The finish line is in sight

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I am very happy to report that we are very close to completing the greenhouse frame build. This has been an ongoing project from August of this year. This was a very ambitious for the family to take on. None of us have any construction experience going into this, just a commitment to the end result, a functional greenhouse.

Gina and I decided to spend the night at the cabin Friday night into Saturday morning instead of getting up early to get to the farm by 08:00. It was a long night with the generator droning on all night in order to keep the heater on. We are also not accustomed to going outside in order to use the restroom in a brisk 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Morning came as it does every day and we would soon embark on the job at hand

So I started a fire in the pit because who doesn’t like a good fire on a crisp Saturday morning? Derek and Meredith arrived at 08:00 and after a quick bite to eat we all got started pulling greenhouse film over a 26 foot wide, 60 foot long steel frame which we have been working on for almost 4 months now.

We worked on the greenhouse all day from sun up to sun down making really good progress. The ladies made a run to Dry Ridge to get us all something for lunch, but other than that we worked non stop until about 4:30. Mer and Der had another engagement that evening and I needed to get a role of greenhouse tape that I had back at the house before the sun went down. 

Just like us our greenhouse isn’t perfect. From the beginning I had concerns about the structure being in square, and I had concerns about getting the film attached to the structure. Now here we are and the structure isn’t perfectly square even though I probably measured each section at least six or seven time to ensure it was right. I had no idea if getting the film attached would be successful or not. There are so many things that could go wrong and this isn’t a one man job. God is good to us and the weather was perfect and family has come together even though we all have different things calling for our time to get this greenhouse built correctly. We have not cut any corners even though we were very tired and at times very hot working on this project. We have given all of our abilities to build this structure. 

I have been told in the past that I can be tough. This isn’t always a bad thing to not except less than your best. I must say that all of the work has paid off and our greenhouse looks very nice. Best of all it was a labor of love and passion for family. This structure is key to the success of our family farm. This structure brought us all together in a time that families don’t have time for each other, or in some cases don’t like each other. We are a family, and we care about each other. This is our greenhouse and our farm. This is our story and my legacy I’m leaving for them.

So we were able to get the top on and the end with the drive through door on which was a lot of work. Derek and I were very tired at the end of the day. The other end will get attached next Saturday providing the weather is good. 

This is the end that I will be working on this next Saturday. It isn’t going to be straightforward because I need to make places for vents and a place to run an exhaust pipe for a drum stove that I’m going to build. So there will be plywood on some sections of the end. I want our greenhouse to look professional so I am planning this out now. 

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