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YIPPEE Volume 45
May 2008

YIPPEE Volume Fourty-Five

May's Magnificent Maybe


Did the magnificent C&C Make May Magnificent;

Make much progress; How was Chris' leave?


"Make May Magnificent" is sorely lacking in the good name department. Firstly, the whole of May was not up for exceling: only three weeks of the month had Chris on leave from work. Plus, it failed to capture the essence of "Let's be done! Let's be done! We're exhausted and expend so much energy to just get by without building. We're worn out! But let's find more energy. And push harder. And finish up. At least enough to live in a home instead of camping. Finally? Please?" That, of course, has no ring at all. A better name was briefly attempted early in Chris' first week off, as C&C chatted, doing chores in the Park Ave yurt. The sleep-deprived and stressed couple were not up to their usual level of silliness and decided that their sole idea, "Triple M JuJu", accurately portrayed the three weeks in May and one week each in June and July, but was not quite right either. Another acronym considered, AMOS, conveyed a month of excellent (and stress-reducing!) times for C&C, but would definitely not get them built. Thereafter, focused on accomplishing the list of task goals, C&C ignored that list's name of Make May Magnificent, even into June.


Before any kind of Magnificence or Triple M JuJu, May had two full weeks:


May's Week One (5/1-5/3)



May greets YIPPEE-Land with ICE on the breakfast buckets; a Snowpants and Long Underwear kind of day proceeds. The Mighty Meandering Moose, Munching near Park Ave, surprises and delights before thundering up the wooded Mountainside. On Saturday, C&C struggled to keep working while cold but eventually conceded, returning to Park Ave for warming.


May's Week Two (5/4-5/10)



Always a stressor, short weekends challenge C&C to cram everything, much of which is difficult to fit into a normal weekend, into even less time. May's second week starts with a short weekend, continues as an extra long work week and finishes with a second short weekend.


Shortly after Sunday's woodstove maintenance, barely five minutes after Chris left for the week: Bang, Poof! Smoke. Eww. The little woodstove farts his disgruntlement, spewing out stench and making Cassandra cough. 


Short weekend = shorter Cass Tasks List and preparations = limitations ecountered repeatedly during the longer solo week = stalled on many tasks = Cass kept moving on to next task, and less crucial tasks = frustrations.


Short is the time of beautiful outdoors "Ahhh". Eyes, grown accustomed to white and brown adore the vibrant hints of green; but to merely view the outdoors? No! The body yearns to be in the scenery, partaking in the greens, yellows and blues, saturated in spring's sunshine, feeling fresh air across skin that has long been bundled up in layers.


The "Hateful Season" is long. Any human attempting to enjoy the beautiful outdoors "Ahhh" will be hunted, neigh haunted, by viscious, blood lusting, black flies; these will incessantly fly at and around that person, greedily searching for skin to gnaw and dig in for blood, swarm and make a loud ruckus, zoom into ears, up noses, into eyes.


Resistant to bug netting, Cassandra perfects her skills at slapping, smacking, and killing the little pests. But, eventually netting will be the only viable solution. Many were the days in May that would have been gorgeous save the bane of evil, malicious, black flies.


Saturday's Return of Chris happened at 5AM. Shortly after the Ice Swap and Such, some slumber was snatched to the serenade of chirping birds and a lightening sky. Following this short sleep, breakfast in the beautiful-looking outdoors was short, as C&C ran indoors to escape greedy black flies, anxious for their own human-blood breakfast.


May's Week Three (5/11-5/17)

MMM (aka Triple M JuJu) Week One!


UP and DOWN.

Time off begins Sunday. Yippee!

This week's saving grace: Chris did not leave for work. The bane: all the necessary catchup. (and those pesky black flies!)


Combine tomatoes, vinegar and spices and the result can be: ketchup or catsup, but probably not catch up.


Combine two short weekends, several weeks of cramming in extra work, both personal and business, and preparations for YIPPEE MMM work. Result: C&C's four week push began by attending to neglected tasks, planning and coordinating; all while feeling stressed that the first week was quickly slipping by!


Enjoyable stress-reducing catch up: building together, tackling daily chores together, sleeping in the same bed every night, etcetera.


Catch down? Chris struggles all this week and the next to disengage from work related thinking, to find the YIPPEE building channel.


The channels can't be blamed if weather reports are little aid in planning and coping with the difficulties presented by the weather's up and down. Chris blames the chimps. Or, blame it on the cucumber. Perhaps the ardvaark?


Something heard on the radio was accurate. Chris confirmed: the Brattleboro Home Depot, which opened after Project YIPPEE began, is closing. Closing before Project is finished, before C&C have a home. Supply buying trips to that store were not a Make May Magnificent goal, but taking advantage of discounts makes this a worthwhile detour. Shame they don't have a vented noseeum screen tent...


SIPPEE up and then... 'twas discovered to be mildewy, probably from snow that fell during its disassembly last year. Chris' attempts to clean it over the next couple days did not remove the problem. SIPPEE was taken down, packed away, and awaits donation to a loving home where its condition will not endanger anyone's health.


Grandma March, a beloved vibrant lady, leaves this dimension and will be greatly missed. C&C and the moose and turkeys and deer - yes, all the creatures of YIPPEE Land - wish her bon voyage on her adventures in the next realm.


After numerous ups and downs, the first week of MMM ends magnificently! The Connie and The Jere trekked down for a sawing and sealing session with The Chris, at The Hellhouse. Rain is forecast; thus, the day was gorgeous, sunny and just the kind of rainy day everyone needed. Back at YIPPEE-Land, Cassandra does the spring session of mega cleaning.


May's Week Four (5/18-5/24)

Triple M JuJu's Week Two


Starts with SUCCESS (C&J&C finished at Poocham before the rain began and, although Cass got sick to make this happen, there was an extra clean yurt!) and then...


SUCKS. (and COLD. and UP and DOWN.)

Tuesday is the first full-bug-gear day. As C&C unload the supply of PH and US parts from the Xtrailer, the biting bane begats begrudgingly worn bug shirts and hats. That day was warm, especially under the bug-gear. Otherwise, there was a lot of cold. Up and down. And hot. And cold. Thursday morning, even Chris was cold during his pre-breakfast work session, and after breakfast suggested they get back into the sleeping bag to warm up! Gee, maybe Cass shouldn't have cleaned and packed away the winter gear.


Shed construction starts with SUCCESS. The weekend's session at Poocham went so well! C&C overcame bug attacks to get parts transported and sorted: PH into mudroom for later use, US into the Sealing Screenhouse for immediate use. Cass worked on the side wall frames while Chris worked on getting the US platform attached and prepped. Although she was mostly on deck and he was over by US, they enjoyed working onsite together. There was first and second lunches, snacks before 9AM, and even a dinner eaten up at the MLA as they worked a late night. Successful progress. And then...



"Just Sheds Just Sucks" says the frustrated Chris as Utility Shed construction went much slower than anticipated. C&C had cut boards to lengths specified in the Just Sheds plan and now found the plan to be WRONG. Much of Saturday was spent creating and installing solutions to the counter the inadequacies of the shed plan designers. Too much time was consumed as C&C tried to rectify conflicting measurements. As they proceeded, studs were found to be too short. One was too long, and a couple were even just right. Goldilocks where are you? Swearing speckled this buggy, miserable work. The week did not end with a fully framed end wall.


Other building tasks had happened. For example, electrical wiring got a good bit of work. But building the Utility Shed was a main goal of Making May Magnificent.


May's Week Five (5/25-5/31)

Triple M JuJu's Week Three



Chris thinks Cassandra is magnificent.

Cass thinks Chris is magnificent.

Will they Make May Magnificent?

Can they jump the hurdles or are they too stressed?


Or, will they jump because they're so stressed...

Yes! Yes! Steadfast in their efforts to retain some silliness and joy, C&C do jump around (after all, the walkway had to undergo thorough testing, eh?), and make the best of things as they go. They are fruiting adaptable, gods darnit! Make magnificence! Make mid-afternoon snacks, decadent pudding concoctions, flavorful fruit concoctions or have some cocoa and a sing-song. Work on your redneck. Dance during a 5-minute break. Curse the evil biting bugs. Do it together!


The front US wall frame was eventually finished, and the second, with similar "Just Sheds Just Sucks" hurdles, was tackled successfully. Chris made excellent progress on the platform and piping. Plywood was a painful choice long ago, but nowhere near as painful as now. Cassandra got ill when Chris' cutting happened nearby. Nasty stuff, plywood. Although the sheets Chris transported over from Poocham had long ago been sealed, and therefore presumed to be safe enough, this wasn't quite enough, as was discovered during C&C's layout work for the wall sheeting. Cass suffered and continued struggling as their work proceeded, installing the frames onto the plywood topped platform. Wearing a mask and full bug gear in up and down, hot and cold, weather, while working there, only made the plywood exposure pains worse. Sucks.


Sucks. Or, rather, gnaws. Chris looked over and said, "You're bleeding". One persistent black fly had found its way into Cassandra's head netting, chomped her cheek repeatedly til blood was trickling down. As bad as the flies were, C&C did get a few short, very short at times, netting-less spells during hot daytime work on the deck, away from the shed. 


Construction to be continued...


All signs pointed to Friday being sunny, whereas Saturday was reported to be rainy. Our Adaptable Heroes continued their adaptability, making a magnificent choice to switch Friday's usual tasks to Saturday, in favor of US construction. In hopes of making magnificent progress at finishing the US framing.


It would have been magnificent. The ridge pole, joist and rafters all suffered inadequacies of the plan creators. C&C suffered to work out the problems, working late at night together. In the darkness, with raindrops pattering on the deck, the couple abandoned hope of getting the rafters up and building covered. Construction of the Utility Shed continues...


May ends with a typical non-building task day and only about a half day of site work. Make May Magnificent has one more week left (in June, remember?). The hope continues...


May's Completed Tasks:


Framing in the 30', Yippee!

(213.18) Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing [5/14/08] (start date: 11/18/07, site days: 27.50)


Thanks to The Connie and The Jere's assistance at Poo-jam, Cutting and Sealing Power House and Utility Shed Parts:

(279.18, 279.27) Watershield US and PH parts [5/18/08]

(278.08, 278.09) Cut US and PH parts [5/18/08]


Other Stuff:

05/11/08 - (326.06) PA temp skirting off (start date: 5/11/08, site days: 0.0625)

05/13/08 - (279.28) Reopen MLA Construction Screen Shop (start date: 5/11/08, site days: 0.13)

05/28/08 - (303.16) Repairs: Woody Walkway (start date: 04/11/07, site days: 5.56)

05/30/08 - (303.22) Fill sink holes by footings (start date: 04/23/08, site days: 0.375)


Total May Site Hours: 282.50


A Tasks: 264.50 hrs: 93.63%

88.50 hrs (213.12 Utility shed built)

35.75 hrs (213.65 Electrical rough-in (30' yurt))

19.00 hrs (275.04 Materials transport/inventory)

14.00 hrs (329.04 Loft access Building)

13.75 hrs (213.18 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing)

12.00 hrs (213.73 Loft access Plans and Figgerin')

9.50 hrs (213.36 Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety))

9.00 hrs (279.18 Watershield US parts)

9.00 hrs (303.16 Repairs: Woody Walkway)

8.00 hrs (213.69 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards)

6.75 hrs (278.08 Cut US parts at Poocham)

6.25 hrs (278.09 Cut PH parts at Poocham)

6.25 hrs (279.27 Watershield PH parts)

4.50 hrs (742.01 JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers)

4.00 hrs (213.24 TV loft adaptation)

3.25 hrs (226.37 Reopen SIPPEE (in spring))

2.50 hrs (303.22 Fill sink holes by footings)

2.00 hrs (213.50 Construct power house)

2.00 hrs (280.00 Prepare/clean upstairs)

1.75 hrs (306.01 Determine tasks she can do during week alone)

1.50 hrs (226.34 Reopen GIPPEE (in spring))

1.50 hrs (278.07 Prep Poocham garage for cutting US and PH parts)

1.25 hrs (213.76 Power House: build walkway/access from road)

1.00 hrs (279.28 Reopen MLA Construction Screen Shop)

0.50 hrs (301.00 Organize shed)

0.25 hrs (213.53 Reinforce under bathtub)

0.25 hrs (306.02 Test on safety: materials and tools)

0.25 hrs (329.01 Plumbing rough-in MLA: DWV)

0.25 hrs (329.05 Loft Bathroom Windows)


B Tasks: 1.25hrs: 0.44%

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

0.50 hrs (223.60 Satellite: Wireless instead?)


Q Tasks: 16.75hrs: 5.93%

5.25 hrs (288.09 Cut and store downed trees)

2.00 hrs (305.01 Garlic spray)

1.75 hrs (288.08 Split and stack wood)

1.75 hrs (323.01 Rodents Under WC)

1.50 hrs (546.01 OFR: Culvert Repair)

1.00 hrs (742.02 JaBoSTH: Quackers)

0.75 hrs (300.45 Woodstove maintenance/problems)

0.75 hrs (305.00 Bug control)

0.50 hrs (325.02 Baking Soda MLA Shrooms)

0.50 hrs (326.05 PA reflectix off windows)

0.50 hrs (326.06 PA temp skirting off)

0.25 hrs (300.40 Cass Phone)

0.25 hrs (305.04 Daitomaceous earth)



May Journal

5/1/20080.00Notes0.00ice on the breakfast buckets. snowpants and long underwear worn -again today. but the black flies are out and hungry, pesky. argh. got quite warm when sun was out.
5/1/2008213.12Utility shed built3.00plans have many 34degree angle cuts. good thing we're having chris do at house. all lumber from in yurt (incl the 16'ers) gotten out, figured out what to mark and did so. cut the long ones enough to make smaller more manageable boards. stack now ready for
5/1/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50rug redone with paper and reflectix. floor cleaning.
5/1/2008275.04Materials transport/inventory0.25stoppin @ hd on way home from airport
5/1/2008300.40Cass Phone0.25looking for settings to turn off phone's constant network checking and auto sending emails - that it never does actuallly seem to send even tho the program puts them in the sent box.
5/1/2008681.09Moose spotting0.00cass exiting the park ave yurt in morning hears rustling as she is closing door, thinks "dang deer", but as she turns it is a moose. a HUGE HUGE moose that bolts uphill. didnt get a good look at head, but sure looks like it should be a male based on size
5/2/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.75install shelf joist blocking
5/2/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.75counting parts
5/2/2008275.04Materials transport/inventory1.00stuff from xterra to mla; count electric supplies
5/2/2008288.08Split and stack wood0.25 
5/2/2008306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone1.00 
5/3/20080.00Notes0.00Tis cold!
5/3/20080.00Notes0.00c&c eat first "meal" aloft the loft... a snack is had with warm tea -only warm for some reason not hot- and cookies, while continuing the planning for Q and Joe...
5/3/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.50 
5/3/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.25designing bath half wall
5/3/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25still no plan
5/3/2008213.53Reinforce under bathtub0.25 
5/3/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.50walk thru
5/3/2008213.99Plumbing rough-in MLA: supply0.25 
5/3/2008288.08Split and stack wood0.25 
5/3/2008329.04Loft access Building3.25top step support plan decided. still no plan for all stairs
5/3/2008546.01OFR: Culvert Repair1.50Quack. need to fix culvert where neighbors driveway peels off
5/3/2008742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers1.25planning for time of tasks; fix door sticker in 14' yurt.
5/4/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing1.00install bracing; cut and install 2nd sole plates
5/4/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.75more walk thru
5/4/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'1.00more design
5/4/2008300.45Woodstove maintenance/problems0.75 
5/5/20080.00Notes0.00holy fruity salad! low flying planes annoying all day, but the one that flew over mid-afternoon was low enough that chris could have pelted it with broccoli and rocks had he been here. wish he had been here. weather: sunny. cold in am but got hot. diffic
5/5/2008213.12Utility shed built0.75went thru and created list for cutting as per chris' request
5/5/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing3.25cass' time from friday, 5/2 was not recorded. am writing up now: cass uses hardware chris bought and delivered to finish installing the corner braces. only one left is on L, holding up til tv decided on. extra sole plates on v found, marked for chris to
5/5/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing1.25toilet half wall: compared 2*4 width to the switches in bedroom and will be fine. got measurements figured, marked boards. finishing installing V 2nd sole plates. one bay is totally mangled from pounding in. oh well.
5/5/2008213.50Construct power house0.25went thru and created list for cutting as per chris' request: easier than for us since less already marked onsite
5/5/2008213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards0.50installing brackets as marked/needed underneath. one front bay done.
5/5/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'1.75started taking down mockup, making marks/notes. got some measurements and pics and notes for doing 90degree/45degree straight stringers. idea for posts and angled braces between posts and step ....hmmm. later, sketching, looking up triangle formulas for
5/5/2008213.99Plumbing rough-in MLA: supply-0.25plumbing work so far has been both, but tasks split the rough-in. split time between two.
5/5/2008329.01Plumbing rough-in MLA: DWV0.25plumbing work so far has been both, but tasks split the rough-in. split time between two.
5/5/2008329.04Loft access Building1.75measuring and marking for joe (chris is safe tho, no worries!), cut some boards until black fly annoyance took over. will finish tomorrow
5/6/20080.00Notes0.00the hateful season begins. weather finally warm enough for lack of so many layers and attacking is under way. no phone signal on either phone! ack! ack! nothing until 2pm. c&c missing each other and disturbing. chris knew more than cass. unicel had msg o
5/6/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.75amid black fly attack -one of which that resulted in a chunk of skin being removed leaving an itchy black fly almost bite - cass gets parts for half wall cut and parts and tools back inside. chris could have done all this quicker. oh well. can build wall
5/6/2008213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards1.00getting boards relined up. trying to fit board ... never got to doing an install. sucked.
5/6/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'1.00finished taking down mockup. throughout day sketched this n that. noted quick for when next working on this task. later, came up with possible idea...sort of spiral
5/6/2008329.04Loft access Building3.50cass does an ok job cutting joe parts, including angle cuts by hand. but....she does an extremely mediocre, bordering shoddy job building joe - thanks to attacking attacking hatefuls and the warped boards c&c reallocated. installed Joe...not so great. tri
5/6/2008742.02JaBoSTH: Quackers0.25misc. cleaning up, shutting down. got bucket o wood from shed to carry down
5/7/20080.00Notes0.00cass struggles yet again. all week long last week. this week so far has been awful. advent of the hateful season isnt helping but is that cause. of that plane. sounded like a helicopter in eve, but didnt go look check or anything. shakiness caused drop of
5/7/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing1.75half wall built amidst black fly horrors.
5/7/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25mockup ratcheted to front, then when needed ratchet strap, screwed in place
5/7/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25 
5/7/2008213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards3.75wrangling. bfd made in floor in storage after dropped a tool
5/7/2008329.04Loft access Building0.25parts found and marked for getting rest of joe etc built-supporting 1st step down
5/7/2008742.02JaBoSTH: Quackers0.50misc stuff, including pulling grass on the walkway up-better now than having to whack it down
5/8/20080.00Notes0.00would be a gorgeous day. last nights rain everything popped very green and mixed clouds and sun makes pretty scenery. but have to be in. black flies. cass bitten. tries too often to be outside. hateful season.
5/8/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25wrote up options. basically 4, unless totally abandoned. gotta decide before can finish floor
5/8/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)1.00cleaned. bench moved. rug shaken. lotsa wood chips,bits, dust, etc off floor, esp under loft.
5/8/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.25marked studs for known switch and outlets. most are out on rafters though...
5/8/2008213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards2.75finished until c+c finalize tv adaptation
5/8/2008742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25desk/office working out space?
5/8/2008742.02JaBoSTH: Quackers0.25misc setup and shutdown
5/9/20080.00Notes0.00cass still really sick gggggrrrr. chris gone for work, not to get home til 4am... sucks, but sacrifice since has next 4 wks off. c&c didnt line up enough work for cass this week so is kinda stuck...did all she could. had other chores anyway, but discoura
5/9/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.50found some more notes and marked more. reviewed questions. can't proceed.
5/9/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'1.25measured and did paper and rough layout to review with chris, if ok, then need to know building method and can measure, mark, figure the materials
5/9/2008303.22Fill sink holes by footings0.00looked to possibly start working on, but saw plethora of shrooms and stopped.
5/9/2008742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.75got paper representation for up on loft, similar to laundry area, for spacing. later, some misc.
5/10/20080.00Notes0.00c&c to bed at 5am to light and sound of birds chirping. no good reason, just chris' work schedule. breakfast buckets tried, to have c&c enjoy scenery and such but noooooo! black flies weren't allowing that. had to come back infor brkfast.
5/10/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50going thru scraps to figure out burn/trash/etc
5/10/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.25cass marked more based on conversations w/chris
5/10/2008679.99Structural Integrity Testing0.00chris really likes desk layout. the bucket rocks.
5/10/2008742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers1.50misc- including reviewing status of walls and supplies, door info for chris. C&C go up top in a.m. but later don't remember most of what they did so time goes here.
5/11/20080.00Notes0.00got the screenhouse out
5/11/2008213.12Utility shed built1.00started work with sheet metal underside
5/11/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.75cass works on bath half wall
5/11/2008213.24TV loft adaptation1.50a plan is formulated
5/11/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50cleaned up scraps and benches
5/11/2008226.34Reopen GIPPEE (in spring)1.50screenhouse up. toilet flushed, bowl might be cracked (later proven to be fully operational and crack free!)
5/11/2008226.37Reopen SIPPEE (in spring)2.25sippee is out, up and mildewy. eww! chris cleans but it still stinks. #4 may be on the near horizon.
5/11/2008279.28Reopen MLA Construction Screen Shop0.50done!
5/11/2008288.09Cut and store downed trees0.50stacking logs from PH
5/11/2008305.00Bug control0.25fixing bugshirt
5/11/2008306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.25yup
5/11/2008325.02Baking Soda MLA Shrooms0.25not eating them
5/11/2008326.06PA temp skirting off0.50done!
5/12/20080.00Notes0.00cold and windy and sunny once in a while. loft structural testing postponded due to weather. C&C have an after-lunch mini nap on the deck.
5/12/2008213.12Utility shed built1.25sheet metal corners and east edge ready for cutting
5/12/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing0.25bath half wall fix
5/12/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50haulin' trash
5/12/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)4.75marked out some stuff that Cass can drill and chris can shop for; a single light in kitchen can light it up.
5/12/2008226.37Reopen SIPPEE (in spring)0.50spray with Atmoskleer
5/12/2008275.04Materials transport/inventory1.75haulin' stuff, cleanin' stuff
5/12/2008303.22Fill sink holes by footings1.50:-(
5/13/20080.00Notes0.00Cass has a horrible night and horrible morning and Chris is supportive. C&C realize they have a whole lot of nonbuilding tasks to do that can't be all on Cass or she'll not get much time building with Chris. Triple M JuJu!
5/13/2008213.12Utility shed built3.75cutting, reviewing cutting plans, cut sheet metal
5/13/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing2.25cutting, redoing top of bath half wall
5/13/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25tv comes up to mla
5/13/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25tv will fit
5/13/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.25chipping out for a bracket
5/13/2008226.37Reopen SIPPEE (in spring)0.50took down stinky SIPPEE 3.
5/13/2008279.28Reopen MLA Construction Screen Shop0.50retied
5/13/2008288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25more wood from PH to woodshed #2. chris splits a 2' long log. woo woo!
5/14/2008213.12Utility shed built3.50affixing posts and leveling-blocks
5/14/2008213.18Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing1.00Cass installs bath half wall. this task - owing in part to some creative reallocation of subtasks - is DONE!
5/14/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)2.00garbage collection. something grabbed a heavy bag o trash at LAfNPM drug it halfway across the driveway and abandoned it in front of the Xterra. The bag was unopened. Hmmm...
5/14/2008213.50Construct power house0.75measuring and marking boards, refining cutting list. cut and seal studs
5/14/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.75prep for service panel install
5/14/2008275.04Materials transport/inventory0.752*4-14 out of shed to mla
5/14/2008279.18Watershield US parts2.75first onsite watershielding of the year
5/14/2008329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.25discussed options
5/15/20080.00Notes0.00Grandma March (who kicked ass and was a generous YIPPEE supporter) left this dimension :-( C&C and the moose and turkeys and deer - yes, even the deer - wish her bon voyage on her next adventures.
5/15/2008213.24TV loft adaptation0.25chris has a brainstorm while driving.
5/15/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)1.50more garbage collection
5/15/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)3.50drilling and making a mess
5/15/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'2.25ugh.....
5/15/2008275.04Materials transport/inventory4.00chris treks to Brattleboro Home Depot for some store-closing savings
5/15/2008329.04Loft access Building0.50It's Joe
5/16/20080.00Notes0.00Grandma March was a vibrant, beloved lady. Cass talks with her siblings. Cass also preps some food for the weekend's Chris/Jere/Connie Team assembly line marathon. Winter clothes packed up and curtains taken down for Chris to get them laundered while wo
5/16/2008213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50more garbage collection
5/16/2008213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.25drilled holes. cleaned up debris. looked at light idea for kitchen and util area in evening. looks acceptable.
5/16/2008278.08Cut US parts at Poocham0.502*6 and some tools to truck for tomorrow.
5/16/2008280.00Prepare/clean upstairs2.00house sucks
5/16/2008288.08Split and stack wood0.25making small stuff for spring
5/16/2008329.04Loft access Building0.502*10 clamped up, drilled and screwed in place
5/17/20080.00Notes0.00Connie & The Jere trek down for some Hellhouse sawing and sealing work. Rain is forecast, so its a gorgeous sunny day.
5/17/20080.00Notes0.00cass solo onsite today. spring cleaning...ugh.
5/17/2008213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.25 
5/17/2008278.07Prep Poocham garage for cutting US and PH parts1.50reorganized and ready for action.
5/17/2008278.08Cut US parts at Poocham4.50Chris, Jere and Connie (before she spearheaded the sealing effort) measured and sawed away.
5/17/2008278.09Cut PH parts at Poocham4.50 
5/17/2008279.18Watershield US parts4.50Connie kicked off and was joined by Sealing Jere intermittently
5/17/2008279.27Watershield PH parts4.50 
5/17/2008329.04Loft access Building1.50joe building: add-on on top of Q. a shoddy job, hassle, but oh well.
5/18/20080.00Notes0.00Another sunny day at Poocham; eventually some rain falls but not before Connie and The Jere help Chris finish up lumber prep for sheds. Over at YIPPEEland the sun hid behind many clouds. Cass did yurt spring cleaning. The yurt feels much cleaner! Cass do
5/18/2008278.08Cut US parts at Poocham1.75 
5/18/2008278.09Cut PH parts at Poocham1.75 
5/18/2008279.18Watershield US parts1.75 
5/18/2008279.27Watershield PH parts1.75 
5/19/080.00Notes0.00Windy, cold day. Tasks postponed or unfinished from weekend are finished before lunch, so site work gets a late start. C&C slow dance during a snack break :-)
5/19/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)6.25wiring and fixture installation begins.
5/19/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway1.25short term fix is in place
5/20/080.00Notes0.00A partly sunny, somewhat cold, fruiting buggy day. First full-bug-gear day. Chris breaks the handle on Cass hammer attempting to extract a nail...d'oh! Chris wacks himself in the head with the right-angle drill add-on; not once, not twice, and you might think he'd learn after the third time but NO it was four times!
5/20/08213.12Utility shed built6.00moved lumber pile for construction use. started first frame, continued affixing sheet metal to platform underside.
5/20/08213.50Construct power house1.00moved lumber into 20' for weather protection and so can be available if a US part is miscut.
5/20/08275.04Materials transport/inventory5.75us and ph sealed lumber from house
5/20/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25tried splitting a trunk section. no luck.
5/21/08213.12Utility shed built4.25the platform is attached. framing continues.
5/21/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)7.50C&C do AC/DC. Cass gets to use the really big bit. Many wires are run through platform and loft.
5/21/08323.01Rodents Under WC0.504:02 am. f-ers! traps are baited in hopes the little f-ers take the bait and DIE DIE DIE!
5/22/080.00Notes0.00c&c have a cold morning! cass is getting too sick from woodstove stuff and is better to be cold and try coping with that. but even chris got cold during his prebreakfast work session. brrr. chris suggests getting up under covers after breakfast to warm up for 10 minutes. after it started raining, the end result was c&c deciding that they would switch around fri and thurs. they stayed snuggled under covers to do some normal fri palm pilot aided planning, then got down for a hot choco (thank you solar charging! thank you hot choco maker!) and finish preps for house/chores trip. then up top - cass with the last of hot tea - to load up the xterra. chris rolled down, stopped at p.a. to load up friday stuff, start fire (to spare cass). cass worked up top a while, bundled in layers, and returned to do some non building chores. chris was already off to do his fri chores. weather: cold! rainy, dreary. cold! sun out a bit later in day which warmed things a bit. then back to rain.
5/22/08213.06Deck: railing posts (cut, sanded and stained)0.75after chris makes room in xterra, c+c move all marked posts for carting downhill and over to poocham.
5/22/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)1.00cleanup floor
5/22/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25moved scraps pile out of closet, back into 30' for moving down to shed this weekend with rest of stuff in there.
5/22/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.75installed outlet boxes up top on loft, drilled last hole for one and wire thru. started working out install for desk outlet, marked a scrap for cutting.
5/22/08213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.75used paper to create visual rep of what a curved outer wall would do to space. in course of that, came up with possible idea for installation and sketched it.
5/22/08275.04Materials transport/inventory2.00US door, insulation, and plywood to YIPPEE-land
5/22/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway0.50measured areas to put the makeshift walkway, for protecting ditches. tried finding scrap deck boards for this. took a couple out to see if would work. have to ask chris if maybe can be floor board scraps...there's some longer ones in that stack. deck ones are shortish.
5/23/08213.12Utility shed built4.50framing continues, as does platform prep. electrical planning begins.
5/23/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.25installed a box
5/23/08213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'1.75review Cass' idea. looks like a winner!
5/23/08288.08Split and stack wood1.00splittin'to summer weight
5/23/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25 
5/23/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway0.50worked on footbridge.
5/23/08305.04Daitomaceous earth0.25 
5/23/08323.01Rodents Under WC0.25stuck a trap near an obvious gap in plywood under platform.
5/23/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25miscellaneous sawage
5/24/08213.12Utility shed built9.50Just Sheds Just Sucks. we cut boards to lengths specified in plan and found plan is WRONG. spent much of day working out and installing a solution. and swearing a lot.
5/24/08223.60Satellite: wireless instead?0.50Chris tests his wireless card signal at the mla. it gets a signal outside, not fast but stable. didn't work inside. more testing to come, as this could prove to be an alternate to satellite internet. perhaps an antenna & signal boosterr?
5/24/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1.50plywood and US door are hauled up to the mla.
5/24/08323.01Rodents Under WC0.75this morning the trap was gone. Chris could not locate it, even after crawling under yurt to check things out. Later, Chris discovered the mouse which had gotten two feet stuck in the trap; it had drug itself out into the open and was still trying to get out, with no realistic hope of succeeding. C&C discussed what to do and Chris executed the least cruel out-of-misery option possible. Later, another trap snapped shut but no critter was caught.
5/25/080.00Notes0.00a sunny day where C&C go sans bug gear for a bit of time. later, they break for decadent pudding concoctions, having cocoa and a sing-song.
5/25/08213.12Utility shed built11.50Warped lumber sucks arse. C&C work on the front frame and have to burn hours working twisted studs to square.
5/25/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25 
5/25/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.50questions, questions. and answers. we are going with a surface mounted bowl sink in the loo, on a semi-circle cabinet.
5/26/080.00Notes0.00c&c go bug-gearless for a while. Chris works on his redneck. c&c have a tasty midafternoon decadent snack break in the PA yurt, then had dinner at the MLA. later, a downdraft in the stovepipe caused a nasty stink that took quite some time to remove.
5/26/08213.12Utility shed built7.25front wall frame completed. more platform pipe work, including a rejigger of radiant floor tube layout.
5/26/08213.24TV loft adaptation0.25 
5/26/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25 
5/26/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.75cut n store @ WS2
5/26/08300.18Test Cass-full spectrum0.25service panel and a/v wiring
5/26/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway1.25 
5/26/08305.01Garlic spray1.50new sprayer rocks.
5/27/080.00Notes0.00sunny, warm, humid. no rain, many bugs. then temp dropped by 30 degrees and the wind kicked up. then the wind died and stars came out.
5/27/08213.12Utility shed built9.75measured platform plywood for cutting. platform floor is cut, sealed and nailed down. wall plywood (which makes Cass sick :-( is measured and marked for install.
5/27/08213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.25 
5/27/08213.76Power House: build walkway/access from road1.25pile of wasted cement bags becomes fill.
5/27/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25 
5/27/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway4.25blackflies suck. cass tests dancability of footbridge.
5/27/08326.05PA reflectix off windows0.50 
5/28/080.00Notes0.00sunny but cold and windy...and buggy. chris makes an ice run in the morning and gets a speeding ticket on the return.
5/28/08213.12Utility shed built7.75four wall frames are up. plywood reeks of nastiness.
5/28/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.00boxes wired
5/28/08213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.75 
5/28/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.75 
5/28/08303.16Repairs: Woody Walkway1.25footbridges are in.
5/29/08213.12Utility shed built7.00stupid plans...
5/29/08213.24TV loft adaptation0.75proved 24' of cable is no problem.
5/29/08213.73Loft access Plans and Figgerin'0.75 
5/29/08288.09Cut and store downed trees1.25removing logs by powerhouse
5/29/08301.00Organize shed0.50ready for scraps
5/29/08305.01Garlic spray0.50did around PA
5/29/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.50 
5/29/08323.01Rodents Under WC0.25plugged up hole in platform, then sprinkled shake-away
5/29/08329.04Loft access Building1.50 
5/30/08213.12Utility shed built7.75ridge pole is wrong, blame all on just sheds even though this was likely c&c's mistake. Sadly, the yipsters abandon hope of getting rafters up tonite as darkness takes over abd raindrops start pitter-pattering on the deck.
5/30/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.50cement pile remnants are gone!
5/30/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.25box placement
5/30/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.75ph cleared
5/30/08303.22Fill sink holes by footings1.00done
5/30/08305.00Bug control0.50bugshirt repair while eating pretzels n chocolate.
5/30/08325.00Shroom Removal0.25 
5/30/08329.04Loft access Building1.251st step frame is done, cutting list is prepped.
5/31/080.00Notes0.00c+c moved their friday tasks over to today to take advantage of sunny yest. today very damp, rainy, gross. cass takes oqo up top to try doing buncha tasks that involve phone/modem connection and that hasn't been working down at p.a. ....didn't get thru all since forgot chris had minix at house for recharge and phone died.
5/31/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25dirt etc off floor by entry. look fwd to vacuum testing instead!
5/31/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.25wiring boxes
5/31/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)2.25boxes install, including much figurin and contemplatin re: how to do the lightboxes and still leave open for wiring. drilled and compiled a few for chris to do punchout before install to frame.
5/31/08275.04Materials transport/inventory2.00loft access and tv adaptation lumber.
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