Home Life – Adding Siding Around A Door And Trophies!!


The squirrels – and the feral cats – and the ground hogs – are going to have to work a little harder to get in and out of the barn/workshop/storage room that Chip has been working on out back.  That is because my beloved husband has taken advantage of these slightly warmer days (meaning warmer than below freezing) to cut and put up siding around the back door to the barn space.

Now I can’t say that I actually know, much less understand, exactly what he did.  Heck, I never even go behind the barn to realize that there was a door back there and that there were great big holes around it.  But he knew.  And that is why he is such a handy guy to keep around. 😀

So, the project started looking like this.

back door framed out

Obviously there used to be a bigger door opening here.  He framed out the areas around the door (I have no idea where that door came from – not looking in that great of shape either – sigh).  Then he cut the siding and started putting it up.

The door with most of the siding up

He finished putting the last pieces on the bottom and along the side of the door today.

fully sided doorway

Now the back of the barn looks like this.

back of barn

And yes, I do realize that there are still a number of obvious entryways for critters to get into the barn – but it is winter and I guess we can at least wait until it is warmer to make them find newer places to keep dry and warm.  And better they be in the barn then checking out the house . . . . .

On the family front, Sunday was our football team’s end of season banquet.  It was a pot luck.  We brought our Cornbread Casserole again because Chip loves it and he hoped that everyone would pass on it, like they did last year, and he would get to bring it all home and eat it himself.  Unfortunately, he told too many people about it and it was all gone by the end of the banquet. I liked that.

It was fun.  Markus – and all of the kids – got trophies for their hard work on the team.

Markus getting his trophy

The Junior Team

No other team had ever made it to the play-offs in their second year in the League before our Junior Team – which Markus quarterbacked all season – so everyone was pretty proud.

Especially Chip.

Chip and Markus

Chip got a plaque for being the kicking coach for the team.

Chip with his plaque

Chip got to sit at the coach’s table this year.  He was pretty psyched about that.

Chip at the coach's table

And finally, Vash got a trophy for, once again, being the Mascot of the Team – Twister – the Orange Storm.

Vash getting his trophy

Vash leading the team

Coach said that every team that played us loved our Team Mascot.

Heck, I think we were the only team to actually have a team Mascot.  That is because only our team has a family like ours crazy enough to make a Team Mascot costume.

So that is all for today.  Chip is off to another Scout meeting – this time with Vash.  The boys are preparing their Pinewood Derby cars for races over the weekend.  For me, I have had two posts two weeks in a row where Chip has finished a project!!  This is sooooooo cool!!  That is what blogging will do.  It keeps you focused on finishing.  Thank you blog.

Onward and Upward.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Home Life – Adding Siding Around A Door And Trophies!!

  1. The mascot costume is awesome!

  2. amanda says:

    Hooray for completed projects!

    And what a superstar-family you have!!

    • Shel says:

      They sure keep me running. I may not have a cool Halloween maze, but I got an Orange Storm so I guess I will have to be happy with that. (big grin). Really, Markus did great last year in football. We didn’t have a back-up quarterback this year and he took every snap all season and really lead the team in the huddle and on the field. He even led them in warm-ups. It was amazing to watch this quiet reserved kid become this strong leader with a booming voice on the field. I kept hearing the plays being called in this loud strong voice and I looked up at Chip and asked “Is that Markus?” and he said yes and I just stood there with my jaw dropped. What a transformation in him this year. So we are pretty proud of him. And Vash would not let go of his Mascot job. He managed to squeeze himself into that costume every weekend and run out there. The cheerleaders loved him too and got him to help them with their cheers. What a kick. Now, however, everything changes gears to preparing for baseball. I just keep going. . . . .

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