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Nancy, Rural Journal, and Lisa, Two Bears Farm, are hosting a blog hop today and invited me to join them. We’re supposed to blog about rural living, recipes, homesteading tips, animals, photography… essentially anything having to do with country living. As I’m writing my post, I make number 30 and cow’s tail. What can I say? It’s been one of Those Days. This morning I had to go to town for yet more meetings with my Wonderful Lawyer…and I mean that sincerely, I do luv my lawyer!…meetings with other folks with whom Dave did business, library to make copies, post office to mail all those pieces of correspondence and topped off by going to WallyWorld to get an oil change. Yeah, yeah, if you don’t like big box stores, do us both a favor and keep it to yourself. When I’ve got a time crunch, there’s nothing like being able to grocery shop, pick up ‘scripts and then rest my rear while my car is being serviced. When I’m not in a time crunch and when the weather is mild enough for me to sit outside, I go to our local small business auto shop. Unfortunately, those folks smoke and I’m allergic to cig smoke so big box store it is a lot of times.
Anyhooooo…I got home in very late afternoon and thought I’d blog about my garage being delivered. Dave and I never had a garage though we have plenty of barns, buildings, sheds and the like but never a garage. A garage would have been So Handy while Dave was sick. I shudder remembering the times when it was blowing sleet, snow, ice and rain and I had to get him, his oxygen gear and his previous frail self out of the house and into the car and then to the doctor or hospital. Of course, all of that was after I started the car so it could heat up enough so I could get the windows scrapped and then move it to the back porch to load Dave, etc. Mercy!
Daniel and I were talking one evening about garages and I told him I’d seen a shed that looked like someone was using it as a garage. He told me about a company “down on the 4-lane”, as they call Rt. 460 around here, and I went to investigate. Yes, they did sell ready made and made to order buildings and they did deliver and set up. So, I ordered a 20×24 building with a roll up garage door, two three foot x three foot windows and a metal door with nine windows. It also has an eight foot loft inside for extra storage.
The driver delivered and set the building level and all within a couple of hours; amazing! He told me to let it set for about two weeks so it could settle. We’ve had a lot of rain and the ground is really spongy so sitting for a while is a good thing. In time, I’ll have a wooden drive ramp built so I can drive right into the garage.
Okay, you folks who have garages may not understand my total excitement but this provides shelter for my car as well as security for me. Daniel is going to put up a couple of motion detector solar lights at the front and rear and, in the spring, he’s making plans to have a trench dug so I can put electricity in the garage. My nephew is a licensed electrician so it will, naturally, be to code.
Come to find out, there are a lot of folks who are in this type business and a lot of them are Mennonite or Amish. Construction varies but my building has six by six skids while other companies only have four by four skids…Very Important. My floor will hold 10,000 pounds so everything from my car to my truck will not only fit but be held securely. I paid a bit extra for more blocks to be set under my building; so none of the skids are touching the ground and even though all the lumber is treated, I still opted to pay the extra money for the extra blocks. The metal roof is screwed on, not nailed on…again, Very Important with all the crazy wind we have in this valley and all doors and windows lock. There’s more good stuff but they aren’t paying me to say anything so I’ll shush.
If you’re interested in who made my garage, it’s the Mennonites of Old Hickory Buildings out of Statesville, NC and, thus far, I couldn’t be happier! This post might not be perxactly what Nancy and Lisa had in mind but, trust me, it’s making my rural life a lot better, a lot safer and a lot more secure. Good things, all!
Blessings ~ made to order garage ~ Mennonites ~ Nancy ~ Lisa ~
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