September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
I worked on moving our split wood into the shed and when Heather called and found out what I was doing she was over in a 1/2 hour and helping me out. So wonderful to have the help of a friend! Plus Josh used the trailer on the Jeep to finish moving a few more loads of the rounds that were still down the driveway.
So before the snow could really start we had all of the split wood moved, Josh had built a shed for all of the birch bark that had ripped off, the spruce wood for next year was covered and the rounds were stacked and waiting for another day when will will split more.
The house is coming along well. Josh and I took a strict look at our calendar and have marked a weekend that we can dedicate to putting up drywall. My job is now to call around and price a lift and Josh is going to get as much of the domestic water done as possible. The hope is that we will be able to get all of the lid done and the exterior walls. Less than two weeks to go...
Such a clean yard, not piles of unsplit wood.
The shed now holds a little over 6 cords of wood. What a comforting thought.
No it isn't a ton of snow but it isn't melting. I am just taking a wild guess but even with the little bit that we have we probably still have more than you do. And for the record, yes I did make cookies on Sat. My tradition for the first snow of each year.
September 26, 2008
Josh asked him what was the next step we need him to come sign off on and he doesn't need to come back until the house is DONE. I mean completely done, trim and all. How wonderful for my nerves! We don't have to see the guy for a few more years, ha ha I mean for a little while.
September 25, 2008
As I said I would, I cut out the windows a few nights ago. I labeled each window's plastic first and then folded it and tucked it in between the glass and screen so it will be available when we need to cover the windows again during mudding and taping of the drywall.
Because of two very different, but both very tragic, accidents involving black death, we still have three and half windows that need to have some black death applied around the edges. So not from a lack of trying, there are a few things here and there that are still keeping us busy.
September 24, 2008
September 23, 2008
Yesterday I called the inspector and he is coming out on Thursday evening to check the insulation and vapor barrier. If we pass this then we have a go for drywall!! I will give you an update on Friday how that goes.
Here are a few pictures of our progress and the work that is going on. The clock is ticking.
Only the edges of the huge gable end still need to be finished. We are almost there, yeah. In order to get to all of the exterior wall for the barrier we had to move everything (drywall, plants, tools, light fixtures) into the middle of the rooms. A lot of cleaning and sorting has taken place of the last few days!
We are so excited to have been able to work hard and fast through this building step. Sunday morning was the beginning of having to scrap ice off of our windshield, oh my.
1. a motion light, great for when we are moving around the yard
2. a light in the woodshed, needed for when we want to get wood during the winter
3. a power post at the edge of the driveway to plug in the jeep
The mornings have been so dark that the motion light is actually coming on when we leave for work already, what happened to our long summer days?
September 19, 2008
The forecast for the weekend and into next week is rain so tonight we are going to work outside on things that have to be done. Our friend Heather is coming over to help us out and she and I are going to spend time moving as much wood as we can into the woodshed. Once that rain turns to snow, as they are predicting, it won't be any fun to move wood. Josh is working on installing an electrical post at the edge of the driveway for plugging the car in and a light switch on the woodshed for a motion light.
Saturday is going to be an indoor day to work on vapor barrier on the main floor of the house. Right now we have drywall resting against most of the walls so in order to get the vapor barrier up we have to move a lot of drywall. Soon it will all be on the walls, lights will be in place and bathroom cabinets will be installed, we won't know what to do with all of that floor space once it is available!
So have a great weekend. Enjoy the days away from work and with friends and family. I will post an update on Monday.
September 18, 2008
If you are wondering why the windows are still covered...we are going to take the time to cut them out and black death the edges after all the walls are done. Getting the walls done first before the frost is the priority.
September 17, 2008
Wikipedia's definition for Vapor Barrier is: "Vapor barriers resist moisture from penetrating through the barrier and the moisture will instead remain on the side of the barrier where the moisture originated."
We have been able to finish all of the Lid, aka: the ceiling. Tonight we will start in on the walls. We need to finish this up before we have a hard frost that will draw the moisture out of the house and crystallize along the outer walls. Mother Nature's clock is ticking.
First Josh fixes the insulation that is in place. He makes sure that it is fluffed and all of the corners are tucked in where they need to be. He also cuts the insulation to fit around the electrical wires and boxes that have been installed.
Second, the Black death (acoustic sealant but is called black death because once it is on something it never seems to come out) is applied around the edges to seal the vapor barrier. Third the vapor barrier is stapled down to keep it in place.
One part done and we are moving right along.
Canned: Rhubarb sauce, high-bush cranberry jelly, high-bush cranberry syrup, and raspberry jam
Dehydrated: Chives, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Bananas (from the store), zucchini, peaches (bought on sale) and rhubarb. The popcorn in the back is also store bought. We are just buying it in large quantities now that salted popcorn is one of the nightly snack I can eat, thus we can enjoy together.
Frozen: Shredded zucchini, strawberries, spaghetti squash, rhubarb, raspberries, low-bush cranberries, high-bush cranberries and blueberries.
Cold Storage: Potatoes that we harvested from the garden last night (I will post a picture soon)
So even with today's grocery stores and food available year round, do you put food by? Do you think it is worth it? Do you think it is fun or too time consuming. Let me know your thoughts.
September 16, 2008
I have published 4 different posts, this is the first, today to document our trip. It was hard to narrow down the 227 pictures we took in 36 hours but I hope you are able to enjoy each picture I was able to share. The following images are from our relaxing Sunday in Denali. What a wonderful day to move slow before getting on the road at 6:45am the next morning.