Just 4 years later, on March 10, 1986, a tornado swept through taking down 12 big trees and bringing that big beautiful old barn crashing down. We were so very fortunate that none of us were hurt, but devastated at losing the barn.
But life moves forward. And that summer 34 years ago...
...we (as in Morton Buildings) built a new barn. Not as much character and charm as the old one, but it was functional. Our insurance money did not go as far as we'd hoped, so we settled for a gravel floor inside with plans to concrete the floor in the near future, as soon as we could afford it.
It took 34 years for that dream to find its way to the top of the priority list, and this week Kim finally got his cement floor.
Kim worked hard for a couple of weeks, moving all the stuff out. That barn hasn't been empty for 34 years.
He was as excited as a little kid when all that equipment showed up on Monday to pour the concrete floor.
The fun-loving boys of concrete posed for me...
Cement trucks were lined up along our county road, waiting their turns. It got up to 60 degrees that day (very unusual for early February)...a perfect concrete-pouring day.
I know y'all have seen concrete being poured before, but this was an exciting day on the Gray compound so of course I had to document it.
Concrete pads at all the doorways to finish off the project, all in one day.
Ain't that a pretty sight? It will never be this cleaned out again in my lifetime...
And while they were there, Kim had them even concrete the peacocks' pen. They won't know what to think of their new digs!
Even the sparrows in the chickenhouse were excited!
Never give up on your plans and dreams. Sometimes it takes a while to make things happen.
Better late than never.