Hygema has removed the last bits of shoring holding up the house and deemed it sound. Glory day! Rather than attempt to express my sentiments on this event and the end of this renovation road which is swinging into sight, I shall defer to the words of Emily Dickinson:

The Props assist the House

Until the House is built

And then the Props withdraw

And adequate, erect

The House supports itself

And cease to recollect

The Auger and the Carpenter —

Just such a retrospect

Hath the perfected Life —

A Past of Plank and Nail

And slowness — then the scaffolds drop

Affirming it a Soul —