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Problem Solved!

September 12, 2011

I guess I should have looked a little longer before the last post. Camera found, problem solved, pictures ahead!




Thursday afternoon

** In case you are wondering about the weird light in most of these pictures, there are a lot of wild fires in our area right now that are filling the valley with smoke. While disgusting to breath, this smoke makes for awesome sunsets and moon views.

Overall, I would say that the baling is going very well and pretty quickly. After a week of Mr. E working double time, and Mr. B and me working in the afternoons, we have almost all of the walls done up to 8 feet (just missing the last row). Stacking the bales is easier than I thought after moving them all initially, and cutting them isn’t too difficult. Retying the bales is a huge pain though. The video we watched made it look like the knot used to retie them would slide easily, which it doesn’t. Most of the bales have to be retied, at least on one string, to fit around the 4 x 4 posts we are using for the walls or to fit between corners and windows.

Mr. B and Mr. E with dinner

Mr. B shot our first wild turkey on the property. We had never eaten wild turkey before, and Mr. E skinned, gutted, and prepared the turkey for us. A word of warning if you find yourself in this situation: DO NOT GRILL. Maybe at some point, or with some turkeys, this would work out, but our turkey turned into the most juicy, delicious looking, but impossible to chew meal ever. You only get one turkey tag a year, so we have a year to figure out the best way to prepare this tasty meat (unless I pick up a tag).

The bales get stacked up to a nailer that is in line with where the finished ceiling will be. To accurately place that nailer, Mr. B has been building some of our interior partition walls. The first one was for my office/sewing room.

Raising an interior wall

Retying bales

We’re going to take a break from baling for at least part of this week. The 10-day forecast (which is so accurate) predicts a chance of rain starting Friday and continuing through the next week. While the roof underlayment will keep rain from leaking though the roof, we want to finish the roof off. We have 8 roof panels left, and we still need to order and install the ridge cap and gable end trim. We also still need to do a lot of framing inside the house to facilitate finishing the baling below 8 feet and to start baling the gable ends.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:02 am

    Great to see more pictures! Thanks for the post.
    (btw, this one has a video ad too–intel)

  2. Mike Gibson permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:03 am

    Looks great. So nice to see those two boys working together, warms the heart (although I would not want to be on the receiving end of Mr. B’s scope!).

  3. jim bossert permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:31 am

    Great to see the progress and those ornery men working together. Looks like you will be in a good place before the real cold weather hits.

    • September 12, 2011 8:36 am

      That is the plan (fingers crossed)! Not that the camper isn’t nice and all, but I have these visions of the Donner party in my mind. Plus, I sure do miss having things like a kitchen, heat, a couch, etc.

  4. Rita permalink
    September 12, 2011 10:42 am

    I’m so anxious to see it again.

  5. Linda permalink
    September 15, 2011 5:02 pm

    I am Rita’s neighbor and thought that I would tell you how to fix wild turkey that my family absolutely loves. We first brine the turkey, but the skin must be left on the breast. Then we smoke it with indirect heat over the Weber grill. It is absolutely wonderful and we are envious of your harvest of turkey. Good luck with the next one. Linda
    We love following the progress of your house.

  6. September 16, 2011 7:23 am

    Linda – Thanks for the turkey tips! Your recipe sounds delicious, and I am a big fan of brining (all our pork chops get brined). I’m guessing that not shooting the biggest/oldest turkey in the bunch would probably help too 🙂

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