Friday, November 27, 2009


Yeah yeah yeah...   great family, handsome husband, bountiful blessings, blah, blah, blah....     Wanna know what I'm REALLY thankful for this year?   This: 
Because once the boiler's hooked up, The Husband will be roasty toasty all winter long, as he builds the inside of the house.  

Yes, I know that the boiler house/woodshed is a little... er... rough looking right now.  It ain't gotta be pretty just yet.  Pretty can come later.  I need function.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fireplace poll

I'm taking a poll.  The Husband wants to use the fireplace this winter while he's working inside the house.  Something about it being cold in the North Country six months of the year and efficiently disposing of scrap bits of wood.   I want to have an inaugural fire once the house is complete and we're moved in, and the kids are at their grandparents' house and Norah Jones is on the stereo....    oh, hey.  Are you still there?  *ahem*   Sorry. 


I think it'll be all black soot and ugly in my beautiful new house.  He thinks that it's a matter of practicality. 

What say you?

Friday, November 13, 2009

A home.... for the boiler

Well someone's home is almost done!   And that someone is our gassification wood boiler.  All that remains to be done, The Husband tells me, is to put an interior wall in the empty space and put a ceiling in.  Oh, and extend the whole area with some fill and put down more concrete and build the other half of the shed for the wood storage...  but that can wait.  The half that the boiler will live in is done.  ish. 

Whaddya think?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Back in business!

Can I just take a minute to thank Johnny and Chris?  Thanks, guys, for working on our house for us while Bob was lying around doing nothing these past two weeks.  Sure, he had pneumonia, and then pleurisy.  But that's no excuse.  I mean, c'mon!   So, thanks guys. 

The Husband did go up to The Lake yesterday and they made use of the 60 degree weather to put in the concrete pad for the woodshed/boiler house.   He's paying for it this morning, though!  His poor lungs and muscles were not prepared for the physical exertion.  Eh - he'll get over it.  He's hardy. 

Here are some pictures of yesterday's work:

The west gable is mostly framed up.  Bob is debating whether to put the windows in now or wait until spring.
Inside shot

Outside shot

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Tale of Two Gables

Now that the east gable of our log house is finished (hooray!), work is starting on the west gable.  And by 'work' I mean the scaffolding is set up.  Bob has pneumonia and my FIL is in Dee-Cee visiting the cousins.  So...   no actual work.  Not right now, at least.  
This gable will be 'stick construction' as opposed to the other one, which Bob adamantly insisted be entirely log.   Mostly because no one will see this side of the house, since it faces the woods and our woodshed/boiler house.
Here are some views of the west side of the house, as it is now.  Hopefully this gable will go much faster than the other, and once The Husband is up on his feet again, I'll chronicle its construction.  Enjoy!

Yes, fascinating, I know.  Hey - it's the back of the house.  Whaddya want?