January progress

GIVEN that it is cold. and GIVEN that it is January in Wisconsin. and GIVEN I’ve become a bit delicate, this month has been focused solely on inside work. Fortunately, we always have something to do, and I’m feeling quite fortunate for mundane things we didn’t have last year like insulation, new windows and a heated upstairs: progress has been made.

I should add here that we are so nice and warm, it appears even the neighbor’s chickens want in.

At the very end of December, our always reliable Grace stopped by and became not only our guest, but our tile-setter for the basement bathroom shower. I think she has a great eye and some natural talent (from her father?).

She got us started on the lower half tiles, and we finished the upper half the next week. I think it turned out great, and we now have the option of 2 different showers – how decadent!

We have also started the process of bringing some of the original pieces back in, which is so exciting to me. Replacing the metal ceiling panels and trim is turning out to be very jig-saw puzzle-esque. In comparison, the summer Grace and I took them down seems like a breeze – although a much dirtier process.

I think we have it figured out though, with some help from Chicago.

Sometimes you have to think about things differently. We’ve been stalled on how to best complete the inside of the bell tower. We’ve considered the simple – keep it open, to the fanciful {what about an elevator platform?!!}.

Finally, I had to build a scale version to think through it a little better. More on this next month perhaps?

Till then, I think hunkering down with a cup of hot chocolate, a movie, and a nap might be the next best move. Jax has already started with the nap…

Janelle currently resides in 'the country', WI. She grew up in Gothenburg, NE and spent several years on the move with the Army, then to Omaha and MN. She works for a medical health information publisher in her regular time and spends her free time imagining the next project at the School.

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