Sunday, April 26, 2009

Raising the Roof

The west wall goes up first. There's three 12-foot sliding glass doors on this side. An 8-foot roof overhang will help moderate the afternoon sun. The living room is connected to the garage (far left), then the kitchen, bath, and bedroom on the south end.
The east wall goes up next, in sections. Daisy's supervising. Good job, Daisy!
Next come interior walls (kitchen/bath and bath/bedroom).
The south wall, porch, and roof follow, including 31 roof trusses, one of the most challenging aspects of the project.
The framing crew enjoys on a well-deserved lunch of carnitas with all the trimmings. Thanks Amanda for putting lunch together, and to John and all the guys for helping make my dream a reality.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oh to Be Ten Again

In February, I started teaching art two days a week at my old elementary school. It's mostly been a joy. (4th/5th boys and girls are on the cusp of noticing each other, so that gets sporty at times.) One week I brought in photographs of Blue Dog art and challenged them to create their own. This is one of my favorites. Note the use of an inset picture.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mother's Day Project Update

My after school students are working hard on their Mother's Day project. Here's an example.

My Mother's Hands

My mother's hands are gentle and soft
as the softest velvet.
They hold my hands
and hug me when I really need a hug.
They fed me when I was a baby
and now they serve me my food.
Nothing makes them happier
than good news from school or chorus.
These hands will teach me better cursive
and take me to my favorite restaurant.
"You can be a doctor or a veterinarian,"
my mother reminds me
everytime I ask her about when I grow up.

Ana, 5th Grade

A Few More Things

One of my thrift store finds. No artist information available.
An Alaskan mask by Cora Ekalock-Brown.

Art from the heart of my six year old granddaughter.

88 in the Shade

And there's no shade. But one board at a time we made lots of progress. Here's where we are on Sunday evening.
My workstation. With a little practice, I got pretty good at it by the end of the weekend.
Enrique and Jeremiah came on Saturday to help out. Wish I'd gotten a shot of him when he was on the roof!And of course, Big John carried the day.
I'm feeling very optimistic. The "wall raising" is planned for this coming weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for us that the temperature drops by then.

Friday, April 17, 2009

These are a few

of my favorite things. Having lived in about 300 square feet for the last three years, I've grown very fond of the things I chose to populate this space. Over the next few months I plan to periodically honor them and their contribution to my sanity. I hope you enjoy installment #1.

My Other Place

I frequently pass this place on hwy 129 and finally stopped to take some photos. I imagine my spirit coming here to rest when my body is gone. Remember to wave at me when you go by.

Woo Hoo!

We're on a roll! We--I actually helped with some of this part--removed the garage wall stucco down to the bones. (See the small mountain of debris on the left.) This will be the living room wall.

This weekend John and his friend Verne are installing the plate and detail. (See the big hunks of lumber that will hold everything in place). The following weekend a gang of big strong guys will show up to install the shear and roof trusses (aka framing).

I think I got this all right. It's so exciting! We're looking at a potential July completion, to be followed by a gigantic party. You're all invited!