Saturday, May 31, 2008

Progress




This morning Joel had to be in town so it wasn't until after lunch that he got started on the house. I helped snap lines in the basement, which is something I can do! Dave came at about 3:30 and in 3 hours they had the I-joists up, the rim boards on and most of the interior basement walls up. That was a big change in a short period of time. Tanny also had to be in on the excitement. She would find a scrap of wood and come to the egress window. Then she would either set it on the sill or drop it on the floor for someone to throw.

After supper Joel and I worked on putting up more house wrap. Some of it went up great, others went up horribly!! I am not sure what made some of the stuff stick and some not, but Joel resorted to using short screws and "buttons". We still have more to do, but considering that he got a lot more done today than he had planned, I think he has to look back at the day and feel very pleased with the progress!

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Best Mob




Today was an interesting day. Joel took the two older boys to work with him and said that they were a big help! We ate supper with Grandma due to the fact that none of us wanted to sit out the threatening weather in our trailer house...thankfully we just got a little rain but there were some funnel clouds 15 miles south of us and an ugly looking sky. There are still a few interesting looking clouds hanging around but it turned into a beautiful evening. This pre-mosquito time of year doesn't last very long but it is wonderful and so nice to be outside, especially after our 40 and 50 degree days.

After all of the storm watching excitement we came home and did some house building. Joel and Jon worked on taking out the bracing and the rest of us hauled out the boards. Joel said that we have the "Best Mob of Kids ever"! I will agree with that, working together has been just plain fun.

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PS Yes, I did find the camera! It was in the pickup where I remembered putting it, but this was my third search under the seats, between the cushions etc. I guess the third time is the charm!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Back to Work!

Well, Alas, I cannot find my camera. If I could find it, you would have a shot of Joel putting up the sill on the house (I think it's called the sill...). He also started on the house wrap, which is really like contact papering your house. I think contact papering anything is a real pain in the neck, and this is no different. I worked on finding places in the trailer house for all the leftover odds and ends. Most of them thankfully ended up in the trash can. We also had our garden plowed and tilled and I planted the tomato and pepper plants among other things. We enjoyed the beautful weather yesterday, but wow, it is cold tonight and will be again tomorrow. (highs in the 40's tomorrow for those of you in Maine - thankfully they are not forecasting a freeze or snow!) It has not proven to be the nicest spring for construction work!

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Rain, Rain Go Away


We just looked at the radar and it looks like a huge, solid orange band that covers half the state of Nebraska! It has been raining and cold for the last two days. Obviously that means no house construction.
Thankfully I am getting the trailer house put together the way I like it and I plan to post a few pictures in the next couple of days. Today was the first day that I have just been home and not running all over the country side. I felt like I got a lot accomplished. The boys and even the girls like their new bedrooms Jayne said "I love my new room - it's so cozy". As for us, the camping mattress is holding up, we just have to "top it off" with the air pump every other day. I was laying on the floor tonight playing "Apples to Apples" with Joel and the girls and floors are pretty hard so I decided that I'm going to be glad that I have something soft to sleep on and try not to miss our California King-size bed!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ben and The Turkeys


Ha Ha, Joel is only a turkey once in awhile :)

We are moved into our trailer and have slept there two nights. I am still working on cleaning out at camp but my mom came yesterday and we accomplished a lot, my mother-in-law has also volunteered her help, so that project will be wrapped up this week. Joel is building bunk beds so we can stack our kids like cord wood, then he will back to "big house" building.

They did deliver our trusses and floor system so that was exciting!

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Moving Day

We ended up starting the moving of the big items last night and then followed up today with a lot of the boxed stuff. We were still hauling water as of this morning and we figured that we really couldn't completely move until the well was done so our clothes, toothbrushes etc. were not packed.

At about 1:30 we heard someone drive in and lo and behold it was our well driller!! He finished at about 9:00 and Joel got the water all hooked back up and kinks worked through at about 9:30. He is still there because he wanted to run the washing machine and make sure all was well. I imagine he is sitting and watching TV. I say that becuase I will confess that I caught myself standing and staring at the tv several times today. Our reception up on top is amazing!!!!!!! If you don't know, I will tell you that we only get Public TV and living the past 17 years in the cement block basement, in the canyon, you can imagine that our reception was pretty fuzzy.

The kids are very excited, even the girls are ready to move into their 6x10 bedroom. Joel and I are still looking for a hideabed and I can say that we are NOT excited about abondoning our extremely comfortable california king size bed. Ben took his blankies and his stuffed kitty up there yesterday and is content for them to sleep in his new room!

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Plugging Along

We are just about ready to move, Saturday is the plan if the permanent well gets finished tomorrow. It seems like we have been in the moving process forever! This week we have had a lot of days where we would go and paint and clean for a half an hour at a time and that has just drug everything out.

Dave hurt his back so Joel needed me to go to work with him today and run the transit. During lunch I mentioned to him that he was running out of his deer lunchmeat and he suggested that we ought to cook a turkey and grind it up for his lunches. I told him that he ought to just shoot his shotgun turkey since he had a tag... Well, tonight as he was getting ready to paint, he saw a big turkey outside and came back 15 minutes later with his future lunchmeat :)

I left my camera at the trailer house so I will post turkey pictures as well as the finished house pictures ASAP.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Long Day

First of all, Happy Mother's Day Mom - you are the best!!!!! Thank you for your great example; you give selflessly and joyfully at the same time. I hope that I am becoming more and more like you!!

Today was just a tiring day, but good. I can say that I spent my Mother's Day exactly how I wanted to. The girls helped me paint the trailer house and it was fun to work with them. Yesterday we primed everything and it was a miserable cold day, so just the weather today made it enjoyable. I would say that I am about half way done painting and so that process is well underway.

Joel and his friend Dan spent yesterday and today trenching lines and hooking up water. Joel says that his assumptions of trailer house plumbing were true (his assumptions were not good)! They are still working...they spent 8 hrs yesterday and they have been up there at least 6 today. So far I think they are keeping their cool; I haven't seen them hurling any broken plumbinh parts at one other!

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Sacrifices I Make....



The pumper truck, three loads of concrete and the liteform supplier were all scheduled for 3pm. It looked like the rains were headed south and east and we were in business!! 3:00 came and went, we had three concrete trucks with drums packed with 37 yards of concrete spinning and sitting... The pumper truck was delayed and finally arrived at 3:40! I was getting very stressed but Ben and I really enjoyed watching the big boom unfold and the whole process was pretty neat. There was only one place where the walls threatened to "blow". I think that part was a little stressful for Joel! Once again, I was very impressed with his concrete ordering skills. He was very close and had the anchor holes dug for the trailer house so we used most of the extra concrete in those.

I helped after the pour by shoveling the mud away from the foundation that had fallen off the top and I smoothed out the concrete in the windows. I sacrificed my favorite pair of jeans and my tennis shoes in the process. I will put my cheap laundry detergent to the test and see if they will come clean, but I doubt it...

Thanks for stopping by, we greatly appreciate your prayers!!! Pouring the walls was a big deal and we are so thankful that things went well - on to the waterproofing!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Joyful Panic

The walls are scheduled to be poured tomorrow. There is a 40% chance of rain, but they can pour as long as it's a light rain so we are hopeful. (Pray!) The water line/pressure tank etc is also supposed to be going in tomorrow. Joel plans to hook up water to the trailer on Saturday. That is all great news, it's also thrown me into a mild panic. I have to paint, finish packing and MOVE! I had kind of slacked off thinking that the water was not going to be hooked up until next week. But I guess I'm the type of person who thrives on "crisis motivation" - it kind of helps me focus, so I know it will all happen and I am more excited than paniced!

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Well, Well, Well




Today was a big day. We have water at about 25' deeper than expected, but it is there and it is good! This week they will put in a test well and next week we should have water to the trailer. That puts off our move-in date, but I still hope we can get it all ready, painted and still move the bigger stuff up there this weekend.

We also have a septic system that is situated for both the house and the trailer. Everything with that worked just fine. The installer said that we had some of everything in our soil; sand, gravel and clay. It makes me thankful that our house is situated on all sand and gravel and that our well is also in the right spot :)

Joel is spending the evening working on hooking up the electrical service for the trailer. I think he would like to get the walls poured for the basement ASAP, but it looks like they are talking about rain some this week, and he has some other jobs that are starting up. Pray that he would find time to do the liteform walls since they are kind of vulnerable until they are filled and also for wisdom as he gets the trailer ready to go.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Safe and Sound

Well we woke up this morning to green grass and blue sky. That was a big relief!

Our priorities for this coming week are to get the trailer house ready to move into. That will entail hooking up the power, septic and water (Septic and the well are scheduled for Monday.) Then I need to prime, paint, clean and move in! Joel also wants to get the walls poured for the house and work full time. It is going to be a busy, stressful week. The nice thing is that the weather is supposed to be in the mid to high 60's all week. We are looking forward to that and a blue sky will be great!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

April Showers Bring May Snow?!?!

Joel just called and said to pray for them... The liteform contractor came out to check on how things were going (another great reason to buy local) and asked Joel if we have builder's risk insurance...we do, but it's a little worrisome when someone else thinks you might need it! The wind is supposed to blow and snow up to 6" is forecast. No doubt it will be wet and heavy, just what we don't need. Pray that Joel and Dave would be safe as they brace the panels while standing on 12" planks that will probably soon be wet and slippery. Pray also that Joel would have wisdom on the best way to keep the snow out of the forms. My thinking was that maybe a lot of snow inside the forms would help stabilize them in the wind, but Joel said if the forms fill with snow, they will stay full for a long time! He is stressed and I don't blame him.

Thanks for your prayers and if you are like me and forget stuff, I will remind you that it is the National Day of Prayer today!!!

I'll let you know how it goes,
Pam