Call us naive, but who would have expected HEAVY hail, sleet, and snow after the beautiful Spring weather last weekend??? After the looooong winter, we just knew that it was a good time to get a head start on the garden! Fortunately, we were only able to weed and start preparing the vegetable beds, or else our little seedlings and plants would have most likely not made it.
This is a picture of three, very empty, bird houses near our shade garden. We should probably take note that it's just not quite time yet to plant the veggies...maybe next week???
The crazy weather could not interfere with "Stage 2" of the barn make-over. We rented a lift, bundled up, and started removing the old/crusty ceiling liner. Joe is comfortable climbing to the top of a ladder for any needed project. I, on the other hand, get anxiety even thinking about it. So this project was my worst nightmare. Every once in a while, you just have to take one for the team!
This was not a project we would EVER ask anyone to help us with--it was terrible. We had so much "stuff" in our faces/eyes/noses/mouths...it was ridiculous! But, we had some friends/neighbors who whole-heartedly insisted. Trent, Terri, Jamie and Skylar fell from the sky -- removing debris/other barn junk...Terri even joined us on the lift to cut down the liner. Sometimes we just can't get our heads around how generous people are!!
And after THREE FULL DAYS of working non-stop, we finished...we could barely move last night, but it's done! The the rustic wood beams against the exposed metal roof adds a whole new dimension to the barn.
Joe was so inspired, he made some really cool "lamp shades" out of old picket fencing for some of the lighting, and we hung a couple of bird houses that we bought from a local farm for any little nesters who choose to join our family. This weekend's project was the one of the first major steps in bringing our vision of Barn House to fruition. We hope to please with the end results.
After almost freezing to death (OK, maybe that's a bit dramatic) working on one of our most daunting tasks to date, we were rewarded with the sun and this beautiful rainbow. It was all worth it...without a doubt.
Spring really is around the corner (it HAS to be)!!!
Joe and Jermonne