Sunday, October 21, 2012

It was a dark and stormy night...

...or we expect it to be. The forecast is for a fair amount of rain starting late tonight and going for a day or so.  Yahooeee.


To help protect the framing, Bill spent several hours installing a protective tarp. Sounds straightforward as a task, kind of similar to covering a baseball field when the weather turns, lots of fluid movement, the team swooshing the tarp onto the playing field. Yeah, not so much when your playing field is one story up and the tarp is folded tight.

Bill asked for my help to get things started and I was immediately grateful that I work in an office. I've seen him scoot up ladders quickly and solidly for years, but it was a challenge for me to climb up to the partial plywood surface covering the second-floor joists. Then, we had to start unfolding the tightly wrapped new tarps. Oh, did I say that there were two? Yeah. That was an online ordering hiccup that I won't describe here. :-|

The unfolding was a slow, steady process of unwrapping the heavy tarps, re-orienting, unfolding more, rotating, rinse, repeat. Fortunately, our friend and neighbor Fred came by to lend a hand, and since he is an experienced house painter, he is comfortable climbing all around on houses and was able to take over and help more than I could. Here's part of the story:

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Bill came in for dinner and the final inning of the Giants game and then went back out until 9:00 pm to finish up. What can I say, he's a machine.

Meet Tinker

Tinker lives with John, our architect, and comes to "help" on the days that John is with us. She's a beautiful, tall young lady who enjoys chewing, romping, napping and long walks on the beach.


Teamwork

The team helps install second-floor joists. We couldn't do it without them!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

All heart

This has two purposes, to cause rain to run off of the tarp and to make the wife giggle.
This was found during the house demo and Bill added it to his heart-shaped collection.

Hey, iOS-ers!

If you would like to see our video clips, they are invisible on the iPad. And, the iPhone just shows a single video frame with no playback. So, if you see a big empty chunk in a posting, use a good old-fashioned computer. :-}

The big beam

Bill returned home from his latest civic activity and informed me that I forgot to show "the big beam" in this morning's video snippet. So, here 'tis.

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And, here it is again with brackets.

A beautiful sunny Saturday

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Our man Hank, enjoying the morning sun

Kyro gets what we call "sun drunk"


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lumber Thursday

The lumber delivery truck brought more wooden goodness today.



Thinking about how to stack the new lumber so we don't create a lot of extra work moving it around as it is needed.

Walls!