Half walls in the art studio

As I was beginning to plan where to put all my shelves in the art studio, I realized I didn’t have enough wall space. I decided to build a wall between the two halves of the studio to give me room for all my hanging shelves. I didn’t like how closed off it felt, however, so I cut a large opening in the wall at eye level to open up the space.

Since that leaves me only half a wall when I needed a whole wall, I’m also putting half a wall between the breeze through and the far section of studio. That will allow me to mount all my shelves and still have a view of the entire studio as well as the horse corral and yard.

I thought I would be done with my studio before Thanksgiving but, as I should have known, projects always take 2 to 4 times longer than expected.

We Ain’t Cold, We’re Vikings!

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Would I have been out here in the snow if it weren’t for Cheryl?  . . . no.  Ha ha!

Cheryl often says, “I can do it, I’m a Viking!”  Not wanting her out there trying to lift those rafters on her own, which would have been difficult to say the least, I went out and helped her.  After all, I’m a Viking too, right?  I wonder if we do that DNA test, who would be most Viking?  😉

I found working in the snow wasn’t that bad.  Of course, I had on the big fluffy down jacket my dad gave me a few years back when I still lived in Florida.  Glad I have it now!  Also, under my long skirt I had on stretch pants.  Then there are the Ugg type boots I was wearing, a great thrift store find . . . and a scarf to keep my ears warm.  Yeah, we’re tough. We’re Vikings.  We’re well insulated Vikings!

We worked to get the outline of her rooftop done and tarped, so her “tiny house” aka her studio, could be covered from the rain and snow until she can work on it after this new semester.

We worked and worked, then had to go in to rest and get warm.  Then back to work.  We paced ourselves because we just don’t have that much stamina!  We did not get the tiny house along as far as we had hoped, but we are close to the goal.

Today (Sunday) was to be her last day to work on it before school starts for her.  She had been working through her winter break on the structure, even when sick, and today she was really under the weather so we decided to rest.  I was glad we were resting because I was exhausted and I’m not even sick!

Here are some more photos of our working yesterday.

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Before we started the roof bones.
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Cheryl attaching things while I hold rafter steady (out of picture).
Looking good.jpg
MMMmmm HHhmmm . . . Looking good!
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Working up high.
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Yipee!  Done for the day.  Getting dark.
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View out the double doors on south west side.

I do love building projects, especially ones like this which will be so beautiful when finished!  I wouldn’t choose to work in this weather, however, Viking or no.

We Ain't Cold, We're Vikings!

hauling rafters.png

Would I have been out here in the snow if it weren’t for Cheryl?  . . . no.  Ha ha!

Cheryl often says, “I can do it, I’m a Viking!”  Not wanting her out there trying to lift those rafters on her own, which would have been difficult to say the least, I went out and helped her.  After all, I’m a Viking too, right?  I wonder if we do that DNA test, who would be most Viking?  😉

I found working in the snow wasn’t that bad.  Of course, I had on the big fluffy down jacket my dad gave me a few years back when I still lived in Florida.  Glad I have it now!  Also, under my long skirt I had on stretch pants.  Then there are the Ugg type boots I was wearing, a great thrift store find . . . and a scarf to keep my ears warm.  Yeah, we’re tough. We’re Vikings.  We’re well insulated Vikings!

We worked to get the outline of her rooftop done and tarped, so her “tiny house” aka her studio, could be covered from the rain and snow until she can work on it after this new semester.

We worked and worked, then had to go in to rest and get warm.  Then back to work.  We paced ourselves because we just don’t have that much stamina!  We did not get the tiny house along as far as we had hoped, but we are close to the goal.

Today (Sunday) was to be her last day to work on it before school starts for her.  She had been working through her winter break on the structure, even when sick, and today she was really under the weather so we decided to rest.  I was glad we were resting because I was exhausted and I’m not even sick!

Here are some more photos of our working yesterday.

bones without roof.jpg
Before we started the roof bones.
dscn6331
Cheryl attaching things while I hold rafter steady (out of picture).
Looking good.jpg
MMMmmm HHhmmm . . . Looking good!
DSCN6336.JPG
Working up high.
DSCN6339.JPG
Yipee!  Done for the day.  Getting dark.
CHERYL AND I WORKING ON HER TINY HOUSE.JPG
View out the double doors on south west side.

I do love building projects, especially ones like this which will be so beautiful when finished!  I wouldn’t choose to work in this weather, however, Viking or no.

How crude can it be and still work?

The day was warmer, and Melanie was over, so John and Melanie and I finally put the front door in on the art studio cottage.




Watch video below to see how amazingly it works!

 

 

Mairsiedotes Gets Some Much Needed Rest

When we brought Honey and Bae home, we kept them separate from Mairsiedotes because we were not sure how well they would get along, and Mairsiedotes, being only a year old, is much smaller than the older horses.  So we alternated which horses stayed in the corral and which stayed in the pasture.  This allowed them to interact through the fence without the risk of fighting.  After a while we saw the horses would prefer to stand by each other by the fence in the hot summer sun than stand in the shade away from each other, so we put them together and watched them all move to the shade.

Thepecking order was established, of course, with Honey as top mare, Mairsiedotes as second, and Bae on the bottom.  Things were all right though, until we stopped letting them into the pasture due to rain and mud.  We kept the horses in the corral because the corral has a base of hog fuel and fir shavings to keep their feet out of the mud. And we want to keep them out of the small pasture to keep the small pasture from becoming a mud pit.  Unfortunately, the small corral was not big enough for the three of them to abide peaceably together and Mairsiedotes was getting the brunt of Honey’s nips and kicks.

Knowing this problem cannot continue, Cheryl and I finished Mairsiedotes stall today so she could rest without fear tonight.

Cheryl said Mairsiedotes laid down (in her stall) for the first time since the pasture became off limits.  Then when she was done resting, she stood up and went near the other horses who were both standing near her stall wall.  They wanted to be near each other, and could interact over the short wall, but Mairsiedotes could feel safe from Honey’s picking on her.

Building a Barn With Kids

From playing in the texture of the hardened cement,

To driving the screws after the board is set in place,

To filling in the gap’s above the cement, 

Kids can feel, and be, useful on a project like this.

My daughter Melanie and her husband Kevin set all the vertical post in place for me because I wasn’t physically able to do it. Then I offered to watch her kids, knowing that they would help me do the walls whenever I had a little energy to work on it!

We work for a little bit then they get 30 minutes video game time before the next small job.  When there 30 minutes is up, of playing time, they can do something else or come ask for another job so they can earn more time. This seems to work very well for everyone.  They like to stay at grandmas house because they get to play, and having them stay with me is easier because they help me work. Of course I just love hanging out with them anyway!

This reminds me of when my children were young. They were always helping me with projects. They learned a lot that way too.