The new hardwood floor in the Ole Farm House definitely feels great on the bare feet–a far cry better than walking on the old floors as we have been doing since mid-March! I have just finished installing 1000 square feet of beautiful pre-finished oak floor. The floors now wait for our living room and dining room furniture to be moved in from the storage unit. Dianne and I are also ready!
In March, a neighbor friend told me of some oak flooring that he had purchased from Lowes in Carmel at a very good price. “I think they will be willing to sell you the more of this wood for the price they gave me,” he proposed. “I’ll call them and ask if they would sell to you for the same price. They are trying to liquidate their inventory.”
At that time, my need for hardwood flooring was three or four months away. I had just begun ripping out walls and running electrical circuits. Where would I store 1000 feet of finished oak flooring during that time?
“Sure,” I responded, “call them and see what they say.”
In a couple of days, Jack called to tell me that the people at Lowes/Carmel said they would sell to me–just come on in. As it turned out, I purchased this flooring for $2.50 per square foot which was one penny above their actual cost!
I hauled 89 bundles of the floor in the big red Ford pickup and stacked it on the front porch until installation time. Three or four days before I was ready to lay the flooring, I moved it into the rooms and opened the bundles for the wood to acclimate to the room temperature and humidity.
Tuesday, July 19 was D-Day for flooring installation. My brother, Paul, loaned me a floor air nailer. I had contemplated renting one but told Paul, “I don’t think I can get all the floor laid in one day” (just wanting to economize on rental costs!). Paul responded, “I think you will do good to get that floor laid in a week!”
Was he ever correct! Five long, grueling days of sorting boards, arranging them is appropriate rows, slamming the rubber mallet against the air nailer, sawing around door trim and corner posts–that’s what this past week was all about.
The joyful thing is that the flooring work is now finished! Both complete in installation and final preparation of the wood surface for use. Finished!
This coming week, I will set cabinets and install the oven, cooktop, dishwasher and garbage disposal. The cabinets will arrive in stages from the Wyatt Cabinetry and Custom Woodworking shop in Forsythe, MO.
We will also be able to move some of our living room and dining room furniture into the new space. I can do the finishing touches on wall and window paint as time permits.
The Gordon Easley family reunion takes place this coming Thursday through Sunday here in Greenfield. Actually, some of the activities will be held here at the Ole Farm House. Dianne and I are excited to welcome our family to the new home–even though it is not totally finished. All nine of my siblings will be present. We will have a lot of catching up to do during those days.
Then next week, on August 4, I fly to Lagos, Nigeria for four weeks of work at West Africa Theological Seminary. The time has arrived for me to devote some of my energies elsewhere other than on the Ole Farm House. Remaining tasks will have to wait for a later day.
As I worked alone on the flooring last week, I kept thinking of the promise Jesus gave his disciples as recorded in John 14: “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (English Standard Version). The Heavenly Father is preparing a place where He can gather all the family together for one GRAND REUNION! My work this summer has just been a microscopic reminder of that spiritual reality.
Oak flooring or streets of pure gold (Rev. 21:21)! Doesn’t really matter if the Family is together in the presence of our Father.
Have a blessed week.