September 27, 2010

Roof repairs

Because of Mike P.'s ninja skills we got this roof repair done in two days. Thanks Mike!

More roof repair pics

Mike P. rebuilt that mess of a roof structure on the back deck as well. When finished it will have the same roofing as the main roof. Sweet.

September 20, 2010


September 17, 2010


Crazy weather in NYC yesterday caused some damage to our vehicle. . . the windshield and hood were the final resting place for a pretty big tree branch. Luckily the car was empty at the time so no one was hurt. The car is running fine. In fact Mike drove it to the auto glass place, though I don't know how he saw a thing! I think he might have taken some photos, so maybe he'll post them.

We continue to move onward, undaunted!

September 12, 2010

End of a four day weekend

With family visiting on Friday and all the work we've been doing you'd think we would remember to capture things with a camera...

We had a great visit Friday with a sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and another youngster. We had a great time talking, playing various forms of tag, making fire, hiking on the property, chopping wood, playing chess and eating a lot. Thanks for coming guys. We hope you come back soon and often!

Other work we did:
- Made fire pit seating out of cut logs and stone.
- Leveled the basement (ugh) and rolled out 6 millimeter plastic for a vapor barrier. Next is to lay crushed stone on top of it and dig around the exterior to seal it up.
- Sanded and polyurethaned a section of the bathroom floor that the previous owner missed because he was a slob.
- Cut and stacked 1/8th of a cord of fire wood for seasoning (it's for next fall at the soonest).
- Added three inches of flashing between the roof shingles and gutters to force water away from the cabin.
- Painted new bolts we used to shore up the loft stairs (work we did last weekend). We painted the black so they looked like iron.

But don't think we go there only to work! We enjoyed many hours of relaxation, peace, quiet and an abundance of nature. Two deer drinking from the stream in front of the cabin. Birds of prey everywhere we go. We even saw a dead porcupine (roadkill).

Well, here's one picture of her after building a raging fire.

September 7, 2010

visits, visits, visits

We had a busy labor day weekend, full of labor but also lots of visits.

Friends Mike and Joanne came to see us and Mike, who is extremely talented, helped us out tremendously, working with Mike on two doors, our stairs and kitchen electric in the span of a couple of hours. He also carried a tree up the road so now we have firewood, which we needed for the mid-40's we saw at night and early morning. Joanne "scrubbed" the self-cleaning oven so once I test the temperature, we'll be able to bake (apple pie anyone?).

Family (my brother, sister-in-law and three year old Princess) came up for lunch and more chopping firewood. I believe my niece is smitten with the place, but as Mike said, she loves everywhere. A friend of my brother's who lives just a couple miles away joined us as well. It's great to have someone we know so close by!

Neighbors stopped by as well, and that was very pleasant. We are fast becoming part of a community! Now we know more drama (I mean history) of the place and we also are learning things like who plows and how much does that cost.

September 6, 2010

A Spotted Salamander!

Bedframe from Ikea's "as is" room = fifty bucks.
Half inch plywood from Woodstock Building Supply = 18 bucks.
Moving a mattress from the city to the country = Unknown.

We woke up to a chilly morning. High 40s!

Can you spot the woodchuck with a serious case of redeye?

Our first bit of stone work. This one covers the ugly plastic vent for the septic system.