By virtue of where he was raised and his inclination towards four hoofed animals, the Country Boy has developed friendships and connections within the Western PA Amish community. Ben helped get the mules ready for their wedding day moment. Amos gives the mules new shoes when needed. Sam does, well…Sam…er…let’s just say that Sam is good at giving me lots of questions about what is allowed in the Amish community.
Then we have Eli.
Eli has come out to help Curtis with the fence installation twice already and works hard when he’s here. So when Curt said that Eli was coming and wanted to come out on Friday so they could get a head start on the fence Saturday morning my first thought was “fantastic!”
My second thought was a flash of the disaster that was our guest room – no bed, lots of boxes and stuff, bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, carpet that had seen better days.
Now, thankfully (and I mean this with all sincerity) Eli’s background isn’t one where he’s expecting opulence and five-star accommodations. Still, I had my work cut out for me to do on Friday.
I cleared out boxes, finally put together the guest bed (with a little McGuivering needed), covered the wall to wall carpet with an area rug so you can’t see where Madeline stepped in the paint pan or where Zoe got a little crazy with the paint roller, and changed around the furniture placement. By the end of the day, the room was ready and looking quite nice regardless of who would be our guest.
Eli is a nice young guy. Takes a bit to warm him up to conversation, but he’s pleasant and likes to laugh. He also likes a full sleeve of crackers in a bowl of chili. And coffee.
Lots of coffee.
The guys worked hard in the cold rain of Saturday and got 3/4th of the fence done. Poor Eli had to duct tape his rain pants because the fence ate them. We got him a new pair at lunch. In the pouring rain and 40 degree temperature, Curt asked him if he was having fun. Eli’s response was that there wasn’t anything else he’d rather be doing.
And he was serious.
Eli said he’d be willing to come back out this weekend to help finish the job. That’s great, as long as I can get more saltines and more coffee before he gets here.