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  • House – Sheathing done!

    Mike, A.J., Peter, Sarie, Mike, Helen, Jason, Ian, Jody, Merritt, Chris, Jess, Larry, Matt all came to help us sheathe the 2nd floor and the roof. Both daunting tasks I couldn’t take on without a ton of help. Today was very humbling in the amount of help we received, but also in feeling like a lot of folks are behind us to help us realize our dream. We will be forever grateful and will pay it back, or forward.


    I didn’t take a lot of pics but I’ll get more from someone who did :)


    IMG_0117Great, amazing day, we were almost as stressed leading up it as for our wedding day. It’s borderline emotional to see this project you poured your heart, soul, sweat and blood into turn into a home.


    Special thanks to Mark & Matt for their giant ladders. I’m sure they’re bummed about missing all the fun.

    Oh and I lost 10lbs since this all started 45 days ago, not that I care but it’s impressive considering how copiously I eat.

  • Compost bin turned over, beehive opened up & other signs of bears

    We heard what we think is a cub calling for mommy last night. It had been calling for a while, unfortunately the flashlight made it stop, we were hoping to see it.

  • Garden

    Not much but happy to have something with everything going on this year.


  • House – Roof Trusses Finished

    Truss building station



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    I’ve also started on the pieces for the roof rakes. I’ve been tidying up and getting everything ready for a big sheathing push next Saturday.

  • Hubsan X4 H107C

    Really a great little quadcopter. Much fun to be had with it, I’m almost ready to take it outside.

  • Cool Duplo Project #30 – Giant non-rolling Wheel

    The best roundness achieved by taking advantage of the tolerance between juxtaposed bricks. (banana for reference)


    I felt like a ribosome working my way up a nucleotide chain


    Pictured bellow: said tolerance actively tolerating


    As anticipated it can’t support its own weight


  • House – Roof Trusses

    No work today, lazy rainy Sunday. I did check on the house to make sure the tarp was keeping the water away which it did.

    4 down 18 to go


  • House – Stairs & Roof Trusses

    Of course I’m missing lumber for the last step :)


    Fixing the 22.5° problem, one trial at a time.


    Unfortunately I forgot to snap a pic of the resulting trusses, tomorrow.

  • House – Getting a door and some stairs

    I raised the platform a bit to prevent conflict with the door, add storage, and because I think I can fit a little desk under the bottom stairs.IMG_4413

    After a heavy storm, we upgraded the 2nd floor tarpIMG_4410