Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Although it's very cold right now, we haven't had snow for a long time - I think the first (and last) snowfall was in November before Thanksgiving. Regardless, Bear loves to be outside and will stay there for the longest time all alone guarding his home. He has a lovely long outer coat and a very thick fleecy undercoat. He never gets cold.

Today, December 22, is my favorite day of the year. From now on the days will get longer and the nights shorter. Yay! Up here that makes a difference.

The support for the inner walls of my new work room is mostly up now and the electric lines have been added. Soon the walls will arrive, the insulation will be sprayed between the supports, and the walls will go up. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Clockwise - below

I have a very small basement under my small-ish house. Before I moved up north I "lived" in the east end of my pole barn after I had some very basic improvements done. I called that "Phase One". There already was well water and it was insulated. I had Darin add a kitchenette, electric baseboard heat, a bathroom/shower, a window, a glass doorwall, and a small fenced yard for my dogs. It was very comfortable but not suitable for a permanent year-round residence. It was, however, a great place to stay overnight or for long weekends while I continued to live in my Royal Oak home while my new house was being built - "Phase Two". After I sold my Royal Oak home and moved full time into my new home, the east end of the pole barn became a great guest house. It's so nice to have company nearby but living independently.
However, I lacked a place to 'work'. My basement is too small for storage, tools, a work bench, etc. So we're doing "Phase Three" now - turning the west end of the pole barn into a place for storage, a mower, a work bench, and tools. Darin has removed one large garage door on the north wall and will replace it with a window. The north garage door was unusable because, since the pole barn was built in the late 1980s, trees have grown up preventing access. The damaged existing west garage door will be replaced with an insulated one to allow me to get the mower in and out. There are currently two doors on the south wall. One, a "Dutch Door" will be replaced with a window; a new door will replace the other old one. Wiring has been updated and new overhead lights will be installed. Insulation and inner walls will be added.

My home currently does not have an entrance. There are three doors but none can be used by visitors because they can be accessed only by going through my yards. UPS, USPS, FedEx cannot deliver stuff easily; they can use the garage but I don't have a buzzer, bell, or a knocker. Sometime very soon I will finally finish my new digs by adding a small room which I will call my sitting room - "Phase Four". There will be a front door with a door-knocker. Guests will be able to come to my front door - yay! - and we can sit and chat in the new entry way.

I have enjoyed immensely the whole process even though it has taken several years. I've not been in a hurry, which, if you knew me, really knew me, would be most surprising.

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