In which I channel George Hearst, as portrayed on my favorite TV Show, Deadwood

In case you didn’t know, one of my favorite shows is Deadwood.  Maybe the favorite.  It’s not giving anything away to say that Hearst shows up in Season 2 or 3, and turns the whole camp upside down.  He takes petty disagreements and rivalries between existing personalities, and turns them into allegiances.  Interesting the way a common enemy can unite seemingly unallied parties.  Anyhoot, one of Ol’ Hearst’s first projects is to bust a door in a wall, where previously there was no door.  I looked but couldn’t find any pics of that, but here’s actor Gerald McRaney, as Hearst:

I know what you’re thinking.  Sam, wherefore the zany digression?  Well, yersterday, I busted a hole in a wall, where there had not appeared to be a wall before.  To whit: I’m standing in the wagon shed, chock full of wood, ladders, miscellany, wondering how I’m going to shove more stuff in.  The doors are almost completely blocked, and the spots where there’s room to stash more treasure are inaccessible.  Standing quietly, I see a place where there should be a door, look closer, see mortises, realize, there was a door.  That’s all it takes for me to make up my mind.  Here’s a little before and after:
Ok, scratch that.  There’s no before, only the after.  Come to think of it, that might be “words to live by.”  What you see is a new door, with some really wonderful old 1/2″ oak siding, stained a wonderful rust red, with a bead, a decorative flourish that would indicate a certain prosperity at the Hoot in days gone by.

siding detail

This siding is in good shape (having all those white painted cedar shakes over top of it, probably helped maintain it).  And the bead seems to have been hand cut.  In case you don’t know, a bead is a line along the edge of board.  More close-ups to come.
Interestingly, the post that the door should swing on, is sitting on dirt, and not even really sitting, since it’s dangling, bottom rotted, not doing what it should.  The good news on that is that with a door opening, we can now do a little surgery on this post and its fellows.  More pics on that to come too.
Apple trees are everywhere in bloom!
Casey is tearing up the floor in her office, and…
We’ve spent the month of april celebrating Casey’s birthday.  These are some carrot cupcakes I made her.

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