Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Juggling Show Has Begun

So.......

We've started the process of getting the finish coat of plaster on the exterior walls. After many on-site meetings and many offline discussions, we are moving forward. The first stage is taking off the flashing around the base of Square One and replacing it, as well as the plaster that rests above it. This means that about 12~18 inches (30~45cm) of plaster around the base of the walls around Square One is going to get torn down to the straw. Noda-san will then do one, super thick and strong, coat of his earth plaster that has 10~15% cement mixed in. The original plan was to do this tomorrow, April 29th, and then do any finish work on the 30th. The 29th is a national holiday in Japan. However, the weather report looked terrible for "Midori no hi" so we pushed it up a day to today. Last night, Noda-san called and suggested Friday instead. He claimed that the weather report looked better than today. We agreed that it looked like rain was a good possibility in the afternoon today, but said we hadn't looked at Friday. Noda-san said that Friday looked good all over Hokkaido so we agreed and said we'd make the necessary phone calls again (Takigami-san for help tearing off the walls and Akiyama-san for replacing of the flashing). This was all done fairly last minute last night.

Now, it's almost 4:00pm in the afternoon and we still haven't seen the rain that was forecasted today. However, the forecast for Friday doesn't look very good. Fingers are crossed that whatever forecast Noda-san was looking at is the one that comes true on Friday.

4 comments:

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Good luck! It's all going to turn out well, but just maybe when you don't expect it. We'll think sunshine for you.

Norman Delaney said...

Hey Toby
In 2007 Midori no Hi was moved to May 4 and April 29 became Showa no Hi.
Just sayin'.

Rodan said...

How's it going? Hope the rain held off.

b.m.t. said...

Joan: Thanks!! Yes, it will turn out well. We are looking forward to the next 6 weeks to be behind us so we can rest much easier. :)

Snowman: Good catch. I didn't notice the change when it happened 3 years ago. For anybody else interested in Japanese holidays, check out this link: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2062.html

Aunt Ronna: Good question. They are working on the walls as I type this at work. I've had classes all morning and am biting my fingernails about how they are doing. I look forward to getting there at 4:30 to see how things are going. It doesn't look like they'll finish today and we'll be doing some finish work tomorrow. The weather has been okay since the rains this morning. Very windy, but no rain (up here in Tohma) anyway. Knocking on wood now....