Monday, October 27, 2008

Providence Church Reformation Day Faire

Reformation Day is finally here, and the Lord pushed the rain through a day early so we could have a beautiful day for all our outside activities. The purpose of the day-and-a-half event is to remember the providence of God in the work of the reformers, but many of our activities were simply inspired by our idea of 16th century life. Since the focus this year was John Knox's activities in Scotland, the event had a decidedly Scottish flavor.

The sign outside the church building sets the tone for the day. Fortunately there is no date on it so we can use it again next year!

The Bradshaw family came all the way from Tennessee to be subjected to staring into the sun to satisfy a pesky photographer. The monogrammed tartan looks fantastic on all of them, and the guys wore the kilts and plaids well.

The always-adorable Sanford girls busy imitating stained glass.

Karen and Lily keeping the troops busy at Bag End. The participants hand-sewed their own drawstring pouches in which to store their valuables. Except for the bit of tartan on the small cape Karen has on her shoulders, our family returned to our German costumes from last year. It was funny how many people recognized us as the "poster family." Hmmm, I never thought we'd be a poster family for anything...

Over at the battlefield, the crowd assembles to see the Scots advance on the Brits, while a mysterious piper wanders the field with his instrument of war.

The Scots assemble complete with spiked shields and broadswords.

The warriors charge with gusto!

The English are engaged and proceed to hold off the Scots with their spears and arrows.

The second wave of Scots is sent in. Is that a cowboy hat I see?

Whoa, this field is long... are we there yet?

The onlookers: always hungry for bloodshed via duct tape covered plastic...

Meanwhile, the piper abandons the troops to play requests from the crowd for tips. Hey, isn't your kilt too short?

I don't know if little John Creath was the cutest kid in a kilt that day, but he was definitely in the running.

Back at the Town Square, Scott Price sketches all that subject themselves to the torture of posing. Actually, the 16th century went high tech this year as Scott's son David would capture the subject with his camera and print an image that Scott would draw from. That way the torture only lasted 1/90th of a second.

On to the Highland Games and the caber toss. Here David Price shows less-than-remarkable form. Evidently he's never seen a caber thrown.

Even though this one is blurry, I include it because I think Joshua Peiffer should get the award for best form. He truly looks like a professional, even if his throw didn't look very professional. I'm guessing he's seen a caber tossed before.

Keith Bradshaw giving it his best shot. At least he looks Scottish.

Back inside for a Nathan Clark George mini concert before the chapel lecture. Nathan commented that this was the first time he's ever performed in tights and a kilt. Go figure.

Not the only one exhausted after the day's activities, but one of the lucky few who had a soft place to lay his head.

Little David was in the running for the "cutest kid in a kilt" contest, but he was disqualified when he resorted to head-butting. Like always, he was a trooper until he fell asleep.

Scottish Country Dancing for those that still had energy at the end of the day.

Even all those swirling gowns can't hide the fact that Daniel Ryken has reverted to his military "take-charge" mode as he barks orders in the background.
Anna using Sierra as a guinea pig to demonstrate a "Swedish swing." Wait, isn't this supposed to be Scotland?
Mr. and Mrs. George do the "gypsy."

Tiffany demonstrating her dancing prowess with a partner that was also very talented (and wearing a nice tartan too).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Construction update #21

Between rain showers this week, the roofing crew was able to address our shingles on Friday.
One of the girls stuck their head out the back door far enough to get this picture showing the ladder/platform set-up the guys put together to do the steep portion of the roof.

And here's the finished roof. They finished just before a short, heavy shower, so their timing couldn't have been much better for trying to fit some work into a rainy day. Now I need to address the big hole in the peak of the roof.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Construction update #20

A bit more activity this week has the barn almost completely covered with house wrap and roofing tar paper.
The view at the end of the day on Monday the 20th.

The west side is still missing a little bit of the moisture barrier paper, but most of the wood is protected.

This last shot shows that one of my goals is realized. Even without doors or windows, I can park inside!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

(What's left of the) Corn in the backyard, week 21

Farmer Wagenbach harvested on a sunny Tuesday, October 21. Gretel was the creative photographer that captured the combine on its first few passes.

October 21
October 22

Our view of the horizon is back.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Corn in the backyard, week 21

October 19
The mighty wall of corn is looking a little bedraggled lately. I think Farmer Wagenbach would have harvested this week, but the road between our house and the grain elevator is temporarily closed. Maybe he'll harvest later this week when the road opens again.

Construction update #19

When we arrived home on Friday afternoon we found noticeable progress on the garage. Gene enlisted the help of a couple of carpenters for a couple days when it wasn't raining, and the photos below document their progress.
The steep sections of the roof line received their rafters and an overhang was added around the perimeter of the roof. The little triangular extension at the peak would hold a block and tackle on a real barn, and would be used to raise bales into the loft. On our barn it simply looks cool. Does anyone know what that triangular feature is called?

I'm told this small section of roof along the sides is what makes this roof a Dutch gambrel instead of simply a gambrel.

This is the cupola curb from the inside of the building. I think it looks substantial. Hopefully it will provide adequate ventilation to the attic.

Here's a view from just off the driveway. Most of the roof has been covered in felt paper in preparation for shingles later this week (?)

Finally, the view from the house roof. Plenty left to do, but it could pass for a vehicle shelter at this point.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Buy low...

...and I don't mean the fountain drink!
October 17, 2008
Lebanon, MO

Last full day at Big Cedar

One last photo of the cove as seen from the patio seating behind the Truman Cottage.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Nottinghill here we come

One advantage of visiting Southwest Missouri is being close to Nottinghill, which is, of course, the home of the Niednagel family. Jordan and Melissa had graciously invited us for dinner, so on Tuesday we were off on an adventure of locating the mysterious Niednagel compound and enjoying fellowship with an amazing family nestled in the woods.

When discussing how to get to his house, Jordan gave me two options: the easy, roundabout way, or the shortcut. I took directions for both routes, but naturally we took the shortcut since we consider ourselves excellent navigators fit for the challenge. As you can see in the photograph, the shortcut was pretty rural. We've traversed plenty of gravel roads in our travels, but the lack of houses made me think this area is about as sparsely populated as it gets this side of North Dakota. After a 10-mile detour due to my poor transcription of the directions, we arrived at a driveway that seemed to match Jordan's description. Jordan warned us that the house was 3/4 of a mile off the road (which was asphalt by the way), so we cautiously proceeded past the NO TRESPASSING signs into the woods. We soon noticed signs posted on the trees that gave us more confidence that we were on the right path: "The law of the Lord is perfect..." and "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." were posted as instruction that the word of the Lord is revered in these woods.

Our destination was Jeremy and Danielle's home since Jordan and Melissa are living with them while their home construction progresses. Before dinner we had time to tour both homes. That's Jordan and Melissa's house in the photo, which is mostly complete outside and in the drywall mud phase inside. Lots of windows facing the gentle meadow south of the home bring the outside into almost every room in the house making this a relaxing rustic retreat (do I sound like a realtor?). Jeremy and Danielle's daughter Kalea is as charming in person as Jordan claims she is on his blog, and in the photo you can see her leading our troop on the house tour.

Dinner was a wonderful time of good food and warm fellowship as we enjoyed getting to know both couples. We didn't realize that Jeremy and Danielle's betrothal story is similar to Jordan and Melissa's in many ways, and we came to appreciate the seriousness with which the Niednagel clan approaches each of their commitments. I think it would be fascinating to speak with Jeremy and Jordan's father someday, since what I can see through his sons is pretty impressive.

Jeremy and Danielle

Jordan and Melissa


Gretel and I have enjoyed the free canoes available, even though we are limited to the cove behind the marina. I don't think our skills are polished enough for tougher challenges anyway.

This ravine with the walking bridge above it looked inviting, so we ventured in. Once there, Gretel suspected that we had stumbled upon the legendary Devil's Pool.

Sure enough. We found this sign posted next to the walking path later. Even though one could drown in 6 inches of water, it's always kinda creepy when the water beneath you has been described as "bottomless."