Monday, October 15, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XVII #1 Keeping Step with Time Marching

Memories like birds, fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

Things are still busy in a few areas of the school.  Looking at the tower, we see two men (same two for the tower top project, it seems) up in their basket lift, prepping the top for finishing.  This is true of the second photo, but in that, blogger wants to demonstrate the risks these men take--climbing out of the basket and stepping higher.

Moving down into chapel area which is awaiting many finishing touches.   The first photo shows that the windows have been installed in the tower area and the west windows of the chapel.  The second photo shows the prep for the stained glass windows' return, with the grooves in the frame work waiting for the glass itself.
 The first photo shows that the windows have been installed in the tower area and the west windows of the chapel.  The second photo shows the prep for the stained glass windows' return, with the grooves in the frame work
waiting for the glass itself.
  In the next photo, you get a look at the back of the supports for the sanctuary background (you've seen the front of the whole array of supports previously). In the final photo you can get a hint of work that still must be accomplished in the chapel.  Recall that this area was almost untouched during the summer while the men were, blogger is supposing, working elsewhere on some other project.  Now that those areas may not be available or maybe finished, they are back with this contract.   The last photo from chapel gives a hint of much work ahead.

The last two shots give a definite feeling that the kitchen will soon be functioning (word is out that it should be ready before the end of this week).
Look closely at the photo on the left and you will see that the tile is in two different patterns and colors (side and  back walls).  The students will no doubt notice.  One student told blogger the other day that she is so impressed with the color introduced in the cafeteria, suggesting that it seems to bring the room into the 21st. century.  It brought to blogger's mind the cafeteria at 5th. Street, and how hard the Sisters worked to make it warm and pleasant, even thought it was a basement room with high windows and low ceiling.
As time marches on this week, blogger may be able to spot other new things to share with you.  Until she can, aufwiedersehen.  God bless, and keep looking to spot God's hidden marvels.

Friday, September 28, 2018

CONSTRCTN Vol. XVI, #4 Limited, but Heartening

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

Slim week in terms of photos, but here's a look at what's been happening in chapel.  The support for the background in the sanctuary (looks like a series of pipes (?)) on which the large forked crucifix will hang.  Looking at the front of the chapel building facing the succor field, you will see the silhouette of that cross.  More about that later.  The other photo gives you an hint of what the west wall of the chapel will look like, i.e. windows, so what what the second photo gives you is a tantalizing look at the frames.  One's imagination could go wild with this (but exercise due control, please).  By the way, the closing of that open area onto the chapel floor makes it impossible to move large vehicular pieces of equipment back onto the floor of the chapel.  Progress!  You can see in both photos that the walls are painted already.  Things seem to be accomplished in strange order, night war (German)?


The top row of the window frames, blogger noticed this morning, has been filled with what looks like a sort of smokey glass--that was from a distance, however.

Blogger regrets not being able to show you more, but the week has been hectic.  The other area of interest has that has also enjoyed some progress, blogger did not have time to investigate and report to you.  It happens.

Next week, vacation, really.  The first in three years for a few of us, so we are excited.  Blogger will include a short report on her return.  Needless to say, there will be no posting next week.  Dry your eyes, be good, and pray for us as we do for you.  Bon voyage to us!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XVI, # 3 Some New Views

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

Let's start in the CLC.  One photo shows the outside door, obviously not to be used yet, and the other photo shows girls working at two of the work stations.  One student one seems to be saying, "We are working.
Looking again at the not-to-be-used-yet door, you can see beyond it a small plaza.  What will appear out there, since it is accessible from the road, remains something all of us can eagerly anticipate.  Stay tuned.

Before leaving the first floor, we'll look out a higher window to see a kitchen vent coming in.  Blogger has watched many such little dramas, and is impressed at how careful the placement must be and how the workmen work at getting the object secured.  She has seen this so often in the many sites of the renovation/construction process.                                                                                  
Let's go up for the two final shots of this issue of CONSTRUCTION.  We are inside looking out of the two fellows on the basket lift (hope that a close if not correct designation) to where the tower is finally getting a finished look.

In the first taken through a screen (no, it's not your eyes, nor is it the iPad).  The men have finished applying one side of the upper section while they are getting a measurement or something from around the corner.  In the second shot, the man on the right is up on a rung of the basket, while the other waits for him to finish securing the last panel before giving him the next.  You'll notice that both men are wearing tethering harnesses.  One can see, blogger thinks, why such precautions are needed. As she was watching, she could imagine how easy it would be to test the system here, and hopes the men will never really need it.  It's an OSHA thing, and smart.  The panels, by the way, are a fresh version of the color of the outside of the 4th. floor siding.  That is probably faded in 68 years of sun and weather exposure.  Each panel here looks to be about 15-18" wide and links into the last panel.

Blogger will have more at the end of the week, and will post nothing in the first week of October (vacation with a few of her confreres).  Until we meet again in this spot, blogger wishes you
au revoir, and besides that, God's blessings.

Monday, September 10, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XVI, # 1 Let's Ride

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

First, one last look at some aspects of the building of the Spanish steps--after all, it isn't often that one can see such an architectural, to say nothing of engineering, structure in process of coming to completion.  So here are two early and one at the finish.



Going up to 2 1/2 level and looking in on three religion teachers, two teaching (we're looking through windows with these first two, and one waiting for her class to arrive):

Looking closely at the first photo reveals a door near        
the reflection of the outside window on the left wall. This door at the end of the folding doors, leads into the next room.   Looking through the door window of the next room, you can see above the teacher the projector on the wall. Little touches of home are comfortable in the blue walled room.


Moving back down to the first floor and the one of the cafeteria's new features--the charging station with two printers:
So back in the saddle again, back where friends are friends (older readers and not so old may recognize the sentiment in the old Gene Autry song).  The school day hums along while all of us  accustom ourselves to the sound of the new beginning/end of classes signals.  Quite mod, of course.
Next time: more looks around the school and maybe some reactions to the new.  Until then with all in God's loving care.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XIV, #4, Oh, the Pain of It!

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

                                         An Ode to the Fall of Summer

Oh, the bitter fall of summer,It comes, alas, too soon.


The students come so slowly,
       And moan to friends so missed;
              their gait, now slowed and stumbling
                      A longer summer kissed...

And so goodbye to summer
         In the waning of the moon.
                    They think not much of studies,
                            Consider not the boon.


Ah, youth so soon, so fleeting,
        So, oh what can we say?
                They'll labor on for months now
                        And think that that's the pay.

                            But youth knows not the benefits
                                    Of learned labor's boon.
                                             The teachers know that in the end,
                                                      The students sing a happier tune!!!!!!!

And so they do, and often in between.  The beginning of the day was just as you saw it above, and the adults agreed!
Next week will bring the places and things the girls saw on their first day.  Stay tuned!


Monday, August 27, 2018

CNSTRCTN Vol. XV, #3 Fasten Your Mental Belts and Hang On!

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  One must grasp and hold in heart's hands.

What a week!  Cleaning crews of parents and students came in and accomplished the miracle of cleaning the place almost in toto.  The first shot, then is an empty first floor hall--empty because all the desks, etc. are in the clean classrooms.  Kudos!  The second photo, staying on the first floor is the new conference room across from the auditorium.  The third is the new-style book casing for the CLC.  Pretty spiffy.  Then we'll give you one sample of new furniture in the CLC--pretty cool too.


Moving across the hall to the auditorium, we'll see work being done on the Span. steps.  They are finished now and can't be ignored!

Next in proximity is the cafeteria which has its own claim to being noticed.  The ceiling, almost completely in skylight coverings and floor.  The latter has already had the border flooring laid around what you see in the photo, darker, making a nice finished complement to the new yellow architectural element close to the ceiling.  To finish that completely will probably be on the workers' agenda today.

Moving up to 2 1/2 (second mezzanine level) we find a room full of its designated desks, as yet to be arranged.  They are a new style for us, more easily moved since they are on wheels. Hmmm.


In the large room on the north side of that level, the accordion doors are being installed.  This set of doors enable the teachers to open the two rooms to one large room for speakers to address more students.  This mezzanine level will accommodate most of the religion classes.

Making a quick stop down on the ground floor, we'll see what we can of a clean art department although not furnished--the tables await out in the hallway.  Blogger will end on this colorful note.

Next time we'll see...  Tune in and be surprised!

Have a week of recognized blessings.  Amen to that.

Monday, August 20, 2018

CNSTRCTN VOL. XV, #2 Here, There, Everywhere

Memories, like birds, fleeting.  They must be grasped and held in heart's hands.

We'll begin closest to the student entrance.  Let's go to see what's happening with the Spanish steps.


The first pic. may not be new to you, but the second is.  Recall that the steps are to be covered with carpeting.  Here is just a hint of what's to come.  In the third pic. you can see a red bannister on the right; there's one on the left too, but is isn't clear.  What is worth noting is that some of the carpet seems to be rolled up on the step and the man is measuring (or something).  Get excited (as the students like to say).
Let's go next to the CLC (you know by now what that is).

New carpeting and clearing the way for the new furniture soon to come.  How exciting is that!
Across the hall is the kitchen (not quite ready yet) and next to that, of course, is the cafeteria.  Now that's where more action is visible as the men ready the floor for the new flooring (not carpeting, thankfully for the cleaners).  Blogger doesn't know exactly what it will look like, so she won't speculate; but it sounds like a type she is not familiar with, making it more interesting.

A quick look at the progress on 2 1/2 new classroom (one of the four).
  Height of ceiling, color of wall, and...taa-taa the carpeting, are what this pic. reveals.  Fortunately, the students will quickly learn to judge their location (it may be easy to get lost now) by the carpet color.

One quick look at the center of our lives here at NDA--the chapel.  Not too much to show, but just to give evidence that things really are happening there.  The new, lighter stone in the sanctuary area is completed and the ceiling should be getting tiled soon (HVAC work is just about finished).    Wooden frames in the large windows are in place for the installation of the three windows that used to be on the north wall in the old chapel, and will be on the east wall.  Seeing them finally in place should be a "Wow!" experience.  What the photo shows is the last step before the wall boarding is placed on the walls separating the main chapel from the Reflection Room.

Now just two weeks away, the return of the students will bring much chatter about summer experiences, but also about the changes they will experience here.  Two areas in particular many upper class women will not recognize.  It should be great fun.
Enough for now.  Let's all pray for one another in these last crunch days.  Pray, too, for the workers--their safety and continued commitment.  God bless.