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December 30, 2016

Tons of Progress…and Snow Drifts

29 December – Sunny and High of 25°F

We were able to dig our way out of the snow, large thanks to Cowboy Dave for clearing the roads on his tractor Monday afternoon. Once more, the winds really picked up so by Wednesday the roads were completely drifted over again.  Pilot Dave used the builder’s Bobcat to clear multiple times to ensure that Jeremiah the tile guy, the cabinet delivery team, Mike the painter, the construction crew, and the Lowe’s Delivery Truck could make it to the house.  This morning, Pilot Dave is out there again because the winds blew like crazy again last night and all of the snow in Wyoming is now on Stagecoach Springs Road! It is becoming very apparent that in the near future we will need a tractor or an ATV with a blade on it.


Any of you readers that grew up in a cold and snowy climate must remember what it was like playing in the snow as children. I remember in Iowa that it seemed like the snow was always at least up to my waist.  In retrospect, the snow must have seemed so high because I was a little kid.  Well, we have entered into big-kid snow drift territory.  Dave and I walked up the road before he and Cowboy had a chance to clear it, and we were high-stepping all the way.  There were some drifts that I really didn’t know if I would make it across. We walked all the way to the mailboxes and back…. what a workout!  Cross-fit be damned! If you really want to break a sweat spend some time hiking around in the snow drifts and shoveling driveways.  No wonder people in colder climates live longer.


We are extremely pleased with the house progress. Yesterday it was a beehive of activity as cabinets were delivered, Mike the painter finished up, Jeremiah the tile-guy began working on the shower, and the appliances were delivered.

It was such a huge relief to see the cabinets in the freshly painted house. It has been difficult for us to pick things from samples and envision what they will look like in actuality.  Dave and I agree that the cabinets look amazing with the beams and the paint.  We really like the hardware we picked for the drawer pulls and cabinets too! It looks similar to barbed wire but there are no barbs.  (Although barbed wire on the pantry cabinet handles and especially the cookie jar sounds like a good way to diet!)


We also were quite happy with the way the counter tops turned out. They were another big commitment item that we hoped would look good and we love them.  We can’t wait to see them with the floor and the lighting.

This is the last post for 2016. We had an incredible year and are sure that 2017 will be equally as exciting and educational. Thanks, everyone, for reading and we hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve.  We will likely be in bed by 9PM but up early to watch the sunrise and welcome the New Year.


Don’t forget to have fun…and a Happy New Year!

A Christmas Blizzard

26 December 2016 – Snow, wind, more wind, and high of 25°F

We had a lovely Christmas Eve. It was 40° and sunny!  We went to our sweet neighbors’ for a ham dinner and had a really nice evening.  Christmas morning the fun began.

Blowing Snow and Reduced Visibility


We have an all-out blizzard going on right now. It is windy and blowing snow.  Yesterday, we shoveled the driveway but it was a waste of time and effort because the snow has just drifted right on over all of our work.

Shoveling the Old Fashioned Way


While we are warm and safe in the camper, and able to hang out in the house some, we are kind of disappointed because this was supposed to be the mega-productive week. We were expecting the paint to be finished today, but there is no way the painter can make it down our road or up our driveway.  He has done a great job so far!

Paint in the Basement



First Coat in the Kitchen


Incidentally, the painting has not been drama free. Dave and I went back and forth multiple times about the color to paint.  We wanted the house to be one color, something sort of off white and bright and cheery.  We settled on Valspar “Churchill Hotel Ivory”. Picking a paint color is not a lifelong decision, but still, we didn’t want to have to paint again if we didn’t like it. We even had the dry wall team paint up a sample and held it up to the beams, the floor sample, the countertop sample etc.  The first day the painter primed and put a coat of it on (every room by the way), we weren’t quite sure we liked it.  The first coat was a lot more yellow than we anticipated.  It kind of looked like we were living inside a tennis ball!  We had a few moments of despair because we certainly didn’t want him to start over.  We decided to give it some time and fortunately it mellowed quite a bit after drying.  We decided we not only like it, but we love it. Todd gave us some reassurance as well, that the dark floors really need a bright color to balance it out.  We can’t wait to see what it looks like when all the pieces and parts are put together.

We are hoping that we can shovel out by at least Wednesday because our cabinets and appliances are supposed to be delivered, and Todd wants to start installing the cabinets right away so he can do the flooring after that.

I guess by the time anyone reads this blog post, we will have shoveled out because I can’t post it from here on the Holler due to the limited internet. So, if you don’t get this post by New Year’s Eve, send the Saint Bernards!  But wait, that doesn’t make sense, how could you know if you don’t get this post?  Sorry, my brain is half frozen! Please disregard any crazy rambling….it should clear up by spring.

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