Snow’s Back

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5 days into December we get our first snow! We drove out to Boise, Idaho that weekend, to where my brother lives, to trade trucks for the winter. It could not have happened at a better time! His truck has 4 wheel drive and is better equipped for snowy backroads. We arrived back home to a few inches on the ground and more falling.

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Within the next week we received another 2 feet on snow. Seeing about the same amount as what accumulated total last year in a matter of 6 days! Our neighbors Subaru was practically buried.

We’ve been keeping busy despite the snow and cold. We ordered a bunch of goodies. Our first pound of caulking cotton, 3 irons to do the caulking, 5 gallons of cold weather epoxy, various sizes of fiberglass cloth to glass the decks, and Swab got 2 gigantic squeaking tennis balls.

As I write the snow continues to fall. We’re supposed to see another 5 to 8 inches before midnight. It’s crazy how much things slow down in this kind of cold. A lot of our time is spent tending to the fire and shaking the shed clear. I wished I had more updates on boat progress for you but alas nothing major has changed yet but soon!

It felt really good day before yesterday doing a good cleaning of the shed and inside the boat. She was full of sawdust and scrap trash. I vacuumed and swept her decks while Garrett planned and sanded her topsides in preparation of fiberglassing the decks (the glass will wrap passed the first two planks on the topsides.) We decided we didn’t ever want to mess around with leaky decks so we deviated a little from tradition. The next few days we are to see the temp drop into the single digits. Next Tuesday night we may even see the thermometer read 0 degrees!

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Send your warmest thoughts!

Hello December

I was going to say Welcome December but I’ve realized I’m not ready. Where has 2016 gone! I can relate now to the old folks that sit around and say “Where does the time go?”

No snow yet but we can see it on the forecast…. Maybe Monday. We sure have ice already. Forming in any container left outside and in between the wrinkles of tarps leaving the neatest formations! This time of year is a mix between things slowing down and speeding up. The weather makes us all slow down a bit but the holidays move quickly. It’s important to find time to just enjoy the season. My brother, Sam, came back to visit for Thanksgiving and when I noticed a bald eagle eating down by the White Salmon River below the highway we had to stop! We ended up seeing 6 or 7 eagles! They were well aware of us and left their kill but hung out in the near by firs. Such awesome creatures!

As for boat progress, a lot of material ordering and runs into Portland at the moment. We’ve ordered fiberglass cloth and cold-weather epoxy resin to glass the deck. Also, today we ordered, caulking irons and ruffly 840 ft of caulking cotton to start. Can’t break the bank all at once. Still working out interior layouts and therefore have not completed the cabin roofs. Cleaning and other small tasks always can be done…. even though it doesn’t feel like progress we have to remember that it is 🙂