Monday, April 27, 2009

Signs of Spring

Three weeks ago there was still 10" of snow on the ground. Now that it has melted I was able to haul some more materials in and do a little work.

I picked up three of the windows I had ordered in a nearby town. I only had time to install the loft window. The next trip I'll get the big XOX window installed, the kitchen window, the soffits (T&G pine) and hopefully at least a good start on the siding. The siding will be 1x8 Spruce bevel on up to the soffit and Cedar Shingles on the gable ends.

The rail was installed for the inspection to meet safety code (railings required for decks 30" or higher). My plan it is to wrap the posts and re-install the rail as well as add the railing to the other side. The main entry will be centered from the front with a small landing and stairs. Plenty left to do but it felt good to make a small dent in the to-do list.

The abundant beauty and wildlife frequently distracted me. My point and shoot camera failed to capture many of the subjects of my curiosity and awe but there were a few interesting shots.
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Moose Track - size 10 boot for scale.

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One of two little Whitetail Bucks that frequented the Yonderosa Meadow.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

April Visit Update

A quick update. I managed to get over to the Yonderosa for six wonderful days! Even though I went solo I enjoyed my visit and accomplished a number of tasks including getting (and passing) the framing inspection, I managed to get the materials for the siding and soffit, installed one of the windows, chased some turkeys, saw lots of deer, a number of cool birds - Mountain Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker, Goshawk, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers (many), Ruffed Grouse (drumming)...., The lake was still frozen but 99.9999% of the snow was gone from the Yonderosa. The sound of the Kirby Creek was a pleasent backdrop to the chorus of bird songs. BIG Moose! WIDE variety of weather 80*F+ down into the teens, even had some snow fall... Discovered a Sub-Alpine Fir -Abies lasiocarpa - on the property... More later.