Friday, November 3, 2017

Summer Kitchen - Update III - External Siding, Community Work Day & Acorns

This past Wednesday was our first-Wednesday community work day, and this month it was at our place. The men worked on our summer kitchen, and the women and children washed house windows, shelled pecans, collected acorns, and sewed aprons and dresses!


Summer Kitchen External Siding

It has been 6 years since our last summer kitchen update. Wow!

Over the years I have done a decent amount of the internal siding, which you can see here:

Summer Kitchen Internal Siding

More Summer Kitchen Internal Siding


You can see what the mice have done to the insulation at the top:

Still More Summer Kitchen Internal Siding


And more here. We have traps in there, but they still do the damage:

Still More Summer Kitchen Internal Siding


Even with some work on the internal siding, the external siding has been sitting unfinished, with just the OSB, for 9 years, shown in this blog update!

And then, as one might imagine, the weather has taken its toll on it. With the Lord graciously granting resources to do so, we were able to do some work on the north side with the men helping...

Here is with the old siding off:

Summer Kitchen North External Wall Removed


The mice have been busy! :)

Insulation Removed by Mice


Here is removing calked windows. This worked pretty well, thankfully! (I have had a previously unsuccessful attempt before :) )

Removing Summer Kitchen Window


Bending the outside away was the best approach:

More of Removing Summer Kitchen Window


Here's with the first window out and first new OSB board in place:

Summer Kitchen Window Removed, First OSB in Place


And then putting the first window back:

Summer Kitchen First Window Installed Back


Here's with some of the tar paper up:

Summer Kitchen First Row of Tar Paper


And then all the windows and boards in place:

Summer Kitchen All Windows & OSB in Place


Here's with tar paper on the entire side:

Summer Kitchen Tar Paper on Entire Wall


And finally, with a couple of the external siding boards in place, which is how far we got on this work day:

Summer Kitchen Two External Siding Boards in Place


Excellent! Thanks to the guys for all of the help!


Acorns

While the fellows were working on the summer kitchen, the ladies helped shell pecans and make some aprons and a dress for Sue, and the children washed house windows and collected acorns for our pig!

Here are buckets of acorns they collected!

Buckets of Acorns


Thanks to the ladies and children for all of their help too!


We are very grateful to the Lord for granting us the opportunity to be a part of the fellowship! We always pray we love Him in part by loving and serving each other, and we thank the folks here again for all of their help and willingness to serve!

-- David

4 comments:

Adele said...

Do you allow visitors at your community?

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi Adele,

Yes, it should generally be no problem. If you would like to be contacted, you can put your email in a blog comment and we won't publish it, but we can email you back then.

-- David

bayougirl said...

Glad you had a blessed work day. Everything looks great.

Jill

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thank you much Jill! We are very thankful. :)

Nice hearing from you...may God's graces & mercies be with you.

-- David