And then the winter came….

Hoping to see the end of camp style coffee soon… but not until at least Monday or Tuesday. No wait a minute. While I was typing those words, Ken got a call from the guy who is doing the countertops for the island. Apparently the main piece (there will be 3 pieces). …. Cracked. Sadly the piece what cracked is the centre piece and so the one that the others need to butt up against, so he cannot put in the other pieces either. BTW, they are concrete.

It started snowing last night. It has snowed all day long. It looks like 1.5-2 feet. Last year it took an excavator to finally clear the road up to where we are. THIS year we are hoping we can stay ahead of it. Otherwise we might be STUCK?? (scroll back to February )

Now being STUCK up here may have some appeal…. we have food put away for the winter, we have wood, and a wood stove….

However, unless the trades people can get up the road we will never get this place finished.

Ken has been trying to find a snow blade for our tractor, but this is not the best day to be looking for one… and they ARE expensive.

Fortunately, George, the guy we bought property from, has a truck with a snow plow on the front. The tires are not in great shape, so he got some chains today for the tires. So for now, he is going to leave this vehicle here now so Ken can go out and plow PRN. It is best to start with the plow at the TOP of the hill. So at least for now, we have a plan.

Now THIS is a luxury that allows me to make….

But you cannot make coffee in the oven. We have tried to make coffee on the wood stove, but it would take forever.

So they are starting to do the showers. The shower areas were the only part of the house where concrete was not put down. Showers are always tough with concrete in getting it all to drain down to the drain. This is a new concept to me… The metal piece at the front is the drain, and it is a trough drain. It allows them to make the floor all draining down to the trough, rather than the circular way. If that makes sense? We are thinking we will not have doors on the shower if the floor is concrete?

The one below is in the MBR… I have recently been told that the term MASTER bed room dates back to the slave days… and so I am trying to come up with the right term, OUR bedroom/bathroom VS Guest Bedroom/bathroom.???

Other changes to the “guest” bathroom”

So the fir boards we are using were salvaged from a floor and have been planed to take off finish and we have (Ken has) finished them with the mixture of vinegar and steel wool. When the steel wool dissolves we can either use it as is or add tea to mixture. For this project he has used some plain, some with a reddish tea and some with greenish tea.

We ARE expecting it to look better without the ladder.

So we are planning on creating a “feature wall” in each room, this is the greenhouse

So this is the current stage of the Island, the big centre spot is for the stove top, and there will be a sink at each end, a the gap next to the basket is for the dishwasher.

We did go for a walk earlier in the day and found these prints, after finding a huge bear poop. (aren’t they hibernating yet?)

Well it is now the next day and we still have power.

Thanks for reading, much love from Janet, Ken and Tucker the bear hunter.

We have moved into house….

WEEELLL. kind of….sort of like, in a way……. The weather got colder, and the motorhome could not keep up with the heat. PLUS we picked up our new bed. HUGE bed in fact…. Our old bed was over 20 years old, so instead of storing for a year, we sold it last year.

Oh…. and… it snowed, …..there was that….. 3-4 inches in fact.

We have a smattering of lovely amenities though, and a lack of others that we would love to have.

For starters we have THIS: A high voltage heater that is presently our only source of heat. (and it is -10 C. or 14 degrees F … outside)

and then we have a washer AND a dryer. We have run a hose in through the door handle hole in the greenhouse door, for the washing machine.

And for the dryer we are sharing the only 240 volt plugin with the heater above. So when the dryer is running we have no heat, not that this would be an issue, except that we had gotten WAY behind on our laundry. So washer/dryer LOVELY amenity, alternating with heat.

Now THIS… is a very lovely amenity that we HAVE, but don’t have.

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We were scheduled to get it fully installed and inspected yesterday, but when we went to get the zero clearance stove pipe, it turns out that the company that makes them shut down for 3 months because of COVID and as expected are WAY behind in production. We have (actually KEN HAS) phoned everywhere trying to find the ones we need, and finally “a guy” has found one for us, and so fingers crossed for next weekend.

Now THIS is another potential amenity, that is not working out for us at this minute. It is the furnace that goes with the heat pump, and there is something wrong with it.

It certainly is a good thing we have so many alternative sources of heat .

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AND then we have our in floor heating system, that is quite a work of art in the basement. But it is not quite finished.

Ultimately I guess we will just have to depend on THIS…….

OR……

It WILL be warmer today, thanks for the help SUN…..

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This is what the kitchen is like now, supposed to be finished tomorrow, except for the Island counter top, which will be another 2.5 weeks. It is going to be concrete and they had to wait until the Island was in to create a “template” with which to create the island. Both of our kitchen sinks will be on the island (yes Ken and I BOTH need a sink), and so it will be awhile before we have kitchen sinks. We do not have water to the house anyways, so currently makes no difference.

With the costs of our kitchen cabinetry going up, we decided to find funky cabinets to use in bathrooms rather than having a cabinet company do it. THIS is an old sewing machine cabinet, with a thick counter top applied, we found on facebook marketplace.

THIS is the office. This will be our spare bedroom, (with a Murphy bed)/office.

My work is about to change a lot over the next few weeks. I care for about 40 patients in Long term care at 2 facilities in Kamloops. With Covid it has become increasingly difficult with the distance I am from Kamloops, 90 KM (50 miles). In the past I used to drive in once a week or so and visit both facilities to keep up with my patients, sometimes more. However with Covid, physicians are only allowed to visit one facility per day, so I have to make 2 trips, OR only go to one facility a week. It has become more stressful. Good news, a new doctor is coming to Kamloops who is quite interested in Long term care (nursing homes) and is going to take over most of my patients for me. It will be a big change for me, because I am on call 24/7 basically all year except when we go down south, and someone else covers then. I get maybe 5-8 calls per day, which does not seem like a lot, but it does wear away at you with time. So looking forward to less interruptions during the days

My OTHER job/jobs are as medical director. I am the medical director for Overlander care home in Kamloops which is the largest care facility in Interior Health. This is a bit harder to explain, but I oversee the quality of care in the facility.

Then in April I took the position of Medical director for Interior health west Long term care. This is the interesting position, because it is involves traveling to the communities up to Williams Lake, over to Clearwater, Merritt and Lillooet. So exciting changes for us, coming up. A lot of time on computer and meetings on phone as well, so nice to have such a great view from the office room

So here we are, getting warmer in our house. Poor Tucker is a little lost, and needing extra reassurances. AND he is a little annoying with his periods of indecision, … hmmm do I want to go outside.. or not …WHILE we have the door open, in a house we are trying to heat.

Anyways for now all is good, though I may sound a wee bit melodramatic about it, we are THRILLED to be in our new house.

Much Love from Janet, Ken and Tucker the undecided dog.

the Island

So we moving along some, now, as the weather is turning on us. It is getting harder to stay in motorhome, as the heat is an air pump and with the colder air it is struggling to keep up. So we are using the little space heaters.

we have become so frustrated with the news, that we have designated Tucker to let us know if there are any significant changes in the news…..He just rolls his eyes.

The floor got done and polished …. we are pretty happy with it…

We were shown pictures of great work drawing in the boards to make it look like a frame , so we opted to have him draw in boards around our rock/tile openings to make it look like a frame. We are not sure how well it worked out

I guess we will see once we start to lay the rocks in.

We do have our cold room in (with the exception of the door), and nicely filled up. You cannot see in this picture, but there are large bins of potatoes on the floor.

I planted heirloom “glass gem” corn this year and they are starting to be ready. Not sure if they can possibly be used for making flour, but I think that the best thing would be just to look at them.

this is how tall the corn grew, I will be saving the seeds, as they are an old heirloom. Looks like I will have lots if anyone wants to try to grow corn.

although we have had our first frost, it has not been extensive enough to damage these HUGE Shaggymanes…..this was about 3 inches across

And of course in the midst of all of this, it is also garlic planting season. There have been several times we have looked at each other wonder ??? Why are we doing this again? Of our last years crop of 5000, we saved the largest 1000, and of what was left we sold…. and have some to eat over winter. BUT THEN we went to our seed stock to get ready to plant, and many of them had rotted. SO we had to break down and buy more seed stock in town.

So back to the house…. we have had some painting done, the crew were on another job and only had a few days to start. We bought some fir doors “from a guy” and are staining them with the Steele wool soaked in vinegar, for 3 days, then dilute with water. We are thinking that they will tie in our ??? industrial/steam punk design ideas.

and then the kitchen cupboards have arrived, it will be an entire week to get them installed. as you can see a wide array of colours. The wall colours will change.

And then the ISLAND. WOW, I had no idea just how big it really was going to be, it is massive. We wanted place for 2 sinks and the cook top, and dishwasher, so I guess it had to be big.

the counters you see at the back are stainless steel, for making bread. ūüôā There is currently a protective coating on them.

So there were guys here yesterday to take a template of the top of the island to create a concrete countertop.

This is the guest bathroom, stay tuned for changes here.

THIS is the greenhouse, …. many changes here…..

SO here we are shivering in our motorhome and going frequently into our VERY warm house. There is just one heater going in house and the entire house is staying VERY warm, which says a lot about the insulation.

Bye for now, much love from Janet, Ken and our roving news reporter Tucker.

a LONGer story…

The closer we get to getting into this house, the more our “patient approach” goes out the window. I should say My “patient approach”. Ken has never been patient about this.

We are currently at a stage that all the windows are in. Insulation CHECK, Drywall CHECK. We even ALMOST have a tub put in.

Primer CHECK. But right now everything is waiting for the floor sander polisher to do his thing. The cabinets are due to be installed on the 16th, however the countertop for the island will not be ready. …. Largely because we had not been paying attention, or making decisions promptly.

We are going to do a concrete countertop, to match the floor.

This is the lovely plumbing that our son Dylan has done, with Ken’s help. These are all of the pipes for the in floor heat. And here is Dylan with the ever clever Talon who likes to climb. Here he is at 18 months, climbing this high…. wondering what he will be climbing at 2? He apparently did a 3 KM hike last weekend and ran all the way.

So back to the house, and while the inside is going very slowly, the outside is moving along. We are using corrugated metal up 6 feet, and grey smooth stucco above that. We are trying to make our house less attractive to burning embers.

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The metal has not been completed at the back……..since we have not yet chosen our doors for the back.

So between when I started writing this and now, the kitchen cabinets have been moved back to October 19th, so the counter top has been moved back further as well, because the cabinets have to be in before the measure for the concrete countertops.

The weather has turned foggy, but still not that cold, we feel fortunate because the average first frost in our area is October 1st. WE just do not want to spend any part of winter in this motorhome!

We have harvested a lot of tomatoes and have them in the basement. To ripen gradually….. however the basement is not cool at present, so they are ripening too fast. So I am having to find things to do with them FAST.

Lots being made in to Tomato Pesto.

But still lots in the garden, so glad we have not had frost yet.

AND CHECK OUT THESE BEETS!! Our Borsch is much paler than usual.

And this picture below is from the backside of our mountain, our rock club has a place they go up there, and the view from the other side is pretty spectacular as well.

So that’s all for now folks….

Much love to all from Janet, Tucker and the rather un… patient Ken

you might be a rockhound….

AKA you might be a little crazy…. to drive 4 hours, 1.5 on dirt roads 30 mins on very bad dirt roads, following a convoy of other nuts (rockhounds), in search of tiny stones called “peridot”, which unless you were born in August, you likely have never heard of. Below is a picture from a different convoy, but same idea. Six vehicles ahead of you and at least 12 behind.

This has become out “escape from it all”. Now you might wonder why we would WANT to escape from such a beautiful place, but just trust me, there are times you MUST get away from a house building process. Oh and work too. Because I never know if there will be cell coverage I always get another doctor to back me up just in case. The funny thing with these sites is that you might drive for an hour or more with no cell coverage, but when you actually get to the site of rock finding…. you suddenly get coverage.

You can see the peridot top right… green. We found it is one thing to see it, and quite another to get it out in one piece and even if you got it out, another issue to keep it from flying deep into the abyss… never to be found again while you chipped away at it. We have never looked for actual gems. I had this idea that since I lost the diamond from my wedding ring while rockhounding in Arizona, that I might find a green replacement driving 4 hours to get it…….NOT!!!

As you can see SOME people found nice ones and had the patience to gently chip the little gem out.. I do not think I have the patience for THIS kind of rock hounding. HOWEVER.

We are absolutely LOVING these trips. They have become the recovery part of our weeks and no matter what they are going looking for (except gold) we have been trying to make the effort to get out there. For one thing, the view is always incredible.

This place was called lightening ridge, and clearly the highest peak in the overall area.

in fact SO HIGH that…

There IS a lightening rod at the top of the peak to prevent forest fires.

Anyways, I have not even gotten to the very best part. These events get 40 or so people out each week and it is totally amazing how NICE everyone is.

This is from our most recent trip, Tucker taking a break from “mingling” with everyone else and the dogs. Everyone totally LOVES Tucker on these trips.

Our most recent trip was to Savanna a small town on the other side of Kamloops. So on our way home I stopped at the nursing home …. I changed into my scrubs, and told the nurses that I was dirty,….. but a good kind of dirty.

Ken and I are thrilled to have found this group, it is the vernon rock club, apparently the second largest group in BC. They are all just fun to be with and I am sure that it is just therapeutic for everyone involved. LOVE IT

I am not sure if I have shared how wonderful the flower garden is doing with all of those lavender plants we planted last fall. Beautiful now.

This week it is all about Drywall. A large crew came and got a lot done in one day. It IS a messy business. But ? essential?

We have been reassured that all of this comes off when they finish the floor.

For many walls we are only doing drywall as a fire retardant, because we are going to be putting something else there anyways. But in these fire days we need to be thinking into the future. Apparently drywall gives you about 40 seconds to get out of your house. Which at some point in my life would seem just weird, but now… I am OK with 40 seconds.. We are planning the siding etc for fire “retardenness” not a word, but I like it. (more to come on THAT)

We have been quite concerned about what is going on in California, Oregon and Washington. We had our in 2017, however this seems so much worse. This was yesterday morning… a little smokey. Big machines moving dirt, essentially landscaping.

AND THIS was a little later one

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So now we are “sharing” the misery of our friends in Oregon. The air smells like burning plastic.

So hard to know just where we sit with mother earth these days, I really feel like she is really pissed off at us. Another big storm threatens Louisianna today…… and yet only 5% of main stream media is even mentioning climate change. (despite the most severe fires in California, Oregon, and Washington) If people are uninformed, and people are trusting in mainstream media, then….. we have a major problem. Main stream media is owned by major corporations….. problem???? Major corporations are part of the problem. They Benefit from the same things that are destroying our planet, so they are not telling the whole story, because they can’t.

So the area landscaped and ready for the concrete patios.

I am sorry, but WORDPRESS has changed into a very fancy site for professionals, and I no longer really know how do anything on this site.

Much Love from Ken, Myself and Tucker

meanwhile in Canada

could this be a moment for a potato?

odd question, but when you have over 200 lbs of potatoes, you really do have to delve into potato usage, at least once a day.

This is called a TIEN a layered scalloped potato dish you have on a burner while you build it.

This is a noodle casserole that just needed a few potatoes..
and a cannelloni dish that was great with a few added potatoes.

I have learned this year that there is more to saving potatoes than just putting them in the basement or cold room. First of all you have to leave them sit for several hours out in the field.

Then you store them in a dark place that is close to room temperature for a few weeks. It is amazing how the cuts and bruises seem to mostly heal during this time. We used our new shed for this and covered them with fabric. THEN you need to go through and choose the very best ones that will survive the longest, so I picked out the ones that had a little green, or a cut on them, and those will be used now, and not put in cold room.

Not too much exciting is happening with the house, at least not in photos.

Insulation is going in, almost done…

We have opted for a small bank of solar panels and will add to them as we can afford. Since all of our heating will be electricity AND we have the electric car to charge, it just seemed like the kind of expense to put the money into before I retire, to cut costs after I retire.

It is kind of interesting getting solar hooked up to the grid. The way it works, at least in our situation, is that the power we generate with our panels, goes right to BC hydro (our electric company). We do not use it at all, it is like our panels are making electricity for somebody else, if they need it. I guess we will pay the balance of what we use in electric minus what we feed back into the system. For now, anyways, when the power goes out, we will be using candles and the wood stove. Or hanging out in the motorhome where we have batteries. There is much to learn, and as we delve further into this, I am hoping we can get a back up system with a few batteries, but we shall see.

Here is a lovely picture I snapped of Ken, the “motorhome salesman” Yes we ARE selling our old motor home after all of Ken’s love and attention has gone into it. He IS so good at selling stuff.

So we were just working around here a few weeks ago, we heard the ambulances, and they seemed to get close, and then stop. Then a few minutes later we saw this, a helicopter landing at one of the properties below us.

Sad tale it was. There are 5 large acreages below us, and they all have huge yards. I guess a guy was racing around with a “quad”. The neighbours said he has been racing back and forth from up at the house back down to the road and even was going around his wife’s barrel racing course. One time he just missed the edge and went over a small embankment, and died. The ambulances and helicopter were pretty helpless by the time they got there. Very sad, a guy in his 30s. A bit spooky driving by each day. Life is such a fragile thing at times.

So what blog would be complete without mentioning the very great wonderful grandson, Talon. His dad has a new work truck and he has to try everything out.

So wanted to share a recent discover with you all.

I have TONS of these beautiful babies, and was going through online recipes for zucchini, and all they seem to have for zucchini is zucchini bread which traditionally has been more like cake, with sugar, oil, and eggs.

I discovered a recipe for zucchini, but I used Patty pans and altered the recipe substantially, so will attempt to share it here.

It calls for 3 cups of grated pattypan, which is about one medium sized one 6-7 inches across.

7 cups of a mixture of whole grain flour and unbleached white flour.

combine pattypan and flour, add 3 teaspoons of salt and whatever herb you happen to have on hand, I have used my fresh oregano, rosemary Thyme, they all taste great.

Meanwhile, combine 1.5 cups warm water with a tablespoon of yeast and a teaspoon of honey.

When the yeast mixture becomes bubbly, add a teaspoon of olive oil, and then pour this mixture into the flour mixture.

I was thrilled to find my mixmaster and the bread hook, (as I have a sore neck shoulder). I processed this for 2 minutes on speed 1 and then 2 minutes on speed 2. I have had to add small amounts of flour while the mix master is working

I take it out of the bowl, and briefly knead it into a large round shape

Cover it until it doubles in size, then knead for another 2 minutes and divide in 2 and place in loaf pans and cover and let rise until doubled in size. Then bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes and voila. Pattypan bread.

Of course I had to take it all a step further and make pizza also with the dough….

Pretty yummy pizza with pattypan bread crust. So this is my idea of preserving my pattypans.

I will write again soon about the house, I just did not want the blog to be too long

Much Love, Janet Ken and Tucker

the one year anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of taking ownership of this property, and it also marks the one year anniversary of us living in a motorhome.  We did not actual sell our other home until later into September last year, but we stayed here in our motorhome.

I guess there were moments in the past that we thought we might be in the house by now, but we are now looking at potential “realistic” dates like the end of October. The house will not be fully completed when we move in, but we are hoping it WILL be completed in the next year, rather than just prior to selling, as has been our custom with previous houses.

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So the floor…. We had a stressful week wondering what meant what. ¬†We watered the floor many times and day and even many times during night, but still a few cracks formed. ¬†So we watered MORE. .. THEN we noticed large scratches forming all over the floor, apparently from the hose we were hauling several times a day to keep the floor “moist”. ¬†We then learned that we were trying to keep the concrete cool, vs wet. There is apparently a chemical reaction going on in there that happens faster in the heat and we wanted it to happen more slowly to prevent cracks. So we got a few small cracks leading out from the corners of the boards we had put there for our eventual placement of the rocks. I was SOOOO relieved when the main builder came to inspect. ¬†I felt it was sort of like the surgeon coming to remove the bandages to see how the surgery had gone. ¬†He looked cautiously at the cracks and all of the scratches and watched my reaction closely. I watched HIS reaction closely.

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I asked…. “can something be done about all of the scratches?” ¬† He seemed relieved. “Oh yes all of the scratches will come out with the polishing” ¬† He reiterated that he never promised “no cracks” ¬† I verified that I did not expect “no cracks”. ¬† So all is good. ¬†He looked VERY relieved. ¬† So we went on to talk of things like corrugated metal ceilings and other “interesting things”.

MEANWHILE the roofers were installing the roof. ¬†I remember back when we lived in Chilliwack in a newer subdivision with lots of building going on. ¬†I made a point of keeping my kids inside when the roofers were there because of the “language”. ¬†Things have not changed a bit, except that I no longer take offence to the “language”, in fact oft times use it myself.

The roof is not at all what I thought it would look like, but I guess we chose the colour. ¬†I guess living at (almost) ¬†the top of a hill who cares what it looks like. ¬†Apparently ¬†90 – 95 % of it is recycled (even better). ¬† AND the “standing seam” is apparently a seamless roof.

 

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So I guess with the longer runs of the roofing, the standing seam is higher, and I guess this is a long run.  Crowded LARGE driveway, the roofers took up most of the space.

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The back part of the house appears a bit tattered….but we have several times covered the windows and doors at the back to keep storm rains out…. and then to keep the sun out. ¬†I am sure one day it shall be lovely.img_7150

Ken has helped to complete the perimeter drain that drains the water around the house, usually into a street drain, but in our case, we had to dig a very large hole…..10 feet down, and fill it with drain rock and run the drains into that hole. ¬†Ken is tamping down the ground around the house after that.

In the midst of this, we have had to harvest a lot of our potatoes, because we got invaded with Potato bugs. The bug invades the leaves, but not the potato, and only certain potatoes.  So we harvested the red potatoes and were pretty thrilled with the crop.

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Tucker is such a trooper,  just works hard along with us on every job we do.

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AND we have started getting ready to plant the garlic in the fall. ¬†Our “garden” is full of rocks, and so we had a rock picking week….. and devised a way to save our backs. Dumping loads of dirt through ¬†our bike trailer on the back of the jeep. ¬†It was great fun.

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and our beds are looking great for this fall for garlic planting.

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and so ends our happy anniversary. ¬†Stay tuned for my NEW song….. about Trumps mismanagement of the Covid virus….coming out soon.

Much love from Janet, Ken and our hard working dog, Tucker.

 

The day of the floor pour.

The garlic harvest is finally done, we took 2 weeks to get it finished and all hung up.

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i left a few out in the field to fully develop as bulbils.  These ones are Russian Reds.  Will plant the little bulbils in the fall with the other garlic.

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With Ken’s system we have gotten 5000 garlic hung in this small shed. AND it is drying quite nicely… ¬†a week of very hot weather followed by a day of strong winds seems to have been perfect. ¬†top side…

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view from underneath.

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and here is Tucker out standing in his field.

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I also learned how to clean the Artichokes and freeze them. ¬†Years ago when we lived in Bandon, I decided to make an artichoke dish and looked up instructions for how to clean them. ¬†I followed the instructions ….cut away this, scoop out this,,, and had nothing left at the end ???? ¬† ¬† I am getting better now that I am an artichoke grower. ¬†We use a LOT of artichokes, I put artichokes in Pesto instead of olive oil. I put them in everything.

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I guess there ARE ¬†some perks to being a doctors kid……but HOW COOL it would be to be a plumbers kid. Dylan created this very cool water device for running through in hot weather. It attaches a hose at each end,

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then he drilled random holes into it,

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then just added kids…..

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Talon was a bit more cautious.

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Moving on to more things plumbing……Dylan, with the help of Ken and Pete put down all the piping for the infloor heating system, last week. ¬†img_7081

The huge roll that holds all of this piping….. so they can just pull the piping anywhere in the house…again a Dylan invention.. He claims one could purchase something similar.

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We spent all day, last Saturday, (in our living room) figuring out the details for the kitchen cupboards. Very comfortable living room/kitchen etc. even on lawn chairs. ¬†And Ken and Sarah you will see that your “?TV trays” have come in handy.

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I should go back a little to explain that our house is going to have concrete flooring. I am sure I have said somewhere else that this IS the 4th house we have built. ¬†On our second house, in Bandon, we had infloor heating as well. However, I did not think of a concrete floor until the day they came to pour the concrete over the piping, and I was told it was too late to make that call then. ¬†On our next house in Scotch Creek BC, I had wanted concrete flooring, but the builder talked me out of it, saying that they all crack. Subsequent to that, I have seen floors with cracks and thought…. what’s the big deal?

So this time we have (our builder has) ….. taken many precautions to try to prevent cracking. He has put an extra wall in the basement (a temporary wall) ¬†that runs along the centre of the living room area, to support the concrete floor when it is at its heaviest…IE when it is wet. ¬†He has also installed angle iron metal pieces in each doorway to attempt to separate the rooms. ¬†We are in the middle of a heat wave, which apparently is NOT a great time to put in a concrete floor, and so keeping the concrete wet for several days is also an attempt to keep it from cracking.

Also it has been a bit hectic, for the past weeks, making sure that everything that is needing to go through the concrete is placed… such as the plumbing, and the venting. We also got the electrician to put in two floor plugs prior to the pour.

So let the fun begin.

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So at the end of the day, it is water water water.  The pieces of wood in the floor are where we will put the cut rocks. We will lift out the wood and there will be a space there.

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We apparently need to water floor 10x a day for a week.

Bye for now, much love from Janet, Ken and Tucker (an outstanding dog)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The garlic that just could not wait.

Life carries on up here on the hill.  Our area of the province, Interior health, had gone, I believe, over a month with only one reported case of covid, and then last week all hell broke loose and there have been over a hundred new cases in the past week.  The city we are close to is Kamloops and I do not think that there have been any cases there, but the city in the other direction, Kelowna is where all of this has occurred.   It all started on the Canada day weekend tourist area of Kelowna.

The long term care facilities in our area, have just this past week opened up to allowing one visitor for each patient. It will be just one designated person or friend.   We will be sending out a new memo this week asking that designated family member visitor to be very cautious with their interactions. I know that few people have a loved one in a nursing home, or even KNOW anyone in a nursing home, but if you do, then you KNOW what a hard time it has been.

I guess we HAD breathed a sigh of relief…. how naive… how naive. ¬†….sigh!

I thought I would post a couple of lousy pictures of a dreadful weed I have just become acquainted with. I did mention it before, but I FINALLY figured out what it was. YELLOW BURR WEED.

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The plant goes along innocent enough, gets to a certain size and has prickles making it harder to pull out…

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.. and then the final stage the little green pods shown here turn into brown burrs. ¬†BRRR. GRRR.. So these little Burrs stay dormant in the soil for up to 2 years. ¬†It is so amazing, I have never seen this weed anywhere here… and trying to figure out how it got ONLY into my garden area, the only conclusion I come to is that the equipment that was driving all over the place likely spread the seeds from somewhere. ¬†I also contacted the seed company where I got all of the cover crop seeds, because apparently this burr can affect grain lots. ¬†They never got back to me, and I am sure it is unlikely.

On to the continuing saga of “the house”. ¬†Our garden out front has really worked out well. ¬†I get all the orphaned plants from a friends garden in the city, she is calling it birth control giving all the babies to me. ¬†I guess I have an orphanage for baby flowers. ¬†The Lavender we planted last fall all survived, so by next year it should be nicely filled in.

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Tucker has sussed out where his place shall be to watch the world turn from. I am sure THAT is where he is going to LIVE.

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There WILL be a patio there.

OH and what’s this….? thinking emoji¬†To the right of the SeaCan… It appears that the sheds ARE reproducing. ¬† Our refugee village is taking shape.

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Actually Ken has built another shed for drying the Garlic, as you can see at THIS stage the shed is no more waterproof than the house.

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It is a small shed and so Ken HAD to be creative to be able to hang 5000 garlic, and he did NOT disappoint.Smiley - Wikipedia

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So there is a 2×4 ¬†angled down from the wall and a 1×1 going across and that is where he is tying the bundles of 10 garlic plants.

I ¬†thought if I showed a few more pictures it would make more sense… ( like 3000 words).img_7005

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We have a great system, I pull all the garlic and Ken ties it all up. I love pulling the garlic out of the ground  and would hate the tying up process. It is interesting how we just work into the jobs that best suit us.

Oh and ONE more picture to show that the roof has metal on it. So waterproof nowimg_6997-1

OH and I DID want to show a picture of our son Dylan, the plumber with his fancy schmancy little troller he scoots around the crawl space working on all the plumbing that goes on under the floor boards, and the crawl space is only 3 feet. ¬† AND that is where all of the plumbing is…. well lots.

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Oh and yes there has been MORE rain and more rainbows.

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So this is the house with all the plywood on the roof, however it rained a few days later and the water just came in pretty much the same is if the plywood was not there.

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This is TODAY and they are applying the “peel and stick” which apparently ¬†makes it waterproof. ¬†This is extremely important because all the stuff that has to get done prior the the pouring ¬†of the concrete floor needs to have a water proof roof.

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Things have been quite slow up until now, but 2 weeks from now we will have a somewhat finished floor throughout the house. ¬†The wonders of concrete. ¬†Of course there will be blocks of wood in the floor awaiting our creative time to finish the rock work in the floor. ¬†Our goal is to get the house “to lock up” which means walls windows roof are all in.

Then we can relax and work on things more gradually.

But for now, we are working hard to make use of our garden produce.img_6995

With all of the chicken manure out there, the plants all look huge, but not a ton of veggies yet, perhaps too much nitrogen.

but we have great suppers each night,

Much love From Janet, Ken and Tucker, ever watchful Tucker.