We went to the Arlington Ridge sales office first thing this morning to drop off statements and other financial documentation for the mortgage. Then, of course, we drove by the house to see what was going on there. Four or five vehicles were parked at the house.
They were moving fast, but I think there were six (or more) men working on laying cinder blocks. Two or three of them were atop the scaffolding laying the blocks. Another two were carrying palettes of mortar to the block layers. They were also setting cinder blocks on the scaffolding so it would be within easy reach. One man was outside mixing batches of mortar and slapping a pile on the empty palettes that two other men brought out to him.
The sandhill cranes were out behind the house again.
The men were working fast.
We left to run our errands. Back to Target to get the hand-held vacuum cleaner. We ate lunch at the Panera near Target. To the bank to deposit some checks and get a cashier’s check to pay our property tax in Marathon. I overlooked a payment and they said they would only take cash, money order, or cashier’s check to catch up. I don’t know how I missed the March payment; I did make the April payment. To the post office to mail a book to an Appalachia scholar and that check to the tax collector. To the hardware store for a socket to adjust the bolt on the tow dolly. To another store that had the right size socket on hand. To the grocery store for tomorrow’s dinner. By that time, it was the end of the work day and we drove back by the house on our way home.
A man was delivering a truckload of lumber and plywood when we pulled up.
An electrician backed his truck into the yard and immediately went to the front of the garage and bashed a hole in a cinder block with his hammer. I knew it was to run the wires for the outdoor lights. You can see the black hole in this picture.
The block layers were done. They had even built the posts for the front porch.
I had noticed a man cleaning up in the morning. In the afternoon, the whole interior of the house was clean.
We watched the man unload and place the lumber around the house.
The electrician banged more holes into the garage wall and ran some PVC tubing from the top of the wall, down, and out the holes. Then, he jumped into his truck and drove to another house across the way.
The master bath is coming along nicely, Chuck Chapman. That window on the right is in the bedroom.