Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

What a Crew!


Friends came and gave us a huge gift. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Glad I Missed It

Some friends came out to give us a "boost" and hoisted up the first wall. I had a cold so I stayed home, and missed the entire wall-lifting. From the scary reports afterwards, I'm glad I wasn't there to worry and bite all my nails off watching the process.
All's well that ends well.

Friday, October 23, 2020

And a Bonus Table

The last sheet of sub-flooring was used for a makeshift table for a celebratory picnic.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


 We vividly remember this evening, when the subflooring was almost on. The sunset was especially, unusually spectacular. Cameras cannot do justice to it.

It was hard to keep our eyes off of it. But it was awesome for a different reason, and we knew why.

One of our Sisters in Christ had gone home to glory that day. It was as if the sky was announcing her welcome!

Monday, October 19, 2020



Sub-flooring the kitchen corner.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020


Waiting for the first sign of life in the meter...

... those numbers will show up as soon as this saw turns on...

 ...sigh. Back to the generator, for at least a little while.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020



   More trenches, this time for RV hookup.

Could have been really fun to make our own miniature Grand Canyon, if it wasn't about plumbing!

Monday, October 12, 2020


Turns out digging in this ground isn't easy. It isn't dirt exactly, more like pressed rock layers. A backhoe could only do so much.

 But the power had to get to the house somehow, so man-power was utilized. Along with metal spears (to break through the rock). Hand-and-spear. The Paleo way to go.

Saturday, October 10, 2020


We have a lot to say about tarps, mostly complaints.

Here you see three of the largest tarps we could get, zip-tied together and wanting to fly away like a hot air balloon. A lot of time was spent weighing them down with scrap lumber, then undoing it all when it was time for work.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Smoked out


No work that day. We were chased out of the job site by smoke suddenly pouring in from the west. Fortunately, a half hour's drive brought us to fresh air.
It was our first experience with forest fire smoke. It sure wasn't as bad as this year has been!

Thursday, October 8, 2020



 It's a different world under the joists.

A world of drain pipes and printed wood.

And we surface...

(I love this photo fast forwarding, by the way. You would never know it took WEEKS to get those pipes in!)

{Better photography courtesy of my son}

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

I don't know...

 ...but these types of hyraglyphic messages pop up a lot in this house build.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

All In A Day's Work...



...sort of. Got one in before quitting time. The rest went on the next day, all done just before sunset. 

{Better photography courtesy of my son}

Monday, October 5, 2020



To think that the entire floor is hanging on these things. 

{Better photography courtesy of my son}

Saturday, October 3, 2020

World Cardmaking Day

 Today is World Cardmaking Day. Seemed like a good excuse to take the day off and try to get ahead on some of my papercraft projects! 

It's been nearly thirty years since I ordered my first rubber stamps (well, it was actually me begging my parents to order them for me!) Those were the days of the gorgeous Personal Stamp Exchange catalogs and stamps. I have collected so many more beautiful stamps since then, and recently I have updated my stash by becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator. 

If I had to choose between my favorite hobbies, sewing and stamping, stamping would probably win. It's quick and easy, and possibly slightly more portable. If you could see my boxes of supplies, though, you would certainly say that it takes up just as much space as a sewing hobby:) 


Here are some cards made this week, more information on my new blog Sagebrush Stampers!  I'll be working on some more today! Are any Pleasant Times readers making their own cards today?

Friday, October 2, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020




Handy for keeping your house attached to the ground, but also for job site organization.

(Of course all job sites host family picnics, right?)