Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Shortly after finding out we needed to remove one more stump, we settled on a crew to do our foundation. When marking out the foundation it was discovered that indeed another stump would need to be removed.
Monday, May 9, 2011
We spent this weekend doing a lot of the same stuff we did last weekend. A new stump to remove, more deck to pull off. Because there was no log trunk on the new stump the chosen method for removal was chainsawing. This meant the family bought its first chainsaw.
This is the stump before chainsaw.
This is the stump after.
For the first time in a long time Bonnie will get to plant a garden before the middle of June, and not have to leave it before it's time to harvest. As you can see by the clouds in the background, the plants weren't able to make it into the dirt as a drastic change in the weather happened. About 2pm the clouds and cold came back and it was rumored to be 28 degrees at night. So, hopefully the garden will be planted by next weekend. You never know whether to wear sunscreen or sweaters on any given day.
It sounds like we'll be starting the foundation in the next week so we need to get the rest of the deck out. The part in front of the house that is still intact will stay. We'll use that when we put in the new windows. Keith offered to swing by today and put in some time removing the framing. It's great having such kind neighbors.
The next couple of weeks we won't be working on the house too much. If anything gets done on it it will be the pros doing the foundation. We hope to have it set by the time school is done so we can start construction right away.
Also, Happy Mother's Day to all of our friends and family who are mothers. That job is always a challenge and we hope that everyone took at least a few moments to honor those important people in our lives - we did :)
Friday, May 6, 2011
After having Brad take a look at where our foundation was going we discovered that another stump needs to come out. Good news is we got in some good practice last weekend, bad news is that it is indeed just a stump, no 12' trunk to use as leverage. The burl at the base is about 6' X 3' which is considerably smaller than the one we took out last weekend, so that too is working in our favor.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Today I stopped to pick up the approved plans from the Fire Dept. Finn was impressed as he got to sit in the fire truck. As I wrote out one more check, I can't help to think about how much money we have spent and still don't have much to show for it. At least now there is a whole in the yard and 1/2 of a deck gone. Todd has been taking out a few pieces each day. Brad, a local contractor who will be helping with the foundation, came by today and surveyed the scene. It seems that there is another trunk that might need to come out. We have a plan for grinding it out which will involve some more demolition in order to get the machinery in. Dave L.(the architect) thought we wouldn't need to deal with it but he is coming to double check tomorrow. I am hoping that we won't have to remove the steps into the house quite so soon. It will be a drag to have to carry the groceries over all the terrain for the whole summer. We'll see how it all plays out. If nothing else, it will be one more form of "functional fitness" for our summer months.
Monday, May 2, 2011
I am sure this will be the first of many small victories but we need to relish this one. After 2 days of digging with a pick ax, regular ax, shovel, hammer, any general digging and chopping implement you can think of... our tree trunk came down. We really didn't think it was ever going to budge but once Keith came over with his chain saw, we saw some movement and boy, were we happy. Still this morning, I have a hard time making a fist and I had a difficult time sleeping because my forearms ached. But the sense of accomplishment is a great feeling. Todd had his first injury but is doing fine. The "come-along" we were using to put tension on the trunk slipped and hit him in the side of the head. Luckily he is fine but he had a nice little goose egg for the afternoon and a small scrap behind his ear. After all of his mountain bike injuries, I don't think he is afraid of a little scar here or there. Here is a pictorial of our fun:
This is what it looked like when we started.
This is what it looked like when we started.
These were the weapons of choice to free our job site of this tree.
We got this far after about 25 hours of digging.
Then thankfully Keith and his chainsaw hit the scene.
...a little more effort from Finn...
Keith came over this morning and we finished it off.