The rebirth of a country school

Month: July 2017

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!

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