Miscellaneous Construction

Deck Stairs

As always, but especially with stairs, figuring them out on a more malleable and fault tolerant medium saves a considerable amount of time. It helps get all the little details right too.

It will move with the ground frosts, and so it attached to the deck in a way that will allow for this.

A Door

This is the first door inside the house, and it’s going to the kid who started needing privacy. He still leaves it open at night because he’s not used to being isolated, he’s still just a little boy. We had to explain a few things about door use that are not obvious when you didn’t grow up with them. Being careful with where Esther’s fingers are when he closes it, or how not to close the cat in. He of course slammed it once, and I told him just as I had constructed the door, I would deconstruct it if he did that again. The threat was deemed plausible and it’s been honestly hilarious to see him ever so gently yet angrily close his door when he throws a pre-teen fit.

9 Gallons

That’s the verdict for Sugaring 2022. I’ve heard that the sugar content in the sap wasn’t very high this year, and I believe it. I was surprised at how little syrup we got for how much we boiled. Another thing we’ve been told is that the later sap runs were “buddy”, meaning that the taste is a bit off from the trees budding. Except they weren’t actually budding so that is this year’s peculiarity. Nothing to complain about though, it’s been a good year.

Catching Pokemons

The kids love seeing wildlife or signs of it on our land. The trailcam is a great asset in this regard, and so whenever we pull its SD card, we check to see which “pokemons we caught”. We often get common ones, rarely with the trailcams or our phones, do we get to catch a rare one: bear, bobcat, coyote. I caught a bobcat once, but I didn’t press the button right on my phone in the excitement. I met it twice and spent the Summer carefully placing the trailcam in its path, alas it evades me still. It’s reached the status of mythical creature at home, first they didn’t believe me and none of my shots had it, then with Nicole a witness I operated my phone like a grandpa. It’s the elusive camera defeating bobcat.

A porcupine has been inspecting the collapsed barn recently, you can tell Spring is here because we get more sightings and more pushing of boundaries.

But its current residents are 2 raccoons, they exit it and come back every night.

These guys are unfortunately common too…

The neighbor’s dog…

The absolute most common pokemon

And the most fearsome