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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

What's Happenin'

After that horrible weather that the panel crew was working in a week ago today (rain at 34 degrees), the temperatures finally dropped that night and the rain changed to snow (as it should have been all along). We only got an inch or two down here by the lake, but I knew that the snows would be deeper up over the hill. So, with Tom gone to work in the Cities, Maisy and I fired up the plowtruck Tuesday morning and headed out.

We got about 6" of snow, and the conditions were made much nicer and safer by the fact that the fluffy stuff now coated and covered the ice rink that had previously existed over every inch of flat surface. The status on the roof of the house was not so good, though: frozen rain covered by quite a bit of snow. Not the ideal situation for the crew to be finishing up in. They still had to do the final screwing of the wall and roof panels (15" screws through the panels and into the timber frame), buck out all the window and door openings, foam all the seams and eave and gable ends (with a two-part foaming insulation), and enclose the house in a vapor barrier.
Fast forward to this past Friday afternoon, and they finally finished up in the dwindling light at 4:30. It feels awfully good to have all the crews GONE! Now, for the most part, we can work at our own pace and on our own schedule - whew!

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