Monday, March 31, 2008

Little Did We Know...

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/ 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


Anonymous said...

Your new blog is lovely, and I know you will really enjoy the creativity you can express in the months to come when you get to show even more of your wonderful 'gatherings.' Good luck to you with not only the blog, but of course your new venture as well. I am sure it will be a smashing success!

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

Everything looks so inviting! I can't wait to see it all at your first event. Just think, one of these days you will be able to sit back and enjoy all your hard work. Just make sure you have a tall, cool drink when you do in case you can't get back up! Ha! Take care, Martha, Vintage Trifles

Journal Swag said...

Dear Joe and Jermonne, Hurray on the new blog! I LOVE it! I knew it would be a stunner! (I met you when I was working behind the counter at Joy's show in March... 3 Friends)


Anonymous said...

Love the new blog and can't wait for your Grand Opening - we definitely will be there to cheer you on and partake of the goodies you are hard at work collecting and preparing for all of us!

The Farrier's Daughter said...

What a Beautiful place you have! Best of luck with the Barn overhaul and your new blog. I'm so glad to have found you...I too am in the beginning stages of a barn facelift and it's nice to know I'm not alone. Can't wait to see your progress!

Best of Luck,

Auntie Joy said...

Oh my gosh you two have done such amazing work! Nothing like a deadline to cause a creating frenzy.. I love your new roof, and can't wait to see it on the 24th!!
I hope the weather cooperates and you can get some flowers planted. I finally got the sweet peas in yesterday! yea!!
Your photos are beautiful and the blog is fabulous!

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi. Nice to meet you! if you are new to this blogging, how did you get that beautiful barnwood on the sides of your blog? I have something picked out, but I cant seem to get it into my template. Thanks, Laurie

Charmingdesigns said...

We have been back here in Oregon 16 years...where does the time go? my daughter and I are making trip back to So. Cal. this summer any place we should make sure we hit? I use to go to Woof and Warf (sp)for beautiful fabric. Do you know when the L.B. Fea markets are? Good luck on that HUGE barn. Laurie

Aleta said...

Progress!!! Yay for you guys!! I do hope you were wearing masks when you were taking that stuff down! (That's the mother hen in me talking!) ;o)

Exactly when is the time to start vegetables? With our inevitable late freezes, if I plant now, won't it kill everything? I'm a vegetable planting newbie....can't you tell?

Warmest hugs, Aleta

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I would love to come and shop with ya'll (me and Ms. Linda that is!!). When you bring your U-Haul to the Texas shows, just bring it filled and we'll just shop from the back, he he!!

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

Lovely Blog ! Just found you from Aleta's Blog. Good Luck with your new adventure ~ I wish I had a barn LOL. Best wishes,

Karen ~ Ciderantiques