Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I did however eventually finish our home and these are the photos on the last day of our 5 yr adventure to The Big Island of Hawaii
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The rain continues to come and go, as you have seen we keep this project completely under cover. The borate treatment, the wood has gone through, will simply leach out if it is allowed to be exposed to such rain continually. The lanai portion is now under way, a much smaller ridge beam for it is in place along with the headers that will carry the rafter tails (ends). We will have a three foot overhang along the sides of the house and a four foot overhang on the ends so rain will never be an issue as long as the wind isn't very strong which it hasn't been till now. The wind is my greatest fear and has been the cause of extra bracing, again that the plans did not call for so more of the two step three step shuffle. With the last posts in place and all headers and beams now positioned the lanai railings have been my focus these past days. Again I find myself struggling for quality material. As i type I also wait on a call from suppliers that were supposed to get back to me in fifteen minutes two hours ago even the dog is like whats up with that......
The railings are providing the support for the lanai posts and beams, once complete the final rafters go in place
Time for some fun stuff Mz P just had a birthday! 59 and holding This might even be more unbelievable than us having moved here from Maine. These are the kind of things I miss the most with regards to driving. there use to be a time when I could hop in my truck and go make birthdays and holidays something special all on my own now I have to make other arrangements which just isn't the same. Well I asks the lady of the day what she might enjoy and typically, from an aging woman I get nothing ! just another day......Holy ole cranky pants glad I asked. Well be that way you old poop! So I puts on the ole thinking cap and come up with a gate for our driveway. It just so happens that we were in need of one as well. The three little pigs and the two little goats that live across the street have decided that things at our place are looking pretty yummy and being it is the country the proactive thing to do was a gate so here is the birthday gate simple but effective and I didn't even have to leave to get it done.
She loved it........laughed but loved it as did many that have come by
We'd been clearing and adding more plants here and there and came across this little feature in our front yard the amazing part of it is that it was a falling down tree at one time who's roots turned into trees and branches that turned into trees and then mother nature carpeted it in the most beautifully covered moss we'd ever seen, 6 or more inches thick feeling like an expensive hand woven rug
oops wrong picture this is our Ti plants and edible nasturtiums
ok here is the right ones
undisturbed since the tree fell over hmmmmmm wonder why it fell over........hmm I don't like the wind....
Last but not least and possibly the most exciting is our recent acquisition of land line phone service which hopefully means a dsl computer connection, they will be telling us soon. I'll give you a reason why so important it has now been 6 hours that I have been working on this post our wireless broadband service simply works for email anything else takes way too long.
So this concludes This update and as always we appreciate your viewing and look forward to your comments no matter how they reach us.
Till next time Buckaroos
This is Dave & Peggy in Hawaii !!!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Stairs with a landing, Peggy's thought, lots of steps as you get older might not be a good thing. The landing gives you a place to stop and rest.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Oh Oh Oh ,so much to remember, Our neighbor Matt has a small animal collection and everything in his world is unique in it's own way . I've told Matt he should offer his property up for filming. To step on his property is to step into another world. 25 years ago Matt came and built and landscaped with many tropical plants and trees and today everything is monstrous and mostly overgrown. His critters are the big attraction for us, lets see we have Fred and Barney the pigmy goats that can't be left alone, Jasmine the 300lb pot-belly pig and a new arrival Tara another pot belly pig that was pregnant and ,of course, the alarm clock group roosters and chickens exotic bantams very very pretty. Of course the piglets are the showstoppers, I guess it was a couple three weeks after they were born we had a rather heavy overnight rain event and Matt let them out of their pen to sleep under the house with the other animals. I guess come morning they decided they would all go out for a walk and came down to our place at sunup. Peg was getting ready for work and I was making morning rounds when she yelled out David there are pigs in the yard, now she was not all that familiar with the new family and thought they were wild and were after our garden. I came out from the container to see that it was mother pig and the piglets so I went over to them. Immediately the piglets were on the run and mother pig was on high alert that I was coming near. I reached out gave pig a rub and called her to follow. Meanwhile little pigs are scurrying up the side of the road single file until they disappeared one by one into Matt's driveway. so funny to see their little feet all going together up the road. Matt gave them all names a few of them are bootsie, spot, inky, supersow, I forget the rest..... I must say it's been fun watching them grow and get into mischief.
Here also is another as they have aged some.. Of course Fred and Barney are always good for a laugh Just the other day Matt was out walking Makela and stopped for a minute to talk and visit. After a short time you are first alerted by the sound Maaaattt Of course Matt turns and angrily says "yeah I can't go anywhere out of their sight." He is trying to train them to stay home yeah? but they keep coming after him, once again up the road yelling YAH YAH.....
Oh yes the house stuff well after final grading came the first load of foundation material concrete piers, posts and beams its always bad when you dread the first step in a project but these pier are 150lbs + and their placement must be exact. A hand truck proved to be a useful tool for the job. 32 posts and piers will support us just nine feet up off the ground. This has made for some interesting challenges so far like the weight of the material. Having been saturated in a borate treatment, for insects, the wood varies in weight some pieces near twice their normal weight. But i've kept everything at a manageable length so at worst the heaviest is right at my handling limit so far so good. Of course help is always available as far as a phone call or as close as a shout. This safety net eases the stress level considerably. I was rather excited when the first load came. It had pallets, now keeping things off the ground here is very impotant if left on the ground i suspect the jungle would eat it up in no time. Almost all of the piles of brush we created has been absorbed. On quiet rainy days you can hear the jungle falling in on itself as some of what grows out here is very soft and fast growing.
The foundation made rigid with the cornered shear walls. There are five rows of 4x10 beams 32 ft total length. This is ready for floor framing.
gets you other kodak moments like this one of the clouds and they are always so close seems like you could almost reach out and touch them ...
she came home with a whole array of fruit trees this pictured is a veregated lemon among others were orange, lime, star-fruit, cinnamon. tangerine, fig, grapefruit, kumquat, avocado and a gardenia. Most things were fruited and all are dwarf size trees.