New Year's Eve feels like a fitting time to look back on the year's accomplishments. I think one of our successes this year will pay dividends for years to come.
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The old hay barn on top of the hill was not going to make it through another winter. We had to either kiss it goodbye, or save it.
Phoebe's great uncle and his family had lived in the building at one time, so it had value as more than a barn.
It was still standing this summer because of one 2X4 Phoebe had jammed into a corner last winter. There were no posts or beams used in the construction; the roof rested on the walls. And there was not much wall left.
We did not have a lot of disposable cash at the time, but we could not let it go. So we undertook, not a restoration, but maybe a rehabilitation.
With the help of our friend and carpenter,