From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!
|Shangri La - December, 2012|
Ariens 16.5hp Snow Thrower
Polaris Sportsman X2
ACE Hardware Snow Shovel
|This is what the above corner looked like as well, before chiseling.|
|Finally done chiseling down to solid concrete.|
|Forms for the new concrete.|
|Freshly poured concrete.|
|One of two new living room windows. We had the openings enlarged|
on both windows, lowering the sills. You can see where the old trim was
and where it ended on the bottom. This was immediately after installation.
They're now trimmed out and painted. The difference is stunning.
We're now able to look out at our woods while sitting on the couch.
Before we had to stand up. :p
|The wood siding was beginning to de-laminate, and there was a pile|
of vinyl siding lying in the woods by the blind. Soooo...I bought
the trim and vinyl sided the blind! I also primed and painted the
scaffolding, and added the corner bracing you see on the wooden
|On our way to having six cords put back for the heating season.|
|Barn soffit - Before|
|Barn soffit - After|
|Trim added. I ripped this from lumber that was laying around.|
|This corner of the barn was never completed, with small|
pieces slapped up and large areas opened to wind and weather.
It feels good to have that done!
|This is the header over the door. This spans 11 feet, and|
before working on it, it was just two 2x6's. I was able to sledge
hammer the 4x4 between the two 2x6's, and nail it in place.
With the long doorway span and the inadequate structure with the 2x6's,
the roof was beginning to sag quite a bit. This shored it up considerably.
|There were some large gaps around the window. I trimmed it out|
to fill the gaps, and to beef up the structure.
|A shot showing all of the improvements. Now, I just need a door!|
|Before Shelly kicked butt|
|Before Shelly went all medieval.|
|Before Shelly opened a can of whupass.|
|Our first northern MI garden. In later pics you'll|
see that Mother Nature is laughing her butt off at us.
|The last update had the first section of basement|
insulated and framed. Section 2...done!
|Cut up and split some deadfall, to supplement the load|
of firewood we'll need to buy. Got to feed the beast!
|Not too bad of a grading job, for an upside down plow with a|
cinder block on it being towed behind a garden tractor.
|Ten cord of firewood being delivered and stacked by|
a really cool truck.
|Ten cord of firewood...delivered! That should get us|
through two seasons.
|Our new tractor being delivered by another cool truck. |
This one is cool only because it's delivering our new tractor.
|That's me on our new Kubota BX1860. That smile? It only|
looks like it wraps all the way around my head.
|That picture of the freshly tilled garden-to-be? Yeah...this|
is that same space. Did I not tell you that Mother Nature had a good laugh on us? We left for a
week, and came back to a lawn where a garden should be.
|To add insult to injury, what little we've been able to grow is|
feeding the local bunny population...which by all accounts is quite
extensive. Apparently they really do multiply like, well...bunnies.
|So, Shelly toned down her ambitions for this year. She bought|
a few plants, and commenced to make them bunny-proof.
|That's about two cords out of the ten, cut and stacked.|
We're going to wait for cooler weather before we tackle
any more of that pile. WHEW!
|The third 1/4th of the basement, with the walls caulked|
and Dry Lok'd and two coats of paint on the floor. It's all
ready for framing and insulation...after some rerouting of
|Existing Ceiling Fan|
|Replacement Ceiling Fan|
|The existing kitchen faucet.|
There's water everywhere! AAAAAGH!
|The existing bathroom faucet.|
Yeaaah...it's gotta go.
|New kitchen faucet. Dry and wet where they're supposed to be,|
and a working sprayer!
|New bathroom faucet.|
Soooo much nicer.