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I am still here! A construction project update

Yes, I have been lax in writing for about 6 months.

But here I am, hopefully this time i will be able to write a bit more reliably.  So let's get started!

At the end of last summer (2016), I had a road/drive cut in to the building site on the property and a hole dug for the foundation.  The plan was that I was going to accumulate the materials and tools needed to build the place this summer.

Due to other circumstances that did not happen... but I have at this time about half the cash required to complete the build and will spend the winter accumulating the rest that is needed, as well as spending some of it acquiring the tools needed.

To that point, I have already begun this acqumulation.  I have purchased a used quad, and a new trailer to carry it.  More on this a bit farther on.  I also managed to find a rotary level to make sure the floor of the foundation hole is level - and most importantly, to ensure that the footer bottoms are level to ensure the levelness and strength of the footers.

What is still needed is a Mill, a planer, and perhaps a backup chainsaw.  I might also get another quad - that one is still up in the air.  I'd like to also get a drone with a camera, but that is a secondary consideration.  I hope to video and publish the progress and my thoughts as this proceeds.  Motivation to get up there and providing 15 or 20 minutes a week or so to the "fans" would help, I think.

Now, as for the current quad and trailer....

I am still hoping to get up there this fall and scout out another way up to teh building site.  If I can find a different way up that isn't as steep, it would be a good thing because it would make it easier to get the supplies up to the top. Especially the Concrete and the CMU's.  Currently, it looks like I will make many trips using the quad to haul the stuff up, but if I can haul the stuff up an alternate way, using the truck and a loaded trailer, that would allow me to make fewer trips.

Anyway, that's the plan and I do hope to update here at least once a week or so, as things progress - yes, even through the winter.  There will be planning for the next steps as the winter progresses









17 years...

17 years ago today, at approximately 5:30 local time, I was laid out on the highway between Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo.  My arm was broken at right at the shoulder and my tibia was shattered into tiny pieces of bone.

I had been minding my own business, coming up a hill at 50 mph in a 55 mph zone, when someone turned left in front of me.  A couple seconds later and he would have turned left on top of me.

I spent 20 days in intensive care and 8 days in a "Skilled Nursing Facility" and three+ months in a wheelchair before I was cleared to put weight on the leg and learn to walk again.

Every year that has passed, I pause on this day and remember.  This year the remembrence is pushed on me a bit because my shoulder/arm is acting up.  I have not gone to the doctor about it because it has happened in the past and after a week or so it has recovered.  This time, I am contemplating going to the Dr. just to see what the heck is going on in there because my ROM (Range of Motion) has decreases significantly in just a couple days.  It is almost as if some muscle or tendon is getting caught on one of the screws that remains in my arm.

The last couple days have been terrible - lack of good sleep, etc... but while this morning started out like that, I think things are "on the mend" because as I sit here and type, it is beginning to feel better.  Moving it around isn't as painful.  However, the extreme ends of my ROM are still limited more than they were, say, 2 weeks ago.

Well, we shall see.

My biggest concern in all of this is how this will impact the construction of the cabin this summer.  Part of what I am learning though all that has gone on the last year is that life is way too short.  And we should not wait to do the things we want to do.