I keep telling myself it is just a big bedroom…

The ridge board has landed and it is spectacular.  The 2x14x16 is a freshly cut piece of Indiana Poplar that was purchased from Wilhelm Sawmill in Brookville, Indiana.  They were a pleasure to work with. While discussing the purchase, they also informed us that the Indiana Poplar is the state tree!  Who knew? We all do now.

Our big lumber delivery happened and we had some time to cut down all of the 16 ft boards for the floor joist construction.  We hope to get the joists screwed together this upcoming weekend. It was so awesome to see our order in real life as opposed to the virtual shopping cart I have been staring at for the past month.  

We have discovered a couple of things we need to consider which we will review with someone before moving forward.  

Things we have consulted on:

Screwing in carriage bolts: use old holes or make new ones? We had a five-minute meeting with our neighbor, Home Improvement style, over the fence line.  It was a meeting that would’ve put Corporate America to shame with the amount of information that we covered in such a short period of time.  We are going to make one new hole for each post  and put the carriage bolt through. We are going to leave the lag bolts where they are currently.  

Our ridge board might be ½  inch too thick (it is) than what the plans called for!!  Do we need to make adjustments in how we cut our rafters?  Will the supports be strong enough with the 2×6? Should we use a 2×8 instead?  Should we order another one? The directions on the plans called for a 2×14”x16 ft but the supports for the beam calls for an inch and a half-inch opening.  I am now assuming that the board, although special ordered, would be the standard size for a two-inch width which is one and a half inches.  Per our sensei, we can still use the big beauty that we have and he will adjust the support piece to accommodate the extra half-inch.  He does not think this will at all affect how our rafters fit.

Laying out the boards for size...
We laid out the square of the floor to see how it looked.

If we could only do this again it would be damn near perfect.  Maybe we can start our own 14×14 construction consulting business after we get this sucker up.  If we can do it, you can too!

In the city we are working on re-homing the sweetest kitty ever in addition to our dealing with our ongoing saga of egg delivery.  Poor Dayz is still having trouble laying her eggs. We are really working to get her an implant to suppress her egg production. Fingers crossed we can get that on board this week or next.  She is one tough duck.

Winter Solstice 2018

Worry not friends, the days are once again getting longer. See how fast that was? The spring flowers will be peeking out of the cold soil before you know it. Celebrate! That’s what we did.  We had a beautiful solstice meal with our farm family and friends and celebrated by the fire under the full moon light.

Last year we spent the weekend happily sequestered in the tipi with the kitties.  Tux was getting medicine for his ear, so we took them with us.  Since there is no real door in the tipi, we were sort of tasked to keeping them inside for the weekend.  The last morning we were there, there was a swarm of birds circling the tipi taunting Mittens and Tux from outside.   It was beautiful.  I think this was the weekend we realized how much we needed a door.  Fast-forward to today.

Cabin Corner

A friend came out and graciously helped us finish digging our holes.  THANK YOU!  The gravel ended up being delivered directly to our area by the gravel guy.  I found out from him that we live in the middle of the hill, by the way.  This delivery was a bit of a Christmas miracle and saved us some heavy moving that we would have otherwise had to do to get the gravel down there from the metal barn.  Thank you sir! He happened to live in the neighborhood so it was nice to make that connection.  We saved his number in case we need another “Bobcat” kind of job done.

The order for the foundation materials has been submitted and is now scheduled to be delivered on New Years Eve.  I think it is safe to say that we are pretty excited about this.

Gadget Corner

The Biolite camp stove is going back.  A second opinion confirmed that the device, although smart in function (it charges a battery with heat), takes too much attention to keep it going.  We may instead save for something like the Yeti, Goal Zero.  It has a place to plug-in small electronics.  This will suit us better than charging a phone with a small fire.

Homework

Trust in the universe sometimes.  Every once in a while it will come through.  I almost called the gravel guy to cancel the delivery because I thought it would be too much trouble for him to get it to us.  With some patience, we ended up faring better than originally planned.  We will take every win we can get and you should too.