website was down for a week or so – Fortunately I got it fixed without too much angst.  The joys of changing email addresses!)