Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

The big move is still on for January but not the first. My contract was extended for a few more weeks and seeing how I won't be working in corporate America for a paycheck any longer it seemed prudent to suck up as much cash as possible. So I am pushing the date out to the second or third week of January. This is unfortunate seeing that I am crawling the walls but really it is the right thing to do.

December was a relatively productive month. Got the insulated floor installed and wood stove reconfigured to produce more heat with a longer burn. Basically I built a damper and changed out the first couple of chimney pipe sections with black pipe. Huge difference especially with the insulated floor. My new (old) wood stove has some cracks around the door so I will need figure out how to fix or relegate the beast to trash burning duties. The partner finished up the compost bin.

We are heading down this weekend to switch out the super insulated sunroom windows with the uninsulated picture windows on the front of the cabin. They are all the same size. The window I picked up on clearance for the sunroom are great with a good low-e coating sadly they are so good at insulating no heat gets in from the sun. So we swap them, big job but necessary.

I was also flirting with the idea of purchasing another piece of land out on the valley floor. They are flat and covered with sagebrush, pretty much just junk land...views are great but no trees. The old boy I bought my land from was selling the 5 acre lots for $2800. Prefect for building EarthShips which I am interested in but frankly don't have the time yet. Maybe next year I will do some more research on it and let you know.

Take care everyone and Happy New Year

11 comments:

Mayberry said...

Happy New Year Big Bear!

Rick Brentlinger said...

I really enjoy your blog although I don't envy your cold snowy winter.

You're close to achieving your dream after lots of hard work, study and preparation. Bravo to both of you!

Rick Brentlinger, author and webpreneur.

HermitJim said...

Hey Bear...sounds like the good times are right around the corner!

More power to ya, my friend...and Happy New Year!

Michael said...

Happy New Year Big Bear. Nice to see another post... after the stories of cops at the door and neighbors going missing I was starting to worry. But my sane side said you must just be busy with the big move. :-)

Anonymous said...

what ever happened to the neighbor???

ANDY & MEL LOWE said...

Happy New Year

from the highlands of Scotland

andy the dafthermit

The Williams Family said...

We like reading your blog and have missed your entries. Are you back for a while? While you're climbing the walls? :)

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your site and blog. I'm in Ohio and used your tips for survival planning (food)....Thank's for the info. Where do you get those secure lids for the 5 gal. buckets? If Yellowstone goes off anytime soon, I should be ahead of the rest anyhow....thanks, in advance. -nt2str8ohio

squire said...
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squire said...

Looking forward to your postings about living on your place.

BigBear said...

I would use gamma lids. They are resealable. Kind of expensive if that is an issue just use regular 5 gallon bucket lids found at walmart and seal them.