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Pinch me! Our first load of logs!

By February 16, 2018 General, Our log home journey!, The beginnings!, We Got Logs!
The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up closer.

Well, that was quite the day, and that was also probably why I hadn’t blogged in quite some time.  We got logs, and it was on.  The work, the work, and the work of getting them off-loaded, stacked, rolled, treated, blah, blah, blah . . .

*** This actually happened last June.  I am embarrassed to say that I am that far behind on my blog, but one of my goals this year is to catch it up.  I am working on it in the order that it happened, and here are the highlight pictures of us getting our first load of logs. ***

HERE GOES! ! !

The feelings were incredible.  My husband had worked the night before we got our logs.  It took them way longer to get to our property that day than the logger thought it would.  (They got the driver a late start out.)  Then the driver of the logs stopped at the truck stop first, one exit from us, to get a ride with the fellow who was going to be offloading the logs so they could come up and access the layout of the land to determine how best to position their trucks.  Then they went back to the truck stop, got their trucks, and headed up to our property with the logs, and the big rig tow truck.  It was an exciting day to say the least!

The best way I can tell you about it is with these pictures (and there are A LOT) that my son took.

We (my sons and I) had stayed in the travel trailer the night before. . . because the logs were supposed to be coming around 9:00 in the morning, and we wanted to make sure we were there and ready for them.

The night before, and hanging around a bonfire with my guys. We had a sleepover so we could be there bright and early in the morning when they brought the logs.

Although we tried, and there was some good effort put into it, the bonfire was a flop.  But it was still exciting to be staying the night~~we wanted to be there bright and early in the morning when they brought the logs.

9:00 came and went, and no sign of them anywhere.  The waiting began.

And Grandpa came early that day for a front row seat.

In the meantime, we got Grandpa positioned early that day with a front row seat.

 

And here we go!

First came the truck that would be off-loading the logs.

First came the truck that would be off-loading the logs.

Do you see the logging truck coming down our road?

And do you see the logging truck coming down our road?

And it is getting closer! ! !

And it is getting closer! ! !

The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up closer.

AND CLOSER!  The excitement was rising as this big rig pulled up.

And here is the first load of our logs pulled up to be off-loaded! Ta-da!

And here is the first load of our logs pulled up to be off-loaded! Ta-da!

Welcome to your new home, all of you house logs! ! ! ! !

And we stand there looking at what we are up against! Thank goodness for the help of people who know what they are doing, and local businesses that can help us with off-loading them.

And we stand there looking at what we are up against! Thank goodness for the help of people who know what they are doing, and local businesses that can help us with offloading them.

See how they were situated to get the logs off?

See how they were situated to get the logs off?  The logging truck looks a little lopsided, and it was!

Our road is actually a small lane, and you have to pull over when you are passing someone.  I grew up on a lane like that 50 years ago, but haven’t lived ‘remotely’ like that since then.  Until now~~It feels like old times.  Because of that,  we had to make sure the logging truck was off the road enough to allow other vehicles to pass by.

I just had a thought ~~maybe we should’ve set our racks up, tipped the truck slowly, and let all of the logs roll off onto the rack, and just be done with it.  We would have the tow truck there to tip the logging truck right back up, and viola’, be done.  Hehehehe

No really, and seriously, we wanted to make sure that logging truck stayed upright. . . right???

Dad handing something off to our little guy in preparation for what was to come.

Dad handing something off to our little guy in preparation for what was to come.

Moving Grandpa to get him in the shade for the log show!

By this time in the afternoon (since we were getting such a later start), it was heating up, and we needed to move Grandpa to get him in the shade, AND where I had him would’ve been a terrible vantage point for viewing the log show, so we had to get him somewhere else!  (Such a flattering pic of me.)

And here he goes~~his first trip climbing up on our logs.

And here he goes, my husband,  getting ready for his job~strapping  the logs for offloading~~this was the first trip of many to come climbing up on our logs.

There will be many more opportunities as the logs get loaded on the house that he will be climbing on them again.  I think we may have in our future, purchasing some harnesses to prevent any falls.  Sounds like a great idea.

And Bobby was in position ready to get the logs moving.

And Bobby was in position and ready to get the logs moving.  I love this big truck.

See the metal rope chains (?) ~~getting ready to get to work.

See the metal rope chains (?) hanging from the boom, they had hooks on them that you will see in some of the next pictures to hook the straps onto ~~

Let the work begin!

Strapping up the first log on top of the load. This log will be the first to make up the 'rack' that our house logs will lay on.

Strapping up the first log on top of the load. This log will be the first to make up the ‘rack’ that our house logs will lay on.

Strappin' it up for offloading.

Now to attach it to the hook. . .

Touchdown! Now to get it positioned on the ground~~

Touchdown! The next order of business was to get it positioned on the ground in the right spot~~

with a little help along the way.

~~~with a little help along the way.

It was a beautiful day~~albeit extremely warm.

It was a beautiful day~~albeit extremely warm, and we were glad to be getting logs.

And even the truck driver for the logs got in on the action. (But maybe he wasn't supposed to?)

And even the loggin’ truck driver got in on the action. (But maybe he wasn’t supposed to?)

And I was actually helping too~~getting it in position as it hit the ground.

And I was actually helping too~~getting the second one in position as it hit the ground.

And here we are waiting for the next log to be strapped up to be off-loaded. This is going to be a looooong process.

And here we are waiting for the next log to be strapped up to be off-loaded. This is going to be a looooong process.

My older son was the photographer that day, and he took some good shots. You can see how we were swinging the logs over from logging truck to our first log rack spot.

I like this shot our son got of this huge tow truck. You can see how we were swinging the logs over from logging truck to our first log rack spot.

If you look closely at this you can see that sometimes my DH would have to hook up one end of the log, and then have it lifted so that he could get the strap under the other end. Some of the logs were so wedged together that it made it difficult to get a strap under it.

If you look closely at this you can see that sometimes my DH would have to hook up one end of the log, and then have it lifted so that he could get the strap under the other end. Some of the logs were so wedged together that it made it difficult to get a strap under it.

And we wait. . . .

And we wait. . . .

And he is working on getting the next log strapped while the first one is being brought over to our rack~~

And he is working on getting the next log strapped while the first one is being brought over to our rack~~

He is keeping the log from swinging back at him.

He is keeping the log from swinging back at him.

Ready to hook the next log.

Ready to hook the next log.

And the next rack log is ready to be set down.

And the next rack log is ready to be set down.

Not much different than the shot above, but a bit more contrasting to show the log being brought around the back of the truck with ease.

Not much different than the shot above, but a bit more contrasting to show the log being brought around the back of the truck with ease.

The straps worked amazingly as we hooked them up for off-loading and unhooked them and pulled them out from under the logs once the log was positioned.

The straps worked amazingly as we hooked them up for off-loading and unhooked them and pulled them out from under the logs once the log was positioned.

And now, to get the 26 house logs offloaded.                                                    And now, to get the 26 house logs offloaded.And you can see this one looks a bit more hearty than the first ones we were off-loading. A house log! WOOHOO!And you can see this one looks a bit more hearty than the first ones we were off-loading. A house log! WOOHOO!

We have to MOOOOVE this log over~~there are more logs we have to fit on this 'rack'. Here goes~~

GOT IT!  YAY!  Now, we have to MOOOOVE this log over~~there are more logs we have to fit on this ‘rack’. Here goes~~

Yes, now we have to man these logs across our rack.

Yes, now we have unhook the straps, and ‘man’ these logs across our rack.

Can we just roll them?

Can we just roll them?

No, we need a 'cant' hook, and boy, those cant hooks are life savers. Hopefully, we won't damage our logs with them.

No, we need a ‘cant’ hook, and boy, those cant hooks are life savers. Hopefully, we won’t damage our logs with them.

You can tell I am putting the stop on something in that picture above.  I think I was afraid it might start taking off rolling.  DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!  We need to be wise and be in control of these logs.  They are HEAVY!

Three logs off~~we are starting to get somewhere. Okay, so really it was sloooow!

Three logs off~~we are starting to get somewhere. Okay, so really it was sloooow!

Here they are laying all nice and scooted over. . . to await the next ones coming.

Five logs off and on the rack.  Here they are laying all nice and scooted over. . . to await the next ones coming.

But a neighbor showed up, and he was on a tractor, and it just so happened that with his tractor, he could help scooch the logs over all at once.

And then a neighbor showed up, and he was on a tractor, and it just so happened that with his tractor, he could help scooch the logs over all at once.  We needed the extra space~~we still had quite a few logs to fit on there.

And here he is doing just that. He scooted the logs tighter together so that they would all fit on the rack we had set up.

And here he is doing just that. He scooted the logs tighter together so that they would all fit on the rack we had set up.

Can you tell? The load of logs is getting smaller on the trailer. YAY!

Can you tell? The load of logs is getting smaller on the trailer. YAY!  And aren’t they some beauties!  Most were nice straight logs~~a good thing!

And he brought the tractor around and scooted them over some more.

And he brought the tractor around and scooted them over some more.

I just think it looks cool with the log in the air, and my DH (who had worked the night before~~ALL night) trying to keep his energy up to finish this job.

I just think it looks cool with the log in the air, and my DH (who had worked the night before~~ALL night) trying to keep his energy up to finish this job.

We decided (my brilliant idea) to try and get more than one log off at a time.  My thinking was that we wouldn’t have to tie up these fellows much longer if we could get the last few off together.  But that meant some changes needed to take place.  We did not want the tow truck tipping over.

He got some extra blocks out to put under his support legs so that they wouldn't sink into the ground and make the truck off kilter that may cause it to topple over. Yep, good thinking! Don't want that to happen.

He got some extra blocks out to put under his support legs so that they wouldn’t sink into the ground and make the truck off kilter that may cause it to topple over. Yep, good thinking! Don’t want that to happen.

And the neighbor (with the tractor) is jumping in and putting the wedge under the support.

And the neighbor (with the tractor) is jumping in and putting the wedge under the support.

Look closely at this shot. They are lifting 5, yes 5 logs all together to off-load them. WAY TO ROCK IT!

Look closely at this shot. They are lifting 5, yes 5 logs all together to off-load them. WAY TO ROCK IT!

ISN'T THIS COOL? (I was impressed!)

ISN’T THIS COOL? (I was impressed!)

I thought this was the ‘coolest’ part!  To see that many logs being lifted off at once, and also to see the empty logging trailer, and to see the strength of this tow truck was incredible.  So much ‘cool’ness in one fell swoop!  I was happy this day was coming to an end.  It was all so surreal, and quite overwhelming.

AND #1) my husband was beat (since he hadn’t slept all night).  He needed to get home.  AND #2) The logging trucker dude was not used to it taking so long to get his load offloaded, so I was glad he wouldn’t have to stay longer, AND #3) the tow truck driver gave us a great deal to offload these logs, so I didn’t want to hold him up any more either.   We were finished~~ YAY! ! !

Time to say goodbye.  So the loggin’ truck had took off. . . my husband had taken off (to go home and go to bed). . . and now the tow truck was waiting to take off.

But a quick note here~~the fellow who owns the towing company and the truck in this picture below also owns a log home about 5-6 miles from us.  He wanted to pick my brain at this point about how we were planning on building.  He also had some suggestions.  I. LOVE. SUGGESTIONS.   No, seriously, I do.  I am open to any ideas people have.

The cool thing was that he thought the way we are planning on building our log home was fascinating.  I love that!  He started asking me questions about it.  When these guys ask me questions (and I mean ‘fellows’~~most women don’t ask me questions) about how we are going to do this, I haven’t had anyone tell me that they think it won’t work.  It has been quite the opposite.  Most have been impressed with how it will probably work better!  Better than other log home builds that they know of, or live in, or have seen.  For that I am thankful. . . because, you see, we are such novices and we are hopeful this will work, but have never done it before.  No one I have explained this to has said they don’t think it will work.  We have had nothing but encouragement.  That is nice.  Right?

Goodbye tow truck! You did a good job today offloading those logs!

Goodbye tow truck! You did a good job today offloading those logs!

And so here they sit! All 26 logs~~

~~And here they sit! All 26 logs~~Hello house logs!

And there is Grandpa happy that he got to join us for the off loading of the first set of logs. He's a trooper!

And there is Grandpa happy that he got to join us for the offloading of the first set of logs. He’s a trooper!

AND I am one happy camper to have our first set of logs.

AND I am one happy camper to have our first set of logs. (I hate this picture of myself, but I don’t have a better one, and I was excited, so here is this awful picture of me.  hehe~I’m not vain or anything like that.)

And at the end of the day, back home and all cleaned up, we skyped and 'cheered' with our long distant daughter who was celebrating with us from another state. YAY!

And at the end of the day, back home and all cleaned up, we skyped and ‘cheered’ with our long distant daughter who was celebrating with us from afar.  YAY!

 

Just “Thank you LORD!” for blessing us with our first load of logs~~please help us to use this future home to give you glory!

 

 

 

 

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And the logs were coming, but first. . .

By February 10, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General

We had a ton of things going on.  Let me just take you through a couple of weeks of activity that we got to enjoy between finishing the “Blue Light Special”, and getting our logs.  Yes, I am so excited to show you the take of our first set of logs.  I know. . . you are saying “FINALLY! They are getting logs!”  ~~I get it.  I was saying the same.

So, let’s get started so we can get on with the show.  We traveled out of town to go to our niece’s wedding.

My husband's niece got married to a wonderful man.

She got married to a wonderful man.

And my son and his second (?) cousin caught the garter and the bouquet.

And our son and his second (?) cousin caught the garter and the bouquet.

We went out of town to celebrate with them, and were having a great time.

We were having a great time ourselves.

. . . dancing the night away.

. . .and all were dancing the night away.

Time to head home. . .

Who are these urchins we saw hanging around? Oh, those are our kiddos.

Who are these urchins we saw hanging around? Oh, those are our kiddos.

And the neice/cousins followed us home to have some more fun!

And the neice/cousins followed us home to have some more fun!

More fun, and they turned it into a slip-n-slide.

AND more fun.  They even turned it into a slip-n-slide.

See what I told you?

See what I told you?

And they were enjoying the pool.

And they were enjoying the pool.

Then it was someone's BIRTHday!

Then it was someone’s BIRTHday! This is what  turning ‘8’ looks like for him!  Octopus in the sea!

And his out-of-town sister joined up by 'skyping' in.

And his out-of-town sister joined up by ‘skyping’ in.

. . . and celebrating Father's day with that! Whirlwind of activities happening~

. . . and celebrating Father’s day with that! Whirlwind of activities happening~

There are times when you have to stop and enjoy the fun moments along the way.  You can’t just keep going and going with a break.  We enjoyed those couple of weeks traveling to see long distant family for the wedding, having some of them overnight with us traveling home too, celebrating and doing so many fun things along the way.

And we are getting ever closer to getting out logs.  WOOHOO!  I. CAN’T. WAIT!

Just “Thank you LORD!” that you are the author of life and you appreciate that we find pleasure in this life you have given us.  And now, the logs will be here any day! ! ! !

 

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Working on the outhouse (SOME more. . .) AND we are done!

By February 10, 2018 Blessings along the way!, General, the outhouse
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It is really nice to be getting to this point in the build of our little outhouse.  Just the fact that it is mostly square is a feat for us.  (no kidding here~) And now, all of the finishing touches along with some miscellaneous things that we are taking care of . . . while we continue to wait on our logs. . .

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.

This is a shot from below the frame for our awning.  We will need to caulk for sure.

OOPS!  We got the frame up with the screen on it~~~And then . . . . my husband put the drill through the screen on our frame after he put it up.  So SAD, too BAD!   We had to take it back home and remeasure for the screen ~because why would we even bring extra screen along since we had the frames all made up?  Right?  Oh well, there are worse things to deal with in my opinion.  Screen is EASY to fix.

But that meant we couldn’t finish up our little ole’ awning that day.

There are always plenty of other things to do though, so we closed up shop for the day, and headed home. . .     and the next day, we were starting on miscellaneous to-do list chores.

Working on mowing along the roadway to clean it up.

Working on mowing and getting it cleaned up along the roadway.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

And. . .we had some brush to clean up.

Starting to man the fire.

There he is starting to man the fire.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooler, and he put it on under his hat.

A makeshift head covering~~He wet the neck cooling rag, and he put it on under his hat.

I was having a good time with this~maybe thought it was too funny.   I was chuckling, but he did not care.  It was protecting his face from being singed, and that’s all that mattered to him.   It was getting pretty hot.  The boys and I were manning the hose (we had hooked up the hose to use the water from the little church next to us ~~ JUST IN CASE!) while he was ‘in the heat of the battle’ (pun intended).

See him swinging his head covering around there.

See him swinging his head covering around there.

side note * I kind of like this shot with our property and tree line behind him.  I seems quite private (although it is not perfectly private), but we do have some space and I appreciate that.

And we got this brush cleaned up.

And we got this brush all  cleaned up.

Oh, and we found some wild berries. . .

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

. . . just a few. . . but we found some.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of "Edmond" from Narnia~~he couldn't get enough once he tried one of the berries.

Do you see a little boy in that patch of berry brambles? He reminds me of “Edmund” from Narnia~~he couldn’t get enough once he tried one of the berries.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And Grandpa got in the action helping to clean up some brush near the outhouse.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.

And then cleaning up the area around where the equipment had been hauled from.  Our ‘mighty men’!

And then there was the bees nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.

And then there was the bees’ nest that was quite alive and buzzing left behind after the equipment was towed.  We needed to get rid of THAT!

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

And here he is finished up the 2nd awning over the vent after replacing the screen.

Getting the inside all finished up.

Getting the inside all finished up.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the 'blue light' coming in.

I like this shot of the fly swatter we took of the inside. . . .because you can see the ‘blue light’ coming in.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Getting the inside all stocked with the additional necessities.

Introducing . . .The "Blue Light Special".

Introducing . . .The “Blue Light Special”.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

With a little shot of the front view. . . with the cedar handle and our lock to keep the door closed when not in use.

 

Just “Thank you LORD!” for helping us see this project through to the end.    We have a “Blue Light Special”! ! !

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the getting of some rocks. . .

By February 4, 2018 General, getting rock, The beginnings!, The Gatherings
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Here we are waiting on logs.  Our logger has been touching base with us to make sure we want these logs.  Are you kidding me?  Do we wants the pine logs that you have?

WHAT. KIND. OF. QUESTION. IS. THAT?

Loud and clear here:  WE WANT THOSE LOGS!

Yes, they are the answer to our prayers!  WE WANT THOSE LOGS!  We will not back out on you.

But, we have to wait for the logs to get here, and in the meantime, I get on Craigslist, and look for things we will need.

Here is what we need.   I found these listed on Craigslist, and I was all over them.  So, I enlisted the help of my family, and there we go to get them.  Let’s look:

What I am standing on is what was also taken from a different part of their yard that they did not want.  Nice flat rock.  But we want it for our walk-out basement wall.

What I am standing on is what was also taken from a different part of their yard that they did not want. Nice flat rock. But we want it for our walk-out basement wall.

Ready to get on it!  He got the "HEAVY" ones~

Ready to get on it! He got the “HEAVY” ones~

And our one daughter got in on helping too!  She was leveling out the load.

And our one daughter got in on helping too! She was leveling out the load.

She does well organizing things~~it was the perfect job for her.

She does well organizing things~~it was the perfect job for her.

Back and forth, back and forth.  I am carrying one in each hand, even though you can hardly see them.  LOL

Back and forth, back and forth. I am carrying one in each hand, even though you can hardly see them. LOL

One of my 'mighty men' carrying a rock about as big as he is.  ;-)

One of my ‘mighty men’ carrying a rock about as big as he is. 😉

Yeppers~~they were working hard that day.

Yeppers~~they were working hard that day.

And what made it even tougher, is that the people whose house we got these from~~they were outside with their kids in the back yard playing on the trampoline, and swingset; and here are my guys working their butts off.  It was a bit of a challenge for my fellows.  They hung in there, and got bigger muscles and a stronger character for it.  I think it will do them well in the long run.  They play a ton between working, so I don’t quite feel sorry for them.  I want them to learn the value of working hard, and what that produces.

This one was a BIT heavy!

This one was a BIT heavy!

We were getting quite the load of rocks, and we even had some in the back of the truck to boot.

We were getting quite the load of rocks, and we even had some in the back of the truck to boot.

Yes, here is a picture of that!

Yes, here is a picture of that!

I think we did quite well clearing out the pile of rocks they had.

I think we did quite well clearing out the pile of rocks they had.

Now, it may not look like a lot of weight, but it was, and as we were pulling out, and down the street our jack on the trailer started to drag and bend.  NOT. GOOD!

I quite don’t like things that happen like that.  UGHH!  We are killing the truck and the trailer now.  Yikes!  That makes me feel really concerned (worried, you might say).  We have to take care of these things we have been blessed with.  This is NOT the way to do it, I’m afraid.  Weighing our load down so that we are dragging the trailer jack is kind of freaky to me.  What to do!

We pulled over and rearranged the load to balance it differently.  It’s not that our daughter did a poor job.  It is a tough thing to know how to balance it out.  We had a long way to go, and we had to do something.  So, we did.  We balanced the load a little differently, and it worked.

However, now the jack on the trailer was bent, and that was not good.  We had to stop and get gas, and it turned out that there was a man and his truck~~his utility tool truck ~~working on some of the pumps when we got there.  My husband asked if he could use one of the tools to straighten out the jack so we could adjust something else.  (Can you tell I am very vague about what was happening at this point?  Sometimes, I just want to escape.  This was one of those times.  I just don’t handle things like this well.)  I let my husband take care of it with the help of this generous man~ and just prayed, and kept praying after whatever was done was done, and we headed home~~I mean ‘we headed to our property’ to drop the load off.  It was quite the jaunt, but we made it.  Praise the LORD!  Seriously!

At the property, and unloaded in a nice stack waiting to be put up on the wall.  (It is the front stack of large flat rocks, not the back pile of creek rock.)

At the property, and unloaded in a nice stack waiting to be put up on the wall. (It is the front stack of large flat rocks, not the back pile of creek rock.)

WE MADE IT!

Is this of him putting the jack back on the trailer?  AHHH~~

Is this of him putting the jack back on the trailer? AHHH~~

I think that is what happened.  They actually removed the jack for the trailer so that it wouldn’t be dragging the whole time and we could make it back without damaging it anymore.

Whew!  Some things you think are going to be easy.  And they aren’t!

There is a little saying that I once spoke to my husband when I was trying to convince him to tear out a wall in our current house.  I didn’t think it could be that difficult, so I likened it to “nailing a board to a wall” ~~meaning it would be easy peasy.  Well, when we actually went to do that, it wasn’t all that easy, and it took a LOT longer than I ever thought it would take.

Now I hear, “It’s like nailin’ a board to a wall.” whenever I am suggesting we can try to do something that we have never done before.  I think he is saying that it isn’t going to be as ‘easy peasy’ as I make it out to be.

That was the case with getting this load of rocks back.  Sure, we can carry rocks to our trailer and truck bed, but what do we do when the load is too heavy?  We struggle and regroup.  “It’s like nailin’ a board to a wall.”   HAAAA!  Not really funny, but funny!  😉

There you have it.  We got the load of rocks back, and we didn’t kill the truck or the trailer.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for helping us through another one (of the situations I get us into that aren’t ‘easy peasy’)!

 

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Working on the outhouse (cont’d ~some more)

By January 29, 2018 General, The outhouse, the outhouse

I love looking at pictures.  They seem to tell what words sometimes cannot.  We were getting the outhouse completed as we waited on our logs.

At this point my husband really felt the need to have some ‘openings’ for airflow in our outhouse.  I can honestly say that I don’t blame him.  We didn’t know how/if this whole ‘dry toilet’ thing was going to work.  So, here is our solution, and our homemade frames to put awnings over the openings on the sides of our outhouse.

The frames for the awnings.

These are the frames for the awnings.

. . . with the screens on

. . . with the screens on.

You know, we don’t want any buggies making their way in, especially bugs that are 5′ long and slither.  Nope, not into snakes.  AT.ALL.

I thought we did a good job with our screen.

I thought we did a good job with our screen.

And the part of the frame that will be extending out from the wall, and holding the metal roof awning we will form.

And the part of the frame that will be extending out from the wall, and holding the metal roof awning we will form.

And this is my cardboard template. I think it will work?

And this is my cardboard template for cutting the metal out for fitting on the frames. I think it will work?

Is this cutout going to form around the frame we made? No, it did not work.

Is this cutout going to form around the frame we made? No, it did not work.

It was either not sitting against the wall of our outhouse, or it wasn’t hanging nicely over the frame at the bottom.  Something had to change here.  See what I mean?

Not exactly working?

Not exactly working?

Here's to hoping I put the outline that I want him to cut out ~in the right spot.

Here’s to hoping I put the outline that I want him to cut out ~in the right spot while I go back to the drawing board to make a different template.

NICE! Good job!

NICE! Good job!

And the first frame is on! Ta-da! OH, yeah, the paint started to peel off where it was compromised. BUMMER!

And the first frame is on! Ta-da! OH, yeah, the paint started to peel off where it was compromised. BUMMER!

The metal roofing cut again with a different template. Now THIS works!

The metal roofing cut again with a different template. Now THIS works!

At this point, I was pretty well satisfied with the metal piece that I had drawn to be cut out for our awning.  It is really tough to cut this stuff. . . or maybe we just do not have the right tools.  Anyway, that was my husband’s job, and I thought he did a great job.  It met up against the wall of the outhouse, and also hung far enough past the frame to make it work.  But as you can see, there are some SHARP edges on this piece of metal.  We really don’t know how to alter that, nor do we even really care.  It is high enough off of the ground that noone should even have cause to be near it close enough to get hurt on.  So, there it is!

And, he started sawing on the other side.

And, he started sawing on the other side.

I see you through there.

I see you through there.

If I didn't know him better, he might be kind of intimidating. WHoo! ;-)

If I didn’t know him better, he might be kind of intimidating. WHoo! 😉

In the meantime, we have our fellows working on the frame around the doorway.

In the meantime, we have our fellows working on the frame around the doorway.

Teamwork is always good.

Teamwork is always good.

. . . even if he is laying down on the job.

. . . even if he is laying down on the job.

That night we decided to stay down there in the camper.  We do not have electricity to it yet.  Guess what we didn’t know when we were looking for a level spot on our property that would work to hold this giant?  ELECTRICITY!  Go figure.  We need to be close to the electricity to be properly hooked up.  YEP, already it is not going to work well in the spot we chose.  Se la vie!  We are making so many mistakes, and learning so much!  YES SIR REE!  That’s what we do.

I try not to make mistakes.  Really!  But we don’t know what we don’t know; and there are surely going to be more mistakes we make along the way.  I am preaching to myself here.  “We are going to make mistakes.  IT.IS.OKAY.”  repeat, and repeat again.

With that being said, we were ‘roughin’ it’ for the night.   We had to make due since we had no electricity or running water hooked up.  Our camp light that we got for the outhouse came in handy in the camper.  Um. . . we had water that we brought from home.  It worked.  And it was much easier than staying in a tent.

PIZZA! Staying the night for the first time in our camper. We HAD to have PIZZA! (my husband's love)

PIZZA! Staying the night for the first time in our camper. We HAD to have PIZZA! (my husband’s love) And we all enjoyed it too!

It was a fun first night, and the boys were loving the adventure of it all!

We wanted to stay the night so that we could get up and at ’em, and get working the next day.  It was fun! And you know, I was talking with a friend on the phone outside of the camper for a bit, and LOVIN’ the peaceful night sky, and the quiet of the darkness.  It felt so wonderful just being there at night.

The next day, we were back at it. . .

Next day. . . snack in the shade of the camper.

and they are having a snack in the shade of the camper.

Aren't they the cutest?

Aren’t they the cutest?

Now don’t hang me.  I don’t let them climb under the camper ever anymore.  I just wasn’t thinking at the moment, and they fit perfectly under it, and were in the shade protected from the blazing sun.  Now they go to the shade of a tree, which is actually more naturally cooler anyway.  But, it was a cute picture I thought, right?

And we have the inside of our outhouse almost totally primed, and ready for some paint. YES!

And we have the inside of our outhouse almost totally primed.  Just the ceiling to finish. YES!

Oh, and you see that my sweet thoughtful husband put up hooks for us to hang our little cleaning/fly swatting tools up on.

Oh, and you see that my sweet thoughtful husband put up hooks for us to hang our little cleaning/fly swatting tools up on.

And the final picture of him getting some bushhogging in that day.

And the final picture of him getting some bushhogging in that day.

It was a couple of sweet days feeling like we actually are almost finished with this outhouse.  And waiting for the logs.

Just “Thank you LORD!” for your provision as we move forward with this HUGE project we have ahead of us.

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