We ended up taking 100% of the weekend off because Paul got the nasty bug that was kicking all of the butts of the Elk Valley residents. All the neighbors had it first, Finn and I fought it off before it got us, and Paul finally got it. Told him he should have taken echinacea… but it gifted us with our first days of rest since moving here over a month ago.
I cooked for him all weekend and made him soup and about four gallons of tea, fed him herbs and tincture and his bout wasn’t as bad or as lengthy as anyone else’s, thankfully.
So back to work.
The poor cabin looks like a trash heap, but will soon be cleaned up and beautiful, inside and out.
Lots of new discoveries, like no sheathing between the insulation and siding on the front of the house. See the light shinishining in? Oops.
And the sill plate under this stunning window is all dry rotted and needs to be replaced, but that’s easy enough.
We found stunningly beautiful old wood under the drywall in the kitchen. I wish it wasn’t behind where the fridge was going but knowing it’s there will make me smile.
For some crazy reason there’s this cartoon looking mouse hole cut into it that literally did become a mouse hole. We were dumbfounded (and still are). We’re leaving it for fun.
The insulation is now coming out of the attic crawl space. Omg. Rat. Shit. Everywhere. The husb even found me a rat skull which will surely make it into a future art piece.
No more drywall on the ceiling. I wish this wood wasn’t so gappy and ruined because I want it to stay! Someday that ceiling will have new wood. ♡
We finally got to order all of our drywall, insulation and roofing materials today! We were supposed to be doing the roof this weekend but it’ll be the next weekend. In the meantime, finish the attic crawl space, redo all of the electrical, pull off the old/current roof and possibly work a bit on the floors. We also got our new stove ordered for delivery in a couple of weeks (with five burners and a freaking convection oven for a $400 discount) and our wood stove is picked out and ready to order tomorrow. I’m baking all the neighbors chocolate chip cookies the day the range arrives. Things are going to start moving fast around here and we’re so excited! The only big things remaining are the water heater, shower/fixtures, pedistal sink for the bathroom, toilet, light fixtures, cabinet hardware, butcherblock counters, a couple of replacement windows, and a ton of paint. (It didn’t feel like a lot more until I listed it out.) Oh and OSB (which we’ll paint) for the bad exterior sides until we can wrap and re-side (and paint!) the whole thing next spring.
The highlight of my week was getting to have three outdoor healing client sessions (so far). One under the above tree at the edge of the forest…
…in this secret little spot.
Another in the moss covered underbrush of an apple and several hawthorn trees.
And one today, right on the creek. There’s a rock in the center that’s a perfectly dry perch where the mini falls flow around you. It’s almost as if you’re sitting in the water. It’s so peaceful and magical.
The upper field was finally mowed! Our sweet neighbor did it because although a riding lawnmower came with the property, so did a 2001 Saturn that is locked and has no keys. So, the mower is stuck in the garage until we can work out that wee obstacle of car extraction.
See that tarp? It’s actually 49′ despite looking like a slip ‘n slide. It’s huge! That’ll be a wee garden soon (which is still about ten billion times larger than our other garden — our old yard was only 50’ wide and only three of those tarps equal our old oversized city lot). We may to be doing a temporary traditional rowed garden but our “real” gardens will be in shapes of leaves and mandalas because… we like that idea. It’ll look amazing and be so fun to figure out the geometry of it all.
This is one of them. Pardon the angle, it is actually perfectly symmetrical. Then we’ll have my tiny medicinal herb garden off cabin four (that’ll be my art and healing space, complete with an apothecary room where I can make my earth and body friendly products, essential oils, tinctures, medicinal teas, etc.), a small potager garden off cabin five (the main house) and a tiny soup and salad garden right next to our summer camp spot so we don’t have to go far to procure things to eat. The rest will be free form and meandering.
The rains returned right as we were driving the last stake in the tarp.
And with the rains came the irradication of the two subterranean wasp nests which I didn’t think was happening until next week. So excited about that! We kicked some butt around here having taken two of the last four days off.