These are a few snapshots from video I took on Saturday,
January 22, 2000
We got hit by the most snow of the season on Saturday. There was
already 2" left over from the snow Wednesday and we got about 6" more
inches on top of that! When I took these pictures Saturday morning there was
only about 4 inches on the ground. We went to level the second floor and start
on the stairs to the second floor. The house has started to settle as the logs
dry out. We had to let down the center support beams 5/8" to get the
second floor back level. This means that the outer log walls have shrunk almost
3/4 of an inch since July. We had to level the floor before we started on the
stairway so that it would fit correctly.
Here Dad and his employer Randy are making plans on how to build the stairs.
High technology comes to the Ranch! Since we
are in a Winter Storm watch, I took my Satellite Dish and TV to the house. This was
the first time there has ever been Television on the Ranch. Although there
were several old house/cabins on the Ranch from about 1870-1950, they never had
electricity, telephone, or indoor plumbing. Grady, who is in his 70's and now
helps take care of the Ranch, left the last house when he was 24 in the early 1950's.
I'll try to get some photos of Grady and tell some of his stories of him
growing up in this remote place. They only went to town once a year!
downstairs whirlpool tub and attached shower. We had to remove a wall last week
to get the shower and tub in. We also got the shower tub up the ladder to the
second floor bathroom with the help of Randy and Robert who fortunately showed
up at just the right time.
Here Dad's using his new RotoSaw to cut out the perimeter of where the stair
treads will fit into the runner.
Here's the stair
runners after Randy and I carve out the space with wood chisels. Imagine the
carved out spaces facing each other, the treads will be held between the
runners by the slots to make a mortise and tenon joint.
Timber and I go
up on the hill to call out on my cell phone. This is looking back towards the
Timber launching a direct pounce attack on me. He flies
through the air and lands on me. Sorry but none of the pictures of the landing
on me make sense, just fur and snow. Timber loves the snow and get's super
the view of the house as we come down the hill from making phone calls (green
tint caused by Tundra windshield). All in all a productive day, even though it
did take me an 1 1/2 hours to get up to the house and 1 1/2 hours to get down
because of all the slick roads.