The past two weeks has been a whirlwind of activity and a whirlwind of weather. We went from 50's to teens pretty much over night, but it is so beautiful!
|Entrance to our driveway on a cold frosty morning
We were trying to get the finishing touches done on a couple of things in the house before the snow and before Kevin and Cheryl arrived on the 23rd. And we did it!
We got all the vapor barrier done and sealed up and we got heat!
|Look at all that vapor barrier!
As promised the heating contractor arrived on the 16th and finished up the job, turned the system on and left. He said it should take about 24 hours for the system to get up to temp. When we woke up the next morning and went into the house it was 72 degrees! And for most of you that know us 72 is like a sauna. So we dialed it down a bit and love the new system. For those of you who have had in-floor heat before you will know exactly what I mean when I say I don't know why we did not do this in our other houses, it is the best heat that we have ever experienced. It heats the entire house, the concrete, the wood, the walls, the furniture and it stays heated without running for long periods of time.
With our old forced air systems it would be hot while the furnace is running but as soon as it turned off you could slowly feel the temperatures dropping. With this system you don't feel that at all and you don't hear it. It makes a noise comparable to a refrigerator. The one thing I don't like about it is that you should pick a temperature and leave it there both day and night as it takes so long to get to the new temp. This means no turning it down to 48 at night. We have found that 67 is the optimal temperature during the day while in the house working but at night I am hotter than hell at that temp. I am trying to get used to it but so far it is not totally working.
Speaking of that we bought a bed and are now sleeping in the house. It is just a temporary blow up one but we figured it would be nice to have when/if the grandkids come to visit.
|Still a construction zone but we have a temporary bed! (torn screen in the background)
We also got the remaining soffit and fascia up and boy was that a chore! The final day I had to get it done as Kevin was arriving and was going to repossess his skidsteer, The problem was not the work itself, it was the 20-30mph winds that kept trying to blow me off the rack and even blew off soffit panels after I put them up. One particularly strong gust blew 6 panels off in one gust and of course one of the panels hit the bedroom window ripping an 8" gash into the screen....frustrating! In the end I got it done.
While Barb was busy inside and I was busy outside the dogs would just sit in the rig and wait for us to take breaks or be done. This is what they looked like before we went out to work a couple of mornings, just a rough life!
|They do have a rough life don't they!
|Hand made barn doors out of rough sawn pine
|First fire in their fireplace!
|Just getting started....
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays of the year. Our Thanksgiving tradition over the years, like many others, is to watch football, eat way too much and spend time with friends and family. There was only two wrinkles in this plan, we have no family in the area and we do not have TV! Or do we?
|Not done but we got the platform done! And the TV up!
Well apparently she was not on hold and the operator was listening to our entire conversation. After hearing Barb's rant she waived the $300 equipment and installation charge, gave her a $70 dollar credit and had the installer out the next day. A supervisor even called to make sure she was satisfied. I guess it pays to rant when you think you are on hold!
|Dish being installed!
|Dan, Bonnie, Barb, Cheryl and Kevin
Our house is really becoming a home, we are falling in love with it more and more as make progress on each area. We cleared a couple trees in the front that really opened up the view down the valley. One day we had beautiful sunset.....