Originally Posted by aart
Nice floor plan.
He's hauling and mixing concrete with a kidney stone?
Yes, he's doing it, in spite of the pain.The stone keeps moving from extremely painful places to settle where he can tolerate it. Today, it was somewhat better, but late, it moved and I heard him say to himself, "Not again, no." It shifted. Same as always. That's the way they do. He's had quite a few of them over the last few years, but not as often lately. Has a collection of small ones in a medicine bottle from past times. He also has no discs in places in his back but he limps along and, as he says, "does what needs to be done". Eventually, he won't be able to, which is why this barn, for ease of management in the future. My own ankle was screaming today so I had to put on my Ankle Genie brace while we were doing the concrete mixing. He uses that black tub, does one bag at a time with a garden hoe to stir it up and a shovel to put it into the trench. I can do that myself but if he's on his feet at all, he won't let me do it.
So, all gets done in between his back issues and whatever else is wrong at the moment. Remember, it's only us. We have no help. If we don't do things for ourselves, they will never be done. And we are on military pension and SS, no big bank accounts to draw from to pay people to work for us. This barn was the biggest thing, other than renovation after the house fire, we've ever hired out to have done and we were only able to do it now because my father left my sister and myself a tiny remnant of his IRA. We were shocked there was any in the account since he was 94 years old when he died in July. I had a little of it, but this little bit more pushed us to the total we needed to go ahead with our plans.
I seriously think if we dropped dead up here, it would be months before anyone would come looking-that is, other than Ladyhawk. This working in spite of issues is just a fact of life, not whining or complaining, just is what it is. If I waited until my poor husband was pain-free, I'd die waiting so we trudge on.
ETA: Sorry for the brief, whiny interlude. We were so over-tired from this past few days but it will get better. Still a couple of critical things on the plate for the next month not related to the barn, but they'll be okay. Keep any suggestions coming. Trust me, we've thought of most of this stuff suggested, but some had to wait to see what we had to deal with once the building was plopped in place. I'm going to move the far end of one of the drains now that I know exactly where the roll-up door side of the bldg is and change the slope of the land off that side-water came toward the building there, not because of the drain but just the land and nothing to stop it. Lots to do but it wont happen overnight. By all means, don't stop pointing out things! You may see something we didn't. Some may be fixed, some may not be or may have to be dealt with later.
Edited by speckledhen - 11/20/15 at 4:19am