The weeks are starting to blur together, but here is some stuff that got done in October:
Windows got installed, and the outside trimmed including metal flashing above each one.
Siding got started.
We had a work party to get siding done and insulation fluffed.
Kyle got most of the wiring finished, including all the stuff that has to go through the walls (vent fan, porch light, electrical plug and exterior outlet). Just have to finish a few small things and then of course wire in all the actual lights and outlets once the interior walls are done.
At some point, Dad also took the door down and replaced the crappy purple jamb with nice cedar. I didn’t seal the jamb before I went to Yellowstone and the wood swelled. The door still opens and closes, but we’ll have to shave down the width a bit. I didn’t take any pictures of this.
I haven’t been spending as much time on the house since school started. I’m 1.5 hours away, taking full time classes, making new friends, taking lots of field trips for my program, and generally starting to have a life again.
Yellowstone was amazing… I didn’t bring my zoom lens (WHO DOES NOT BRING A ZOOM LENS TO YELLOWSTONE) but saw all kinds of beautiful and amazing things, like a confrontation between rival wolf packs, a moose taking a dip and a drink in the creek, a bear way too close to me just outside our cabin, an elk with gigantic antlers standing majestic and virile in the trees, ravens and lakes and trees and dragonflies and sunrises and the Milky Way. I left Olympia for the trip knowing just a couple people in town, and came back 10 days later with a whole squad of new friends. Olympia has been really good to me so far. I stayed home this Halloween weekend for studying but next weekend we’re having another work party to get the siding and insulation done, and then moving the house to my backyard here in Oly on Sunday morning. I am slightly terrified of this, but can’t afford to be out of town every weekend anymore, school and sanity-wise, and cannot frickin’ wait to have the house right outside the backdoor to work on anytime. More after the move!