The Final Tally

Cutting WoodIt’s been a whirlwind few days!

As my folks headed home today they left a behind a trail of finished projects and fun memories.

My dad found, cut and fitted trim on 4 windows, 11 doors, 3 built-in cabinets and my built in antique desk.

He first measured the opening, then walked all the way to the old house where we have all the old trim laid out and went through all the trim to find the right size.

He measured it, trimmed to fit if necessary, then brought it all the way over to the new house to fit it in the opening. If it didn’t work right, he had to take it, walk all the way back over and recut it.

If there wasn’t any trim the right size, he made it.

He did this process over and over again for 2 1/2 days.

I’m so glad he took a couple hours in the afternoon to go fishing.

God bless my daddy.

Meanwhile, my mom helped Angel Girl make crab apple jelly for a 4H project, patched Pedro’s favorite plaid shorts, made a beautiful new slip cover for my futon and even water proofed it and helped Dagmar package snack time treats for next week.

God bless my mom!

Together we got 3 meals a day on the table plus tea time in the afternoon and cleaned up the kitchen.

We even visited our local thrift store (twice!), made 2 trips to the lumber yard (ackk!), bought groceries 3 times, hit 2 garage sales, and went to the Amish store.


Thank you Mom and Dad.

I am blessed.

The Energizer Bunnies

My parents are here for a few days – and I’m always amazed at the energy they bring when they come!

Take my dad – after hugs and kisses for all and a short tour of the garden and orchards, he changed into his work clothes and asked for some projects!

Um…yeah..I think I could find one or two of those! 🙂

We actually had several he could choice from!

He chose trim! (Oh how very happy that makes me!)

He started sorting through all the piles of old trim that we removed from the house when we gutted it and fitting them back in like a jigsaw puzzle.

They still need to be stripped and varnished – but after going without trim for almost 2 years, I was so excited to see it on that I just couldn’t bear to have him take it back down again!

I think we will leave them rough nailed in place for now. Then we can take them down a room at a time and refinish them before permanently attaching them.

God bless dad!

Then there’s my mom – she helped with lunch, washed dishes, played 4 games of Bananagrams, single-handledly figured out how much material I needed to recover the  cushions on my window seat and the futon mattress (God bless Mom!), went shopping with me, helped with supper (chili, oyster soup, fresh yeast rolls, and apple caramel crisp), and folded laundry.

The funny thing is – I don’t think we ever stopped talking the entire time! 🙂

And that was just the first day!

Yep – things are really hopping here!