Monday, December 21, 2009

...just working on the interior drywall now on the Moose Lake project...


They had the grand opening of the new park building/youth center in Ely this weekend. I have been helping some with that project and it is nice to feel like it is almost completed, thought there seems like a lot left to do. At least the  skating rink part will be up and running so the kids can use it.  I will be down there a lot myself since my son decided to play hockey this year. I was not at the main events of the grand opening, since we had a game in Virginia, but I heard it went well.
I did not take any pictures of the facility this past week. I just didn't have my camera with me at the right times, (or maybe I was just lazy).
  Someone wrote a real nice article about skating history in Ely. I don't often enjoy reading the local newspapers, but this one I found fun:

Also, WDIO TV from Duluth came up and did a piece on it last Thursday, it was on the 10:00 news that evening. You can see the video here:

Friday, December 11, 2009

The lakes are all frozen over now, it has been a very cold week, 16 below zero right now as I write this.
I took a picture of Burntside lake on Tuesday. This is the last lake to freeze and you can see there is still a bit of open water out there with the steam rising off of it. I'm sure it is all frozen over now:

We are getting the insulating done at our Moose lake project. The heating system is up and running now, so things are a little more comfortable in the house for working. The electrical is all done and we unloaded a ton of sheet rock on the site yesterday:

...and my shop project pokes along at the usual snails pace:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter came this past week.
I was doing my weekly visits to one of the houses I recently completed that I agreed to continue checking on through the winter months, and I snapped this picture on my approach:

That was Monday, when it started. It was about 30 degrees and the snow was a sit slimy. We didn't really expect it, they weren't really predicting that sort of thing on that day, but we all knew it was coming, at some point, so accepted it pretty well, I think. That first day is always a shock but by the end of the week, we had made the adjustment. It's amazing how quickly we adapt. This was now going to be our world for the next few months and by the end of the week, that just seemed OK.
I went to the flower and seed store and got some bird seed. Up till now, I think they have been OK in the woods foraging for themselves, but with the snow and then the colder temperatures, I feel like I should try to take care of these little guys. It probably doesn't make a difference to them, but it makes me feel better.

As far as work goes, the Moose Lake project is still coming along. We have begun to put windows in and the "log" siding is almost done:


Fortunately, I have a few shop projects to work on as well:

Saturday morning we had seven degrees below zero and clear sky.
I'm guessing a total of 7 or 8 inches of snow in the last 6 days.
Yup, this week, winter came: