It's been pretty chilly out to really do anything. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I hope that Monday we can resume clean out in the basement, second and third floors. I find it terribly exciting to be able to see the actual hardwood, so I can make a plan of how to refinish them when the time comes!!! God Bless and Merry Christmas!!!
My roofer and carpenter Shane Abbott insisted that I go up the lift and look at the new roof shingles. I must say I am not a huge fan of heights or Farris wheels. In order to be respectful, I climbed into the basket of the lift. That was my first mistake. I didn't know that these baskets sort of bounce around when they stop and turn and raise (like a Farris wheel). I took this selfie with Shane Abbott 3 stories up. I immediately resumed screaming just after this photo. I screamed all the way to the ground. The crew couldn't stop laughing. Did I mention we ran out of gas and I was stuck up there for a few minutes until my gardener came to the rescue with some petrol???? Yeah.....no more lifts for me in the near future.
Another view from the lift waiting for more gas. Notice how everyone except me is calm???? Also did I mention that we have fun doing these restorations??? I'm a single parent and my crew is Native American. We all have a good sense of humor because there are strange things that happen when you renovate old mansions. We just have learn to expect the unexpected and roll with it.
Kelly Parks is the Mansion Girl, restoring historic homes in Great Falls, Montana. Some girls collect shoes, Kelly collects historic Mansions.
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