This picture was taken a few years ago. The trees would blossom so beautifully if the winter was not harsh. The tulips and forget me nots were planted by my Momma. Quite a lovely place…however… the harsh winters had taken a toll on the trees, bushes and the Atrium/Sunroom.
Therefore… it was time to clean up the back yard from all the dead trees and bushes. And something had to be done with the Atrium/Sunroom. Many days in July we spent nights burning all of the trees and bushes that sweet, sweet man and I trimmed, cut down or pulled out during the day.
We made it fun with a few adult beverages and reminisced of our younger years as music from the 60’s and 70’s played in the background.
It took a lot of those nights to get that back yard looking good again.
But… the thorn in the garden of Eden was the Atrium/Sunroom. It needed replaced. My Mom and Dad added this on to the Lake House several years ago. THEY LOVED THIS ROOM! The replacement of this room was very emotional to me but also to my siblings. Many memories were made inside this room which was adjacent to a dining room.
However, it needed to come down. It leaked like a sieve and icicles formed inside it during the winter.
Sweet, sweet man climbed a ladder and begun the process. I was on the ground. We were a TEAM! He figured out how to take this thing apart and then…
once we started there was no turning back.
Only one window broke!
Then sweet, sweet man took a special saw to each piece of aluminum. Some were easy to cut and some were not… but after two days this is what we had.
We loaded all the aluminum up and took it to the scrap yard.
The Amish! Our Construction Crew!
(THEY DO NOT LIKE THEIR PICTURES TO BE TAKEN! They feel that photographs are “graven images.” Some do not mind if their picture is taken as long as they do not pose for it. )
The Amish along with sweet, sweet man built the new Sunroom.
By the way… The Amish did use electricity for their saws. They will use electricity as long as they don’t “own” it. And if you will plug it in for them.
Construction by the Amish is fabulous! They are meticulous and their work ethic is amazing! But they do take their time and will come on their schedule. They have farms to attend to and auctions to go to and other construction jobs going on at the same time.
Oh yes… they will come to your job site on horse and buggy but my Amish Men lived one hour away. So I was their taxi cab. I got to pick them up every morning and take them home every evening. (I have a van at the Lake House.)
Those one hour rides back and forth with Elmer and the gang was such a delight. They spoke a combination of Pennsylvania dutch which is a dialect of the German language and a bit of the English language thrown in as well. (They have an accent when they do speak English.) Our conversations were about their Amish Life and how they saw the English (that’s us.) I met all of their families and was invited into their homes.
I ate their famous donuts as well.
Don’t you worry… I worked off the calories from the donuts.
I stained every piece of tongue and groove boards for the ceiling and all the wood for the window frames and all the trim.
Our summer was lots of hard work, Amish Taxi Rides, donut eating, fires, beers, work permits, sawing, nail pounding, staining and painting.
Oh and sweet, sweet man and I bonded! (That’s a inside giggle for he and I!)
the end result was worth it!
A lot more memories will have to be made here in the new sunroom.
Daddy is looking down and is smiling!
Hanging out with the Amish was very interesting!
If you wish to read and learn a little about the Amish…
Click on the links below.
It’s good to be back in blogosphere!
I did a few more things this past summer (when the Amish did not report for duty!)
So please stay tuned!
I will slowly be coming around to your neck of the woods to see what All of you have been up too. I have missed ALL OF YOU!! Please have a pot of coffee on. I like to hang around and chat!
Until Next Time ~Nancy