On Memorial Day, a good group of folks went up the hill to work on the house. It felt awfully good to me to remember Grandpa with a day of housebuilding work.
Matt's been working on turning this impossible idea I had into gorgeous reality, building a railing for upstairs out of an oak tree we had to cut down to build the house. Beautiful, no?
Here, he and Ryan put together a piece of the railing.
Little Ryan got in on the action, too, working the sander for a while. (His folks got in on the work, too, but somehow I didn't get any pics of Karen or Jeff painting under the deck...)
Dad spent most of the day in the electrical box, making all those twisted wires connect to breakers.
Everyone got to share lunch on the beautiful back deck, with Nona's supervision.
Mom spent her day staining the back porch, using brushes, rollers, a turkey baster and a little help from Dad at the end.
Josh worked on the wiring for phones and computers. The perfect job for Josh.
Lea and I worked on hanging trim around windows.
Tuckers stopped by to say hi, just in time for Jerry to lend a hand in installing the first long piece of balcony rail.
Marian offered some sanding assistance on the railing.
And, at the end of the day, dinner was delicious.
And, after dinner was dessert heaven: root beer floats and 3 homemade pies. Including Nona's famous apple pie and Karen's first rhubarb pie. Glory.
We offer a big thanks to everyone who came by!