The Last Ju, Oodles of Rain, Two Downed
Trees and a Quiz!
Scheckie, a Ben, a Sarah, some hot humid days and one clear, gorgeous day. Toss
in a camp-style pudding or two. Stir in
the occasional song. Splash liberally with good
cheer. Whatdya get?...
That's right, a
quiz! Glean the Ju from July! Discover
your true Yippee-ness while you learn of July's happenings, playing this fun
Of course, if
you've already got plenty of fun in your life, thank-you-very-much, and just
can't be havin' with no quiz, by all means skip ahead to the bland synopsis
below where your no-frills brain shall be spared some effort as July's
happenings are dispensed in a more direct manner. Otherwise...
Hold onto your
hats and dive in! (Answers provided at
1) What is The
a. A really
useful fastener whose supply ran out during Chris' week home.
b. A week of
building in July, during Chris' week home.
c. Chris' pet poodle, which ran away and can never be
d. A Chinese action movie,
with subtitles, viewed on the portable DVD player during Chris' week home.
2) Which phrase
prompted Chris to laugh for nearly a half hour straight, grab his guitar and
strum out a new song?
a. "Yeah, it
was a rhinoceros, dressed in a tutu"
b. "We went
to Target for some pants once"
you can't buy olives in Toledo ya know"
3) Why was
Scheckie (aka Chris R) fashionably attired in garbage bags?
a. En route to
YIPPEE-Land, he stopped to protest at a factory where the workers are, in his
view, treated as trash.
b. He hates
clothing, but is too shy to be a nudist.
c. Chris C forgot
the approved painter suit for the ride over to Poocham.
4) Who are the
Pipe Queens and what were they doing?
a. Sarah and Cass
use their expertise to install radiant floor tubing under the 30' yurt.
b. Sarah and Cass
dig a trench and start laying pipe for the electrical wire between MLA and PH.
c. Because this
is a PG newsletter, the answer can't be printed.
d. Chris and
Scheckie end a hard day's work by lounging on the deck in their sundresses,
smoking and enjoying the view.
5) On which day in July did Chris
take the plow off the Vermoose?
a. July 4th
b. He didn't.
c. July 31st
d. You guys have a plow? I
thought you shoveled.
6) What is a Camp YIPPEE
a. Here's your can of pudding
and a spoon. Eat up!
b. Dirt, water and gravel
(added for crunch). Very useful in doing footings.
c. Multi-layered culinary
delight assembled from simple packaged foodstuffs.
d. Coffee concentrate poured
onto animal crackers, mashed, stirred and eaten with a smile.
7) Who is The Knifer?
a. Ben: he has a special way
of soliciting donations and installing insulation.
b. Cass: in her spare time
she developed a knife-juggling act and put on a show for the guests.
c. Sarah: she inadvertently
nicked Ben while using the utility knife, but her expertise as a paramedic
saved his ear.
8) Why is the plunger sitting
on the driveway, below GIPPEE, next to a solar light?
a. Cass had no idea, but laughed
as she took pictures of it in the daytime, at night and after a fallen tree
limb smashed the light.
b. Easy access for all.
c. There's no cabinets, so
the driveway's as good a place as any.
9) Many evenings, the sound
of loud screaming, or possibly singing, can be heard across the valley,
originating from Park Ave. This is because:
a. Chris was writing a rock
opera, which he debuted on the loft for the guests.
b. Many days were cool,
gloomy and rainy, resulting in many evenings of frigid showers for Cass.
c. Cass is planning to
surprise Chris on his birthday by singing his song repertoire. Oops, the
surprise is spoiled now!
10) What materials were used
to make the solar water heating doohickie?
a. An old water heater, spare
pvc pipe and a glass door, spray-painted black.
b. A giant magnifying glass
and a spare bucket.
c. Wood scraps, spare black
PEX and some brass valves.
11) What is a Dog Owl?
a. An owl that sounds to most
people like and owl, or possibly a monkey; but like a dog to Scheckie. He says
it woke him up and swears the owls at home never sound like that.
b. A mythical Vermont creature with head like a dog and tail like an owl that patrols the night skies, in
search of rodent heads.
c. A dance created to cope
with humid oppressive heat and way too much construction in the sun. It
features arm flapping, tongue-out panting and the occasional hoot.
d. A fart that sounds
curiously like neither barking owl nor hooting dog. Although no one else quite
understood Scheckie's reasoning, they laughed politely and his term was used
12) How did C&C celebrate
the Fourth of July?
a. By setting off fireworks
and hosting a barbeque for Ben, Sarah and Scheckie.
b. They didn't. They built.
c. Chris played The
Star-Spangled Banner via solar-powered guitar amp.
d. By enjoying the sounds of Independence all around them: the neighbors' fireworks, gunshots and later on, an
13) Which of the following
resulted from C&C proudly telling guests about the plethora of raspberries
growing on their land:
a. Ben offered to knife them
and mix up a tasty drink.
b. Sarah was the only one to
show any interest, saying something to the effect of "Oh, I see them.
c. Everyone stopped
construction a little early to pick berries and Cass created a delicious
assembly of vanilla cookies, berries and whipped cream.
14) While Chris took Sarah to
Poocham for her SVP, Ben and Scheckie did what:
a. Slept in because C&C worked
them so hard the night before, drilling holes for the radiant flooring.
b. Lounged on the deck in
their sundresses, smoking and enjoying the view.
c. As far as Chris knows,
they carefully followed his instructions regarding cutting and sealing of
plywood for the Power House, proceeding afterwards to digging by the PH.
d. Using one of the many
pencils that Scheckie discovered laying under the deck, they wrote Cass a novel
on the plywood. Sadly, she may never see it.
15) How many hours of sleep
did Chris get in July?
a. Seven, but they were all
really really really restful.
b. Twice as many as Cass, who
had half as much as she should have and three times as many as she did in May.
c. Sleep? No sleep... coffee!
d. Obviously, not enough.
16) Which of the following
did not result from storms on the evening of July 20th?
a. A hole through GIPPEE's screen
b. Two trees across the
c. Wet rags from cleaning up
water that got into the yurts despite awnings
d. A smashed solar light
e. Shattered solar doohickie
17) The antenna broke off the
MLA Grundig radio because:
a. Cassandra tripped over the
radio while carrying boards
b. Chris was pissed at yet
another weather report including the word, "oppressive"; yes, the
weather report actually said the weekend would feel "OPPRESSIVE!"
c. Cassandra was trying to get
d. Ben was flailing it with a
piece of cod
e. Broccoli, rotten broccoli
in specific, and target practice gone awry.
18) What did C&C decide
will cover the plywood roof and sides on the PH and US?
a. Tarps. You can't go wrong
with a nice blue tarp!
b. Corrugated sheet metal on
roofs, stained and sealed shiplap on sides.
c. Cedar shingles
d. Tar paper, asphalt and
e. They're buying a goat.
Jere says you can't go wrong with a goat.
19) Cassandra has long been
the Clamping Queen (and, don't you dare sing that song, Chris and Scheckie!).
In her able hands, ratchet straps and hand saws achieve new meanings and do
things they never thought possible! Cassandra's new friend in performing
wallboard magic is (and Chris says, "Yes, magic is the appropriate word
given the, um, salady quality of the boards available at Home Depot!):
a. The Coping Saw, previously
on her suspect list
b. A goat: hey, Jere was
c. Chisel and utility knife
d. A much nicer knife that
Ben gave her
e. Joe (and frankly, Chris is
a little jealous)
20) Which of the following
was heard on the radio in July?
a. The weather report for one
weekend used the word "oppressive". C&C did feel oppressed.
b. This July was the wettest
c. A tornado swept through 50
miles of NH leaving much destruction.
21) Who carried the Power
House frames (heavier that they looked) from the deck, down Woody Walkway, down
the driveway, and to the PH platform?
a. Ben, Chris and Cass
b. Charitable Builder
Monkeys, and they whistled a happy little tune, too.
c. Ben. Last year's carrying
of concrete mix uphill was so fun that he practically begged (uncharacteristic,
but true) to do it all himself! As it turned out, the downhill transport posed
no real challenge and C&C were freed to tackle other tasks instead.
d. Sarah, Scheckie and Cass
e. Nicholas, Katrina and
22) Phone service in July
failed repeatedly and often, more so than usual. On average, how many times a
day did Cassandra curse because of the *$#! phone signal?
a. She doesn't curse; she's a
fine upstanding young woman who would never cuss.
b. Almost as many times as
she curses the non-stop attacking biting bugs.
e. No one's ever kept track
and statistically analyzed this; only the Almighty Ufa knows for sure.
f. One-tenth the total number
of times she must retry for a signal, with or without cursing, which is easily
100 a day!
g. If she cursed every time
she had to retry for a signal, she'd never get anything else done!
23) Why did Scheckie leave
Mt. Yippee with three rechargeable tool batteries in his trunk?
a. For better traction in
extricating his car from the ditch that he had landed in upon arrival.
b. He's a Closet Kleptomaniac.
c. He had aspirations of
becoming the Official Project YIPPEE Battery Repair Technician.
d. He was inspired by C&C
to go off-grid, but thought it best to start with a small system.
24) Did Cass wear long
underwear at all this month?
a. Yes, as a crucial
component in her knife-juggling act.
b. Long underwear in July?!
Are you insane?
c. Yes, it was frickin' cold
that one week! Brr!
d. Yes, in her makeshift
25) What did C&C discuss
during their two July sessions of radiant floor tubing installation under the
a. Mostly, the tubing plan, various
modifications, where the screw fell and who had to move where next.
b. Nothing. They worked in
somber, dedicated silence.
c. Subtle cultural
differences that prevent peaceful resolution to Middle Eastern conflict.
26) At the end of July, which
of the following had not happened?
a. Brush piles at the PH area
b. The PH frame was up
c. Wallboards were going up
across the loft arc
d. C&C had a restful
e. Wildflowers began blooming
27) Between Chris and
Scheckie, July saw the Utility Shed frame finished, plywood sealed and mostly
nailed on roof and sides. Which of the following Utility Shed related things
had not happened?
a. Sweat dripped
b. A creature tried
sharpening its teeth on the shed
c. "Look, Cass, we's a
d. The radiant flooring
controls are installed
28) Where's my cow?
a. Get up you slacker!
b. That's not my cow!
c. It's in New Hampshire.
d. It's in Vermont.
The Straighter Summary:
Pre-Ju: (7/1-7/3) Not a lot of building time as Cassandra
struggles with being shaky and catching up on other chores, including: thorough
cleaning and reassembling now that the ant problem appears to be over. Weather
added to frustrations with wet, miserable, gross high humidity.
Ju! (7/4-7/13) The Last Ju
began with a switcheroo. Since several businesses in the normal chores routine were
closed Friday the 4th, C&C swapped Friday and Saturday schedules. The 4th
was no holiday for C&C: Building and Quacking! Creation, setup and testing
of the solar water heating tube. Preparations for visitors, and for work to be
done during the last Ju, had been pushed off until this weekend; not by desire
so much as hectic schedule constraints. By Monday afternoon though, GIPPEE was
full-function, SIPPEE 4 was up and various food mix-ups had all been accommodated.
Bring on the visitors, bring on the Ju!
Monday evening: Chris R (aka
Scheckie) wears garbage bags with flair, finesse and a grand smile! Chris C had
forgotten his painter-suit and a creative substitution was made. After transport
to Poo-Jam house for SVP and the return to Park Ave and all that entails,
camp-style pudding-misu commences. Chris and Scheckie work a bit up at MLA
before Chris gives the GIPPEE shower a trial run while Scheckie and Cass chat
in Park Ave. It was the most leisurely evening had onsite since Thanksgiving,
but quickly became a late night for all. Scheckie inspired a song by answering
a question thusly: "We went to Target for some pants once. He needed a
suitcase too, I think." It turned out to be Caldor on further collective
recollection, but it is something we know of Ken.
Tuesday: Utility Shed! The
Two Chrises installed fascia, dripped sweat, attached the roof plywood, dripped
sweat, and moved on to work down at the Power House. Working all day in the sun
and humidity takes a toll, and a lie-down was in order for Scheckie, with a low
key evening to ward off a migraine. Dinner was had in the MLA yurt, seated
'round the newly delivered coffee table (which Cassandra hadn't seen for the
past four years). It was another relatively easy evening for C&C as they
lingered over dinner and Scheckie got a post dinner tour. Would have been a
relatively early night for C&C too, had she not been making the next day's
meals, and Chris played the guitar and they sang and worked more on the new
song, and the two got busy enjoying things.
Wednesday: Another day of
humid weather. Rain in afternoon and eve. Unbeknownst to anyone but C&C,
Ben got the Planning Prize for planning to show up Wednesday, and showing up on
Wednesday without any change-o-plans to coordinate. Of the four slated guests,
he didn't have a schedule change. Thanks Ben! While at the house for SVP, Chris
and Ben load up the Xtrailer with sealed plywood from the stock in the house
bedroom. Back onsite, there was rain! Scheckie walks up on deck to ask
Cassandra, "So, how soaked did you get"? Both got quite damp in
sudden downpour. She had run around closing yurt windows. Scheckie just kept
working through rains, to get plywood nailed up onto Utility Shed, stepping
under its new "roof" for shelter from the heaviest rains. He later
moved on to moving the brush piles at the PH. Chris put Ben and Scheckie to
work drilling radiant flooring holes while he fine-tuned some planning;
together, the task for drilling holes was finished. Woohoo! Cass had been
continuing on indoor work. A leisurely dinner down in SIPPEE contained, in
addition to tasty salads and expertly split chocolate cookies for dessert,
enlightening conversations including, but not limited to: broccoli as a weapon
and pieces of cod. Showers were cold and late. C&C got to bed very late, or
rather very early Thursday, finishing their evening tasks after Ben and
Scheckie headed off to their happy little GIPPEE tent.
Thursday: Sarah arrives,
yippee! But not before breakfast; so Chris got in a little work with Ben and
Scheckie while Cass prepped. While Chris took Sarah to Poocham for SVP,
Scheckie and Ben worked on plywood, brush piles' removal and digging for PH access.
Cass was sadly, in Park Ave yurt doing usual AM chores. After Chris and Sarah
returned, all met on deck for a snack. Scheckie said adios (or similar) and
Chris helped pull his vehicle outta the ditch. Gorgeous day! Low humidity and
blue skies with puffy clouds. Ben and Chris did various PH work; by end of day,
the PH platform was attached and insulated, a dent was made in ground by Ben
(intentional dent from digging). Meanwhile, Sarah and Cass had made excellent
progress on the radiant flooring tubing installation and quite enjoyed working
together and chatting; they are The Queens of The Pipe indeed! Dinner was in
SIPPEE again, with pudding concoctions. Sarah left just barely before midnight
on a beautiful clear, and cold, starry night.
Friday: Ben and Chris finish
up the platform at PH and take down a risky overhead limb. Ben once again puts
his cookie-splitting skills to good use in today's snack break. Ben, C&C
carry the five PH frames down Woody Walkway and driveway to PH area, where
Chris and Ben take over, getting them stacked onto the platform which still had
drying cut edges of plywood. Frames were heavier and more awkward than seemed
they would be. C&C enjoy Ben's company for lunch before he heads off to
bike and not-knife anyone. Thankfully Cassandra is not a wimp. C&C get
frames vertical and do not allow them to fall off the platform as they are
installed. PH progress, yippee!
Saturday is the usual Friday;
so, Chris is gone for tasks and Cass catches up on her weekly cleaning.
Sunday's work includes many preparations, such as wallboard cutting, so that
Cass has work for the week. It also included finding some excellent tasty
And, then, the Ju is over.
Chris is off to work at 3AM Monday and Cass is back to working solo.
The Last Ju didn't accomplish
all that C&C would have liked; working days weren't as long or intensive as
hoped. But, a lot of tasks, that Cassandra can't do, got done. C&C had
enjoyed the company of three wonderful people, appreciated their efforts to visit,
do the SVP and provide good cheer while aiding in the building. Thanks
Scheckie, Ben and Sarah! You guys are great!
Post Ju (7/14-7/20)
For several mornings in a
row, a misguided woodpecker tried getting it on with the Park Ave vent pipe,
banging away in the early mornings.
Cassandra tried a new herbal
immune formula, had a very bad reaction to it and was quite sick most of week.
Chris arrived home at 2AM.
Weekend's weather report
actually used the word "oppressive"! Lo' and behold, the weather
people got it right... the humidity and heat and bugs were extraordinarily
oppressing. Nonetheless, C&C enjoy working together.
C&C were doing good on
their Sunday timing (always a struggle: the day must end early since Chris gets
up early to leave) when a damaging storm raged, wetting the floors and lattice,
felling two trees across the driveway, making more driveway rutting, a hole in
GIPPEE's screen house, and smashing a solar light.
Post Ju (7/21-27)
A terrible, terrible week!
Rain, fog, dark, humid, gross. Phone signal equally unpleasant; C&C's calls
disconnected many times and even more times that Chris could not even get
through, and Cass couldn't call out. With lack of sun and cold temps, showers
were screaming, dangerously cold. Cassandra struggles health wise again all
week long. Relentless bugs and damp, dark wet everywhere. Cass feeling the
heavy weight of not being able to build and maintain and fix problems (such as
the driveway and trees) all by herself. Chris began the schedule of returning
at 5:30AM every other week; argh! C&C snag a couple hours before getting on
with the tasks. Sun shone through on Friday, whew. Back to un-sunny weather for
Post Ju (7/28-7/31)
News flash! (Not really news
to Cassandra though) This is the area's wettest July on record so far.
Humidity and awful nasty evil
relentless hunting attacking bugs are exhausting. Constantly having to wear the
netting shirt is irritating but does prevent successful completion of the bugs'
In the final few hours of
July, "Hey, I got home at reasonable hour! Before midnight!". Chris
even had time to stop in Springfield's Home Depot to purchase some materials
including 10' wallboards and more shiplap.
Total July Site Hours: 261.25
Completed task: (213.80)
Radiant flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes [7/9/08] (start date: 11/30/07,
site days: 1.81)
A Tasks: 239.00 hrs
73.50 hrs (213.50 Construct
71.50 hrs (329.02 Construct
walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards)
20.00 hrs (213.12 Utility
17.50 hrs (213.82 Radiant flooring
30': loops installed)
7.50 hrs (275.04 Materials
7.50 hrs (742.01 JaBoSTH:
6.00 hrs (213.65 Electrical
rough-in (30' yurt))
5.25 hrs (226.41 Clean and
prep: SIPPEE and GIPPEE)
5.00 hrs (213.36 Site
4.00 hrs (329.05 Loft
3.75 hrs (213.76 Power House:
build walkway/access from road)
3.75 hrs (213.80 Radiant
flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes)
3.00 hrs (306.01 Determine
tasks she can do during week alone)
3.00 hrs (213.24 TV loft
2.75 hrs (213.20 Electrical
1.50 hrs (329.06 Loft Back
1.50 hrs (329.04 Loft access
0.75 hrs (213.71 Walls - 30'
yurt: sand and finish)
0.50 hrs (306.02 Test on
safety: materials and tools)
0.25 hrs (226.31 Close GIPPEE
0.25 hrs (213.69 Construct
walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards)
0.25 hrs (213.70 Construct
walls and loft - 30' yurt: mouldings)
Q Tasks: 22.25 hrs
13.00 hrs (300.55 Woodstove,
Heat & Showering '08 )
3.25 hrs (742.02 JaBoSTH:
3.00 hrs (545.00 YIDDEE
1.75 hrs (288.09 Cut and
store downed trees)
1.25 hrs (305.00 Bug control)
6) c (though Scheckie did try
8) a, b, and c
12) b (answer d did happen,
if you take out the word "enjoying")
15) c and/or d
20) a, b and c
22) e (b, f and g might be
right, but remember e)
|7/4/08||305.18||Tick, tick||0.5||weed wacking|
|7/4/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||1.75|| |
|7/4/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||3||made a black pipe coil|
|7/4/08||213.24||TV loft adaptation||1.25|| |
|7/4/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||0.5|| |
|7/4/08||329.04||Loft access Building||0.5||review|
|7/4/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||0.5|| |
|7/4/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||1.5|| |
|7/4/08||226.41||Clean and prep: SIPPEE and GIPPEE||2|| |
|7/5/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||1||early morning stuff|
|7/5/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||1||cutting joe @ house with tablesaw.|
|7/5/08||329.04||Loft access Building||0.25||cutting @ house|
|7/5/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.5||theiving road dirt from the next town over|
|7/6/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||1|| |
|7/6/08||213.12||Utility shed built||4||cutting roof and wall plywood, sealing cut edges, figgrin cuts out. cursing.|
|7/6/08||213.5||Construct power house||2.5||mark studs...cut studs...mark bolt holes|
|7/6/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.5||stuff gone.|
|7/6/08||226.41||Clean and prep: SIPPEE and GIPPEE||1||almost guest ready, just needs a wipe down|
|7/6/08||213.2||Electrical finishing 20'||0.5||adjusted box|
|7/6/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||2|| |
|7/6/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.25||thieved road dirt on lower section|
|7/6/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||0.25||cass chips out joe|
|7/6/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25|| |
|7/6/08||329.06||Loft Back Wall Arc||1.5||sand parts. cut plexiglass|
|7/6/08||213.24||TV loft adaptation||0.5||hinges seem plausible. worked on joist removal.|
|7/1/08||0||Notes||0||ugh ugh. cass sooo sooo shaky all day and struggling! lots of non -bldg time spent. frustrating to not get more site work in, even though was up top. argh. humid n gross. humid humid humid. when o when will this fricking humidity ever let up. |
|7/1/08||213.5||Construct power house||3.25||marked and cut blockings. sealed various parts, installed blockings, door lintels, and marked the cripple studs for cut-n-seal-n-install another day|
|7/1/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||not warm, not cold|
|7/1/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||0.75||svc panel wall in. added parts need coat of sealer.|
|7/1/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||0.75||couple installations, some measurings, looking for board to fit and marking|
|7/1/08||213.2||Electrical finishing 20'||1.25||installed plates, got molding measurements and marked for the triple plate in mudroom|
|7/2/08||0||Notes||0||humid humid. cass absolutely miserable, shaky and messed up. talked the health practitioner, give it another day should begin clearing out. cass spends lots time on nonbldg stuff. june newsletter done. |
|7/2/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||1||us floorboards moved to new temp home, enough other stuff moved to be able to pull up one row of paper and vac along kitchen walkway|
|7/2/08||329.05||Loft Bathroom Windows||0.25||sorted thru cut aspen to org into windows|
|7/2/08||213.5||Construct power house||1.75||cripple studs cut and sealed, installed....shoddy install, but cass did best she could. oh well. matches the just sheds just sucks vibe. |
|7/2/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||3.25||wallboards onto steps 5 and 6, measured and marked for ending boards and outer ends, marked couple other boards|
|7/2/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||another oh so not warm showeringday as theres not much clear sun|
|7/3/08||0||Notes||0||cass slept quite poorly. chris had slept poorly night before. humid again, no clear sun again, lots clouds again. shower water out but geez. cass lots of catchup on all chores pushed off earlier in wk. also has extra cleaning to do ....seems ants prob is abated and so now time to put things back and lots of extra cleaning work to do. and prep for next wk. ccnc have not gotten to prep for next wk already! argh. do some over phone while chris in airport. chris hates his headsets. |
|7/3/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||1.25|| |
|7/3/08||213.5||Construct power house||0.5||measured, drew and cal'c for inner wall add-in|
|7/5/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.5||moved some boards to make space for what chris is buying today. also cleanup some on loft|
|7/5/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||1.5||shelf boards on, more marked|
|7/5/08||0||Notes||0||humid humid dreary grey not good sleeping last night, twas so humid when o when will the weather turn nice?|
|7/7/08||0||Notes||0||Chris R. arrives for some sitework.|
|7/7/08||226.41||Clean and prep: SIPPEE and GIPPEE||2.25||GIPPEE is full-function. SIPPEE 4 is up.|
|7/7/08||213.5||Construct power house||3||inside wall frame. holes in footings|
|7/7/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||1||chris and chris verify wires thru floor are intact. yup!|
|7/7/08||305.04||Daitomaceous earth||0.25|| |
|7/7/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||1.25||testing..didn't get or stay hot.|
|7/7/08||742.02||JaBoSTH: Quackers||0.75||among the quacking, chris and chris assemble solar landscape lights whilst sitting in the xterra waiting for the air to clear.|
|7/7/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.25||thieving more dirt with the help of Sheckie|
|7/8/08||742.02||JaBoSTH: Quackers||1||we have a coffee table. more solar lights onto main drive|
|7/8/08||213.12||Utility shed built||6.25||roof on. some wall plywood tacked in place until others are cut and final fit.|
|7/8/08||213.5||Construct power house||6.25||internal wall frame completed. anchor bolts epoxied into footings.|
|7/8/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5||cass says hot for showering!|
|7/8/08||329.05||Loft Bathroom Windows||1.75|| |
|7/8/08||288.09||Cut and store downed trees||0.25||Sheckie moved brush from PH area|
|7/8/08||213.8||Radiant flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes||0.5||prepping to drill holes|
|7/8/08||0||Notes||0||hag hag hag|
|7/9/08||213.5||Construct power house||1.75||marking end wall plywood for cutting|
|7/9/08||213.12||Utility shed built||4.75||marking, cutting and sealing wall plywood. putting wall plywood on.|
|7/9/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||0.5||plywood from house|
|7/9/08||288.09||Cut and store downed trees||0.5|| |
|7/9/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||3.5|| |
|7/9/08||213.8||Radiant flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes||3.25||Chris, Ben, Cass, & Chris complete this task!|
|7/9/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.5||unloading dirt|
|7/9/08||742.02||JaBoSTH: Quackers||0.75|| |
|7/9/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5|| |
|7/9/08||329.05||Loft Bathroom Windows||0.25|| |
|7/9/08||213.2||Electrical finishing 20'||0.25|| |
|7/10/08||0||Notes||0||Sarah arrives and, unrelated, Chris R departs. Had to tow his car out of ditch on OFR. Sarah departs later, too.|
|7/10/08||213.82||Radiant flooring 30': loops installed||8.25||Chris, Ben and Chris start install. Later, Sarah and Cass take over and ... um ... work the big pipe. they are the queens.|
|7/10/08||213.5||Construct power house||8.75||Chris R and Ben cut n seal wall plywood. Chris C attaches platform enough to begin insulating and flooring. Ben and Chris insulate, then wrap the day up installing the floor plywood.|
|7/10/08||213.76||Power House: build walkway/access from road||3.75||Ben and Sheckie dig and dump. Later, Ben digs solo and Chris rolls a rock or two.|
|7/10/08||213.12||Utility shed built||0.25||wall board sealed and ready for installation|
|7/11/08||213.5||Construct power house||8.75||nailing down floor and trimming floor edges. chris removes a tree limb using the rope chain saw. C&C&B carry frames down to PH. later, C&C put them on.|
|7/11/08||0||Notes||0||Ben heads out, leaving C&8 to carry on the day's site work. they go to bed early!|
|7/11/08||226.31||Close GIPPEE after guests||0.25|| |
|7/13/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.5|| |
|7/13/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||1|| |
|7/13/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||3.75|| |
|7/13/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||1|| |
|7/13/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.5|| |
|7/13/08||213.82||Radiant flooring 30': loops installed||0.25||another pipe installed, in the north outer bay.|
|7/13/08||213.24||TV loft adaptation||0.5|| |
|7/13/08||213.2||Electrical finishing 20'||0.5||molding for box cutout|
|7/13/08||213.7||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: mouldings||0.25||using the new-to-site mitre saw with the really dull blade.|
|7/13/08||305.04||Daitomaceous earth||0.25||ants at the mla get a dusting|
|7/13/08||0||Notes||0||YIPPEE Organic Raspberries are taaaasteeeee!|
|7/12/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.25|| |
|7/12/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||2.5|| |
|7/12/08||329.06||Loft Back Wall Arc||0.25|| |
|7/12/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25|| |
|7/12/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5|| |
|7/12/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||0.25|| |
|7/18/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||0.75||more crappy wallboards|
|7/18/08||213.24||TV loft adaptation||0.25||cutting parts @ house|
|7/19/08||213.5||Construct power house||3||plan/prep for cutting; ridgepole and rafters carried down to PH to verify fit. ridgepole good, bridsmouth needing an extra 1/4. cass marks, chris cuts, cass watershields. |
|7/19/08||213.82||Radiant flooring 30': loops installed||3||planning a few unplanned holes drilled; c&c run some pipe together, via headlamp|
|7/19/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||3.25||cutting boards|
|7/19/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5|| |
|7/19/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||0.25|| |
|7/19/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||0.5|| |
|7/19/08||306.02||Test on safety: materials and tools||0.5|| |
|7/20/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||0.5|| |
|7/20/08||213.5||Construct power house||4.75||shed woes continue. fruiting long rafters don't line up.|
|7/20/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||0.25|| |
|7/20/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.25|| |
|7/14/08||0||Notes||0||gross and sooo sooo humid. ugh. cold shower at night too. cass solo again, back to reg working week. stress. gotta be done, sick, etc.|
|7/14/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||6.25||wallboards: in storage closet, on last step, on joe step, figuring how to do around arc, from last step, on bath half wall, on shelf, starting another wall in closet|
|7/14/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||setup and shutdown|
|7/14/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||rainy, tad bit o sun afternoon, cass rearranges schedule, collects the not quite cold, slightly less cold than inside water|
|7/15/08||0||Notes||0||clear sunny day, low humidity, whew, what a relief. warm/hottish shower, woohoo|
|7/15/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||7.5||wallboards: in storage closet-all 72s are on, hand sawed several parts to keep on working, shelf tops all on except pulling down one part but gotta ask chris, more boards on steps and spent time calc-ing for how they fit and board attaching, carved out for starter board on arc and handsawed couple more boards and floorboards....whew. |
|7/15/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||setup and shutdown|
|7/15/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5||while down doing water had to also track and kill speedy thick black spider in p.a.|
|7/15/08||213.5||Construct power house||1.25||measuring, dblcking, marking for ridgepole. discovered brackets are for 2*6 via discussion with chris. oh well. done for day|
|7/16/08||213.5||Construct power house||2.75||ridgepole n rafter prep|
|7/16/08||0||Notes||0||horrible struggle of an incredible struggle of a day. cass never wants to go thru that again. she had a bad reaction to the immune formula she just started taking. didnt help that a new kind of biting attack bug turned up. and, each task had problems where she needed to wait for chris to do X, or needed more supplies, and trying to come up with work arounds. |
|7/16/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||2.5|| |
|7/16/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.75||setup, shutdown, misc small tasks starting on things and not getting traction, but not enough time for any one 15mins|
|7/16/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5|| |
|7/16/08||213.82||Radiant flooring 30': loops installed||2||ran some pipe, difficult solo|
|7/16/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.5|| |
|7/17/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25|| |
|7/17/08||742.02||JaBoSTH: Quackers||0.25||pulling weeds along woody walkway path|
|7/17/08||213.5||Construct power house||1.75||finished brackets on rafters|
|7/17/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||1.75||shaving off back of groove on several boards for doing arc|
|7/17/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25|| |
|7/17/08||0||Notes||0||weather report actually used the word: oppressive cass starting to feel tad better from yesterdays nasty reaction biting flies out and nasty. |
|7/18/08||0||Notes||0||OPPRESSIVE indeed! cass struggles through the day. awful awful humidity and heat. bugs terrible. cnc sooo tired. chris got back 2am. both had a big struggle to wake up. fourth day in row a bird is banging away at the vent pipe. chris discovers that it is a woodpecker.|
|7/18/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5||try pouring new water in as hot drained out. |
|7/18/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||1||setup, shutdown, reviewing tasks and such|
|7/18/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||0.25|| |
|7/18/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||2.5||marking, measuring. |
|7/18/08||213.71||Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish||0.75||sand and finish step 1. dont do this in future unless have more to do than this! also finished svc panel parts. put some leftover onto bath half wall. was looking for other to do. started sanding front of step 7 but ran into numerous glitches. had to stop. too overheated and shaky and tired and frustrated. cleaned up instead.|
|7/20/08||0||Notes||0||a damaging storm blows through in the evening, taking down numerous trees, making ruts in the driveway, putting a hole through GIPPEE screenhouse roof, and getting 14' and 20' yurts wet via the combination of open windows and shitty awnings. A solar driveway light was demolished by a falling branch, though a nearby plunger was spared.|
|7/25/08||213.5||Construct power house||0.5|| |
|7/26/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||1.5|| |
|7/26/08||213.5||Construct power house||4.75||cut n seal ceiling joists, cut fascia, mark and cut shiplap peaks; repair rain washout.|
|7/26/08||213.12||Utility shed built||1||mark n cut shiplap peaks|
|7/26/08||306.01||Determine tasks she can do during week alone||0.5||cass tasks|
|7/26/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||4.5||nipped off floorboard on step to move forward on wall; marked and cut wallboards; discussed wall vents|
|7/26/08||213.24||TV loft adaptation||0.5||test fitting|
|7/26/08||305.04||Daitomaceous earth||0.25||@ park ave|
|7/26/08||0||Notes||0||sunny, then cloudy, then rains.|
|7/26/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||0.75||box wiring so Cas can procreed.|
|7/26/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||getting stuff out o da way of rain|
|7/26/08||213.69||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards||0.25||review loft cut|
|7/26/08||329.05||Loft Bathroom Windows||0.25||attemped cut on plexiglass.|
|7/26/08||742.02||JaBoSTH: Quackers||0.5||fix shower pipe in park ave.|
|7/26/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.5||not even all that hot.|
|7/27/08||545.04||YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair||0.5||more fixin below LAfNP|
|7/27/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||hot water from PoohJam Hellhouse|
|7/27/08||213.82||Radiant flooring 30': loops installed||4||more installing, plus two big ass bugs squished.|
|7/27/08||213.12||Utility shed built||0.25||one wall section nailed up and wet paper off floor|
|7/27/08||0||Notes||0||another rainy humid day. going to house for ice takes too long. no blackberry pickin' save for two Chris found behind park ave.|
|7/21/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||5||wallboards work, including handcuts and chisel etc. under joe all on. started in desk area and finding a 72 to fit by closet door|
|7/21/08||0||Notes||0||rain, rain, foggy, dark, gross, mega humid. slept terribly last night. chris off at 3am. phone signal terrible, cnc disconnected very many times|
|7/22/08||0||Notes||0||how long to have to put up with this! horrible humidity fog damp gross everything gross damp humid. rain showers. cass feeling very ill. prob shouldve spent lots of time cleaning up all storm debris and making water bars and working outside at PH in that wet gross buggy place, but spent most of time inside doing wallboards because she knew how to do that, was easy and away from bugs and nastiness of the gross wet moldy everything outside|
|7/22/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||6.75||avail 72s all installed, incl electrical box cut out + chipping and such to fit. arc work, boards up. all avail. |
|7/22/08||545.02||YIDDEE HSODIF: Damage Control||0.5||in AM, attempted a few water bars because is sposd to rain more and more and more|
|7/22/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||sun out for maybe half hr or so total but water might be slightly warmer than indoor water so capture it and cover it so tonights shower not quite as bitter cold|
|7/22/08||213.5||Construct power house||0.5||banged in one rafter to ridgepole and several brackets onto rafters. platform is holding water, gross pooling. where it exceeded and spilled over, gravel is all entirely washed out. |
|7/23/08||0||Notes||0||rain rain rain. cold. max of 64. screaming, SCREAMING, COLDcoldcoldcold shower. so frickin wet, humid, everything is awful damp gross. |
|7/23/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||2.25||handcut 2 boards for start above svc panel, installed blocking in the wall for boards, handcut 77.5s down for 72s and installed all, marked end board for one wall|
|7/23/08||329.04||Loft access Building||0.75||installed post and 2*3 for connecting #4,5,6|
|7/23/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||3||took long time and lots of minute adjustments and total recut at first to get the molding all correctly fitting (or at least close enough). installed w/cutoff nails so wouldnt risk hitting any wires back there. sanded. put first coat of finish on.|
|7/23/08||213.5||Construct power house||0.75||setup inside on paper and watershielded all sides of the pine for under rafters, 2coats|
|7/23/08||213.36||Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)||0.25|| |
|7/24/08||0||Notes||0||cass extremely sick. really bad off. horrible horrible week. rain rain rain. even colder than yesterday. cass down to pa yurt, shot, lies down and reads to chris during his drive back to airport. screaming, SCREAMING, SCREAMING, COLDcoldcoldcold dangerous shower. |
|7/24/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||0.25||2nd coat finish onto box|
|7/24/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||misc, kinda spinning wheels unsure what to delve into. wallboards all up, could go under yurt but would get wet and risk being even sicker|
|7/24/08||329.06||Loft Back Wall Arc||1.25||measuring and marking. very slow process. |
|7/25/08||0||Notes||0||finally sun! wow. cnc to bed 5:30am (due to chris late flight schedule...everyother week for while. argh!) couple hrs sleep and up for breakfast and tackling stuff together.|
|7/25/08||213.65||Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)||0.25||cnc start putting plate on the molding box cass made but needs longer screws/tweaking|
|7/25/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.5||getting batts, site rags, reviewing weeks work etc|
|7/25/08||213.5||Construct power house||4.75||chris cuts door 2*4s to release water on platform later cass works on rafters|
|7/25/08||288.09||Cut and store downed trees||1||cnc take apart downed trees across drive - enough to make driveway passable for tomorrow am transpt|
|7/25/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||woohoo, no screaming dangerously cold shower tonight! |
|7/31/08||275.04||Materials transport/inventory||1.5||getting boards in Springfield on tripvfrom airport|
|7/28/08||0||Notes||0||humid but at least didnt rain today. cass hears on radio that this is area's wettest july on record so far.|
|7/28/08||213.5||Construct power house||3.25|| |
|7/28/08||213.12||Utility shed built||1|| |
|7/28/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||didnt get super hot, but at least wasnt a cold screaming shower|
|7/28/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||setup and shutdown|
|7/28/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||3||more wallboards up in storage closet|
|7/29/08||0||Notes||0||humid but at least didnt rain today. well, not much. bugs awful awful nasty evil hunting constant attack. would have been nice day mostly if couldve not had to wear stupid awful bug netting|
|7/29/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||lukewarm at best, but at least wasnt a cold screaming shower|
|7/29/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||setup and shutdown|
|7/29/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||1.25||more wallboards up in storage closet, and cont'd in desk area|
|7/29/08||213.5||Construct power house||4.75||stain n seal shiplap. install more ceiling joists, and some lookout rafters, and drop drills and level and stopped when dark and had broken bit. bugs attack attack attack. terrible terrible terrible conditions. |
|7/29/08||213.12||Utility shed built||2.5||stain n seal shiplap|
|7/30/08||0||Notes||0||humid but at least didnt rain bugs awful awful nasty evil hunting constant attack.spent most of dayi netting. constant attack is wearing draining. constant dirt and humidity and bugs.|
|7/30/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||more mediocre temps, would possibly have been ok if not taking shower at 9:30pm|
|7/30/08||742.01||JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers||0.25||setup and shutdown|
|7/30/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||4.25||wallboards in office and chiseled for arc, started Z|
|7/30/08||213.5||Construct power house||4.25||boards from yest out and laid out to cure more, other boards out to dry and clean off. watershielded fascia. installed more at ph. waiting for chris to do end l.r. |
|7/30/08||213.2||Electrical finishing 20'||0.25||finished install of box. lighting remains|
|7/31/08||0||Notes||0||muggy humid yucky. cnc talk in morning due to different travel schedule, weird schedule. but on plus side, chris home at reasonable hour, before midnight. not much site time for cass as she does other chores another frustrating day of repeatedly tryingand trying and retrying for signal|
|7/31/08||300.55||Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 ||0.25||only got cool, not cold, not really warm either|
|7/31/08||329.02||Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards||2.5||working on Z wall|