This weekend, David and his friend, Ian, helped Will place the beautiful medallion Will had crafted up into place. Will tried to do it himself but that didn’t go so well. And after a couple of tries, he decided to wait for the troops. After all, that ash medallion is HEAVY!
After screwing the medallion into place with 6-inch log screws in every point, they went to work getting the ceiling fan, which had previously fallen to the floor with a crash, back into working order. Besides having a broken glass globe and light bulbs, Will discovered that the inside plate had bent on impact so he had to take the fan apart, rebend the plate, and fix a couple of other things. Then he and the boys put it together and up it went. Wow, does it look nice! Will also took down all of the pole rafters and posts and gave them several coats of poly. And before they go up, I’m painting the entire room and entryway again to freshen it up. During the course of all our construction, there have been a few dings and scratches in the paint.
My newly-planted tomatoes are springing up. Some came up in as little as four days! Boy, do they look nice and happy. And some of the peppers have three sets of leaves already. I’ve moved those down to the bottom shelf of my mini-greenhouse so they will cool down. This will slow their growth so they don’t end up leggy. I picked up another plastic mini-greenhouse at Menards for $19 and it’s the same kind that I got last year and they’re charging $39 for it at WalMart this year. I’ve got another batch of heirloom tomatoes and peppers coming from Sand Hill Preservation Center and will need room in a greenhouse next to the wood stove to start them as well as the one in the living room window where the tomatoes and peppers are growing. Spring seems closer even though it’s 11 degrees out and we still have three feet of snow on the ground. — Jackie