Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022
To top it off, the tile floor in this room proved a cool spot in the heat of August. Often you would find one of the family on the floor, either a construction worker asleep (a roll of Costco paper towels at his head) after lunch, or a smaller child with a toy. Some even ate on the floor on the hottest days. On the other side of this photo is a fridge and a freezer (the RV unit was far too small).
Saturday, November 26, 2022
As much as I love the plywood floors and wanted them on both stories, it was too late to change the order for our upstairs flooring. We did regular tongue-and-groove fir (WAY better looking than the gnarly plywood) but I wished it could all match through the whole house. However, the second story kind of has its own “look” which is not as rustic as the first story. We were not doing the “General Store Floor” look up there anyway. I had hopes that at the least the floor would be easier to finish (less splinters to glue down!).
Getting the long boards up there was quite an interesting family event.
No walls were dented and no windows broken! Because this was not stable plywood, the boards had to sit upstairs for a while and "acclimate" before they could be installed.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Monday, November 14, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022
During a project that seemed to consume all our time, it was nice to take walks and get away from it all. So let me take you along on a few!
When I first discovered bitterroot, I thought it was so alien-like. But then to see it when the blossoms unfurl!
It has become one of my favorite flowers.
A beautiful view from just above the neighborhood and quite aways above the valley.
That year the lupines were in abundance.
A pretty sunset glow
We once calculated that this is about 3600 above the sea.
We hike to what we have dubbed "levels." First level is our house up to the flat spot where we can see the Three Sisters mountains. Second level is up a steep and slippery rocky shale slope to another flat spot, and third level is the very top of this hill where the best view awaits. It is a tiring hike though!
All kinds of interesting rocks are up that way, and once in a while a new wildflower is spotted that doesn't grow on the other "levels."
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Monday, November 7, 2022
One tiny room has never felt "just right" and that is the half-bath. You can do a lot with small spaces, those are places you can "make a statement" or "an impact" if you will for less money and less commitment than a large room. But it has taken a while to finish it. The walls had been white, then aqua blue (horrible) and then white again. And then to decide on the flooring... at least it wasn't going to be terribly expensive to tile!