Friday, August 28, 2009

More roofwork

The roof is done! Well, mostly. Bob took these pictures yesterday; they finished the shingles on the south slope of the roof today.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Odds & Ends

We have tons of log bits like these all over the place:

These are left over from the joists. I keep thinking that if I was only a bit craftier, I could make something with these odds & ends. Wood sculpture... signs.... planters... log dollhouse?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Floor Joists

Surprise! Okay, it's not a staircase or anything, but it's heartening nonetheless! Bob has finished the joists for the second floor. Some have been done for a while, since they tie into the walls, but the center section has been devoid of joists heretofore. Here's a shot of the lovely, lovely things:

This means that a FLOOR is imminent up there, and, theoretically, a staircase to get one to the second floor. At which point, I'm moving in. I don't care that there's no windows yet and the gable ends are completely open and there's no bathroom or anything. It's going to be me, a flashlight and a sleeping bag from now on, baby.

Come visit.

Some of the boards that The Husband is milling nonstop are being stored up there and I took a picture from below to get an idea of what the ceiling will look like on the first floor. Exposed log joists. Could you die?

Mrs. Crankypants here is assuaged .... for now.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hidden progress

Not a lot of blog-worthy progress on the house this summer, eh? Lots of great North Country activities to report, but not many new pix on the house. The Husband has been working for clients on The Lake on our non-rainy days and makin' a livin'. Keeps the visible progress to a minimum. {sigh} Except that The Husband and his father have been steadily milling boards for the house. Totally necessary, but totally un-sexy, blog-wise. We need boards for floors, ceilings, trim.... but it looks the same after the first few pics of Bob and his father standing at the sawmill....

hey look, a board!

ooh, another board.

wow. a. board.


So, I'm distracting you all with tales of blueberries and such, hoping for some blog-worthy progress to show soon. One day you'll check in expecting some fascinating tale of ....oh, I don't know... mowing my lawn, and KA-POW! You'll get a staircase or something.



Monday, August 17, 2009

Picnic Pavillion AND campfire location

It's all a lie.

We're not actually building a log house. Apparently, we're building a log picnic pavillion and campfire location.
Don't get me wrong: I love picnics and campfires -- and this picture shows a particularly lovely evening with a handful of friends from church -- but I'd love to actually be living there AND hosting said picnics and campfires! *sigh* I'm getting impatient again, aren't I?
Guess it's time for more Progress and Perspective.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blueberries for Anne

Just can't get enough blueberrying! Our friend Paul has a tremendous number of blueberries - both wild and cultivated. (Yes, this is the same Paul who spent all last summer helping Bob build our house.) He generously allows me to re-enact one of my favorite children's books of all time.

Ka-plink, Ka-plank, Ka-plunk! Grandma & Baby M harvesting the plump little blue berries on a beautiful August morning ... is there anything more wonderful?

Sunday, August 9, 2009


This week at At-Home-In-Logs: Baptism, Boating and Blueberrying

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Except for the sunburn... not a bad trip.

More pictures from our trip to Bear Pond.

Mother-in-law, Father-in-law, niece and nephew

Yes, I groaned when I found out there were TWO carries in our trip.... but they were short and sweet and I got to pretend I was contributing to the manual labor part of the excursion.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bear Pond

Bob's sister and family are visiting again from Dee-Cee and we had a wonderful excursion today to Bear Pond. As a general rule, I dislike canoeing. But, with 7 adults and three canoes, I was released from the obligation to paddle and found the experience much more enjoyable. We put in at Upper St. Regis and carried over to Bog Pond and then carried again into Bear Pond. There was swimming and picnicking and pitcher plants and a beautiful blue sky day.