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Remember January and how cold it was?

January 1st
January 1st

January was busy.
January was freezing.
Our crew persevered.
They were intrepid.
Days are filled.
Excavators, backhoes, jackhammers
Concrete, trenches, drainage pipes.
Serious work begins.
January 1st, 9:00 AM.

We began the New Year with Danny Clark and his excavator- digging for the water line
We began the New Year with Danny Clark and his excavator- digging for the water line

Excavator arrives here.
No frost yet.
Water connection begins.
Danny Clark digs.
He installs pipe.

Danny Clark and crew digging for the water line
Danny Clark and crew digging for the water line
Water line
Water line

He refills holes.
Drives excavator home.
Happy New Year.

Building permit approved.
New addition begins.
Old addition ends.

Shed removal
Shed removal
Watching the shed demolition through the window - too cold to capture outside
Watching the shed demolition through the window – too cold to capture outside
The shed is off- you can see through the house now- hallway between kitchen and bath now framed in
The shed is off- you can see through the house now- hallway between kitchen and bath now framed in

Ground is broken
Jackhammers shake house.
It is 7:00 AM
Neighbors don’t complain
We are grateful
Ledge is broken.
Dirt piles high.

Beginning to dig for the new foundation for mud room
Beginning to dig for the new foundation for mud room
Breaking up the ledge for the foundation under new mudroom
Breaking up the ledge for the foundation under new mudroom
DIgging for the new foundation- new back yard landscape
DIgging for the new foundation- new back yard landscape

Foundation is dug.
Foundation is framed
Greenhouse tent made.

Area for the new foundation
Area for the new foundation
plastic greenhouse over new foundation
plastic greenhouse over new foundation
Here it comes.....pouring concrete into the framing for foundation
Here it comes…..pouring concrete into the framing for foundation
Getting ready to pour concrete for foundation
Getting ready to pour concrete for foundation
smoothing out the first layer of concrete
smoothing out the first layer of concrete

Keeps ground warm.
Frost has set in.

Concrete truck arrives.
Shoots concrete in.
Concrete is spread.
Greenhouse tent returns
Propane heaters crank.
No room for frost.
Foundation walls poured.
Propane heaters crank.
Greenhouse tent removed.
New foundation finished.

Ta Da! The foundation
Ta Da! The foundation
The new addition for the mudroom is framed in
The new addition for the mudroom is framed in

Addition is framed.

Sills are rotten.
Drainage is issue.
A big issue.
Architect advises us.
We need drains.
I imagine it.
Garden bed size?
Lined with stones?
Was I wrong…
Trenches are dug.
Five feet deep.
Four feet wide.

The pipes for the new drainage system
The pipes for the new drainage system
Down in the drain
Down in the drain

Garden is destroyed.
I am despondent.

 

Deep freeze sets in.
Trench progress halts.
Diesel engines too cold.
We shiver.
I hide inside.

Basement is next.
Water meter freezes.
Water floods basement.
That’s no fun.
Structural engineering begins.
Concrete poured in.
Concrete covers dirt.
Concrete covers ledge.
Stone walls supported.

preparing the basement walls
preparing the basement walls
Basement foundation supports in
Basement foundation supports in
A new member to the fleet of trucks at Yale Hill- the cement mixer arrives
A new member to the fleet of trucks at Yale Hill- the cement mixer arrives
Concrete pour commences- little did I know it included pouring cement on the grass
Concrete pour commences- little did I know it included pouring cement residue on the grass

Progress.
More than a little paint and wallpaper….

This is how things looked at the end of January- no shed, plastic greenhouse for new foundation to cure, caution tape surrounding the trenches dug around the house
This is how things looked at the end of January- no shed, plastic greenhouse for new foundation to cure, caution tape surrounding the trenches dug around the house

Ever wonder what it is like to live on a construction site?

The excavator, good morning and all
The excavator, good morning and all

A banging hammer, the high-pitched whine of a saw… the sounds of voices outside the window elbow me to surface from sleep.

I peep at the clock. 6:45 AM

I try to shut out the noises of someone else’s day beginning and roll onto my stomach, burrowing  my head under the pillows. I momentarily slip back into stillness and search for the fragments of the dream I was in. I wasn’t finished with it. But the remaining slivers of that dream dissolve abruptly until there is nothing left for me to remember.

Wheels of a truck crunch over the packed snow and ice and come to a halt in the driveway. The door opens and slams shut. A fleeting bit of quiet…then an engine starts…the excavator’s grumble of diesel, ornery in the bone chilling cold. The staccato beat of its jackhammer stabs at me.

My husband, cradled in our nest of feather duvets, hears nothing. He is deaf in one ear and has turned that to his advantage.

I surrender. OK…You win…. I am awake. I am getting up.

I swing my feet over the edge of the bed. The floor is icy cold. I look for my cashmere cardigan to throw on over my underwear but I can’t find it.

The phone rings. I bolt across the room to grab it before it wakes up Will…

“Hello?”

Outside my window is the excavator.

I mean…. right outside.

As I start to speak into the phone.. I realize I am so close that I lock eyes with the operator and we greet each other with a good morning nod. I try in vain to hop out of his line of vision; hopeful he can’t see too far in the cottage. After all, the visual of a scantily clad 60 something might impact his operating skills.

And so begins another day, living on the construction site.

The excavator, right outside the window
The excavator, right outside the window
Beginning to dig the foundation for addition to the red house
Beginning to dig the foundation for addition to the red house