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YIPPEE Volume 41
January 2008


YIPPEE Volume Fourty-One

Winter Wonderland and the Letter Q

 

 

Winter is here and its time to quack

 

Ducks fly south or hibernate and snowy winters are quack-free, right? Wrong. In the land of YIPPEE, there's way too much quackin' goin' on!

 

In doing plans for the upcoming year of construction, to answer the hanging question... C&C shuffled tasks into A and B, based on whether or not a task has to be done to get them living in their home.

 

"What do we call these other tasks that have to happen, but aren't directly getting the MLA done"? C&C will never get built if they are frozen (gotta keep up with the firewood), buried under snow (so much shoveling!) and dehydrated (keep that water flowing).

 

"Q! And, we have to quack anytime we do them." Cassandra usually forgets to quack. But Chris has been doing a Quack whenever he shovels, plows or hauls firewood. As winter lets up, there may be less risk of drowning in the quagmire of quacks.

 

As one reader, J.H., recently wrote,

"Where are you in your timeline?

Do you expect to be finished anytime soon?

Is this really a Zen thing, that is perpetually in process?

 

"You're one of the only people I know who actually use spreadsheets as intended", quipped Chris. Cassandra's abilities in this regard, long hindered by having only access to a Palm, have new limiters: battery power and malfunctioning (maybe malicious!) hotsync programs. Obstacles eventually overcome (with a heckuva lot of patience and time; time that should have been for construction!), C&C's updated estimates are in place, separated into the new A, B and Q letter categories. The newly developed procedure for transferring site journal time entries into the sheet is speedier, efficient and provides more information. By month's end, C&C can see that they need to do at least 40 hours per week of non-Quacking work in order to get Outta Poocham by December.

 

Check out the 2008 Construction Overview here

 

Got any ideas for getting done faster? Send any reasonably viable ideas (i.e. C&C do not have access to a time machine and Chris cannot split himself to stay home and work with Cass while working for CIBER) to C&C. Know anyone who could live onsite for a while and contribute? Got some extra funding to sponsor someone to take a sabbatical from their job to come live onsite and help build? Know any volunteer organizations that would be safe and build?

 

C&C are scaling back on various non-building tasks as they can; this year is crunch-time, down to the wire, the final sprint... the Year Building Cannot Be Extended. Besides a desperate need for a home, there's the fact that the building permit expires.

 

Cassandra hopes to be more stable health-wise... sometime soon. As she is, she has less frequent incapacitating times and therefore gets more done during the weeks alone. January was not a good month in that regard; at first, treks up to the MLA and back were contrary to healing the tree-collision injury; the plane episode had her down for the day and suffering more thereafter; the creosote episode sent her backwards as well; there were far too many days in the latter half of January with her shaking too badly to work a full day.

 

Winter Wonderland Song

 

On the pipeline we will build a sled run

Speedy Cass will crash into a tree

She will limp away with nothin' broken

But have a nasty bruise from hip to knee

 

Later on, we'll get naked

Who needs sleep, is what we said

(that's not public, forget we said it)

Loving in a little yurt are we

 

In the meadow we could build a snowman

Make it come to life and help us build

We just hope he doesn't shout "No way man!"

And report us to the Frosty Snowman's Guild!

 

So, we'll end on our own now

Cold we stand as we work now

Trudging along, singing some songs

And dancing in a winter quackin-land!

 

 

January Jives

(or little tidbits)

 

  • Welcome 2008! With a gorgeous sunrise in view, C&C clinked champagne Booja Booja in the crisp cold air, kissed and sipped coffee. Keeping with loosely held traditions, there was a moon too! If only the rest of January had been such a joy.
  • First task of 2008: shoveling. At least shoveling involves moving about, an important factor when C&C work together in the -7F weather of early January. At some point in January, the shovel-plowing decision was modified so that the driveway from Woodshed #2 up to GIPPEE would only be kept open in a MicroMoose width.
  • Sledding! For a sample of the sledding, see the end of year story or the pics taken through January 4th. Cass returned to the crash scene and posed with her growing black-purple bruise by the tree that hit her. Or, saved her from zooming right over the drop and careening into much more dangerous areas. Thank you Tree!
  • No, Cassandra, 25F is not warm: Relative to zero and below zero it sure feels warm! And, any day when the mercury rises to 40F sure felt like a heat wave! January's two-faced ups and downs fluctuated between annoying and welcome. The "warm" spells were used to hack away at ice on the driveway, run the radiant floor tubing, and generally have a bit less stress on the body. Whether working inside or out, there's exposure to the same cold temps: inside involves less moving about; more work with metal hardware, tools and implements that are tricky to manage in mittens; and, the yurts are often colder inside.
  • Hungry owl's wing swoop tracks: Evidence that dinner had been spied trotting across the snow in the MLA driveway. Dinner's tracks abruptly stopped.
  • Rainbow! January 9th saw one of those incredibly warm spells, 40's, with rain. After a sudden clearing, a gorgeous rainbow arced up from the valley up over the ridge behind Park Ave and stayed for quite a while, cheering Cassandra's driveway work.
  • Beleaguered by batteries: Can't fix the second Xpower when the vendor sends the wrong batteries. The new OQO batteries don't work either. Cass' work kept getting halted by batteries running out. Until her phone situation gets settled, she continues getting by with a dying phone batt. Chris recharges many batts on weekends, including the Mini-X, crucial to life during the week until the Xpower is fixed.
  • Day lost: Flight delays get Chris home over 12 hours late, after being stuck for the night in Manchester.
  • Lighting gained! With daylight creeping past the five o'clock hour and Chris' trek to IKEA, C&C now have more lighting. The 20' yurt's lights, purchased at the IKEA not too far from Chris' work assignment in Boston, won't be installed for a while yet. But the daylight will only continue expanding: yippee!
  • Down, down, down: Plane, creosote and immunity. Mid-month, a small plane swooped and circled, lower and lower, back and forth, for over an hour, over YIPPEE-Land. Cassandra thought she could handle it and kept working. After awhile though, with the taste of exhaust in the air, she was down for the day, shaking and supremely sick. Less than 48 hours later, creosote again plummeted from the woodstove pipe to the floor, leaving a stinky splotch with yet more splatter. Add the bitter cold temperatures that she works and lives in, and Cass went backwards on her treatments for creosote, smoke, wood, molds, foods, infectious agents. The depressions to her immune system were quite a struggle; Cass spent much of January shaky and sick.
  • On January 31: Chris closes out the month, home a little earlier than usual and cranking out the site work.

 

Three A's Completed!

 

  • (213.83) Radiant flooring Utility Shed: loops installed. Chris tightened the couplings and this task is done! Total time: 0.46875 days/3.75 hours. 11/19/07 - 01/06/08.
  • (213.81) Radiant flooring 20': loops installed. C&C took advantage of a "warm" spell to work the tubing together. Oooh. Aahh. What a team! Total time: 1.875 days/15 hours. 12/29/07 - 01/15/08.
  • (213.16) Connect the two yurts. Chris finally finishes the underneath part of this task. Fifteen minutes and it be done! Total time: 6.6875 days/53.50 hours. 02/03/07 - 01/25/08.

 

January's Time Tally:

 

Total days: 17.41 (139.25 hours)

 

Q: Quackin' Quagmire: 7.25 days (58.00 hours)

 

5.56, 310.00 Winter access to worksite

0.78, 288.08 Split and stack wood

0.25, 666.00 Dealing with Problems at Hellhouse, Which We Can't Get Rid of Because We're Not F'ing Done Building Yet! (DwPaHWWCGRoBWNFDBY!)

0.25, 326.03 PA temporary skirting

0.13, 300.40 Cass Phone

0.09, 288.10 Park Ave firewood, yr 3

0.06, 742.02 JaBoSTH: Quackers

0.06, 288.09 Cut and store downed trees

0.06, 300.45 Woodstove maintenance/problems

A1: MLA Ready: 10.06 days (80.50 hours)

 

3.97, 213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

1.63, 213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

1.44, 213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

0.78, 275.04 Materials transport/inventory

0.59, 213.77 Bracing: 30' yurt

0.56, 213.36 Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)

0.25, 213.16 Connect yurts

0.22, 306.00 Cass Onsite Work

0.22, 261.25 Plumbing: MLA pipe layout for DWV

0.06, 301.00 Organize shed

0.06, 213.83 Radiant flooring Utility Shed: loops installed

0.03, 742.01 JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers

 

B: Finish: 0.09 days (0.75 hours)

 

0.06, 328.01 Take down mock-up and store

0.03, 213.06 Deck: railing posts (cut, sanded and stained)


 

Photos


January Journal

01/01/08 - Tuesday

Notes:

First failed Unicel call of the year @ 12:14 a.m.

C&C welcome 2008 with coffee and booja @ sunrise on the little yurt's deck. There is also a moon.

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

Chris kicks off the new construction season with...Shoveling!

time: 1 hr

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

time: 1.25 hrs

 

310.01 Keep deck cleared

C&C shovel in a blizzard

time: 2.5 hrs

 

300.40 Cass phone

Chris grounds the antenna. Cass gets 3 bars. Coincidence? TBD

time: 1 hr

 

01/02/08 - Wednesday

Notes:

Weather: Windy, cold and somewhat sunny.

C&C ponder adding the nice neighbor in NH to the Team as his plowing - free - is a huge help.

 

310.10 Shovel/plow main drive: lower

Chris and the Vermoose move some snow

time: 1.25 hrs

 

666.00 Dealing with Problems at Hellhouse, Which We Can't Get Rid of Because We're Not F'ing Done Building Yet! (DwPaHWWCGRoBWNFDBY!)

Chris confirms the water heater and washer leak repairs are intact and holding. They are. YIPPEE!

time: 2 hrs

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

time: 0.25 hrs

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

C&C go at it again

time: 1.75 hrs

 

326.03 Park Ave Temporary Skirting

Chris gets deluxe, using both black plastic AND reflectix.

time: 2 hrs

 

310.01 Keep deck cleared

C&C clean up from yesterday

time: 0.5 hrs

 

213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

C&C install another header and loop

time: 0.5 hrs

 

01/03/08 - Thursday

Notes:

Weather: frigid but sunny. cold wind occassionally. When Chris went out to shovel the s#!++y thermometer said -6F.

Cass kick ass boots started ripping apart.

C&C go sleddin', making a sled run with banked curves and a jump on the pipeline. Chris makes a post-log-splitting night run.

 

310.10 Shovel/plow main drive: lower

Chris clears it all up

time: 1.5 hrs

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

C&C do it again.

time: 0.75 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.75 hrs

 

01/04/08 - Friday

Notes:

Weather: frigid, brr, brr. -7F when Chris went out to do AM work, and he had to rejigger the plan. not a smart idea to try working on US pipes and risk them cracking. Thermometer says 40 in yurt but Cass can see her breath and gets very red cold fingers doing AM chores.

C&C do some sledding. The course is really getting dangerous, and Cass finds a bad spot, departs the track and hits a tree. Thankfully she isn't broken!

 

213.16 Connect the two yurts

Chris attempts working around missing parts. Doesn't work out.

time: 0.75 hrs

 

213.83 Radiant flooring Utility Shed: loops installed

Chris shovels off platform

time: 0.25 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

C&C figure out wall length and placement

time: 1.5 hrs

 

01/05/08 - Saturday

Notes:

Weather: overcast day, gets up near freezing.

Water in reservoir is still at full level. Woohoo!

There were rodent tracks in the snow that ended abruptly. Upon closer inspection they ended where a set of wing tracks seemed to be. Perhaps a hungry owl found a snack in our snow-covered driveway?

 

213.36 Site Cleanup

Chris cleans up under 30' so bracing and radiant heat install work can continue. Later, he and Cass organize inside to make room for loft constructing.

time: 2.25 hrs

 

306.01 Cass tasks

time: 0.25 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.75 hrs

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

time: 0.25 hrs

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

time: 1.5 hrs

 

310.12 Shovel Main Drive: Top

time: 0.25 hrs

 

301.00 Organize Shed

time: 0.5 hrs

 

01/06/08 - Sunday

Notes:

Weather: cloudy but above freezing. Sun comes out at 3:00 pm.

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.5 hrs

 

742.00 Just a Bunch of Stuff that Happened

Chris affixed the antenna grounding wire to the door frame, then retaped the drip edge gap.

Cass snips zip ties on grounding wire, attaches another antenna to the wire, and sands the walkway.

time: 0.5 hrs

 

275.04 Materials transport

Chris hauls a buncha stuff up to GIPPEEland in the Micro-Moose, then backpacks it up to the MLA

time: 0.5 hrs

 

213.83 Radiant flooring Utility Shed: loops installed

Chris tightens couplings. This task is DONE!

time: 0.25 hrs

 

213.36 Site Cleanup

time: 1.25 hrs

 

310.14 Snow Off Shed Roofs

Storage and WS#2

time: 0.25 hrs

 

01/07/08 - Monday

Notes: cass not supposed to go up th hill and down again (which was excruciating when she did so yest), due to leg injury. she works on non-building tasks in yurt.

Weather: warm (almost 40)

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

cass isn't supposed to go up and down the hill due to the sledding injury. But she very much wants time outside, away from stinky wahooni. Takes advantage of "warmth" to try and remove some of the thick thick ice in drive

Time: 1.25hrs

 

01/08/08 - Tuesday

Notes: sledding injury getting better. Cass moving a bit more like normal, but it still hurts, so one trip up and down hill is all for the day... Anyway, she's still got lots of working on the long list of non-construction tasks c+c left her with;things to finalize 07 and get 08 orgzd.

Argh!!!! In the midst of making good progress, cass discovers that three OQO batts are all un-usable! Argh! They show charge, but OQO doesnt recogn them. Two are the brand new ones. Argh! Cass' plan of making major progrss on tasks is totally derailed... It affects so much! Batts won't be avail til sat, but c+c constructing then and sun, so it will have to be monday and..... argh... do NOT need this time delay!!!!

 

Damn wahooni. warm weather, pressure changes, stinky wood, creosote...all mean difficulties with fire mgmt. Cass and her nose,eyes,lungs, unhappy.

 

Weather: even warmer, above 40. Lotta fog with all snow evaporation. Heard was 60 in NH...wow. Was only 45 here. Oh well. Still nice to be outside.

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

more ice hacking to try and clear thick thick parts before temps turn cold again.

Time: 1hr

 

310.15 Keep Utility Shed cleared

shoveled out posts down to footings, and a path around, including runoff path to handle melt and rain

Time: 0.75

 

310.01 keep deck clear

cleared off all fallen-off-yurts snow

Time: 0.25

 

01/09/08 - Wednesday

Notes: cass continues regrouping to see which tasks could be continued on palm w/o oqo. prob there is that the minix isn't avail, and 2nd xpower not fixed yt, so charging is an issue...phone and light are more important. Hmm.

Rainy rainy and then sudden clearing, beautiful rainbow, arcing up from valley up over ridge behind PA.

 

Weather: warm overnight, 42 in AM already. Rainy rainy rainy. Cass dons extra layers in lieu of _ing with stove at first, but after an hour or two decides a small fire prob better.

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

more ice hacking to try and clear

 

thick thick parts before temps turn cold again.

Most all is removed - from heart up to gippee anyway. Cass gets headache from all the jarrring work, and wouldn't have spent so much time on it at all, except is supposed to get cold again.

Time: 2.25

 

213.18 construct walls 30': framing

marked all 4*4s and the 2*6s that had, working carefully due to floor -making sure not to damage- and also hurt a bit with leg.

Time: 1.75hrs

 

01/10/08 -Thursday

213.18 construct walls 30': framing

studs marked. Was going to do built up 2*6s, but good clamps down inaccessible. Was going to try with othr clamps, but gtting the dbl beams back in ...kinda sketchy. Oh well.

Time: 0.75

 

213.06 deck: railing posts

since was marking boards, got the last 2 sitting on top marked and out of way. all posts avail are marked now.

Time: 0.25

 

288.09 cut and store

was going to transport kindling pile - that was uncovrd and dry-ish to woodshd, but too risky with leg injury and icy walk down to shed. realized snowshoes reqd. got windblown tarp back over pile in shed instead and left transporting for another day.

Time: 0.25

 

213.81 Rad floor: loops 20'

got most of mirrored north side installed. One coupling wouldntgo in back in tight area behind beam, left for chris.

Time: 1.5hrs

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

despite very sore, cass hacks away at some remaining upper ice. whew.

time: 0.75

 

01/11/08 - Friday

Notes:

Weather: icy rain

 

213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

Chris does some northside installing

time: 0.5 hrs

 

213.77 Bracing: 30' yurt

Chris gets a few more bolts in

time: 1.5 hrs

 

01/12/08 - Saturday

Notes:

Weather: Sunny and warm.

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

Chris makes a cutting station of the deck bridge structure and cuts lumber for loft.

time: 2.5 hrs

 

213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

C&C make lots of progress!

time: 4 hrs

 

213.77 Bracing: 30' yurt

More bolting

time: 1 hr

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 1.0 hrs

 

01/13/08 - Sunday

Notes:

Weather: sunny and somewhat warm

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 1.0 hrs

 

213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

Loops are in place and all couplings tightened.

time: 6.25 hrs

 

213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

Chris preps for install

time: 0.5 hrs

 

306.01 Cass tasks

time: 0.5 hrs

 

328.01 take down awning mockup and store

Cass takes down and Chris stores.

time: 0.5 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

Chris preps for beam assembly

time: 0.25 hrs

 

01/14/08 - Monday

Notes: cass has so much catching up to do but oqo batts still causing probs. Got lots done but may not get done rest of week

Weather: snow

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

time: 1.5

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

time: 1.25

 

01/15/08 - Tuesday

Notes: argh.

 

Weather: snow flurries ending, skies seeming like will clear up overnight?

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

time: 0.5

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

what a pain! Gravel. Why didn't have this prob before? Red shovel is disintegrating. Switch to metal tipped but it is loud and gets stuck even worse. End up with black shovel which is too short but works ok-ish for rest of clearing. Sore cass.

time: 2.75

 

310.01 keep deck clear

shoveled way to door so could do cleanup of rad floor stuff. Then shoveled bit more behind 20

Time: 0.5

 

213.81 Radiant flooring 20': loops installed

cleaned up. Task is done!

Time: 0.25

 

01/16/08 - Wednesday

Notes: brr. Cold. Kept water flowing, but yurt very cold in AM.

 

Weather: brilliant clear skies, and thus, very cold. Wind made it worse. Sunniness hardly had chance to warm cass when she was outside.

 

310.01 keep deck clear

Time: 1.5

 

310.15 Keep Utility Shed cleared

Time: 0.25

 

213.18 walls 30' framing

made built up beams out of very warped 2*6s, marked for joist placement too

Time: 2.25

 

01/17/08 - Thursday

Notes:

 

Weather: very cold overnight. Below 10 at least. almost up up to freezing by late afternoon.

 

213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

cass works on this 20' task in almost 20F temps. gets hang of forming fins - with bulky gloves on, a very important neccessity! Stapler sucks, but she gets loading it figured out and gets all those fins up.

What a nasty difficult task between very neck-hurting awkward position and stupid stapler. Need to test cass on new stapler so will be able to do it one handed and with less duds.

Time: 4.5

 

01/18/08 - Friday

Notes:

Chris not home last night due to chicago flight delays, got a hotel in manchester at 1 am instead of driving back in wet slick snow storm. Gets to YIPPEE-land at 2 pm.

Weather: warm (34) and snow is very heavy n wet, stopped sleety rainy snowy precip in morn and skies cleared. Sun nice, but makes for a cold eve

 

310.05 Shovel: Park to Main

Cass gets a shoveling groove on

time: 1.25 hrs

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: middle

time: 1.5 hrs

 

310.10 Shovel main drive: lower

time: 0.5 hrs

 

310.13 Plow main drive/oregon

time: 0.5 hrs

 

01/19/08 - Saturday

Notes:

Weather: partly sunny, cold

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: middle

time: 0.25 hrs

 

742.00 JaBoStH

Chris gets batteries and socks from MLA

time: 0.25 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.5 hrs

 

310.01 keep deck clear

time: 2.5 hrs

 

01/20/08 - Sunday

Notes

Weather: Frigid and windy, with some sun

 

275.04 Materials Transport

Stuff frm HD up to MLA

Discovered, later, that the HD boob who cut the 2*6-12 in half made on side too short. Boob!

time: 0.75 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.5 hrs

 

306.01 Cass tasks

time: 0.5 hrs

 

213.12 Utility Shed built

Chris does some prep for Cass to do some prep for sheet metal cutting

time: 0.25 hrs

 

310.15 Keep Utility Shed cleared

time: 0.25 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

Chris cuts boards

time: 1.75 hrs

 

310.01 keep deck clear

Cass chips ice

time: 1.25 hrs

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

time: 0.25 hrs

 

261.25 Plumbing layout of DWV

C&C finalize plans

time: 0.75 hrs

 

213.77 Bracing 30' yurt

time: 1.5 hrs

 

01/21/08 - Monday

Notes: Fire cut back way too much last night, very cold in yurt in AM. Nasty smell when Chris up early to leave (3am). Cass finds creosote on floor again. She attempts cleanup, covers with foil, open doors, open dome, open window, fan, filter, cough, hack, ugh.

Very cold day- so cass takes time to make significant progress on time updating etc.

Cass can't shake that -nasty nasty disgusting ew gross cough hack cough cough- creosote stench.

Weather: 5F in AM. Clear skies.

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

time: 1.5

 

310.01 keep deck clear

shoveled off fresh snowfall and chipped away at piles

Time: 0.5

 

213.18 walls 30'

began nailing in joist hangers until fingers and toes couldnt take the cold any more brrr

Time: 0.5

 

01/22/08 - Tuesday

Notes: More updating and palm/oqo work.

Weather: started out at down around 0F, but up to 25F by noon and almost to freezing in afternoon. "A heat wave!" Snow flurries throughout afternoon.

 

213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

made some up, stapled bunch up, including odd ones

Time: 3.25

 

310.01 keep deck clear

was kinda sunny in am, and with temp getting warmer, chipped away bit more at frozen piles

Time: 0.25

 

310.00 winter access

using general task number since shoveled way off deck and then down drive and park ave and to woodpile

Time: 0.25

 

01/23/08 - Wednesday

Notes: More updating and palm work. Cass still sick from creosote and weather changes.

Weather: "warm" almost up to freezing. Sunny in AM. Then clouds moving over and cloudy.

 

310.01 keep deck clear

cleared last eve's snow and used sunny-ish, somewhat "warm"ish weather to keep chipping away at piles

Time: 0.5

 

213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

all avail fins are formed, and most all are up. Gotta order more to finish.

Time: 2.75

 

213.18 walls 30'

finished nailing in joist hangers

Time: 0.25

 

261.25 Plumbing: MLA pipe layout for DWV

written up, ready for chris' review

Time: 0.75

 

01/24/08 - Thursday

Notes: After cleaning out ash, Cass encounters smoke pouring backwards. Filling yurt. All the smoke that ever was seems to pour backwards, yet she can't not do the fire. way too frickin cold for that.

Weather: down very cold and clear in AM. 10F at 9am.

 

213.84 Radiant flooring 20': fins installed

finished stapling up all avail fins.

Time: 0.5

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

moved built up beams

paper moved and laid out for building the wall sections (after figuring out notes chris made- we never actually reviewed this) but discovered that measurements wrong. Two ways could go, will ask chris.

Chris cuts a joist @ house

time: 1 hrs

 

213.36 site cleanup

In 30', organizing for access to shelves, and getting things onto shelves, cleaning floor etc

Time: 0.5

 

213.12 Utility Shed built

Chris cuts PT shims @ house

time: 0.5 hrs

 

01/25/08 - Friday

Notes:

Weather: cold, somewhat sunny, and cold

cass very sick, not feeling well at all. Doesnt go back up top to work in afternoon, does chores in yurt instead, prepping for wkend and hoping to feel better for sat/sun and getting work done w/chris.

c+c discuss rad floor and $80 shipping not so bad, is worth just ordering it. Review quantities. Cass calls but contact isnt in, will order tom or mon to have it next wkend.

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

Chris gets the joist up to the MLA and then cuts some blocking to the CORRECT length.

time: 0.75 hrs

 

213.16 Connect the yurts

Chris finally gets this task DONE!

time: 1.25 hrs

 

213.77 Bracing 30' yurt

remaining post bolts go in.

Chris starts cutting brace ends off

time: 0.75 hrs

 

213.36 Site Cleanup

C&C organize a bit

time: 0.25 hrs

 

261.25 Plumbing: MLA Pipe Layout for DWV

design is finished. This task is DONE!

time: 0.25 hrs

 

01/26/08 - Saturday

Notes:

Weather: cold and partly sunny

 

275.04 Materials transport

time: 0.25 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 1.0 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

C&C get some posts and beams up. Woohoo!

Chris gets the addt'l support beam under the center area of the platform

time: 8.0 hrs

 

310.01 Keep Deck Clear

Cass chips away at ice buildup

time: 0.25 hrs

 

01/27/08 - Sunday

Notes:

Weather: S'posed to be sunny. Hard to tell with all that snow in the way.

 

310.00 Winter Access

C&C shovel a bit here and there

shovel: 1.25 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

Corner posts and beams are up and squared:

time: 5.25 hrs

 

288.09 Cut and store downed trees

Chris tarps over one side of woodshed #1

time: 0.25 hrs

 

310.01 Keep Deck Clear

time: 0.75 hrs

 

300.45 Woodstove Maintenance/problems

time: 0.5 hrs

 

306.01 Cass tasks

time: 0.5 hrs

 

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

time: 0.25 hrs

 

01/28/08 - Monday

Notes: cass tries working like usual, but gets incapacitatingly ill with shaking and has to spend afternoon in yurt, lying down, working with health practitioner to stablize.

Weather: gets above freezing, and is sunny, but the wind is very cold.

 

310.00 winter access tasks

general shoveling, bit here and there, driveway up, and util shed, but not enough to separate

Time: 0.25

 

310.01 keep deck clear

Time: 0.25

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

yucky gravel jarring work

Time: 1

 

310.05 Shovel Park to Main

Time: 0.5

 

01/29/08 - Tuesday

Notes: cass sleeps in a bit, finally warm and really wiped out still. Being sick sucks. Eventually able to get up and do fire etc for am chores.

In lieu of site work, cass works on spreadsheet and was going great until hotsync-docstogo f'd up and took almost three hours to correct, and used all batts. Is a good copy on oqo for when get batts next, to go back to finalizing.

Lots other chores in yurt.

Weather: "warm", almost up to 40. Sprinkles of rain here and there. Cloudy.

 

310.11 Shovel Main Drive: Middle

cass not up to site work, but with temps to be "warm" again tomorrow am and then drop drastically, finishes her section of drive.

Time: 0.5

 

275.04 Materials transport

Chris treks to IKEA for lighting

time: 2.5 hrs

 

01/30/08 - Wednesday

Notes: cass still recovering. But goes up and gets work done. Brr.

Weather: rain thru last night, tapered off, then snow showers and then temp dropped by over 20 degrees and melted/rainy stuff on deck and drive froze

 

310.01 keep deck clear

snow released off yurts and was mushy chunks on deck. hacked away and finally got all ice piles off deck before temp dropped

Time: 1hr

 

213.18 construct walls 30' framing

measurements for wall sections and on 2*4s. With bulky gloves.

Time: 2.75hrs

 

01/31/08 - Thursday

Notes: cass very much looking forward to Not Being Sick. Ugh. Still teetering. But goes up and gets work done.

cass leaves bag of outdoor clothes and a bar at end of park ave, in bag, under micromoose, for chris to do some site work in eve before arriving "home".

Weather: cold overnight, but "warm", almost up to freezing and sunny during noon time.

 

213.18 construct walls 30' framing

measuring boards, making calcs.

Got scraps and started working on front angle/arc.

Time: 2hrs

 

213.12 utility shed built

measurements at u.s. Found brown paper scrap suitable length. Marking and measuring, getting corex traced in right places. Cut out and folded up for chris. Have to ask re/boiler pipe since not corex.

Time: 1.25hrs

 

213.36 site cleanup

reflectix window coverings into large bags. Scrap boards under hardware bottles.

Time: 0.25hrs

 

288.10 Park Ave Firewood, year 3

Chris stacks last bit of wood at house into garage

time: 0.75 hrs

 

275.04 Materials Transport

Radiant floor parts from BMP&S up the icy drive to the MLA

time: 2.25 hrs

 

213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing

time: 0.5 hrs

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