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It’s been quite a week here in the RVThereYet world! My last post talked about the diversity that comes with being a SOWER, and this past week just proved the point.
Monday
This was the knee pads and work glove day.
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After finishing the demolition for the first section of  walkway (there are 8 sections total), Gary needed my help to get the framing and footings in.
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That board along the building. Long and Heavy. He needed me! (Actually he needed someone a bit stronger than me, but he made do). I’m a pretty good bubble watcher (as in the level bubble) and I’m fast learning how important that bubble in the middle is! Before too long we (he) had the corner post in and was working down the other side.
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And then we really got into it!
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So thankful for knee pads and work gloves.
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By lunch time we/he had the frame up and the joist hangers started and ready for the joists!
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And by the end of the day –
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the deck was on its way!
Tuesday
Since Gary didn’t need me on Tuesday, I moved to the kitchen where I donned an apron and tackled several dozen over-ripe bananas left over from the previous weekend’s group lack of banana eating.
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Piles of over-ripe banana + giant mixing equipment = 10 loaves of banana bread, 1 sheet cake, and about 75 mini-muffins (not all of which made it to the freezer. Just sayin.)
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Wednesday
Wednesday found me in a motel room, finishing up some priming so it would be ready for a finish coat.
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I got ‘er done and then was able to hop over to the main lobby where an impromptu upholstery shop had been set up.
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Mary and her son Donnie have an upholstery shop in NC and for many years have come to Montrose with their tools and reupholstered whatever it was that needed to be done. From sofas to chairs to pillows – they just kept going and going!
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Now I’ve done a fair bit of sewing in my day, but I’ve never tackled any type of upholstery. So I totally enjoyed watching those masters at work earlier in the week. And on this day I finally was able to give it a try. Mary set me up on her commercial machine and had me make a pillow or two.
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While I have made pillows before, it’s never been on a machine like this!
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I’m sure with practice I would have found a moderate speed, but as far as I could tell it went from 0 to 60 with the tap of the toe. I’m happy to report that no fingers were sewn in the making of these pillows.
Thursday
Thursday was a wrap up loose ends day as we were planning on heading to the Cabin for the weekend and then would be away the following week taking care of routine doctor visits and enjoying some family and friend visits. Although the official railing has yet to be installed, Gary had finished that first section of walkway so the rooms could be used. Turned out pretty sweet, didn’t it?
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By mid afternoon on Thursday we had officially started our 4th of July celebration –
Happy 4th of July everyone! We're hanging out at the cabin, so I'm pretty sure ours will be just fine! #myhappyplace
Friday
Friday was pretty much an All-Cabin day. And even though it was cool and cloudy, it still was a treasure! We got some chores done and took naps and read our books and cooked with cast iron.
Cabin cooking at its finest. Ancient Griswold cast iron pan, piles of peppers and onions, natural casing kielbasa, and Colatina rolls (possibly the best rolls on the planet) all served up on paper plates. Oh, did I mention it's even cool enough that we ha
Classic Cabin all the way. And for us, a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!
Saturday
Why, that’s today! We’re headed over to a family reunion at the Dwinell Homestead today. We’ll be seeing lots of folks that we don’t know, but it should be a fun day. While this reunion happens every year, we probably haven’t been there in over 10 years. Who are you again?
Guess I better get this post published while my internet is being cooperative – and then I better start getting ready to go! Hope your holiday weekend is going well – and if you don’t hear from me for a bit, it’s just because I’m busy hugging family!

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