3 Months and Counting

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We are now five weeks behind the schedule given to us by our contractor. It’s a bit depressing given that fall is approaching and both John and myself are back to work. It’s a little challenging for John to get ready, and I still have a lot to do to get things done so that our finish contractors will be able to do their job and write creative ideas for a project I’m working on.

But, we do love the comfort of our Airstream and are now talking about taking off in a few years and traveling around the United States and Canada for however long it takes. We will rent out both the house and backyard cottage and upgrade to a larger model and go. It is nice to have air -conditioning in the Airstream once again as we continue to have very hot days (for the NW, anyway). The 2015 Airstream models feature ducted air so the unit is now completely outside and it is very quiet inside. We are waiting for sales on those models. 🙂

One of the things we’ve really missed is traveling around in it this summer, but since we are living full time and staying on property, it’s more difficult to put everything away and make things travel safe. When we aren’t living in it, we keep it ready to travel except for the addition of food and drink, which is a lot less to contend with. We’ve mostly missed our fellow Airstreamers and are looking forward to connecting again with them.

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We escaped to San Juan Island last week to take a break from the noise and frustrations.

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It was really beautiful and the cottage we rented was perfect for us and Buster who made a new friend in Mondo. Kit, our host shared John’s famous sangria with us and we learned a lot about the island.

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Highlights included a walk around Garrison Bay,

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A hike at the American Camp, which was gorgeous, and I showed John the treacherous Cattle Pass,

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Lime Kiln Lighthouse,

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and a beautiful sunset at the County Park.

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In the last couple of weeks, the house’s exterior has been worked on so that the Hardie Panel and shingles are really looking great. Ivan and Juan are doing a terrific job.

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Insulation is giving rooms their shape and it’s being installed, as I type, under the house. In the next couple of days drywalling will begin.

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One of the things I really wanted to do was put clear cedar planking under the eave of the main deck to give it a more elegant and finished look rather than Hardie Panel. Juan did a great job of integrating it and now it will look beautiful once the house is painted.

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We did make a mistake on the double doors and got framing that was too small – 2×4 versus 2×6 opening. Ivan and Juan came up with a great solution and now it looks fine. We both have learned so much over the past year, and I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet on what to do when, and the things to think about.

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As the house takes shape, We’ve been hosting people on the Sky Deck most evenings and have been enjoying sharing the view. It really is quite something to be able to sit up there and look out over the lake as alpenglow hits the mountains and the top of Mt. Rainier. It’s pretty stunning. Fall will be truly amazing.

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The First Rain

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Well, the rain finally came to Seattle, and seemingly all at once. We’ve had quite the storm today, which brought torrential downpours upon our new roof and our Airstream, which needed a bath anyway, but not the canopy being jostled around.

Luckily, the new roof worked well, except for the flat roofs, which are still needing a torch-down. Unfortunately, the East room is under that deck and got drenched. It’s drying out now. For now, we are happy that 90% of the roof was completed yesterday. Note the ginormous tarp over the East, the wind stretching it and making the house seem like it’s about to set sail.