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The weather is holding out a bit longer but the gray sky above the house isn’t promising. We’ve got home improvements to do and gardening prep to absolutely get done today. Winter is coming!

There’s no time for research & writing today, I’ve got other work to do… For starters, replacing a defective upstairs window. We’ve put it off long enough. When you open the existing window the very heavy bottom half falls out. It’s not too user friendly on hot summer days.

That’s 16′ to the bottom of the window, 20′ to the top.

Dean’s on the crazy crew, three stacks of scaffolding…. I’m working from the inside.

New window, slightly smaller due to original being nonstandard size. Making do.

There, that’s better.

Now on to the garden bed building for Thing 1’s horticultural/botany project. She has her garden all planned out. From her 5 raised beds, to potato tire stacks, container blueberries, a new strawberry bed, a second compost bin and the green house space. Next project is to recover the greenhouse with plastic & fix the fence.

Thing 1’s first of five plotted raised beds. It will be hugelkulture style. As soon as the dirt pile is thawed enough to move dirt.

Then to address the annual run off from snow melt that inundates our foundation.

My Lil helper setting our drain system in place.

Lil Mister was a big help today. He shoveled out the ditch right beside me then helped fill it back in.

Covered up.

Whew, I’m tired. It’s time for some R&R, oh wait, I need to go grocery shopping for the next two weeks. Oy. And then cook dinner.

Ok, food is bought, dinner is cooked and I am off duty. Good night folks!

Swag bag full of goodness from the Trade Show. 😎 Who knew I'd get so excited over a couple of boxes of screws!!

When we have down time we work on the Boss’s cabin. So far we’ve got a couple weeks in of partial days between life in general and snow removal.

A late season build, a timber frame carport. Got as far as the rafters set before the snow put a halt to the roof going on. Waiting for a dry clear day to finish it off.

12′ x 21′ carport.

#aklife #snd

So we got to the job site Monday morning to clean up and get the orders to do window & corner trim. So back to the mill for some trim boards and off to work we go again.

Corner trim and kitchen window.

Gotta admit it looks better with a little trim.

Living room window trim.

Now that we’re really done… I hope… It’s off to moose hunting camp.

#aklife #arewedoneyet #didyouseethatmoose

Friday was our ninth day and, except for cleanup and hauling off the tool trailer, we’re finished. Insulated, vapor barrier, accoustical sealant, and installed door and lock set. Short day and now we’re off to the cabin.

The forecast for this week wasn’t good, rain moving in. Yesterday I said let’s pray for rain to hold off tomorrow so we can get this roof done. It didn’t rain today.

#littlethings #answeredprayers #almostdone #day8

First day.


Today we made 6,731 trips up the ladder to install all the purloins and fascia. Metal goes on tomorrow if the rain holds off.

Yesterday’s field trip was amazing! I have a ton of pictures to sort through in order to make a blog post. But all fun times end and it’s back to work!

A glimpse of the ride out.

Today we finished standing trusses. Put the lookouts up. Cut truss tails, installed bird blocking. House wrapped the front gable and picked up a few more supplies for putting the metal roof on next week.

I think we made 8,000 trips up and down the ladders.

Like this week, next week will be a day short, this time for the holiday.

We finished framing the last wall and had the trusses delivered at noon.

Dean and Sheldon finished hanging all the siding while I went to pick up our windows. Got those installed. Then we started standing trusses.

We got 6 of them in place, 7 more to go on Friday then it’s roof metal time!

Kitchen side window.

Bedroom egress window.

Starting to look like a cabin now!

Tomorrow is a school field trip so we’ll be doing other things, be back on Friday for more building fun.