|Barb has a new friend! He is off limits when it come to hunting|
We had a little bit of both this past week……But let me back up. At the end of our last post I mentioned that my sister Carol was going to visit us. We had not seen her since she visited us in Ontario over a year ago so we were looking forward to seeing her again. It was a wonderful week, we loved having her out and showing her our little slice of heaven.
|Now I just need to do the other side!|
One of the things I was looking forward to was taking her on a jeep ride on the wildlife loop in Custer State Park and then over to Mount Rushmore.
Burro looking for a handout
Then one afternoon we got a message from one of Barb’s friends from Wisconsin who was vacationing in Colorado and was coming through the Black Hills on their way home. It had been years since we had seen Jim and Melanie and we spent the afternoon catching up and rehashing old adventures. We had a great time and it was fun afternoon.
|Barb and I with Jim and Melanie|
|Lori (on the right)|
On the way back home she went through Deadwood where she again ran into Jim and Melanie. Coincidence? I think not…..She stopped and had beer with them and watched a reenactment of the Wild Bill Hickcock gunfight.
A few days later Kevin and Cheryl arrived and the work began. The plan was for Kevin to finish the concrete at his place and to get the house concrete and footings done at our place. But first he had two goals. The first was to take Cheryl on a balloon ride for her birthday.....Last time Kevin came out to do concrete he brought his crew out to help. A total of 5 guys who were experienced in concrete work and one guy (me) who had never done it before. This time Kevin had his work cut out for him as it was him, me, Barb and Cheryl. It would be an understatement to say that Kevin was dreading this week but hey, you got to work with what you have!
We spent one day getting his site prepped. The section we were to pour at Kevin's was 40' x 38' for his garage and horse stall area. The first step was to put some poly down, lay the rebar and set the leveling stakes.
|Looks like a dream concrete crew to me!|
There are basically three jobs while pouring; running the chute, raking and screeding. Barb, Cheryl and I took turns with the chute and raking and Kevin did the screeding.
During the pour it is an hour of backbreaking work, there is no slowing down, there is no time for conversation, just time to listen to Kevin and follow direction. There was barely enough time to stop and take pictures!
The last step is to finish the concrete with a power trowel. There are several steps to this and takes over an hour to get it just right.
Next up was our place! Our pour was going to be 30' x 38' plus footings for a 30' x 50' garage. We spent one day getting the rest of the forms down, using the laser level to make sure everything was level, laying the foam under the house section and installing the tubing for the in-floor heat.
|Setting foam in the house section|
|Foam down and heat tubing in!|
Because of all the plumbing pipes we had to work around we decided to break the pour into two sections and two days so we ran a form board down the middle.
|Broken into two sections|
|Ready for concrete!|
Today I got a lesson on the power trowel. That helped speed things up so Kevin could move on to finishing around all the pipes.
|Here it comes!|
|Me, power troweling|
|Barb working on the footings for the garage|
|Ready for framing!|
Our goals for this year on our house was to get the concrete down and that in itself was a huge accomplishment. We will concrete the garage at a later date but for now we are just keeping it gravel.
Work done, visiting done, deer hunting done, it is time to move on. We are headed north to the farm in North Dakota where the 10 day forecast shows lows in the 20's!
Are we nuts? If you know us at all you already know the answer to that one!