I think seeing the crane hoist the trusses up to the roof of our house might have been more exciting for the boys if they had been awake. Unfortunately, our visit came at the end of a long car ride, and one of them was out cold while the other gazed in the direction of the construction with glazed and half-closed eyes.
For the many who have asked, and the numberless others who have probably wondered, yes, they build houses in the winter. We lost a few days to the coldsnap that whooshed in right as we were ready to pour our cement slabs and another few to some very dangerous ice, but other than that, the crew has been out there almost every day, Monday through Saturday in snow, rain and cold.
This past weekend of new construction touring gave me a great idea: the mudroom charging shelf! Now that I’ve seen one, I feel I simply must have a rimmed shelf of outlets and USB ports in the mudroom for the electronic members of our family. Kent was gratifyingly exuberant about this techno idea in the way he never is about things like sconces. I need to find sconces with USB ports. Now that would be cool. They do have recessed lighting with speakers.
And another electrical idea: a light switch at the bedside of the master which turns off all lights in the room. Getting out of bed to turn off the lights/fan, then switching off your own bedside lamp? How cruel. How pagan. Haven’t we risen above that?