After sleeping in the extra two hours, we went to eat breakfast that Wendy, our H4H contact, had prepared for us. It was delicious and nutritious, tasted just like chicken—but with ham and eggs. We were given a little walkthrough of H4H, its history in Madison and Clark counties, and we learned that they’ve built around 100 homes in the last twenty years—a pretty impressive accomplishment in the Habby-world. After we met the people that we would be working with and given a short safety lesson, we drove to the warehouse where we would begin our work. Yes—working in a warehouse—an old tobacco factory, to be exact—because of the inclement weather. After breaking the door while loading in the lumber, the puns started coming out of everyone’s mouths. The themes of the puns were wood, nails, and hammering (you can use your imagination). It was a very productive day because we completed almost all of the framework for the exterior walls of the house. In other words, we all nailed for five hours (it’s a pun, get it?). The two Habby people we worked with were very impressed with our work, and they started running out of things for us to do.
After we finished working for the day, we thought we were going to go to Richmond’s historic Civil War battlefields. However, after missing our exit right away, we ended up 20 miles north in Lexington. Not wanting to waste the trip, we went to the University of Kentucky’s stadium for the traditional tourist picture. We then took some Lexington back-roads and passed by hundreds of acres of horse farms, mansions, and wineries before driving back to Richmond. (Is a winemaker a winer?) When we got back to Richmond, we were fortunate enough to be able to meet the homeowner whose house we are working on as well as other potential homeowners. We ended the night with a lodge-cooked meal of steak and chicken fajitas and some much needed sleep.
Jason & Kayla