2014-04-22 Kitchen Cabinets Installed

Another project that deserved an “expert” was the cabinet hanging. I felt I could do it, but it wouldn’t be easy. Besides, my neighbor, Franky, does it for a living. On top of that, he had major surgery a month ago so he has been without an income. Since he couldn’t do any heavy lifting, […]

2014-04-20 Building Our Homestead with My Helper

Building our home on the rock is no small accomplishment. I can’t do it all on my own.  I enlisted the help of a few different excavators (some better than others). After making some efforts to lay the block on my shed, I hired a team to finish it off. A couple concrete finishers saved […]

2014-04-19 Troubles With the Dam

That damned dam. It just keeps getting worse. That “little” crack I mentioned previously? It’s now a rockslide from hell. That, in itself, wouldn’t be so bad. It’s done what it is going to do and I doubt it is going anywhere from here.

2014-04-18 Convenience of a Toilet

I have a real appreciation for modern conveniences, so having a toilet installed before we moved in was a must. When I was a young lad, I lived in a house with my grandparents that did not have an indoor bathroom. A cistern, fed by runoff from the roof, supplied COLD water to the kitchen sink, […]

2014-04-17 Appliances & Stuff

Today, the appliances arrived. The timing was good, as I just finished painting and didn’t hafta work around them. They will be in the way for a while tho, as the cabinets aren’t yet installed.

2014-04-13 Building With Family

Today was a special day, as it included Mare’s son, Charlie, and his future wife, Lauren.  I kinda felt bad putting them to work, but they seemed more than happy to help.

2014-04-08 Drywall

One of my least favorite jobs is sanding drywall. The dust gets everywhere, including my sinuses.  Yes, I did wear a mask, but it didn’t help much.  And it’s just tedious and backbreaking.  But it needs to be done. Sadly, I don’t really have any pix from this stage of the project.

2014-04-05 Catching Up on the Dam

Since my last update on April Fool’s Day, MUCH has transpired.  Though the title is dated 4/5, today is actually June 7th (happy birthday, brother).  My excuses?