I married Steve fully aware that he is an “idea” kind of guy. He gets restless easily, so our years together have been an endless cycle……he likes to build shit. While exciting, it also means spending a lot of time in the middle of projects.
I remember, in our very first home, the enormous pile of lathe and plaster that our 8-month-old son had to scoot around for weeks. Steve had the vision of a more open floor plan, but the hours of a business person, so he could only be a weekend rehab warrior. We have never lived in a home that he has not tinkered with endlessly. I love the results, but I’m not so fond of the process. At the completion of every project I find myself asking, “Are we done now?”
We moved to the farm four years ago. I use the term “farm” loosely because all this was back then was a midcentury ranch on 30 acres of land. Honestly, I wasn’t very impressed, but when Steve first laid eyes on it, he saw something great.
In the first six months of living here, we built a guest cottage, moved into it, gutted the main house, built a barn, built a guinea coop, built a chicken coop, and created planting fields. And by we, I mean pretty much Steve and me. I strap on my tool belt for every single project he comes up with. Silly me, when we moved back into the renovated house I thought we were finished with projects. “Are we done now?” Nope, we then went on to build a greenhouse, enclose 10 acres of cow fencing, rebuilt the decks and constructed livestock pen after livestock pen after livestock pen and everything else needed to be a true farm. “Are we done now?” Nope.
I present to you Steve’s latest creation; a “glamping” tent. It will serve as another sleeping area for visiting children and grandchildren, but also a get-away retreat for us when we want to go out of town but cannot. All that is left to do is build an upscale “outhouse”, which really won’t be an outhouse at all, just a small building with flushing toilet, sink and outdoor shower. Okay, but when we finish that project we will be done……right?!
At lunch yesterday Steve started making noise about how nice one more tent would look near the woods………oh and a fire pit would be awesome near the Live Oak in-between the two. Better keep the tool belt within reach.