Snowmaggedon

Fortunately fall work was done as we have been walloped by a couple of early snowfalls. We suspect the snow will stick around as the temperatures, while fluctuating wildly, aren’t likely to go above 0 for a few months. Which is fine. We are always ready for some winter project time when it rolls around. Although up first was clearing snow. Then clearing snow again and then clearing snow again. Seems to be a theme developing here. Real life gym time! We currently have more snow than we would have by late February which is good as the last few years have been dry ones.

We have started putzsing on some projects but really nothing all that exciting yet. Ron built himself a case for the socket set as the original one had disintegrated. That took a couple of weekends and will now last the test of time although stink it’s heavy! I spray painted 5 tin ceiling panels before the weather turned and now we are going to design (and weather dependent) build “cubes” for them. They will become outside end tables for various locations. The tiles were what I had purchased with a retirement gift from a special work friend.

Mostly it just seems like we are cruising through the weekends without an actual game plan; fairly normal for early winter but it’s probably time to start planning what Santa and Mrs. Claus shall do this year.

I’ve been working through some WordPress issues with photos. So this is an unusal post (as in no real project focus) as I want to ensure that I can upload photos into this site before the Happiness Engineer gets back to me.

Bernie

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Rural Life

There are two factors to living rural that one rarely ever thinks about as an urban dweller. I know I certainly didn’t appreciate how easy running water and flush toilets were. But when you have to take care of those matters yourself you develop a new respect for it. I mean I grew up rural but I never even thought about what had to be done at that point in my life.

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Look at That!

In the “old days” of the restoration of the house and blogging I tried for a Sunday night post so that I had a record of what we had accomplished that week.

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The Last One

We’ve taken the first steps towards the final rock wall that is required. I’m excited to start because it means in a short while we will be finished. Plus masonry beats shingling and I needed a break from that activity.

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Stage 1 Act 2

Well as a warm up act it was a lot of work. I’m happy to report that it’s done and by our standards it was a fairly quick project; 3 weeks. The beginning phase of it was covered in Pitched In and now here we are at completion.

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Pitched In

There is quite the vista from our current work project but the pitch is a titch higher than my comfort zone. But it’s like this – the project needs to be done and so I am pushing outside my comfort zone. It was all fun and games the first four rows were I was standing on the one level scaffolding. Easy peasy to pull out the phone and take a photo of the beautiful sunset. I had hoped it would also catch the patina of those wonderful shingles but alas it doesn’t really.

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Oh Happy Day

A Sunday finish deserves a blog post. Something so outstanding as outside stairs deserves more than a blog post really! After 13 years of scrambling up the walk out wall area we have STAIRS!

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Rising Up!

Step by step, that’s how he’s going but it’s not taking quite as long as I had expected. Number 9 is a cut away from being completed and as you can see, in the picture below, how wonderful they look. The Tyndall stone risers contrasts nicely with the granite treads.

There has been zero digging to put them in place which, again, surprised me. They are set a bit higher than I had anticipated and highlights why we need the railing ASAP after they are complete. He’s actually been using fill to build up the “interior” and use less base gravel and sand.

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Slow Start Steps

It’s a good thing we are kind of like the turtle and know that we are in this for the “long haul”. This next project is off to a bit of a slow start as so often happens out here.

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So Close

We’ve got the curbing finished and the grade level changed on the driveway. It looks like we didn’t change anything but it is certainly obvious when it rains.

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