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Haven’t Been Feeling Blog-y

June 5, 2012

Readers – I initially started this blog because I wanted to provide step-by-step (and blow-by-blow) information for other people interested in home building, straw bales, and homesteading. However, those little moments are generally fairly small, boring, or non-photogenic. I also just haven’t really been in the mood to update the blog lately. Basically – a lot is happening, but it is hard to document. I feel super excited, but I don’t like to think too closely about what all we have to do to get over the next hurdle. Sorry.

At any rate, here are two pictures that pretty well sum up what’s up with us.

Remember the fence? Well, we finished it awhile ago. It is pretty hard to see in the picture, but all of the fencing is up and so far has been totally deer proof. A bazillion robins like to hang out on the fence or inside of it, which drives Tempe crazy (she runs around and around barking like crazy). I’ve seeded or planted pretty much everything, and my new battle is ants. They build ant hills everywhere, and so far nothing has worked to kill or deter them. I guess robins must not eat ants.

This is why you should test your plumbing.

We passed our final framing and electrical inspection on Friday (yah!). Mr. B decided to celebrate by pressure testing our plumbing, and unfortunately found a massive leak in the one pipe in a bale wall. Technically, this pipe is a vent and should never fill with water, but it would be horrible if it did. Apparently, a staple holding the mesh to the outlet went into it and cracked the pipe. It is in the kitchen, right under the window. So, Mr. B cut, spliced and re-tested, only to find that the splice was leaking and needed a new splice. We were considering not testing the system because, really, who wants to do that? Anyway, now we’re glad we did before the wall was covered in 1.5″ of plaster (thanks for the advice, dad). We tested the system last night and all is quiet on the western front of our plumbing system.

So, where are we now?

The order is in for both our interior and exterior plaster. We were surprised to learn that there are no plaster sellers left in Missoula, but luckily we were already planning to buy the NHL plaster for the exterior from Bozeman. It will probably get to town in a week. The newest challenge is that the plaster is only delivered to Missoula – it would be another $800 to get it delivered to our house. So, yes, I’m excited (plaster leads to drywall leads to paint leads to finished floor leads to me in the house), but sort of overwhelmed by everything we still need to do to get ready.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom Jones permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:48 am

    Don’t get discouraged. Seems like all projects go like this, take twice as long and cost more than expected no matter how mush due diligence has been done. Once you get the plaster on, sheetrock will happen, then paint and all will speed up. Thank goodness the leak has been found and solved! Remember, help is headed your way with the gathering of parents for the summer!

    You two have done so much in the last year, mostly by yourselves, and major progress has been made. Someday you will sit in the living room window seat, look out at your land, and say, it was well worth it!

  2. sue permalink
    June 5, 2012 12:33 pm

    ditto what mom jones said. p.s. ants are bitter.

    • June 5, 2012 12:41 pm

      Are they bitter (emotionally) because I keep stepping on their ant hills and laughing?

      I’m not so much discouraged as tentatively hopeful that we are about to make A LOT of progress, and I don’t want to think about it too much because then I will get discouraged.

  3. June 5, 2012 7:49 pm

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. I know first hand how overwhelming building and repairing your own home and farm can be. It seems like the projects will never get done and never go as smoothly as I imagine. I guess that is the joys of home ownership. Sometimes I get overwhelmed at a particular project and frustrated because of how long it takes to get it done. I have to remind myself of how lucky I am to be able to build and repair around the homestead. It is nice to hear that I am not alone in that frustration. I hope all goes well in the continuation of your home building project.

    • June 6, 2012 6:38 am

      Janette – Thanks for leaving a comment! It is always a balance between getting what you want and lots of hard work to get there. I guess that is part of what makes it feel so good when you do take the time to think about it.

  4. Rita permalink
    June 6, 2012 1:16 pm

    Ditto Mom Jones and Sue, you two have done so much in just one year! I am continually amazed by the both of you. See you in just 5 days. Can’t believe we are almost so close to all of you. Love.

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