We spent last weekend out in The Valley,(Actually started this post in November, hence, it was not last weekend.) bonding with other partners, cleaning out the gazillion mouse poops now that the mouse infestation has been “handled,” and making progress on the tree house.
Due to the aforementioned mouse issue, Team Gemignani split up. I was out of the house at the crack of a.m. to pick up Chris F. to head out to Lowe’s. We rented a truck and loaded it with tree house supplies.
We headed out for Massadoah with our load of tree house. After only a few stops on the Zen Road to push the slipping wood to the center of the truck, we arrived at the Happy Homestead, off-loaded the wood, grabbed a cup of coffee with the freshly awakened Partners who had stayed at the house overnight, then began cleaning out the attic of mouse-friendly items…which meant everything.
My first trip to the big dump, which was exciting for all.
We really got our money’s worth from the rented truck. After the dump we headed to the garden center for mulch.
Mia and the kids were there when we returned to the house, and my crew showed up not long after. It was a gorgeous day to be working outside, and the kids wandered between helping with the mulch, playing inside and out, and just enjoying themselves.
And, of course, there had to be a fire! A really, really big fire!
I’m so grateful that our two families all get along so well. The kids enjoy time together a great deal, and keep each other so entertained it allowed the adults to work on lots of projects inside and outside, which was a great feeling, too.
It was another wonderful time in the Valley, and a reminder to all of us that sharing this house is both labor of love and bearing responsibility. All good lessons.