Sunday, November 29, 2009

It was a short work week. We are finally getting some cooler temps, but no snow yet.
After our quiet Thanksgiving day at home, we spent some time watching some Pee-wee level hockey games that my son was participating in, in Coleraine.

Some good games. It's been a couple years since we have had the opportunity to be "hockey parents" and sit with all the other "hockey parents", and I wouldn't go so far as to say it was good to be back as "one of them", but it is a fast paced, exciting sport to watch, and despite having to dress warmer as a spectator, spend ten times as much on gear, and drive all over the Iron Range in the worst types of weather, I guess I prefer it to basketball, though it seems to bring out a little more of the "dark side" in the parents.

After one of the games, we asked our son if he could hear all the yelling, if individual players could hear their own fathers and mothers explicit instructions, "SHOOT!", or "GET THE PUCK!", helpful advice like that, and he said no. They can hear the collective groans or cheers, but not much else. We were glad to hear this. Hopefully the parents calm down a bit before the long ride home...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We are still having great weather for building. It's been sunny all week and highs in the 40s. The nights have been cold though, and there is a bit of thin ice on the quieter waters in the mornings and it's taking longer and longer to melt during the days.
Driving to a job site one morning I found this guy. The water is mostly skimmed with ice, but he was just sitting there on a rock in a little area where it was still open, enjoying the morning sun.

We are getting the log siding up on this project and putting some window in. Electricians and plumbers have moved in, so we can do the outside work now and stay out of their way.

On my other project, the well drillers came this week and drilled a well. Hard to see, but it is that pipe sticking up from the ground:

That slab is cured now to the point where we took the curing blankets off. It looks pretty nice, I think they did a good job:

...and I managed to get a little work done in the shop:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Seems like not a lot happened this week, but the big thing was the concrete work for our next project was finished. The nice weather held into this week, we had highs in the 50s and for a couple days after this slab was poured, we actually had lows in the 40s. Very unusual for this time of year, but I'm not complaining. Here the slap is being finished:

On the other project, we are working on getting the skirting around the base of the building done. This will close in the building so that it can be used in the winter in the future. It was set up as a seasonal cabin, but with our improvements, the heaveir insulation in the roof and the insulated wall around the base, it should be able to be used year round.

The half log siding will go up from the top of the skirting there.
We also poured a small slab inside under the building for the heating and mechanical stuff to sit on:

We woke up to an inch or so of snow this morning. It started off as rain yesterday, but the temp dropped all day and it ended up being snow. I was very grateful for the mild weather up into this past week, but now I am OK with the idea of winter coming.
In mid November, 50 degrees is just weird. Although I can remember the first year I moved here, about 24 years ago, deer hunting in a T-shirt.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On the modified "A" frame project, we are making progress. The roof is all buttoned up, so, for the most part, we are out of the weather, which is always a good thing this time of year. I have the windows, but there is no need to bring them to the jobsite just yet. We will get all the interior walls framed and then electricians and plumbers can get in and do their thing while we stay out of their way putting in windows and applying the siding.

The "A" frame beams inside will remain. They are Doug Fir that was stained a very dark brown, but we took the time to sand them so they are now the natural Doug Fir color:

On the other project we are getting the ground work in. The masons have finished the foundation walls, and the dirt guys have backfilled inside. We have put the foam insulation down to insulate under the heat tubing, and the plumber and electrician have put their tubes and pipes in place. We are ready for the slab to be poured. Unfortunately, this is opening deer hunting weekend, and the entire world in Ely comes to a complete stop. I don't understand this, even after living here for about 25 years, but from three days before opening day till about the wednesday followong opening weekend, nothing gets done in Ely. Apparently, it is not about hunting, it is more of a ritual. We see men in the grocery store loading up shopping carts with enough food to last months and then at the liquor store loading up on beverages. Meantime, I we just had the most beautifull fall day you could imagine and my slab is not getting poured. Next Wednesday they are looks like the weather will hold, but I am getting nervous. It's all my own fault, of course. I dragged my feet this summer on getting this project going and now this is where I am.

I did manage to get up on the roof of the youth center building we are constructing in town and finished the upper dormers. These stayed open last winter, although is wasn't a big deal then, we really didn't have the ceiling finished inside or anything, but this year I wanted to make sure no snow blew in there and wrecked anything. This is totally a volunteer project, so I have to find time here and there to fit it in. A bunch of kids from IRYA came and finished, (or mostly finished) the soffets, so we are moving along. We will have the warming room ready for the ice season, so, hopefully that end of it will get some use this winter once the city starts making ice in the rinks.

Inside, the floors and ceilings are done. Hopefully it will be ready to use as a "youth center" or whatever this winter, but there is still a lot of work to do...

For more info on the Ely Youth Facility click HERE.

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On one of my errands this week I was confronted by this guy. He appeared pretty full of himself, so I let him cross and go on his way: