Here's one: it's the story of the interior walls that were going up at a great pace until I ran out of wool and had to decide whether to order more and have extra, or try to sub in something else.
I ordered more and waited for it to arrive. True, there was plenty to do while I waited for it to arrive, but I was still annoyed
Oregon Shepherd got the wool out quickly, I went to work on installing the paneling, insulating behind it as I went, and then--sand, and brush, brush and sand--today I put on the last coat of finish, Yay!
There's also the story of rafter construction, an involved process, described here and revisited repeatedly throughout the build. Each one had to be constructed individually, concurrent with our other tasks. Then sanded, finished, notched to fit on top the walls, checked, adjusted and installed--phew!
Yesterday we installed the last one!
A friend had stopped by to see how the build was going and I got a picture of her looking up as a very satisfied builder looked down from said rafters.
So those are two things that are showing some level of completion, but really, until those two things happened, I felt adrift in a sea of ongoing sanding and finishing and painting and discussing and decision making.
The lack of landmarks at this point in the process, the sheer number of individual tasks, and the onset of cooler weather, have combined to give me occasional fits of anxiety. But then friends will come by and comment on the progress that has been made, or someone will text to say they're proud of what I'm doing. That helps.
I like to watch visitors as they step carefully into the house, survey the interior space, and then look up. Most stand there for a moment, eyes tracing the contours of the barely defined overhead space, and then try to put words on what they see and feel. Very often it's a simple, "Wow! I like the curves!" Although things will naturally be more closed in when the floor is raised and the ceiling is up, the curved rafters will still be visible and I'm sure that some of that feeling will remain.