August 28, 2008
August 27, 2008
Sorry there have been no posts since last week. A lot has been going on in the Klynstra house. We had a full weekend with a lot of projects being accomplished and a lot of items checked off of the "list". Yet even though I would love to just focus on the house each day, real life comes into play. This week marks my second anniversary since the beginning of my bi-weekly, to weekly, to much more migraine marathon. Last month Josh and I talked about how two times a week for my migraines, if not more, was just not working for us. We decided I should go see another doctor. I chose to go to the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. Once meeting with my doctor we decided the first step would be to do a full blood work test and a blood allergy test to see what is going on.
Last night Josh joined me to hear the results. It is amazing what a little blood can tell about a person. For me it told that I am allergic to cow milk, yogurt, cheese (aka: dairy), wheat and most forms of gluten and chicken eggs (in all forms, so no more baked goods). In hopes that this food is what is causing my body to be extremely inflamed (hard to think of myself as inflamed) is also causing my migraines, as of today I am on a no dairy, no egg, and no gluten diet. So here is to my near future of rice, corn, fish, chicken, fruit, and veges you will become more important to me than I ever thought you would be.
Today in search of a what makes up a gluten free diet I read, "When you first go on a gluten free diet, you will often feel worse before getting better;this is the bodies way of removing toxins. A good suggestion for this detoxification period is lots of rest, water ( to help flush the body), and tender loving care and support from family members and friends." So if you are reading this know that I am asking for help and encouragement for the next few weeks.
As I watched co-workers walk by my cubical today with their bagels and cream cheese I thought of my migraines and all the pain they bring me. This diet will be worth it!
Oh and just for kicks I am also allergic to garlic and pineapple. Oh how sad I am to leave my pineapple behind. I am praising God that Watermelon and tomatoes weren't on my list:-)
So now I will go back to posts about the house. Please keep me, and Josh, in your prayers as we see just what the future has in store for us.
So here is to their new home, in a house in front of windows supported by string line. Life doesn't get much better than that. Now all we need to see are a little bit of red among all of the green leaves.
For the record, there was no frost that night, but boy are we ready.
August 22, 2008
Know that all is going well for the Klynstra's and that we have a weekend of work on the house planned for the weekend. More pictures and updates to come on Monday.
So go enjoy your weekends, time with family and friends, and the fleeting days of summer.
August 20, 2008
On a wood note, Josh bought a new bar and chains for our chain saw and he worked for hours cutting up more of our pile of wood. Tonight is my turn with the hauling. Our goal is to borrow a splitter from our friends on Sep. 8th. Only 2 1/2 weeks to get everything moved into place.
Josh's parents are planning a visit to Fairbanks over the long labor day weekend. We are so looking forward to their visit and a getting a ton of work done on the house and woodshed. The plan is to get the roof of the woodshed finished and water proofed for the winter.
The end of August is coming fast!
August 19, 2008
This is a picture of the downstairs bathroom.
This picture is from the stairs, two pictures before, looking up to the sitting area upstairs on the 3rd floor.
This is from the top of the stairs on the third floor looking down. Note the large window to the right. You can use that as a reference to the overview pictures taken from the outside.
Master bedroom picture with the closet on the left being the upstairs linen closet.
This picture is taken from inside the master bedroom, by the blue chair, looking at the walk in closet and the bathroom just beyond.
I hope these images helps give you an idea of the house layout and just how much we are working on things. As you can see every room right now houses supplies for the next steps of building. It is fun for me to go sit in the blue chair in our room and dream about how someday it will have walls, carpet, paint, and furniture. Surprisingly, that isn't too far in the future. Let me know if you have any questions.
August 18, 2008
August 14, 2008
Another sign of the coming winter is the daylight. Today we only had 16 hours and 36 minutes. We lost 6 minutes and 53 seconds from yesterday, so sad.
August 12, 2008
2nd Josh installed the last piece of ABS tubing that would forever stick out of our roof. I have no idea why this picture didn't download in the right direction, sorry.
3rd Josh drove the truck through the yard to the back of the house where the ground level is at its highest point for getting the ladder up to the roof.
4th We set up the ladder, almost fully extended
5th Josh climbed up with all his tools...
6th Josh worked to fit the shield around the ABS, then he siliconed it down for life!
Finally done with ABS Plumbing...oh how happy we are!
August 8, 2008
August 6, 2008
This picture is taken from the fire pit area. The tall tall window is by the staircase going from the main floor to the third floor. The two small windows on the left are the two bathrooms.
The back of the house. The bottom window is the guest room. The one above it is the master bedroom. The fuel tank sits just outside of the boiler room that is in the basement. This part of the basement is completely buried, and the tank will be too someday.
From the back corner of the house you can see the parking area with the Jeep and the woodshed. The arctic entry is what is sticking out the side of the house.
So after only two evenings into our work week we have...
1. Finished all of the ABS except for the roof penetration
2. Built the support wall in the closet/bathroom
3. Moved the electrical for the light in the upstairs bathroom
4. Added the extra outlet in the upstairs bathroom that Kathleen requested
5. Mounted the manifold for the domestic water in the boiler room
6. Cut a bunch of rounds of wood
7. Hauled a lot of wood from the tree pile to the the rounds pile by the woodshed where it will soon be split
8. Cut excess foam from around the windows
9. Initial holes have been drilled for the domestic water pex to be run.
10. Fallen into bed tired each night!
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