The award for first visitor of 2019 goes to......Doug and Jan Bakken! Residing from our home state of Wisconsin. They (and by “they” I mean Doug) have been following our blog for years so when their travels brought them to the Black Hills they reached out. Interesting note, they are from the small town of Roberts in western Wisconsin where we have some good friends as well.
|Doug and Jan out at our place|
Upon returning back to our place our mule deer friends were there to greet us and Jan got a chance to feed them.
Next up is the award for Most Unexpected Phone Call. Sitting in our rig the phone rigs with a 701 area code. Since all of our farm friends are programmed into our phone we did not know who would be calling us from North Dakota. Imagine our surprise when we discovered it was long-lost but good friends Dan and Bonnie! We last saw them in October 2014 when we stopped but their place outside of Horace, ND. Since then they had moved (twice) and we lost touch with them.
They called to say that they were coming to the Black Hills to look for land! Our friendship goes back 20+ years and I remember the four of us talking back then about buying land out here and retiring someday. Now some 20 years later looks like we are both making our dreams a reality!
We spent a few hours Wednesday afternoon catching up over a beer and again Thursday afternoon evening for dinner when they surprised us by saying they put an offer in on a place within 20 minutes of us! Their offer was accepted and as soon as they close they will be living just outside of Custer.
|Bonnie, Dan and Barb on their new property!|
|Kevin and I setting the other risers while Barb sets the natural timber treads in place|
|We lifted them with the boom 3 at a time|
|Barb and I stayed safely on the scaffolding while Kevin scaled the trusses|
Once those were done we laid down the flooring (¾” tongue & groove).
East side loft wall up!
West side loft wall up!
With that we are 5 weeks into our project and have almost all the framing done. We still need to do the garage trusses and the loft wall between the house and the garage but we could not be happier with our progress so far!
|Week 1 is yellow, week 2 green, week 3 blue, week 4 is red, week 5 purple|
There was one other adventure we went on this week (and it has nothing to do with building!) but it deserves a post all to itself so stay tuned!