|(First) Sunrise over the Rez.
Time to enjoy the beauty then get coffee before breakfast. Often several people join up for morning conversations which can be fascinating, with folks from around the country.
(Second)First day our group was adding skirting to this home to reduce heat loss during brutal winters (30 below temps with high winds so wind chills of -60). We add framing then attach panels. Next day another crew completed our job and added porch and steps. This home was replacing their previous home which caught fire.
As we worked the 4 young kids came out so we took turns playing with them and had them “help” with the work. The day was hot but very rewarding.
(Third) My favorite task, installing beds. For most, these are replacing mattresses on the floor and sometimes the first real beds for them. It’s tight fit but we assemble beds, add mattresses, make up beds with new bedding sheets/blankets then for the kids, add a new book. The sense of reward is overwhelming.
(Fourth) Community night is Wednesday. We serve dinner to families in the area and artesian selling their work. Sharon is getting to know this charcoal artist who lost his legs to infected spider bites while in drunken stupor. Has used art to stay sober now for 16 years. Many other artists shared stories about their art.
(Fifth) Kirk Swayman digging an outhouse vault. “Dimensions are 2×3 feet and 6 foot deep. We were lucky, ground wasn’t that hard. It’s rather tight fit to try digging but everyone in the group took their turn.”