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Today and yesterday I started working on the chicken coop again. I have a pretty long list of things to do to it before winter hits. The house isn’t ready for my tender loving care yet, so the coop is getting all of my attention for now. So far I’ve knocked two items off of my to-do list. The first was to get the hardware cloth put up on the northern gable end.

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I will do the same to the southern gable end as well. The coop is surprisingly pleasant in the middle of a hot day. There is adequate ventilation, and the porch on the front keeps the mid-day sun from heating it up through the window. I think our future chooks will be quite pleased with their accommodations.

The next thing on my list was a double door like Mr. Ed was famous for speaking from behind. I’ve never built a door, so it was with a lot of trepidation that I embarked on this project. I figured I would fail miserably. A couple hours later, my builder walks by and says, “Hey! Nice door!”

Must have been doing it right!

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My parents stopped by the land today to get a look at the house. While they were there, I enlisted my dad to help me hang the door. That’s him playing peekaboo with the camera. It’s so much easier and faster with two people! The door looks fantastic, and only cost about $20 for the supplies. While I was at Menard’s I also found a back door for the chicken coop for $5. Can’t beat that! It’s an exterior door that’s missing the half window in the middle. I figure I can pop in some trim and hardware cloth and we’ll be set. If it ends up not working, well it’s only $5, and we’ll probably use it somewhere else.

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Thanks for the help, Dad!

Yesterday I spent the day entertaining our boys at the local Historical Days festival. We went to a parade in the morning, then spent the afternoon escaping torrential downpours and playing on several inflatable slides and obstacle courses. One of the boys even got to run in a human-sized gerbil ball on water. Fun stuff. We didn’t make it up to the land at all, and the curiosity was killing me! My builder was supposed to start the walls yesterday, you see, and although I knew this day of playing was just what the family needed, I was anxious to see the progress on the house.

This morning dawned, and with it brought the need to go up to the land to pick up the trailer so I could run over to Michigan to grab our new-to-us freezer from my aunt and uncle’s house. I pulled up the driveway, stomach all aflutter, to this…

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What a thrill! Not only is the subfloor all finished, but the exterior walls are all up and the interior walls are going up right before my eyes! My son was so excited to finally see where his bedroom is going to be (right in front of where he’s standing, in the northeast corner where the single window is) that he clambered up into the house and ran straight over to it.

We were on a time constraint, however, so we couldn’t stay for long. I snapped a few pictures for the blog, then we took off for Michigan. Several hours later, we came back with the freezer in tow to see this…

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Oh, what joy! Nearly a third of the roof trusses had been lifted into place and fastened down. You can actually see the size of the bonus room we’ll have above the bedrooms and bathroom. It’ll be 14’x22′ of usable space running right down the middle. I’m so glad the builder talked us into going this route. That’s a lot of space to waste! I envision a cozy study up there where the kids can do homework and read in peace, I can sew, and my husband can get his fix of whatever geeky computer thing he’s into at the time.

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That’s our freezer. The first appliance to go into the house! The ramp will stay there so that I can get our gun safe down there this next week as well. I can already see all of the shelves of home-canned goods lining the walls down there. Oh, I can’t wait! I’m so excited!

 

Finishing back-filling the basement.

Finishing back-filling the basement.

Filled in along the bay windows in the east side of the basement, too.

Filled in along the bay windows in the east side of the basement, too.

 

Our new-to-us log splitter. I need to get a tarp for it. Until I do, I covered the important bits with some wood to keep rain and tree debris off.

Our new-to-us log splitter. I need to get a tarp for it. Until I do, I covered the important bits with some wood to keep rain and tree debris off.

I have about 2/3 of the wood stacked so far. This one "pile" is 16'x20' and about 6' high.

I have about 2/3 of the wood stacked so far. This one “pile” is 16’x20′ and about 6′ high.

At the end of the day, half of our floor is up!

At the end of the day, half of our floor is up!

Looking into the stairwell opening. He had to build the walls before he could put the partial joists up.

Looking into the stairwell opening. He had to build the walls before he could put the partial joists up.

It’s been a long day between the boys’ school, running errands, volunteering, and working up at the land. The builder is coming out again tomorrow to work as much as he can, so I’ll write another update with more pictures later. G’night, y’all!

 

 

 

 

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