Colonial Slate Grey

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That’s the color we picked for the enormous roof job on the Church. (It’s on the bottom left.) Scaffolding is up, weather is reasonable, and things are progressing.

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As you can see, the roof is rather steep, and the bell room especially so. I don’t envy anyone this job, but we have contracted the best around, Ron Picard.

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Stay tuned for updates!
Here’s the latest “investment” in grass care technology.
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Say “pretty please” and I’ll let you ride it!
PRETTY PLEASE???
WEE HOO!
WEE HOO!
How much fun I had mowing the lawn, only me and the dandelions will ever know!
We and our neighbors across the street split the cost and “elected” me chief lawn mower (because of me stuffing the ballot box!)
Over yonder, across Grindstone corners…
In Memorial, Grindstone City Pioneers, 1835-1938
In Memorial, Grindstone City Pioneers, 1835-1938
…activity revolves around wood!
OSB was laid in the top story of the barn, and wood will be dried there.
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Pat and Duane’s new puppy Millie helped!
Sniff sniff.. needs two years of drying, at least..ruff ruff...
Sniff sniff.. needs two years of drying, at least..ruff ruff…
Ok, let's let the wood dry in peace!
Ok, let’s let the wood dry in peace!
Nothing left to do but try out my new device! My incurably generous and thoughtful father sent me this in the mail! I think he found it on Ebay.
A Wool Cutter! With a foot pedal!
A Wool Cutter! With a foot pedal!
What is a wool cutter? In the world of rug-making, it is a device that cuts wool strips so you can hook them into the rug backing. I’ve been doing it by hand, which is ┬árelaxing and fun to me, but this device is just too cute not to use, plus it cuts twice as fast! Some genius engineering husband of a crafty woman probably cobbled this together and used a motor with a worm gear to move the cutting heads.
Old method using fabric cutter and rusty square.
Old method using fabric cutter and rusty square.
It cuts two strips at a time, and straight!
It cuts two strips at a time, and straight!
Unfortunately, the (maybe not genius) husband of the woman for whom this device was made used a ┬ámetal worm gear with a vinyl plastic gear, and it wasn’t long before my fun turned to dismay as the metal ate into the plastic and it started to slip. I had stripped it a little. I had been warned not to use it until strong man hands tightened it up, but I couldn’t resist, and now I’ve gone and stripped the gear.
So back to the pizza-cutter method for now.
Strips of wood and wool, all to be made into useful helpful household objects.
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I hope the Pioneers of Grindstone City are looking down on us and smiling!

– The White Church Gallery