More Second Floor

This has been a hectic week. Students have been falling like nine-pins to flu with 103° fevers, the weather has see-sawed with high winds, and as the problems have multiplied I’ve been constantly late and rushing. The barn water hydrants froze. The DVD drive on my old computer — which I need for teaching — failed. My car battery unexpectedly went dead. That day I drove my truck to work, trying to outsmart the faulty brakes’ desire to lock up on any slippery surface. Think fast!

On Wednesday at morning chores, the 50-mph wind was shrieking around the barn, scattering the hay put out for the animals into the air and tearing a flapping strip from the housewrap on the house. I thought glumly that there would be no progress that day. However by early afternoon the wind had died, and when I arrived after work I saw the men had been busy on the second floor.

I braved the ice and my serious fear of heights to climb the ladder to see.


They had used the brief lull in the winds to lift up all the interior wall panels…


… as well as the last pieces of the exterior walls.


A few of the wall panels had been nailed in. I tiptoed around, greeting even the most mundane spaces with delight. Hello, linen closet!


As I looked out the window of our future bedroom I felt tears pricking in my eyes. It’s really coming true.



6 Responses to More Second Floor

  1. Mac West says:

    Yay! I’m so thrilled to see this progress.

  2. Jane Welker says:

    I am so happy for you!

  3. Jessica says:

    So you don’t know me from Adam but after years of lurk reading your blog I just have to comment how excited I am for you! You have been a continual source of inspiration and encouragement for me and I am beyond thrilled that you are finally getting your house! (And that view from your bedroom is absolutely lovely!)

  4. Ned says:

    I love those views.

  5. Jenna says:


  6. adkmilkmaid says:

    Thank you, Mac, Jane, Jessica, Ned, and Jenna for your very, very kind words! Jessica, I’m happy to know you have been “lurk-reading.” I too am a frequent lurker. 🙂 Welcome!

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