We've had beautiful sunny days though the cold is definitely creeping in. That is why Michael has been working so diligently on the heating system--fixing, testing, tweaking, adjusting, making changes--until finally tonight he announced, "The heat is on!"
Last Sunday he stood pondering the next step in the process, after church on our way to my Uncle Bud's funeral. (Eldon "Bud" Hoyt, the youngest of eleven siblings, passed away November 3rd.)
Mike's three afternoons at the Red Barn certainly add excitement to his week as students and projects continue to increase in number. When I stop by, the pottery studio is always buzzing with activity.
Looks like they are behind on the glazing process and may soon run out of space.
One student is glazing her teapot.
About a month ago Mike gave a talk at a Junior High in the nearby town. This week a state senator from that county sent him the following newspaper clipping.
Another article came out in our own local paper this week, describing Stephan's work. The interviewer did a great job considering all the information she was given. (To see a better color photo go to this previous post.)
Stephan and Mike, father and son, have been out hunting almost daily, sometimes even twice. Finally they were rewarded with five hits, but only three deer they actually found.
Son Sam has slept very little all week to meet the deadlines for delivery and installation of cabinets and vanities. Last Sunday in the wee hours my neighbor left several voice-mail messages:
1. "I can see two shadows moving around your house. Tell Mike somebody is over there."
2. "We're sure two guys are over there. We're looking out for your place. Bobbie is going over with a gun."
3. "False alarm! It was Sam!"
Two nights in a row Sam and his helper were there working late into the night. The lower cabinets had to be in so the contractor could measure for the counter tops.
And this weekend again they were delivering all the other pieces, and working long hours. I worry.
Last night Mike insisted they go home and come back Monday. Other aspects are holding up the work now, and when we move in is not so critical anyway. Before or after Christmas, or on Christmas day? Como Dios quiera. As God wills.
These pics may give you an idea of the quality of the wood and the work.
Mike and I spent one long day mostly shopping for floor tile for various areas, but also looking at appliances, lighting, flooring. Oh, so many decisions!
Work is happily interspersed with some play as well. Like Monday Night Meal with our family and friends, always a lively fun time. Here are the oldest and youngest of the grands.
|Mrs. Kern :) and Zion|
|Zion and Elijah|