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Chipping Away!

This window needed to go in. The Church needs its eyes open!

Lemme get the wonder bar…

Lemme get the wonder bar…

Couldn’t find any of the three wonder bars we own, so pry bar it is! (This might be an old joke, but it occurs to me that that wonder bar is aptly named- we are always wondering where the HECK it is!)

First let's get the plywood out!

First let’s get the plywood out!

C'mon now…

C’mon now…

After some ughs and grunts, it came out!

I've got a "gut feeling"…

I’ve got a “gut feeling”…

…that the window is going to be awesome!

Engineer Mike made a temporary handle, of course.

Engineer Mike made a temporary handle, of course.

Once we remove the handle, the window, recently glazed and so as of yet unpainted, is ready for full sunlight transmission! It’s facing west, so by afternoon the sun streams in like crazy. So we had it tinted.

So did the tinting help?

So did the tinting help?

Well, let’s see…

Um…can't tell!

Um…can’t tell!

With my little point and shoot camera, I wasn’t able to get a good contrasty picture in the sunlight. But we could tell a difference in person. It’s just nice to have a window back in! It’s been such a lovely summer that the light and heat feel good.

The phrase “chipping away at it” feels very appropriate to sum up this summer’s work. Window by window. And meanwhile…

We’ve both been putting in a lot of time beating back the chaos at our other properties. One such project was putting up a retaining “wall” between our new cement and the neighbor’s yard, which somehow managed to be many inches higher than ours!

How did their lawn get so high??

How did their lawn get so high??

So we dug and measured, ram a plumb line because the cement sloped, and laid the giant beams in.

That's a good 6 inch difference in height!

That’s a good 6 inch difference in height!

So in went the wall.

"Cutened" up.

“Cutened” up.

Cuter, plus no landslides onto the new cement, hopefully.

Well we didn’t have long to wait to test it. The Great Flood of Royal Oak put it to the test, and I must say, it worked beautifully. The rest of the yard was under water, but no mudslides!

 

– The White Church Gallery