Monday, March 05, 2007

Wow, not a single blog update between February 7th and March 5th! When will I be demoted from blogger to miscreant?

For our 2-year anniversary, we decided to be bold and daring and not work on the house for a day. Instead we took a drive through some rural areas surrounding Taos, and came across some interesting stuff.

After one look at this crumbling adobe house, Christina decided that she had designed our house all wrong. And I sort of fell in love with this crumbling adobe hardware store. What were we thinking making out buildings out of such durable materials like metal?

Another thing one sees in rural New Mexico is lots of dead animals. There's something so beautiful about them, don't you think? For some reason that bobcat was strung up on a fence, like a warning...... To other bobcats? To trespassers? That didn't stop us from bringing it home and cutting off its head and putting it in a bucket of water. (No, we're not satanists, we just like skulls.)

We decided to hire professional plasterers to plaster the outside of the house. Foklifts, when fitted with scaffold planks, make really awesome mobile work platforms. The plastering team took entire wheel-barrow loads of plaster up with them on the lift, and they plastered the whole outside in one day. In fact, less than a whole day; the bottom picture was taken after they left on that same day. However, don't get too excited; that is just the first coat, and we're not even ready for the first coat of interior plaster yet.....

The interior is coming along, though. The first two pictures are of the same wall, before and after sheet-rocking. I discovered I'm really good at sheet-rock.... who knew? I'll really miss seeing all that plumbing all the time. This wall separates the kitchen from the bathroom, and so I suppose you're wondering why the hell there's a big hole in the wall, right? For a fish-tank, of course!

The bottom picture shows..... that the house is a mess.

Note to self: When moving scaffolding by yourself, remove large heavy objects from the planks above you. Because if you don't remove things like cordless drills, they can fall off the scaffolding and hit you in the head, which really hurts.

That is what the sky and the house looked like at sunset tonight. Really. It almost made me forget about the annoying electrical short in my truck. Actually it did make me forget, for about a minute.

Oh, and I turned in my building permit application for the shop today... a big feat considering how much paperwork was involved. Hopefully we'll be breaking ground on the shop within 4 to 6 weeks. Man will that be exciting. Start making your plans now to come out to Taos and help me build the shop, everyone! Seeya soon!


Blogger COOP said...

The house looks AMAZING! I'd love to do the same thing, but I know that Ruth & I would kill each other in the process!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we all waited a l o n g time for that blog entry - but it was worth it !!!! OUCH ! Christian - watch out for falling objects !!!! I thought you were going to tell us you had bought the adobe hut and transferred it to your ranch ! not a bad idea ! I love the idea of the fishtank - why don't you leave some of the plumbing exposed and cover with a piece of plexi ? to show off your plumbing skills !

Cles will look at the blog today - I promise ! I am in Nottingham and he is making his summer plans - hopefully they will include helping with the shop !

who knows - I might just be able to help too !

great great job - you almost have a home !


12:28 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

lookin good!
I super dig the crenelatios! speaking of anoying electrical truck problems ...
hopr to see you guys soon

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