August 28, 2008

He Did It!

Josh did it. He finished cutting all of the logs into 20" rounds. Now I just need to finish my part, moving the rounds up to the woodshed to be split. So if you are wondering where I will be later tonight, or the next few day, now you know. This qualifies as weight training doesn't it?

August 27, 2008

What the future has in store

Just Might All Equal

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.

Did I hear Frost???

With the first warning of frost in Fairbanks we took extreme measures. We covered our garden plot in town and then removed the 5' cages around each tomato plant and loaded them into the Jeep. With the car jammed packed we moved them all home and indoors.

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.

Cold Water or Ice anyone?

Here Josh is installing the water box for the refrigerator's domestic water line. Each day he is able to check more things off of the list. It is getting exciting about how close we are to having the house inspected before vapor barrier and drywall. How wonderful!

August 22, 2008

Too Tired Friday

Sorry for no house update today. I just got back from my third trip to the recorder's office this afternoon for work and just don't have the energy to think of anything witty or good for an update. Just so you know, going to the recorder's office is similar to going to the principle's office, terrible!

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.

God Bless.

August 20, 2008

Preparing for winter

During his lunch break today, Josh went to the local wood stove store to reserve our new stove. We are excited that in a few weeks we will be able to go get our new Blaze King Classic Princess stove that has a burn time of up to 10-11 hours. Yes, our Greer tank barrel stove worked well last winter but on -40 days it is good to know our fire is burning more than 2 hours after we leave for a 10 hour day.

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

Inside Overview

I have recently been asked to take some overview pictures of the inside of the house. I have to admit that it might be hard for you to see everything since we only have 2x4 interior walls and all of our exterior walls are all very yellow with insulation. I will be sure to update the inside pictures once we do drywall, which should start soon! aka: a month or so. The captions for each picture is above the picture.
This picture is taken from my kitchen looking at the living room/dining room. Our dining room table will someday be positioned under the hanging lights on the left hand side. The black ABS pipe in the front of the picture is where my kitchen sink will be.

This picture is the reversed of the last picture. I took it from the dining room looking at the kitchen. Beyond the 2x4 wall is the guest room.

This picture is also taken from the dining room area and is the left side of the previous kitchen picture. The first door will be a coat closet, the second is the pantry, the third is the door to get to the stairs going down to the basement.

This picture is taken from the stairs going up to the third floor. I am looking at the door to the arctic entry. The kitchen is on the left, the vaulted wall of windows is on the right.

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.

This picture is taken from the sitting area looking out. Isn't that a great view!

The study

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

Welcome to the Solowy's Family

This weekend my sister Hillary and her husband Drew decided to expand their family by one. I am proud to introduce to my readers Grover their new 3 1/2 month old Cocker Spaniel puppy. Congratulations Hillary and Drew I am so happy for you both.

August 14, 2008


Last night Josh dismantled our old wood cradle and built a new wood box for inside. How nice and clean it helps the basement look, we are very happy.

Signs of Fall

In the fall, the air in Fairbanks starts to take on a super sweet smell. It is funny that the first few years Josh would always comment that the high bush cranberries were out and I couldn't smell it. But as I am coming up on my 5th year in Alaska I have acquired sense of smell that lets me know that Fall is here and winter is on its way. The ripe scent of these super sweet smelling berries that are all over our land.

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

90 Years of Denali

This year Denali celebrates its 90th anniversary as a National Park. The National Parks Service has put together a list of 90 books to read about Denali for you to celebrate with. So in case anyone is bored or just getting ready for the long winter ahead I thought I would share the book list with you:

Happy Reading!

ABS Plumbing - Check

Last night the clouds cleared, the sun came out, and Josh was able to finish the house's ABS plumbing, yeah. Everything inside was done over a week ago so last night Josh finished the project by putting in the roof vent.

1st he had to cut the hole...

We were very happy to see the sunshine

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

Happy Birthday

Today is Heather's Birthday. Happy Birthday my dear friend! I am so excited for our traditional celebration of a spaghetti dinner tonight and going around the table sharing all the things we love about Heather!

This picture of Heather and her mom was taken at her Bridal shower this winter.

August 6, 2008

Overview of the outside

I have been asked recently for over all views of the outside and inside of the house. Yesterday's sun made it the perfect time to take the outside pictures. Descriptions of each picture are above the picture.

This is the view from the driveway and parking area. The vaulted portion in the front will be our dining room and living room. The main floor window behind the arctic entry is the kitchen window and the one beside that is the guest room. Upstairs, the left window is the study and the right is the master bedroom.

View from the front. The relight door will someday open onto a porch that will wrap around the front to the arctic entry.

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.

Hope these pictures can give you a good idea of our home. Can't wait for the day that you can all visit in person.

Work Week

With rain most days and our average temperature being about 48-50 degrees Josh mentioned that we needed a serious work week. No evening activities in town, just come home and work. Although it is hard to turn everything else down it is necessary. So this week has been designated as "work week". Each night we split our time between wood and the house. Luckily last night the rain late up enough for Josh to cut more rounds from our slowly shrinking pile of trees, and my clothes had dried enough from Monday's rainy day, for us to work outside in the sun!

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!

My current Pile of Pride. Look at those amazing staking skills!
Now if they would just split themselves, ha ha.

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