Week 24 – Making concrete progress

WEEK 24 – Here’s a funny thing about the different stages of building a house. After being vexed by weather for a decent part of the summer, and needing plenty of sun and pleasant weather this fall to finish up the outside work, siding, etc. This week we find ourselves needing enough sunshine to dry everything from last week’s downpours, and then one slightly rainy day that’s not particularly good for outdoor work. Why? Because that’s how we get a basement floor!

Why does it work that way? Well, because our concrete guys have a full schedule of outdoor work that people are trying to get done before winter weather, and obviously can’t pour driveways when it’s raining. So last week when Wednesday and Thursday were otherwise washouts, we got a garage floor and the start of our front porch, because both are covered and can be shielded from the rain. Such is the case in our basement as well; however, we need a couple days of sunshine first to dry out the mud pit that is our side yard so they can back up the cement truck to the basement windows.

There is a chance this could actually work our Wednesday or Friday afternoon this week. Mind you, we don’t want inches of water or a driving rain, just a nice drizzly day. Too much to ask for? It’s the only time you’re going to hear me ask for precipitation! In the meantime, we’ll be trying to shore up the yard in preparation for siding, putting in one final window, and hopefully getting front, back, and garage doors!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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