There is no lean-to in all of America that has been subject to as much admiration as this’in.
I feel intensely proud of this humble structure.
That is because Seth fell ill, and with winter approaching, we could not afford to let these nice days go by without something getting built. Our animals NEED shelter for the winter. Something will, like, three sides at least.
After a spousal fight where I questioned Seth’s self-diagnosis with Killer Nap Disease, I screamed something like, “FINE I WILL DO IT,” and walked out there behind the garage and just sort of stared at the headers knowing there was no way in hell I could, you know, do it.
But after I figured out how to heft some 10-foot rafters on top, (great ab workout, ladies!) and what the hell a “birdmouth” was, I started building something! All the parts I was worried about — getting the heavy metal sheets/very sharp parachutes up on top of the rafters, screwing through metal,etc. etc. – all of it started to come together. Of course, I had to rip out a few rafters and learn how to toe nail (not pretty.) But the little lean-to has been coming along. FIVE MONTHS from now and maybe 400 cases of PBR from now it will be done??
It has been quiet and beautiful out here almost every day in November, and building without babies screaming at me means there has been time to listen to the Holy Spirits that roam about Bangs causing trouble.
I have deliberately tried to spend just as much time at biblegateway.com as I do shopping for animals on Craigslist. It has been a struggle.
It’s a nice way to ease back into regular reading of the Bible in what I call “toilet devotional style,” meaning that I don’t read too deeply into scriptures. I read a few paragraphs selected randomly and out of context by the webmasters at biblegateway.com. Don’t want to go cross-referencing into those 900-page concordances just yet.
Thus far there have been a few intriguing nuggets: A thing on paying taxes (and loving it!) as well as this scripture, which was appropriate in my construction mindset, and I wonder whether God has as much pride in his House as I have in this lean-to:
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
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