We are now prepared for winter

We are now prepared for winter

After living in our house for a eight years and freezing every winter because half of our living space is in the exposed basement which stays a constant 50 degrees, we finally bite the bullet and decided to do something about it. Enter the wood-burning insert for our fireplace. This 300lb bemoth was placed in the back of the truck by a forklift. We, deciding to save $1,000, unloaded it and installed it on our own. Ouch…. After a couple of hours and a trip to Menards, we had fire. We also had lots of little cuts on our hands from man-handling the damn $600 steel tube liner that goes down the chimney to keep the fire safe. But, wow, what a difference! Instead of a fire racing right up the flue in the old fireplace and not projecting any heat, we...

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A new room

A new room

Todd and I purchased our first dining room set ever and set it up in what used to be a living room in our house. Since the living room was never “lived” in, we decided to start over and make it a room for eating, crafting, thinking and talking. We think this will be a great addition to the house. Bonus, I now have a place to actually put the cranberry glass I started collecting when I was 13 years old....

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Helping out a friend

Helping out a friend

Spent most of the weekend at Paul’s house helping him put siding on his garage. Paul is always the first to offer a helping hand to us at Beatons, so we thought it good to return the favor.Most of Saturday was spent figuring out the angles, leveling and foundation of the siding project. By Sunday afternoon we had the garage sided almost half way up.Saturday night, after a great steak dinner, we had a little fire. Paul works for a commercial washing machine manufacturer and these stainless steel tubs make great fire pits. And I’m all about “reduce, reuse, recycle”. And of course, no weekend would be complete without throwing something for Teiko. Here the boy is resting in Paul’s backyard. Teiko got to run for hours. Which is...

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The sauna building is up!

The sauna building is up!

It is amazing what six people can accomplish when they put their minds to something. With only the lifting power of three guys and a little extra help from three others, 10 beams, 3 posts, and 6 rafters where hefted into the air and up 16 feet to be put into place. Adding the next layers of timbers, (king posts, side beams, ridge beam and the rafters) to the “dead nuts” foundation built last weekend by Todd and my dad, the building is almost completely framed in. There was some doubt by the elders if it was even possible to life 500 lb timbers with only three guys. But determination, teamwork and engineering ingenuity got that baby built over the course of the weekend. When I wasn’t helping to lift timbers, I hauled rocks to make some more...

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Going to put up more timbers this weekend

Going to put up more timbers this weekend

Heading back to Beatons tonight to continue the timber raising that we began last weekend. One of the reasons we choose to go with a timber framed structure, is it’s enduring nature, durabilty and strength. While we’ll get plenty of use out of the sauna and future cabin, we are really building it for the next generations. Pictured above is a 400 year old timber framed building in Bremen, Germany. Nestled in with other centuries-old buildings, these buildings really stand the test of time. I so fell in love with the Altstadt (Old City) when Todd and I...

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Crafty family members

Crafty family members

I come from a long line of crafters. My grandmothers could sew, knit, crochet, paint, and DYI just about anything around the house/farm. Pictured above is my Uncle Bear’s contribution to the craft world. The bench above is made from head/foot boards of old metal beds. What a great idea to recycle the metal into a modern yet country-cute...

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