Saturday, February 23, 2013

Covered entry/porch project

Overall, it's been a slow winter.
We are keeping busy with some smaller projects and making our way in to spring.
A small covered entry porch that I mentioned back on this post, is now underway.
Here is a picture I took yesterday on the site:

Ele MN clear blue winter sky,
It is actually a nice spot for winter work. The sun is getting strong now and this side of the house is somewhat out of the wind and in direct sunlight all day. Once the bulk of the snow is moved off the roof the rest melts very quickly. Even at about zero degrees, steam is rising off the wet spots on the roof. The day of that picture was a particularly amazing Northern Minnesota clear blue winter day.

Here is a shot of the building before we began, just before the snow started coming. We did the concrete footings while the ground was soft so that we could do the rest of the work sometime over the winter, (which is now):

Ely MN log cabin entry,

Just a quick sketch while sitting in my truck somewhere...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It takes me a while every year... to get used to the idea of winter.
...maybe it even takes a little longer every year.

I think the last few winters have been difficult to appreciate because we never got the real cold. This year we actually had that week or more of weather where it never got above 10 below zero and some lows overnight approaching 40 below.
Once that weather passes, you can walk outside on a nice sunny day with temps about 0 and realize how absolutely amazing winter can be.

We had some nice fluffy snows this past week and both times followed by a day of sunshine and temps about 10 degrees above zero.
One day I struggled with my dinosaur of a snow blower, finally getting it started at the expense of a couple days of back pain and was trudging up and down our hill behind it... at some point I stopped and shut it off, (somewhat reluctantly, I never know if it will start again), to fill it with gas and that's when I realized... There were still some flakes, though the sun was out. They were more falling out of the trees and floating down than coming from the sky...

You can't help but just smile at the wondrous world we live in.

As I get older, my comfort zone narrows. I want life to somehow be easy. Haven't I earned that yet?
But, I know there is value in the struggle. I am constantly reminded of that. I think that is what winter is for. That's what keeps things in perspective.

They are predicting another foot of snow today... I'm strangely OK with that.

... I have a few pictures here of the snow carvings in the park for the Ely Winter Festival.