Yesterday (Wed) was my first full day helping out at our project. Since we’ve lost our only other driver Scott was trying to figure out how he was going to get his projects done that he’s working on in the casita when he needs to keep the supply of sand, gravel and cement up at the top of the property and still get his own projects done. So, I said, “I can help!” I can drive the truck up and down all day while the guys load and unload. I’ve actually been hoping we’d reach a point in the project when I could actually start helping and here’s my opportunity.
I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I was just so pleased to be there doing something productive. I know Scott was really pleased that I offered and he likes having me around. I should have counted how many trips I made up and down that hill today. I’m guessing 5 or 6 times. Today I’ve driven two full loads of water in the tank from our house in Alto Lino back up to our property. Driving the truck to our house in Alto Lino, filling up the tank, driving back up to the top of our property, emptying the tank into the larger storage tank and back again. And after the water I did one load of gravel. Scott just took over for this last two loads because they were concrete loads. Ivan, the supplier brings his delivery truck to the entrance to our property and then Scott has to back our truck up to the delivery truck and they load the bags from there. I’m not really good at turning our truck around and backing up the steep hill to situate myself behind the delivery truck. I know, that sounds funny, but, I’m not especially skilled at driving a manual transmission and especially on these steep hills…sheesh!
I wonder what our workers say about my jerky, terrible driving? I’m pretty sure they fear for their lives when I’m behind the wheel while they ride in the bed of the truck! Yikes!! I’m just not espcially confident driving a manual transmission, but I give it my best shot! Of Course, yelling ,”Lo Sientoooo!” out the window all day long! Because I was doing all the driving, Scott managed to get a lot of the conduit in the casita ran.
The Next Day (Thurs)……
Today Ivan is delivering the cement block. Whew! It’s a big job loading all those cement bricks into the truck and then unloading them….Ugggg! Not that I’m doing much of the heavy lifting..although, I did help with two loads. I noticed that the two guys who were unloading it were moving really slow… so I got out there and started helping and, I gotta tell ya, it was amazing how much faster they started working…Hah! They really really don’t like it when I get out of the truck and try to help lift something . I did that yesterday. Scott had asked us to bring the generator down to the casita so Edgar started to walk over to the generator and all the others where working on the workshop but when they saw me walk over to help I heard a loud, “NO!” And two guys ran over to help Edgar. Pfffffffft! They act like I might break or something! Whatever!!! It’s very funny how macho they are. Unlike Scott, that guys got no problem letting me do the heavy lifting! Humph!
As I’m sitting in the truck waiting for the rock to get all emptied out I’m watching Javier working on the first few cement blocks on the studio side of the workshop. The floor got all done today. Now the walls go up! So thats why we’re bringing up the cement blocks now. It wont be long now and the workshop will have all the walls up! then the roof!! You know what that means….another Mondongata!! Whoohoo!
As I’m helping the guys schlep the materials up to the top Ricardo is beginning to make the metal security bars for the casita windows. We really need to get that casita lockable so we can start to safely leave materials in there. The windows should be getting installed in the next couple of weeks. And we will go to David and buy a front door. Eventually Scott plans to make a pretty front door so for now we’ll just pick up whatever we can find. So we have Javier and Federico setting block and Edgar and Arquiles are loading and unloading the truck while Ricardo is welding and Scott is running the conduit and wire for electrical. I love it!! Everybody is busy working hard and progress is happening. While I’m not exactly having ‘fun’ per say, I am pleased to be involved and to be up here helping. At the end of the day, when I walk to my FJ, I feel like I had a great, productive day and I smile.