Sunday, January 24, 2016

All Decked Out - Part II

A while back, I had a post called "All Decked Out". This showed the completion of the deck. However, the railing was not up. So, here's "All Decked Out" - Part II.

We had a few days of nice weather, so I moved back outside and put up the railing on the deck. There are code requirements to meet, but we wanted the railing to be as minimally obstructive to our view as possible. We think we succeeded.

Here's a pic looking at the house from where the horse paddock is:

This one shows an outside view looking across our pasture: 

 This is from the inside looking toward the barn:
You can see a bit of the finished ceiling in this one.

One by one, we're ticking off the things needed to get our final inspection done and to be able to move in (CO - Certificate of Occupancy). We're almost done setting up the kitchen to make it functional enough for CO. Laurie textured and painted it. We have the counter in and the sink should be hooked up in the next day or two. I will be building custom cabinets for the kitchen over the summer, but for now, we'll have a few cheap-o cabinets just to get by. The bathroom is well underway. I'm working on tile while Laurie is working on texturing and painting. We'll post more as each area is complete (enough for CO). 

It's starting to feel like we're coming into the home stretch. Another 4-5 weeks and we could be moving in! WooHoo! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Where the Deer and the Antelope, uh..., Invade?

Life at the ranch isn't all about building a house. We continue to be amazed at the scenery and wildlife. We see a LOT of deer. Occasionally, we see a few elk. Only one time have we seen one lone antelope walking down, of all places, Antelope Lane :) . That is, until yesterday.

They must have been planning this huge invasion! Laurie noticed the horses running in the pasture. When she looked out the window she discovered what they were all excited about:
There must be over 50 antelope in this group! They are just outside the fenced portion of our pasture. At first the horses and antelope all stopped and just stared at each other. Then they all relaxed a bit.

Here, the horses made their way up closer to the fence and ran around a bit as the unconcerned antelope filed past:

A little later in the day we had some neighbors over for dinner. We told them about the antelope and showed them some pics. As if to "show off", the herd reappeared and treated the neighbors (and us) to another live viewing.

What a wonderful place to live! As always, we give thanks to our Father for these blessings.

Electrifying !

We got everything done that needed to be done in preparation for finishing up the electric. The electrician came out a week ago and finished up all the electric. So, now we have lights, hot water, live outlets everywhere, outside motion detector flood lights, etc.

Now we can work all night if we want to. Wait a minute! We're retired...we're not going to do that!

Laurie and I are continuing to stain and put up the ceiling tongue and groove boards. It's really looking nice. It is getting more and more to feel like a real house.

I'll start focusing on the bathroom next. Putting in the shower tile, bathroom floor, vanity, toilet, etc.