Meanwhile, one of our summer projects for the cabin is complete: the interior wall was rebuilt, re-painted, and three doorways were re-trimmed. The job looks pretty good for a couple of amateur laborers.
Our remaining project is more physical and time consuming. We have bought new carpeting to replace what has been there since sometime in the ‘60’s. The original carpeting doesn’t look too bad – it doesn’t show dirt or wear, but one seam has been slowing coming apart every time the vacuum cleaner gets a chance to pull up another thread. The replacement carpet won’t have a seam there, so maybe it will last another 50 years too.
What is taking our time is pulling up the old stuff. The carpet, itself, comes out fairly quickly. It is the glued down foam backing that takes time to scrape off. This reminds us of a lot of our Nomad project work: we couldn’t do this for a living, but we will volunteer our own labor. We will continue doing a couple of square yards at a time, since the installers can’t put the replacement carpet down until mid-July.
We haven’t been “all work and no play”, however. Last weekend, Dave, LeJoy, Valentina, Brayden, and Kaelyn spent the weekend with us. Brayden and Kaelyn had not been to the cabin before. They had lots of “firsts” – sauna, paddle boat, golf cart rides, fireworks, and using the outhouse (yuck!). We all had a great time and they are coming back over the Fourth weekend.
For the past 2+ weeks, we’ve been dog sitting Stella, Brett’s family dog. Brett and family are enjoying a trip to Italy for 3 weeks. Stella has adjusted well – enjoying her daily tennis ball retrieving in the lake, the 2 mile walk around the loop, and golf cart rides. Brett’s family returns on 7/30 and the girls want to come up over the Fourth also so we’ll have Stella here for another week plus a couple days.
The weather is finally warming up and we’re enjoying the outdoors. So it’s a good combination of work and fun now.