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The crew finished framing in the front windows and door this morning.

They managed to finish adding the siding at the top of the roof and some of the skin for the door by the end of the day. They arrive at about 7AM and knock off by about 3:30 to 4PM. Which is probably good since it is starting to get dark by then.

This is the space that will be the milk parlour and handling space once we get it framed in and figure out what the codes really are. I am sure that will be another post all in its own!

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We have walls now! The construction guys got the majority of the wall work done today. The rear sliding door was hung, but is not covered in siding yet.

I also received a lesson in windows. Apparently if you want to put a window within two feet of a door the window must be made of tempered glass. I did not know that. The week before, I purchased two windows for the front of the barn. One of them was tempered and the other was not, and I didn’t even notice. I purchased them from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. This is a great place to shop, as there are many great bargains to be had if you know exactly what you are looking for. The only stipulation is that they don’t take returns or exchanges. The tempered glass window was about 10 inches too wide to go next to the door, and the other window would have been perfect, but it wasn’t tempered and wouldn’t meet code. Grrr. So, today I headed back to the store to find a tempered window that was about 2 feet wide. They had one tempered glass window. One. It was 25″x30″, but doesn’t open. Nice. Oh well, at least I will have some light in the room, even if there won’t be a fresh breeze.

The window is the reason that they didn’t get to the front of the place. Kind of hard to frame in a window you can’t see to measure exactly. I had to wait to drop off the window until after parent-teacher conferences at pre-school. We will see how close they get to finished before Thanksgiving.

Monday saw the stringers go up for the roof even though I didn’t get a photo of them without the insulation on. Go figure! Little things like housework got in the way.

The insulation came in wide rolls like quilt batting. I am used to seeing the narrower stuff they put in walls, you know, like the Pink Panther sells. I don’t think I am going to switch to fiberglass quilt batting, but I thought that it was interesting that “quilt batting” was my first thought when I saw the bundles in their bags laying on the roof. They made fairly short work of the actual roofing. It took them as much time to frame in the overhangs we have on the roof line as it did to get the metal roof on. I am happy with the overhangs. They give you a chance to get in the door without getting all of the rain drips down your neck. In the winter when it snows, it will also keep me from getting an avalanche on my head when I open a door. We went with a 4 foot overhang on the side that opens up to the pasture. That is all about mud management!

For those that do not know, I am a member of the Washington State Animal Response Team. We are an organization that helps livestock and their owners during disasters. We are not a “rescue” organization in that we do not house or re-home animals. Our primary purpose is to rescue animals from dangerous situations and provide shelter if necessary during a disaster situation. You can find out more about our organization and what we do by clicking on WASART.

We have been tasked by the King County Department of Emergency Management to provide evacuation resources and a shelter location in the event that the Howard Hansen Dam floods the Green River. While that may sound fine and dandy, we are a young organization, and this is a monumental undertaking. WASART has been working on the preparations for this for a few months. Now that the rainy season is here, things are really kicking into high gear. This is the second weekend I have spent a full day at trainings and/or meetings. While it is very much like jumping into the deep end of the pool, we are swimming. We have a great group of volunteers and in the event that we do have a flooding situation, I am sure that we will be able to pull it off.

This is what we have to show for Friday’s total amount of work. (These pics are from Saturday AM.) They have most of the outer framing done. They will need to put up the roof stringers that will support the metal roof. I think the roof goes on next.

The construction crew isn’t working on the weekend, so this is how it will stand until they come back on Monday. I do have to say that this company and crew is far superior to the one that built Grandpa’s shop. These guys show up on time and work hard. I have not heard foul language, and there is no radio blaring. They even brought their own toilet! How great is that? So far they will get my referrals if somebody asks who should build their barn.

I have had a few things to take care of during the last week,and they have prevented me from getting to the blog. Excuse the multiple posts, but I’ll catch y’all up on the barn construction.

Friday the 20th the crew was out preparing to put up the roof trusses. The weather was rainy but not quite as windy. Part of the photos were taken from inside the house. The window they were taken from is partially covered by Cosmos and Clematis stems. The willow tree is also between the house and the barn, so a few twigs snuck in the photo too.

The guys made a “truss sandwich” of a center pole spacer and then the wood step- looking thingies that will eventually support the roof stringers. They are called Purloins maybe? My carpentry knowledge is beyond limited. Sorry. I know what they do, even if I don’t have the right name

They put a wench thing on the tops of a set of the side poles. Lowered the cable with a large lag bolt down through the truss frame and then hauled up the truss. They guy on the ground directed them, keeping it pretty level as they raised the truss into position. It worked out pretty slick. Then they nailed the truss into place. This is what they had accomplished by midday on Friday.

Thursday had the guys here working in ugly downpours of rain and gusting winds. The rain & wind were so loud that I didn’t hear them out working on the site until they were about 3/4 of the way done with setting the poles. It must have been miserable.

You can see the lake of water around the poles. Ugh. I sensibly waited to go fill the hay feeders until the rains had lightened up to merely a drizzle. All of the rain means that the water troughs stay pretty full on their own!

Did you see that they brought their own Honey Bucket? It is barely visible behind the poles. Better than tracking mud into the house, or hoping a passing car won’t see you now that most of the leaves are off of the trees! It’s the little things.

Let’s see what Friday brings. I hope the concrete sets well enough in this weather.

Tuesday came with some drier & calmer weather in the early afternoon. We found this tree down in the upper pasture that morning. We removed several other trees this last summer for this exact reason. They were dead and we were afraid that they would come down on the new barn. Better safe than sorry. We just hadn’t gotten to this one yet. The goats found this tree to be particularly tasty and ate all the bark off and killed the poor thing. We wrap the trees we want to save in either chain link or chicken wire layers. We do have to re-adjust the wrappings every so often, but it keeps the trees alive.

This is the glamorous 4 foot hole that the county inspector came to check out on Tuesday. He was here and gone in the amount of time it took me to run to the pre-school and back. 15 to 20 minutes tops. You would think they could coordinate that so some work could get done on that day, but I guess not. I did call to let the builder know we had approval on the holes.

Wednesday morning dawned with actual sun shining for the first time in about a week. Mike from Chinook Lumber was knocking on my door at about 8AM or so to figure out where he was supposed to deliver the wood and roof trusses. I explained to him which gate he needed to go through and then met him outside with the camera.

He had one of those snazzy little forklift things attached to the back of the truck for unloading the supplies. The wheels of that thing move in all directions. I can only imagine the skill it takes to maneuver one of those around. He unloaded the truck with amazing agility and precision. Now I have support poles, roof trusses, and framing lumber. Oh my!

While he was unloading the truck the little miss and I chucked rocks into the holes from on top of the retaining wall.

She had to go down the stairs that Daddy built and check out where the rocks went, and why they made such a funny sound when the went in the hole. To her delight, there was about 2 feet of water in some of the holes. The splash and plunking sound were a real thrill. No, she was not allowed to play near them unsupervised, and was strictly forbidden to go near them without Mommy or Daddy holding her hand. But, it was a hole of unusual size and had to be checked out.

The goats are eagerly awaiting their new digs as this set is rapidly getting too small for the number we have in the pen with the onset of the rainy season.

Now, since it was mostly sunny with only a few banks of clouds rolling over and only a light sprinkle. This day would have been my choice for setting poles in concrete. I would think most of this work could have been achieved in dryness and been completed fairly quickly. Alack and alas, I must think differently than the construction crew. I saw neither hide nor hair of them on Wednesday. I did not receive a call or a reply to my e-mail explaining their absence. We shall see what Thursday brings. I had been informed that I should have a barn within a week from the time they stared construction to the time it was finished. I seriously doubt that will be the case.

Phase two of the barn raising has finally commenced. We were notified last week that the permits had finally been signed off, and that construction would begin on Monday.

Monday at 6:45 the rental company delivered the bobcat with the auger to our neighbor’s house. Now, our neighbor is a really sweet guy, but he is a fireman and often gets the late shift. I am sure he did not want that kind of wake-up call. My dear husband went out to straighten up the confusion. The delivery guy got kind of grumpy and pretty much tore up Tim’s driveway with the bobcat tracks. The builder went back and fixed it a little later. (Thanks !)

The building crew arrived at about 8 or so. They laid out stakes and rebar, marked where the holes were to go for the poles and then fired up the bobcat. The auger on the end is pretty much a dirt drill. They have to go 4 feet down into native soil for the footings.

It went pretty well. They only hit one big rock that had to be dug out by hand. Look at this rock wall that my husband built. All of those rocks came from here. As I pointed out to the guys, we didn’t buy any of those, so who knows what you will find down there.

After the digging of holes they were pretty much done for the day. Until they get the county guy to come out, look in the hole and say,”Yep. That’s a 4′ hole in native soil.” They can’t do much more.

It was explained to me that Tuesday was the day the county inspector would come to make sure the holes were “legal”. I was also told that the lumber was scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. They guys would be back on Wednesday to set the poles and pour the concrete footings.

One side note. The weather here has been horrible. If it isn’t raining, it is blowing upwards of 40 MPH. Sometimes it is both. When asked if the weather would be a factor in getting this job done, I was told “No. The weather doesn’t make a difference to these guys.” We will see.

This is block # 17 on my list of blocks for the Around the World Quilting Bee.

(This photo is sideways.)

Kendall’s fabric choices are very Autumn and Fall friendly. I had fun picking some for her block. The chocolate paisley was just yummy. I liked how it had some gold ink printed over parts of the design. Apparently I have a fondness for the slight sparkle that it adds. I see that I have had some of it in most of blocks lately. This is not the glitter stuff, just plain gold metallic ink.

I chose a variation on the Toad in a Puddle block called Rambler. It was a first time for me making the flying geese elements of this block. They can be a bit tricky to piece and then match up with other segments. All in all this was a fun block to create.