Man - we lost some good posts in this thread w/the rollback - didn't realize that :/
I like that wine crate idea, Jim. Where i'm located - it's generally beneficial for me to order all my stuff from Menards in one fell swoop and pay the flat $49 delivery fee. The only downside if you will - they just lift it off the flatbed by the pallet, so each spring I end up w/8-10 pallets and don't really need any more. I have a pile of about 15 right now behind the garage I planned to burn up. I should really google "pallet projects" or something.
Craig - nice work dude. Foundation work is tedious to get it right and it's wholly underappreciated - good on you for taking the time to get it all plumb and level. The downside to living up North is there's really only 6-7 months a year you can do projects, but the upside is...in late spring and early fall - it's 55-60, no bugs and just ideal project weather. Today was our first "hot" day, but nothing like Louisiana. It was 84.
I mostly finished my woodshed weekend before last - I originally planned to paint the inside too, but i'm liking that painted exterior and natural interior as it sits right now. My wife and I leveled out the foundation for our pool last night - I got entirely bored - trying to level out a 15' circle is just tedious; we have no level ground on our property, so it was just till, shovel, tamp, measure - over and over for 4 hours and I called it good, but my wife put in a couple more hours (perfectionist). Today I built a captain's chair to compliment the Adirondack set I build last year. I'll post up a pic here this evening.