Wednesday and Thursday were days to be forgotten. Though we did work on Wednesday, it was only for a few hours as our heads became thick and heavy and our bodies tired and listless. Yes, we were getting sick, and as the power tools crossed paths with our snot-induced stupors, we decided to call it a day.
In the few short hours of work Erin finished the orchard stair case, and I finished pre-drilling the rest of the perimeter deck boards. We shimmed up that one perimeter board and screwed everything down. We had honestly hoped to start the 2x4s for the yurt platform, but alas...
Also impending was ... rain. Serious one-inch rain. Mom and Bill spared us a second trip up to the prop and returned with another tarp to cover all the yurt parts (door, lattice, canvas, bubble, insulation) and string to rig up a system to cover the horse trailer where our tools are stored.
Yesterday we awoke to the sound of that serious rain falling and thoroughly enjoyed an almost full day lounging at home and resting. I put the last of a large basket of property apples to use in a delicious german-apple-pancake, which reminds me; I need to post a photo of my rockin' birthday apple pie! An afternoon bought of cabin fever inspried us to trek up to the prop and do a wetness check. Tools and yurt parts seemed to be holding up well. Interestingly enough, we noticed thousands of weird flying ants ("Those are termites Lindsey, Duh!", says Erin) covering everything. I decided to take a closer look and realized many were wingless; and they were scurrying around mambo line -style in twos and threes. I was fascinated - never seen bugs act so weird. If anyone has an explaination, please comment. The pond was also full of jumping fish, obviously delighted at termite-lunch. Could this be the second plague? Jellyfish, termites... what's next? At this, we tied a few additional knots and refolded some tarps and came home to watch the vice presidential debates. I don't think termites will enjoy Fiberon decking, or pressure treated 2x8s, but you never know.
Today is also cold, wet and rainy. In an effort to not let the week pass by with only 6 hours of work we are going to sit down with some graph paper and pencils and figure out the best layout of 2x4s. The rain is very much needed and appreciated, and the timing of our sickness seems to be appropriate.