women can nail–and other stuff

Today I joined 7 women ages 30’s to 70’s to build a house.  Yes, I said build a house.  No, I’ve never built anything except a campfire.  You may know Habitat for Humanity…headquartered in Atlanta, a wonderful non-profit that builds houses for first-time homeowners across the U.S. and the world, offers interest-free loans, new homeowner classes, and requires owners to work at least 400 hours.  I read about Habitat’s annual Women’s Build several years ago, a house built entirely by volunteer women led by a volunteer female foreman. Since my 65th birthday is close to rolling over to 66, I decided to jump in.  I am proud to say that I learned how to use a power radial saw today, making straight cuts, diagonal cuts and notched cuts.  Trust me, I’ve never used any power tool–and hubby Steve has always said I belong to the unfortunate class who are mechanically and electrically challenged–and until today, he was right.  I am totally jazzed, empowered beyond my wildest expectations, and can’t wait to do it again.  So think of me every Wednesday…come rain, sleet, snow or Arizona heat…learning on the fly and helping build a home for a young woman with small children.   More building adventures to come!

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