We’re working on the Arch.
It has served as a backdrop since we bought the church. This is how it first appeared:
Removal of the dropped ceiling revealed:
We tried to pretty it up!
Yeah, I guess. It was temporary.
And as long as we’re in memory lane, when Mom turned 70, we dressed up the chaos and had a birthday party. Again, the Arch was the backdrop.
I remember mopping that nasty floor with rainwater to try to get the worst of the ancient filth off. It sort of worked!
By December of 2012, It looked like this:
Then the fancy table was replaced with picnic table. In case we wanted to have a picnic.
Yes, so I we exchanged the picnic table for a bed! A futon, in case we got tired and had to nap, apparently.
Yeah, and as you can tell, we have a continual storage problem. We fixed the storage of the futon problem by finally getting rid of it. After three decades, it’s time to ditch the College Futon. Sniff.
And then… a whole year went by… what happened to 2014? Well, there were ceilings to paint, floors to sand, trim to put up, caulk to stuff, windows to fix…
The Arch also became a bit of an Art supporter.
And so it has been till this month, February of 2015. We keep rearranging and cleaning, trying to keep the Church work-wise. But we’re not done with the Gallery, so the art must go!
And so, it’s February of the self-same year the White Church Gallery is set to open. 2015.YIKES!!!!
We need to pedal a little faster!
So now we have begun an art/science project.
I’m a scientist by nature, and Mike’s an artist. But he’s also an engineer, so that’s like a scientist. And I have a musical nature, so that’s artistic, right? Hence the art/science project that we are in the midst of. What to do with the arch!
This is only the beginning. As I type this, my soul mate is over yonder drawing up the arch on his CAD program and figuring out dimensions, beveling, and molding ideas. He’s trying to figure out how to make this arch a piece of art. There will be more to this story. Stay tuned.
The walls have come tumblin’ down. But not without a lot of coaxing, urging, and back breaking labor!
First step: prep. I spent a day solo moving all the furniture and tools into two aisles so that the walls were clear. I felt very empowered after the move.The place was a mess, as you see.
Step two: start ripping out plaster and lathe. Scaffolding set up, tools assembled. Masks on, ready, set, go!
Here’s the “time lapse” of the wall coming down.
Third step: down in the trenches, shoveling plaster and lathe, taking it out to the dumpster, and back for more.
One wall down, three to go. That’s enough for one weekend…
Step four: Time for some eats and drinks! Step it up, Captain Barbeque!
Well, technically the Church is still in Grindstone City, Michigan, but the landscape has changed.
Early in the summer, I was excited to mow the church plot of land with the John Deere.
Then came the Big Heat! By the Party in late July, little green was left… except for the army green Party tent!
And then the road came in. First step in having a paved road:
So we’re still in Grindstone landscape, albeit slightly modified.
Then comes the Heat! As summer wanes to fall and then rushes into winter, the need for heat becomes real. The steamy hot hot summer becomes icy windy cold cold winter!So we pried open our wallets and went with Geothermal heat. B and D were our contractors.
First, we’ll need more electricity. Dig ‘er up, boys…
Then come the pipes, underground, of course!
Dig ‘er up, boys…
Here’s the theory:
Here’s the reality:
And the unit. This is what takes the warmth from the ground and transfers it to the church’s environment. Likewise, in the summer it will take the cooler-ness of the earth and pump it back into the Church. The difference in temps will be made up by the electrical part of the unit, but heating from 55 (earth temp) to 65 is better than heating from 0 (air temp) to 65! That’s the theory.
And though I thought about it for awhile, this is the best I could do to show you what heat looks like!!