O.K., so, the steps still aren’t attached yet.. But, some siding went up on the middle part of the Western side. No insulation, but at least it’s a bit better than the plastic sheeting. The “door” is still plastic sheeting…
On part of the Southern side, a sheet of plywood. Perhaps a window will eventually go above that.
A bit of plywood on part of the Northern side. Perhaps two windows will go above that. The chickens are snug below. They’ll move out, I hope, next Summer.
A constant distraction, but good for the health, and for the “labora” part of the “ora et labora”, is collecting firewood. Some of it seems to be driftwood. Odd in a forest, but it is a rain-forest after all!
My other distraction has been carrying up more boxes of books. Today I took up about eight boxes worth, some being liturgical. 31 December 2011 will be, please God, the last Mass at the foot of the mountain, and 1 January 2012 will be the first Mass up in the hermitage. We’ll see.
It seems that Sunday will be the last warm day for a good while. Starting Sunday night, looks like things will turn bitterly, bitterly cold. O.K. Lots to get done before that! Yikes!
UPDATE: Thanks to those who offered best wishes and prayers. However! There were some major setbacks, again and again… and again. But that’s O.K. I mean, it’s not like it’s successful work that is important. That’s not what the hemritage is about, or what our lives are about. Success is measured differently. Our Lord wants to see if we see just how weak we are, so that we might look to Him instead of to ourselves, and so that His strength might shine through our weakness. The weakness is necessary in this world because of the necessary consequences of original sin freely chosen with the sin. But Christian joy comes from seeing the Lord’s strength even while we are weak.
Having said that, I did get one of a pair of doors hung. However, I have to construct all the framing etc etc etc. That will take quite a while. Getting things at Habitat for Humanity means getting only half of what you need, as that is all that is usually all that is donated in the first place. Anyway, it’s a start of one of the four major projects I had wanted to get done today.