My Birthday Renovation Gifts

My birthday actually started the weekend before my birthday with an early gift from a friend–a box of Crystal jelly jars, bands, and lids which I badly needed for my fig preserves. That was really a thoughtful gift.

On the actual day of my birthday, I got to go out to eat with BigSis, LilSis and RenRed, who spent four days working in the cypress house and enjoying bayou life, including a fishing trip.

And then the Saturday after my birthday, I was kidnapped by my daughter and taken on a birthday heist!

Neither my two adult sons nor my husband were home during the week of my birthday, but my sons called me while working on their respective boats and asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I’m not sure they were ready for my answer.

“All I want is for you to come work for me one day at the Cypress Cottage. There is a job I really need your help with–I can’t do it by myself.”

And their response?

“Sure, Mom, no problem. We’ll have to pick a day when we can both come down.”

So, that day has now come and gone, stringing my birthday out three whole weeks!!! And I just love it!

Would you like to see what they gave me for my birthday?

They got to show me how well they could use tools like . . .

a reciprocating saw–sometimes called a “sawsall”. All together now, say that three times fast!

And sledge hammers–that’s Danno, who turned 21 on the 15th. Don’t worry. I cooked him a birthday meal last weekend, complete with a German chocolate cake, and the whole family was at the table at once — amazing!

And the first-born son, Daboo, showing them how it’s done. He might be wiry, but he turned out to be a “beast” with that thing. (See The Captain supervising?)

And the little brothers had to have their turn, after instruction from big brothers.

The old roof is leaking, so all the plywood had to come down so we could see where it was leaking and the extent of the damage. Daboo made short work of the task with a crowbar.

Danno displays his prowess with the crowbar while pulling up the old tar roof while Daboo works below . . .

. . . demonstrating his skill with the recip saw. Those things are beastly, in case you’ve never had the thrill of using one. (We’ll learn to use one in our next WATS workshop!!!)

Eww, that nasty pile is growing . . .

The big brothers step back and assess the situation, determining the best course to complete the task of cutting off the rest of the rotten section . . .

which, by the way, looked like this before they got started!

All the men are helping, including one of the younger boys’ friend.

We have no flatbed trailer, so we hope we will be able to burn all this rubbish.

Where once there were walls and creepy, dark rooms (see that opening to the left . . . can’t tell you how many mice/rats were living in there!)

there’s now a big, open patio.

As we sat and watched the fire burn, the breezes blowing through the open space were amazing and refreshing.

And look at my two baldies. I just had to include this photo. With my oldest sons working weeks at a time on tugboats, these moments are rare, so I soak them up when I can.

I am not ashamed to say that I am very proud of the men in my life. They really came through on this promise, and I am so thankful that they did.

Thanks, guys, I love you all to pieces!

Bayou Mommer

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  1. How nice of them! And I really like the “shameless plug” for wetlandtours.com in the picture of Termite hacking away at that wall!

    Big difference, huh? Sorry you and MusicMan couldn’t be here

  2. Which room is this that they tore down? I’m glad you got them to do all this dirty work!

    If you’ll look at the before photos, you’ll see it was a back, covered patio, that had been split into three rooms, sort of–not part of the living area.

  3. It looks great with all the walls down. Can you feel the breeze? O…is there a breeze? Hats off to the men in your life! Good job.

    Oh yes, there are breezes that get really strong right before our typical summer thunder showers!

  4. Looks wonderful! So glad that big job is done! The end is in sight!

    Well, it’s not completely done. The roofer is coming to advise me on how to salvage as much as I can of the existing roof, which is not damaged. I hope it is something easy and affordable. The roof is still leaking, but at least we can see now that the damage is not extensive.

  5. Rach took the words right out of my mouth! Looks great. What a handsome and handy group of men you have.

    Thanks, Cuz!

  6. Can you send your sons over to my place? I’d like an interior wall torn down. My birthday’s in August, that would be soon enough!
    Will you be leaving the area open or will you screen it in? Your Cottage, your money, but I see a screened in cook area (with a sink of course). Great place to have a “Boil or Fry” with or without screen!

    Hilarious! I was really lucky to get them to do this so willingly, believe me! I have plans for the area. There is a place to clean fish, a place to cook and hang out, and a place for the washer and dryer.

  7. I am SO glad that you guys had a chance to get together and spend some time – even if it was working. đŸ™‚ That was a lot of work to get done, I bet they have done a fabuloso job!!

    It was great watching them cut up, laugh, and work together! It does my heart good to laugh with them! Hey – I’m still watching the mail, right?