Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pond take 2 (cont'd), Insulation, and Give a Hoot Don't Pollute

The Pond is filling in nicely. It is still about 3 feet below where it was before they pumped it out.

The Excavators say it is heart shaped now. I think how romantic. But I think it is kidney shaped, and actually from the other side of the pond it looks like a banana to me.
Just below the house you can see where we are going to put a retaining wall to define the beach.

The siding on the front of the house is done. T is still waiting for the window guy to fix the second window on the back and the doors in the garage to be put in (Tuesday) to finish the back of the house and garage.

Yesterday they put the insulation in--what a messy job. It is blown in cellulose. They blow it form the truck through the big tubes and it just sticks to the walls. It looks like it would all go flying if you sneeze, but they told me it is slightly damp when they blow it and it has a glue in it so it will stay and even get kind of stiff.
It defined the room s more. Above is the master bedroom and below the family/dining room.
Below is looking across the hall into the upstairs bathroom and through the sink wall into D's room

As I was walking around the pond for the pictures above I ran into the whiskey bottle grave yard. A couple days ago I mentioned that we knew of an area that had broken glass that had been transferred to the area between the barn and the kitchen. Anyhow the original site of the glass still contains quite a bit of glass. Below is what I found in a matter of about 15 minutes in an area about 20x 20 feet. So more than 30 years ago Mr. Brown threw his broken or empty bottles here not knowing children would want to play there. I plan to post a "no barefoot past this point" sign and work on finding as much glass as possible before the children swim there and the top soil hides the worst of it.

SO before you just throw something on the ground think about who might want a safe and clean spot there in 50 years and who is going to have to clean up after you or pay for your mess. I would love to slap Mr. Browns hands, but I have a feeling it's too late. It is kind of sad.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


People have asked me how I cook so I took some pictures to explain my kitchen. What I can't really show is how far it is from the kitchen proper to the refrigerator shack or ice house. I think it is about 300 feet maybe less. You have to go through the garage or around the house to get there also.

We call the screen tent that we never zip up the dining room. I love having a tree in my kitchen.
If you count all 3 tables I have more counter top space than my old kitchen.
This is the sink. One tub for washing then the dishes go into the next tub for a dousing with boiling water. The dish drainers in the back drain off the back of the table top. This table is made from a salvaged desk top and the frames for our garden cold frames.

The stove we use T had before we were married I think. The Stainless table was from Todd's grandmother's restaurant. Todd uses it for outdoor fish cleaning--when he gets to fish, not this summer. Mostly it is just for extra putting places next to the stove.
This table was our first dining room table. I bought it at a garage sale for Todd before we were even engaged. We still use the chairs. We have trouble finding enough chairs that won't break easily.
This is our water jug collection. Now we only have to go over by the house to full them up, but we used to put them all in the back of the van whenever we went to town, so on the way home we could get water.

more cats

Here are a few more cat pictures N took yesterday.

Maday in the wood pile in front of the barn.

These are better of Maday, N's favorite.

G favors Sara.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Pond Take 2

Todd wasn't happy with the shape of the pond and was concerned about weeds growing in the shallow cove. So when the excavators come to put on the overflow and the drain for the sump, geothermal and the eaves troughs they reshaped the pond. First they had to empty to pond. They ran a pump for 4 hours in Tuesday evening which drained it most of the way and flooded the woods east of the pond.

They ran the pump for another half hour before they started digging in the morning. They spread the dirt they dug out of the pond all around--adding to the grade around the house and building up the path to the barn and back meadow. When the bulldozer got here Daniel found his bulldozer and helped flatten the piles of sand.Unfortunately there was a spot by the old pond that had a lot of broken glass in it. We never got it really cleaned up. now all of that sand is between the barn and camper. We have had 2 minor cuts from it (combined with children who refuse to wear shoes). A heavy rain helped us find a couple handfuls, hopefully there won't be any more injuries.
We still have a few extra piles, but they will either blend into the landscape eventually or be used other places. The pond is slowly filling again.


The other big event when we got back from IN was the acquisition of our first pets/livestock. We adopted 4 month old sister kittens from the parents of G's riding teacher who are veterinarians. They were named Sara (G's choice) is the darker one and Maday (D's suggestion from a Thomas the Tank Engine episode) has white front legs and more white on her.
They have very different personalities--Sara is more timid and will tolerate being held better. Maday is skittish and more of a hunter, but will start purring as soon as she is picked up. They spent their first week in the chicken coop to establish it as their home. (Suggested by the vet's office workers.) Now they are exploring a wider and wider circle around the barn. Their favorite place right now is the scrap wood pile in front of the barn. Last night they were trying to climb trees, but didn't get far. They learned the birch bark is slippery. They still like to sleep in their laundry basket with a blanket Gabbi set up for them before they came to live with us.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

August 16 progress

When the children and I returned from IN Todd and Dad had gotten a lot done. Siding was progressing nicely, the fireplace was in, the well was working, and our kitchen/dining room had been relocated so the septic field could be completed--the grading on the edge of the field would come right to the door of the camper.

First Week of August

My dad returned to help wiht siding. He showed up with a ladder, scaffolding and a kayak on the top of his van. Todd appreciated the help with the ladder and the children loved playing with the kayak in the pond. I appreciated two trips into town with less than six children as dad watched some at home. Thanks Dad. I will post more siding ictures as soon as I recharge my battery.

Larry and Rob also came to help. So did Randy T. and a couple of the Klingenbergs but I missed getting a pictures of them.

Six children was too much for this little boat.