Our builder has started drilling holes for all the foundation piers for the ADU. These piers will be different from the retaining wall piers, in that they won’t have half ton steel girders at their cores — just rebar and concrete. The rebar is supposed to show up this week, so right now the area… Continue reading Boring (not boring)
With all the steel on site, we can start putting the piers in place for the retaining walls. Note, these retaining walls are not even for the ADU, they're to stabilize the site of the main house. Also, they're much more extensive than the "retaining walls" that were in place before the fire. So, our… Continue reading Let It Pour
It's been a long, tedious process, but we're finally allowed to construct! There are an awful lot of permits that one needs to rebuild a house. First, there was the debris removal permit. Then, the permit for the temporary power pole. Then the septic inspection, the fire safety inspection, and the geological inspection as well… Continue reading We Have Permission!
You know how if a story takes place in someplace that's been continuously occupied by people for hundreds or thousands of years, there's a decent chance that one of the characters is going to dig up some forgotten treasure? Yeah, so that happened. The meadow where Lise used to practice archery and where nothing has… Continue reading Buried Treasure
It's been a long, dry winter. The alstromeria have given up and decided it's spring again, sprouting up fresh leaves in just the past couple of days. And now, we have finally received some rain! I spent some time last week getting a second cistern, Seena, hooked up. I got up on the roof and… Continue reading The Rain Falls
It's that time of year. Time to plant those bare root fruit trees, get those spring bulbs into the ground. You can tell that it's that time of year, because it's criminally cold out. This is what's necessary to go out into the front yard. Long sleeves, thermal vest, a hat. I gathered all the… Continue reading Spring Planting
It started with the idea that we were going to sell our house. We put together a formidable list of things we had to do in order to get the house sold - things like fixing the tiling by the fireplace, putting cabinet doors in the kitchen where we took out the microwave, and especially… Continue reading The World’s Largest Moustache