Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

At 6:15 this morning, slipping out in my nightgown, I figured I would have 45 minutes to write and think all to myself. Ha. At 6:25 I saw headlights in the dark. Mike and his crew, arriving to finish their foundation work. They brought me the newspaper.

They’ve fired up the concrete mixer and are moving around like hooded wraiths, trowelling cement and stacking blocks.

As the foundation work continues, Buck and I have been meeting around the dining room table with window and door suppliers. The materials list includes 26 windows,  six sliding glass doors, and two exterior doors, so our pencils have to be sharp.

We’ve also been making final decisions on aspects of the heating/air conditioning system. The one we’ll be using is called “Evolution” by Bryant.

Gary Mooneyham

Gary Mooneyham, of Mooneyham Heating and Air and Ken Ford, the Bryant representative, review the system with us.

A couple of days ago, several of the guys working on our project were standing under a narrow eave — what’s left after the screened porch was demolished — trying to get out of the rain late in the afternoon, talking about the project, about bowling, and chuckling together. Most of these fellows have been working together for a long time, and it shows. It’s a prettier sound to me than wind chimes.


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