Who is that blowing gently into my ear as I scrub mold off the Sister House ceiling with bleach water? If you guessed it was the house itself, YOU ARE RIGHT! We have electricity and a running heater in the house now! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS??? It means this time when I clean the mold off it will stay gone. It means that I can now stain and varnish the interior window sills. It means that the plastering of walls can begin soon. It means our funny little project that, if I am really truthful, I was starting to lose faith in, is moving along. It means the carefully assembled 2x4's and 2x6s that are sitting in the yard looking kind of house-like are really and truly a HOUSE! Praise be.
In no particular order, here are some things that both you and I missed while I was wallowing in depression:
Sunrise behind Mt. St. Helens taken just this morning as I was on my way to the dentist
Fog! We were socked in for 3 days. I took this on my mail route way up on a hill that would normally be well out of fog range, especially by noon when this was takenThe shingles going up on the house. We are farther along than this. I will post again when this section is finishedOur heating beast. All the ductwork is in now. As soon as I finish digging the trench for the electrical connection we can hook up and heat the house!The great snow of 08, compressed, frozen and sliding off the roof destroying gutters on it's way. These pics were taken at 6:30am and after I took them I went and knocked the snow down so the gutters wouldn't get too mangled. It looks like the snow would just fall off when hit with a broom or shovel but it hung on and I really had to beat at it to get it to break!South Military Road during the stormSouth Military Road after the storm. Not many snow plows around here! These roads were a mess for many days.Wilma! Created by Kathy and waiting to greet me when I got home from Utah on Christmas eve.Raccoon visitors!Stuck in Tom and Kathy's driveway on Christmas Day. My car wasn't high enough to clear the snow.The burn pile awaiting the appropriately rainy day to go up in flamesFraq buried. While I was in Utah, Tom came over and spent a day scraping snow off the driveway with the CAT and cleared off the mail car. Then it kept right on snowing and I ended up getting stuck in my own driveway the Saturday after Christmas.
Before we went to Utah I found a bat in the Sister House. This bat wasn't right! Matt and I took some video of it before we, uh, put it to sleep. With all the cats around it just isn't a good idea to let a sick bat run loose.Speaking of cats, Lily was just diagnosed with FIP. This is BAD news. It is incurable and there is no way to know how she contracted it. It is possible that she may have caught it from the kittens or it may have been hanging around inside her dormant. It is somewhat infectious so we are now worried about the rest of the cats. The Vet suggested that we bring her in for euthanasia but we just haven't been able to bring ourselves to do it yet. Crap.
Short story: A pair of Angelinos head north - relocating to the little town of Winlock, WA (Egg Town because of the giant egg statue by the railroad tracks).
Long story: Having recently met her birthfather, Michelle and Matt decide to move closer to him and his family to get to know the new clan. They purchased a lovely 5 acre parcel of land and an old house sitting on someone else's land. The plan is to move the old house, referred to as "The Sister House", to their land and renovate it.