Last week I returned from a nine day road trip from which I made some post. The trip took me all around Lake Michigan. My first stop was Minneapolis where I got to sit in meetings for several days (the stories of which I’ll not bore you with). I did post about some of the meals I had in the big city. It was enjoyable because I got to see a lot of old friends and former colleagues. After Minneapolis (which I would have normally flown to or even taken the train), I drove up north and spent some time around the Keneenaw Peninsula. I’ve also wrote about that lovely area. The reason fI drove was to meet up on Sunday night with a group from church and to help them with a Habitat project in the Upper Peninsula. I spent three days there, working on a house and, as I often do, preparing a Dutch oven meal for the group. It is amazing what a group of 10 adults, 4 college students and 20-some high school students can do in a few days. This first photo is of the building site when we arrive. There is only a foundation and stacks of lumber.
By quitin' time on Monday we had the box on the foundation down and all the walls built and set. Two of the adults are contractors and they are able to keep everyone busy, always looking ahead to what will need to be done next.
As Right before lunch on Tuesday, the trusses had been set. I stayed back at the church where we were staying Tuesday afternoon to prepare dinner, so there are no photos of from that time.
The final picture is late morning on Wednesday morning, as I was getting ready to leave. The shingles are going down on and the outside insulation being added to the walls. By the time the crew left on Friday, the house was roofed,the windows and doors were in, and the siding was on the outside and the insulation was also added on the inside. After the electrician and plumbers do their work, another crew will finish up with the drywall, floor covering, etc. But by the time the crew I had been working with left the site on Friday at noon, the house was closed in. The local Habitat for Humanity group will see to it that this house, which is built for a single mother and her 3 year old son, will be ready for occpancy by early fall.