I originally titled this post New Gallery Setback because we have, indeed, had something of a setback. But I didn’t get to put it together last night as I’d hoped, and this delay gave us a whole day in the gallery, with Anna,Vera, Craig and me working side-by-side, and we made tremendous headway. So now that I’m sitting down to write this, it really does feel more like only a few steps back–nothing insurmountable.
You see, Bill Loyd intended to finish all the lighting this weekend but there was a TON more that needed to be done than he realized–the kind of work that meant drilling and hammering up there in that old ceiling. What some of you may not know about adobe construction is that the ceiling is made of vigas (large cross beams) and latias (smaller sticks or pieces of wood) crossing them to form a sort of shelf/ceiling. Then A LOT of dirt/mud/straw is packed in on top of that. I think Patrick said this place has 3 1/2 to 4 feet of dirt up there. Some ceilings create a sort of hard surface above the latias as they age. Others do not. Ours is one of the latter. That means whenever you disturb all that old dirt, it comes right on down into the room.
So before this happened, Anna and I painted one of the entry doors. There are more layers than we can even remember now and it took us all day.
We CLEANED. Bill and Jessie moved the couch in and Vera came over for margaritas.
Yes! We felt almost IN. Just a little touch up and we could bring the art over.
Then came the electrical work and, well, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so let me give you several.
But, as I said, we regrouped today. We found a way to once again work in a mess. Bill is almost done with the electrical, unless he runs into more issues, and we’re back at it tomorrow.
All the photos in today’s post were shot before our work today. You’ll see today’s photos on Thursday. We PAINTED THE OTHER ENTRY DOOR! And it’s beautiful. So, stay tuned. We really truly are getting there. I promise…
Love to you all,
Jeane and the gang