Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving yesterday.  Our neighbors, Dave & Jordan, invited us over for a hot shower and an excellent dinner, and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the company (and being clean for a change LOL).

The weather has been truly nasty this week. It warmed up to the low-mid 30's and proceeded to pelt us several inches of rain/ice. A lot of the snow melted or turned to slush, coupled with the rain-ice, making the roads and nearly everything super-slippery and treacherous.

So, after spending days scraping and shoveling snow, the cabin ended up flooded with rain :(  We did manage to get a temporary tarp on to help stop anymore from getting in and hopefully allow what had already gotten in to drain. We kept getting drenched and frozen to the bone trying to get the end walls up. Believe me, plain old cold is way better than sorta cold and bloody wet!!

Then temps started falling and dumped a bunch of snow on us. It's still snowing - so the expected sub-zero temps haven't arrived yet. Hopefully we can those end walls completed before I head into town (convoying with Dave & Jordan) on Sun/Mon if the roads cooperate. So far, lots of Fairbanks and most of the roads have been closed down with this freak weather, so going in any earlier was pointless.


texasriverrat said...

I have read your blog from the beginning in the last couple days.
I love it.
I will do something a lot like you but very different . My homestead will be in west Texas. Cold down here is a heat wave to you.
You are tougher than I am putting up with those weather extremes.

HermitJim said...

Glad you got a chance to have a shower and a good hot meal! Makes all the difference, I reckon!

Hoping with you that you can get those end walls done and kind of box things in a tad!

Have a great day...

Sam.... said...

And a Happy Belated Thanksgiving to both of you!

I was hoping that the milder temperatures would give you guys some good building weather. However, it seems that the old saw is true, "It never rains but what it pours!"

My sympathies and good wishes for a burst of milder weather that allows you to finish what you've started.

Anonymous said...

Just caught up with you guys after not reading your blog for quite a while! Makes me thankful that I *wasn't* able to buy one of those lots, since I would have been working by myself! Sure hope you guys will be able to get that cabin closed in and heated soon -- much better than another winter in the tent!


Marybeth said...

Sorry you guys are having a hard time. At least you got a hot shower. I know that always helps. I hope you're able to finish up soon. I see it's -2 up there now. I hope that doesn't make for too much ice in the cabin. Have a safe trip to Fairbanks.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you both!

I haven't read all of your blog to date but I intend to..great reading!

I'm looking into a piece of land in Alaska myself to do the same thing you both are. Maybe it's because I haven't read the whole blog as of yet but what do you guys do for power..if any?

When will you have more pics up? :)

*G said...

Happy Thanksgiving back to you! Glad you have such awesome neighbors!!

I heard that UAF shut down for a while because of the weather last week. Hopefully it will clear up for your trip.

We've finally got colder temps here but no snow. We usually have snow by now.....

Keep warm, dry and safe!

ezrablu said...

It's wonderful you have neighbors like that. Sorry things are really are a big inspiration to many of us. I used to live up there so I do know how wild and unforgiving the weather and nature can be there.
Spring will be here in no the meantime, take good care of each other and thank you for sharing your life with us :o)