Saturday, September 29, 2012

I had the opportunity to be up early this morning and saw the night illuminated by the huge, full, or almost full, moon. I watched as it slowly gave over to the sun, slowly sinking in to the south west as the sun gradually came up in the east.The days are getting noticeably shorter now as we ease into fall.

Autumn colors near Ely MN,
 I have not hunted in many years, but the colors and the smells of the northern Minnesota woods this time of year, more than any other time, makes me want to just stop what I am doing and go for a walk... not on a trail, but in to the woods.
Of course, that is not what I did today... the business of life steers me away from that more often than not it seems.
Ely Minnesota fall colors,

...but the beauty of it all is intense and it is impossible not to notice. A good many of us who live here have jobs that take us on wonderful drives down winding roads through the colored trees and past the picturesque waters.
 Colors near Ely Minneosta,
Yesterday I even had the opportunity to meet some nice folks and go for an unhurried boat ride across Burntside Lake to look at their potential building site on their boat access property.  Boat rides have to be somewhat unhurried this time of year as the buoys that mark the hazardous rocks have all been pulled out for the winter and the pace was welcome.  The lake was very calm and quite. I saw one lone canoeist but otherwise, not a boat in site.

All to often I let the stresses of daily life get to me. Some days I am better than others at just breathing in life and appreciating it all... I have been on this planet now for just over 50 years and this still takes a constant effort.
Fall colors in Ely Minnesota


Saturday, September 22, 2012

More progress on the garage that we are building...
The walls are sheathed, the roofing shingles are on this side of the roof.

garage plywood shathing
 ...on the other side we put up a log header and a shed roof for a wood shed area...
log ost and beam woodshed


Sunday, September 16, 2012

More routine carpentry work. Chris and Scott have been working on framing this garage. A couple weeks ago we were setting these trusses:

crane installing frame trusses,

Meanwhile, some finishing touches on another project. Counter-tops installed and the mirror and light fixtures hung on this reclaimed oak vanity. The counter tops are soapstone.

Reclaimed oak vanity soapstone top

Custom glass shower doors in the master shower:

Custom glass shower doors.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Extra time at the baseball field...

I have been able to continue my interest in spending time at the baseball field even in the off season by doing some work there.
It has been apparent for some time that the roofs on the dugouts were needing some work badly. Though they were only about five or six years old, (that's about when they were replaced after a strong wind ripped them completely off), the rolled roofing that had been put in place was weathering badly. There were quite a few rips and openings in the roofing that made the dugouts somewhat less than waterproof.


 Over the past few months I had been to many ball fields and most of the roofs were just a standard corrugated metal panel. I could see and hear the foul balls hitting them and they seemed to hold up fine. I could see a dent here and there, but nothing serious. So, after some discussion, that is what we decided to do. Over the last couple weeks my son, Patrick, and I went at it and completed the roof project this week.
I took these pictures today in the sunlight and I think they look significantly better than they did before.

 I have probably mentioned what a great baseball field we have here in Ely. I have been to many fields this summer and I can easily say we have one of the best. It is a huge ongoing process that takes so much time and commitment from the people involved. I am glad to be a small part of this project.