A Lofty Accomplishment

This won’t be a lengthy post. It is pretty much a repeat of my last post, All Decked Out, but I did want to get it posted in the official record. We can now cross concrete the loft floor off the to do list.

We started the day mixing 35 wheelbarrows of sand and gravel with 18 bags of cement. This was the largest batch yet. We ended up having to mix an additional two wheelbarrows more:


The guys put Alex up to clowning for the camera with a small shovel. I reprimanded him (in jest) for using the boss’ shovel. Everyone laughed hysterically:


We did the same pass the bucket game as last time:


I finished wood floating the floor at about 6:30 p.m.:


Tomorrow, Armando will mix some mortar and fill the gap along the wall. It was just too late in the day for me to do it by myself.

Here is looking at the slab from the other end:


Now the only big concrete left to pour is the kitchen floor below the loft/roof deck plus the greenhouse and fish pond. We’ll do the kitchen floor in a couple weeks, but the rest will have to wait for the dry season.

I have ordered one-eighth-inch, four-foot by eight-foot diamond plate┬ásteel floor decking sheets for fabricating the stairs to the loft; it will be delivered next week. I’m looking forward to engineering this project; my DIY metal bending brake will come in handy. Stay tuned.

The garden is going great guns. Here are the maracas:


That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.



2 thoughts on “A Lofty Accomplishment

  1. Hell Fred , where do you get the energy to just keep going and going , great job as usual , but tell the rest of us what you are eating , regards to the girl , Mike ­čÖé

    • Hi Mike,

      Very funny. I think that I am pushing hard so that I can get this beast tamed and done. I have a new Spanish guitar on its way and I want to finally learn to play, not just dabble at it. I want to make more watercolor paintings. I want to get the good camera out of hibernation and take some real photos. I want to grow our own veges. I want to make real root beer. I want to make furniture for the house. I want to learn to read music. I want to speak better Spanish. You get the idea — I don’t have time for this house building stuff! But it has been a creative labor of love and boy is it going to be a swell house when it is done!

      Food? I think the one, most important element of my diet is the quality of the oils that I eat. In the house we have olive oil and coconut oil. The coconut oil goes directly to energy and is not stored as fat. From what I have read, regular supermarket oils are rancid and devoid of nutritional value.

      As I write this this morning I am eating a very good quality lactose free yogurt with quinoa cooked with coconut oil, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coconut milk, cinnamon, ground flax seeds, raisins, and pure vanilla. We are going to make our own yogurt from coconut milk soon. I eat more good stuff during the day.

      As always, thanks for your comment. Now I’ve got to get to work! Fred

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