Monday, August 19, 2013

Fiddling On The Roof

Grandpa Jon and Grandma Connie are building this grand new entryway to their house. It will help keep snow and ice off of the front porch and reduce the shoveling needed this winter. We came to help with construction, firewood production and preparations for the big 68th Annual Oyster Party! Okay, there haven't been 68 of them. We don't really know how many O' Parties there have been, but we did celebrate Grandpa Jon's birthday while we were at it!
While his Daddy was on the roof, Benjamin put his construction skills to work with the lumber remnants. He built this fine "house".
This is Ben's "hammer".
This is Ben's "saw".
We did a little digging in Grandma's ginormous, amazing, very productive garden.
We plucked about a gallon of green beans from Grandma's "bean tee pee" hideout.

It was hot, hard work for the fellas, but day after day, the progress was stunning! David helped his Dad with wiring some outlets and lights. The final touches and new roofing will be completed soon.
Dylan sawed all of these logs into firewood to heat the house this winter.
After working in an air-conditioned lab all summer, it was harder work than last year. We are very proud of you, Dylan!
Benjamin took pictures of Dylan's facial hair.

David worked with a great guy and great carpenter, named Tim. Tim made it look easy and it all came together like a simple jigsaw puzzle.

The porch is a beautiful addition to the house!
We got to see Tim, the carpenter, and our own Grandma Connie, play in a band called, "Running With Scissors" at Trinity's in Sandpoint! They sounded so GREAT! Great job, Connie! And, what a nice venue! Thanks for a wonderful night out!
The Oyster Party was a huge success and super fun! It, really, just gets better every year! Ironically, however, it was the year without any oysters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Vibrio parahaenolyticus infections which prompted major recalls and a temporary FDA prohibition on oyster sales. There were no oysters to be had! We sure were glad they caught it BEFORE the Oyster Party!
There was more than enough food without the oysters. There were steamer clams, two tables full of amazing potluck dishes, and the grillers had shrimp skewers, chicken wings, lake trout, elk, and even inadvertently-trapped mountain lion meat on the grills!
At one point, I counted over 70 people at the party enjoying the music! Neat people! The diversity of professions, interests, hobbies and pursuits you would never expect to find in the woods of north Idaho. Really neat people! The Cougar Creek Band entertained the crowd. Great music! They just keep getting better and better! Lastly, but not least, singing around the piano until after midnight, as always, was a grand finale!

1 comment:

  1. I think we have a little architect in our midst. Boy, it was some party and it sure was a productive week thanks to Dave and Dylan. Wow!