Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We also have celebrated a birthday, gotten 13 projects to the county fair receiving 12 ribbons and been swimming in our "swimmin' hole" many times.
Tomorrow and Friday the roof goes on. Next week Todd and my dad (yes, he agreed to come back after a long recovery period from May) will do siding. I think the real fun will begin then as the inside of the house develops into all we vision. We may even get the well hooked up after Wednesday when they pour the basement.
I will work on pictures later.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
For whatever reason the children thought Todd had said that they all have to wear life jackets. I didn't think this was necessary since the older 3 are strong swimmers. So the test to go in without a life jacket is to swim from one side to another. The feat was easily managed by the older 3, so they shed the PFD's fast. Mary will have to wear one until she is a little less spontaneous.Tabitha was a little unsure as she lost her balance easily at the drop offs she also got cold before everyone else so she and I took off for a solar warmed bath/shower. I hope they all sleep well.
taken from door of MBR into closet and bath
Like I said the interior views look like 2x4 forests, but I thought it might give an idea of the progress being made.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The pond level is almost up to the top bigger rock in the previous pictures. I guess I need to place more landmarks as it continues to fill up. I have been told that 19" apart up the slop will be six inches in depth so maybe I will take my tape measure instead for using my feet to measure, or someone with smaller feet.
I have clothes on the line again today. I enjoy having fresh scented clothes, but my timing isn't always very good. Last Friday I was late in getting things up and they didn't get dry before bed time. The next day as we were finishing lunch it started to sprinkle so I rushed to get everything off the line. I think today will be better. The sun has been out most of the day and for the first time in a week we have a slight breeze. I figure only about 5 days of clothing will fit on my clothes line so we go to the laundromat more often than the children like. It really only takes less than an house from leaving the driveway to returning, but we often get distracted on the way home by flea markets, parks, garage sales, and country drives.
PS I got distracted by the plumber, a walk to the fridge for dinner fixin's, and dark clouds approaching fast from the west. I called the girls to help get the clothes off the line before they got wet. They ran things to the barn as I unpinned the last towel from the line just in time to keep everything dry.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today Randy's crew got the front and back walls and a couple interior walls up. I found two things that need attention and left notes in crayon (the only available marking tool). Other than that it is getting exciting to see the plans I have been staring at for over a year become 3D.Front of house--windows from l to r living room, entry (door), master bedroom, master bath
Back of house--windows from l to r laundry/sewing room, kitchen, dining room
view out front living room
view from pond side of house
Pond level as of this evening the rock sticking out of the water is the second one we placed. By the way I have been told each rock represents about 7 inches of depth--thank you those who did the math--for the rest of you I didn't double check either.These last 2 pictures were on the camera (I had let Gabbi take it to take pictures of the pond) I enjoyed them I thought you might also.
He must have wanted a turn as the photographer not the subject..this is his "I didn't get my way look."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Note the (knock-off crocs) they are like slippers around here.
It's been a long few days so I have rambled and the pictures aren't the greatestI look tired to me. Just remember I have been sweating almost all day along wiht my normal duties. Now you know more about sewing passion. If things ever slow down around here I will get out the machine one of those quilters gifted me with (if you want the while story on that you will have to ask, my fingers are getting tired) I will be able to create more.
The rain we got last night did not do any visible damage. I didn't even see any erosion marks from the rain going down hill from the house to the pond.
So the pond is up almost over the first rock. The rocks are evenly space up the bank of the pond. If I thought about it long enough I could figure out how many vertical feet it is. The grade there is down 1 foot out 3 feet. The rocks are spaced about 22 inches apart. So math whizzes how far is it from rock to rock in vertical depth.
This is the first picture I took (Tuesday 7-15 evening) with the measuring rocks for reference.
Here Craig is digging the deepest part of the pond. His scooper reaches 28 feet and he went that far. Of course some material (as they call it) fell back in, but he tried.
For whatever reason I didn't get a picture of the front of the house. Now it feel like i live in a sandbox. above is the view from the camper door. Below is a closer view of the daylight basement.
Below is the view from the edge of the house where a big window will be.
While we were waiting for them to finish the children found the big scoop, the one used to move dirt (he also had a scoop that had teeth for digging) and played in it. It is big.
Todd, not convinced of the actual depth of the pond went digging around to find it out. I was hoping to get a picture of him falling in but he never reall ydid. The stick is 18 feet and I was taking the picture from the top edge of the pond. The deepest he got it under was about six feet.
Over the next few days I will post pictures of the pond filling up. Gabbi and I placed soem rocks to measure the depth. Over night the water got up to a foot form the ledge. After 36 hours it was about the level of the ledge. Today (Thursday AM) it is almost to the first rock.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
When Sophie was done protecting us from the bulldozer (she barked at it on and off). She challenged the digger to miss her as she investigated the water.
They also helped lift the center support bean for the house into place
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This was one of the biggest to come down. Gabbi and I counted the rings in the biggest section and came up with 55.