1 - By Hammer and By Hand
Meg and her beloved BFG (Big Framing Gun)
prepare another wall frame for positioning. Hot tea and 17 layers of clothing are key to survival in the yet to be insulated sections of her brand-new, antique dream-home.
Meg's century-old bungalow,
floats castle-in-the-sky like after being lifted off its failed foundation.
Maidan (Independence) Square, Kyiv.
The Orange Revolution and the birth of a nation drew Meg back to Ukraine with a vengeance.
, Elena's home town, is under the red arrow. Moscow, for comparison, is the blue dot.
Meg studies Russian while she works.
Constantly on watch for Elena-shocking photo-ops, Meg models the latest in renovation wear: work gloves, headphones, and Carhartt coveralls over Star Trek pajamas.