Cellar Walls

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Today is the day they poured the cellar walls. Those forms were so precise, those ghost walls so familiar, that I thought I had already seen the finished product. Yet when they came today, with four concrete trucks, I truly saw the concrete pouring into the forms. Now we wait for them to set.

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I’m not even sure what the machine in the foreground was doing, but it was dressed up like the American flag. These fellows were standing on the forms, on the tube coming down from the truck, and on boards that leaned on the forms. I give them all kinds of credit for not letting the heights bother them.

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Ghost Walls

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I’m led to believe that these are forms, but they look like real walls. I feel like I’m looking into the top of our cellar. There’s a lot of work left to be done on it, but considering this time last week they hadn’t even started digging yet, I’m going to call this as an early win.

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This is the view from the front left edge of the house. I believe those sticks are holding the walls in place until they set. I love seeing it grow from day to day.

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These ghost walls are calling to me. I’m hoping we get some more serious progress tomorrow. In the immortal words of Blind Melon — “No Rain.”

Concrete Forms

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Today they poured the concrete forms for what I think will be the walls when all is said and done. It’s strange seeing the outline for the first time of the outside of the finished house. As I looked into that hole I was in absolute awe of this humble beginning.

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It’s fascinating to watch them at work, as they mold the concrete like my child molds clay, but there’s so much more to it, a science to the work.

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I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Breaking Ground

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Digging in the dirt.

They broke ground today. It feels a bit strange to even say that after all this time. To be able to look through the windows and see this sight is more tangible than any piece of paper ever could be. It’s one thing to say they’ll be starting soon, but to see it take physical form, those mounds of dirt, it almost brings tears to my eyes. I hope they can move quickly, that the weather cooperates, and that soon we’ll have more pictures of construction to show with you. Here are a couple more I took today from the back porch…

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One big mound deserves another…

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