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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

IT IS COLD HERE AND WON"T WARM UP!!  Here it is the 3rd of April and I still have a fire in the wood stove and am wearing long sleeves and a vest.  Where is the warm weather???

Oh yea....we had it a couple of weeks ago when I planted the potatoes and onions.  It has been warm on intermittent and sporadic days....just enough to tease us and give us a taste of the luscious warmth!

I'm ready to put other things in the garden and plant annuals in the flower beds!   I want to look at the growing things in anticipation of picking ripe things!  I want warm breezes instead of the cold howling winds that we have here on top of this hill!

Patience....patience....I know these things will's just patience that I need!!

Yesterday was one of those gray, drizzly cold days.  Today though, is better in that there is no rain, but the wind is howling.  The sun is trying to shine through high clouds but there isn't enough to warm things up.   Although the thermometer says sure doesn't feel like it!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The clutter has been cleared from the moving boxes!

It's time for some pictures to be posted of our beautiful new home!  We are now living comfortably in

our new space.  When you search, look and plan for designs, you imagine yourself living in that

space.  I think we did a great job as we feel pretty comfortable in this new home.  I've spent the last 2

months toting things from the shop building next door that we lived in during the building process. 

I'm still moving some small things but for the most part everything is put away.  I'm sure though that

I'll be shuffling some of these things as I find how I use them in the new space.  And, we didn't have

a linen closet built any where so that is still something to be added by our cabinet man when he

finishes our banister.   But, if that's the only thing that we over looked.....then I think we did a pretty

good job!   Since this would be such a long post to describe each picture and room.....I'll take a few of

them at a time.  I'll try to describe what we've done and add in some pictures...there's still work to be


So....getting right along with it......

When you come in the back door, you come into the utility room or some people call them mud

rooms.   Regardless....we need a place to come in...take off shoes.....hang up coats laundry.

This is where we hang our coats and jackets.  It was originallly framed for a door, but in thinking about it....we didn't put a door on it.  Make it as easy as possible and the coats will get hung up. We did add beadboard to make it a little more visually appealing and then hung hooks that we already had.  We also gave it a coat of paint....a warm green...different color than the walls.    I like it!! Works pretty good!

After living with this for a few weeks.....I think I might have to add a couple more hooks down low for more hanging space

Monday, January 21, 2013

Building the House

This was the beginning.....pouring the stem walls for the foundation!!











Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The insulation

As we began to think about building, we drew on our knowledge, both current and past, of energy

effeciency.  We built a house about 29 years ago and it was, to a degree, passive solar.  We situated

the house so that the side with the most windows, were on the south side and the north side had no

windows.  But, as with all things, the building industry has changed.  Insulation has become more

efficient with the use of the sprayed foam.  It can cover cracks and openings that you can't even see! 

The crew that we had do ours even sealed the area around the doors and windows.  I don't think we'll

have any air leaks in this house. 

Windows have also improved considerably.  It is now very common to be able to get "Low E".   In

the sunroom which is situated on the south side of the house, has windows that are not "Low E" so

that we can gain as much solar heat as possible.  You can definitely feel the warmth on sunny much so that if it is fairly warm outside, I've had to close the doors between the sunroom

and the rest of the house!