Well, as you can see, the porch is still not finished. Since my brother, Tom, is here all work on the porch as come to a halt! The floor boards are laid in place, but not screwed down! Not ideal for walking on, and the dogs for sure don't like it. But I know that sooner or later it will get done. (The porch is 10x16 though it doesn't look like it in the pictures.) Actually, it's been to darned hot to be out there grilling or sitting, so it's just the idea of it.
The top priority this week has been digging out the "hole" where the shipping containers will be set for my brother's house. He rented a commercial type back-hoe and with Ronnie on that and Tom on the tractor they have dug quite a mess! He only has the back-hoe for a week, so they have been working steadily trying to get everything they need done. I guess they now have to build the forms for the pads and the concrete will come on Monday. And in the meantime, more back-hoe work around the acres. The heat index has been between 105 and 115 so you know they have put a lot of sweat into this project so far. Mary has been busy taking them coolers of ice, water and gatorade. Oh, it also increases the laundry chores with all the soaked and dirt caked clothing! :) Mary has also been taking pictures and video's so when she has a good connection for her computer she will be updating her blog on her shipping container home. So stay tuned!
I didn't post this last night - shame on me - because I was worn out. Mary and I went to Checotah (and no, Carrie Underwood doesn't live there anymore) to buy a few groceries and a lot of meat. A trip to WalMart for water and dog food and a couple other things, then to a store called Shelton's for meat. They have a great meat selection, with an actual butcher on site, and good prices. Yesterday they had a paper shopping bag - the kind with handles - and all the meat you could get in it was 10% off. My bag was so full I could hardly lift it! Also stopped at the farmers co-op and got some Frontline flea meds for the dogs. So I don't know if it was the heat, the walking, or what, but I was done for after fixing late supper. Some days I am so reminded that I am not a "young" woman any more. What with a hip replacement and knee surgery it doesn't take much to wear me out! The problem is: In my mind I am still a "young" woman; it's just that my body isn't on the same page!
I have to tell one more story on myself, then I'm done! When we were walking in to WalMart yesterday I was behind an older lady who from the back reminded me of my late mother. Haircut the same, etc. Then later in the store the lady walked by me and I couldn't resist stopping her and telling her she reminded me of my mother. She put her arms around me and gave me a hug and of course I started crying. She told me I could stop her any time I wanted and get a hug. Now isn't that wonderful!! I felt like a fool crying, but even though it's been 6 years since my Mom passed, I still miss her like it was yesterday. I know I will see her again one day, but it doesn't help a lot right now! I was so fortunate to have my Mom for almost 60 years, and to be the one to take care of her at the end was a privilege, and I thank God for that. She turned 92 a month before she left, and was a going concern until a month before that. Oh that I should be so lucky.......
Have a great weekend. Take care and God bless.