Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Quick Update on the LGC in the SF ...

November 3rd ...

Christmas has arrived in the Spooky Forest ...

Oh, look! It's Santa, plowing our road ...

Earlier today ...

In spite of the weather, it's really coming along ...

It's like one of those giant 3-D jigsaw puzzles ...

The turret really is amazing ...

It's not easy building round walls ...

Or probably that ceiling ...

The spouse keeps mentioning how beautiful the view is from the second floor, knowing full well the insomniac's  aversion to heights.

It's a perfectly nice view from the ground, too.

The ladder to the second floor ...

The drop to the basement ...

And the tiny piece of wood separating the two ...

Still, one felt she should at least make an attempt to overcome her acrophobia and started the ascent, clutching the stud next to the ladder in a death grip. It was a painfully slow process. Thank goodness there wasn't anyone around to witness it.

Halfway up the ladder, fumbling for the camera in the parka pocket,
  trying to maintain a firm grip on the stud ...

... THEN EVER-SO-CAUTIOUSLY TURNING AROUND,
WHILE HOLDING ON WITH ONLY ONE HAND,
TO GET THIS PICTURE. *

The second floor ...

The shadow of the insomniac, five rungs from the top,
bravely holding the camera above her head ...

... before deciding it was more important she live to see the end of this project than it was to ascend those remaining five rungs, just to see if the view is as great as the spouse says it is.

Besides, the stairs will be up in another week or so.

The view isn't going anywhere ...


Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


* You owe the insomniac for that photo, Tristram. Keep those free drinks coming at the Christmas Party.

63 comments:

  1. Hi, Insomniac!
    WOW! Snow already! :) A perfect Christmas forest! Lovely! I want to be there right now!
    Congrats on having accomplished this much of your cottage! It already looks great!

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    1. Yes, Hindustanka - the snow kind of caught me off guard - didn't get the snow tires on until a week later! Next year, end of October... ;o)

      Thank you, although all the credit really needs to go to Wolf Construction for having progressed this far - the insomniac  has had very little to do with it! LOL

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  2. Oh, I'm envious! I've always wanted to live in a place with a turret. Thanks for risking your life to take that picture. It is not unappreciated!

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    1. Edmonton's not too far, Debra She Who Seeks - you could come for tea in the turret! :D

      Many would claim the insomniac  was not even close to risking her life climbing up that ladder. But it sure felt like it! LOL

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  3. Love it! So fun to see the progress!
    Tina- Storybook Homes

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    1. Thanks, Tina! It looks amazing, doesn't it? I can hardly wait until I can see the second floor - and the conservatory! :D

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  4. Oh, it's really coming along nicely, the whole construction looks amazing and so does the snowy forest; I bet your spouse is right about the second floor view and it would be worth to fight off your aversion of height. :)

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    1. I can hardly wait until next Christmas when we'll actually be inside enjoying the snowy forest, Lynoire - not that I'm wishing my life away or anything!

      And if you'd seen how long it took me to get halfway up that ladder, you'd probably decide it's much easier to wait for the stairs, too ... ;o)

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  5. YOU HAVE A ROUND POINTY ROOM I WANT A ROUND POINTY ROOOOOOOM

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    1. Hey Tante F. - there's a possible project for the room recently vacated by Viking Roomate - you could make a round pointy room with curtains or something! ;o)

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    2. I have a 1950s California ranch-style house. A round pointy room would look absolutely out of place. Sigh. Boring little rectangular box.

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  6. It's coming along beautifully! How absolutely lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Madame MM! Up for a road trip in December? ;o)

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  7. YAY! Snow AND progress! :D It looks like a fairytale house already, I love it. :)

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    1. Snow in the country is so much better than snow in the city, isn't it, Sandra? It doesn't get dirty as fast!

      I love it, too - so excited! :D

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    2. Totally agree! ^^
      I forgot to ask, is it still OK to live in the trailer now that it's cold? I'm thinking of two options, either it's very warm - since it's a small place, or it's very cold... ?

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    3. We stopped staying at the trailer back in September, Sandra. We've rented a place for six months and we're hoping the cottage will be ready by then. But one of the framers is living in his trailer out there, and he says he's very cozy! Better him than me, I say!!! ;o)

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  8. Magical! The proper Swede in me feels so happy seeing your snowy landscape (we still only have rain over here) and wants to fly over to Canada, find the enchanted forest and share some ales with you immediately, right there under the non-existent roof. It's absolutely amazing to see this dream project develop!

    Santa and his red...plow..? :) Good thing you've got someone doing that for you. We have a "plow Santa" too, I pay him in money and home-baked Yule goods. Are you guys really still living in the trailer in the freezing woods though? I forget; when do you think you'll be able to move in?

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    1. I didn't realize you get rain in Sweden before you get snow in the winter! Is it cold enough that it turns to ice? That's the one thing about winter in Calgary that I can't stand - the ice ... I'm always scared I'm going to fall and break a hip. Must be my age. ;P

      Oh, I wish with all my heart you could come over one winter and have ales with me! Maybe you and Cinnamon man could come? We have two guest bedrooms, you know! And apparently there's a fantastic view up there! LOL

      Yeah, go figure! The spouse always buys black vehicles - I was amazed when I asked what colour the tractor was and he said red! We're not in the trailer - we're still in the Gothic Mansion for a while longer, then we've rented a place for six months - the LGC should be ready in the spring sometime. Believe it or not, one of the guys working on the house is living in his trailer out there though - he says it's cozy! Hah!

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  9. Oh, your house is starting to look really wonderful! I'm a bit jealous, though... we don't have snow yet, and I'm starting to miss it... :P

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    1. I can't believe we beat you for snow, Heather! Don't be sad - you'll get it soon enough. And by February, we'll all be whining how sick we are of it, and when is spring coming. ;o)

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  10. OMG a castle! OMG a castle! (Jumps up and down)

    I am jealous, I want a turret! It looks like a fairytale!

    Wait for the stairs, I say!

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    1. LOL (jumps up and down, too!)

      If you let your hair grow really long, you could sit in the window and let the prince climb up it, just like in the fairytale. Well, it wouldn't have to be that long, I guess - the windows aren't THAT far off the ground. ;o)

      Definitely waiting for the stairs, Laura ... I'm far too clumsy for a tall ladder covered with snow. :P

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  11. Oh my..Oh my. It's really happening, your home. It is going to be fantastic. I am sincere, getting a bit wet in my eyes. It is beautiful. It will be an amazing sight to see the finished house from the drive way.
    It is so interesting to see how the construction of the round tower is made, lots of wood. It wont be blown down in the first storm (or another 50) I can tell.
    I envy your mass of snow. Novembers darkness need the snow to lit up a bit, it's too dark up here in the north. We got freezing temperatures again this night so I'm hopeful about the snow arriving soon.

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    1. I know - it still doesn't seem real sometimes to me either, Linnea-Maria! Ooooh, you're making me tear up now! Although I'm really weepy these days anyway - we're getting close to leaving the Gothic Mansion, and I find I'm quite emotional about leaving her, despite knowing that we have this wonderful new home to look forward to. :o(

      I think that tower is a real work of art, as far as the framing goes. The whole place is quite a puzzle to put together - I feel a little sorry for the framers!

      Is it dark over there by 3:00 p.m.? We have light until about 5:00 - still, I know what you mean about needing the snow to make it seem less dark. I'll keep my fingers crossed you get some soon! :o)

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    2. I have to check on wich latitude I'm living in to see if we are on the same. Ok it's not really dark by three o clock, yet but the sun is setting at that time. The warm weather we have is thanks to the Atlantic golf stream that warms up Scandinavia. I saw you already had -15, we had -8 at coldest, but no snow.

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    3. I bet we're pretty close to the same latitude... we seem to have a lot of the same plants and stuff! And we get warm breaks in the winter too, where everything melts and it gets up to +10C - ours are from a warm wind from the Rocky Mountains called a Chinook. But I think that where we're moving to, they get a lot more snow than in Calgary - which is awesome! :o)

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  12. Wow, that is beautiful. Your home is going to be just awesome!

    Even the snow...I like the idea of snow, I really do. I think its lovely when it falls on the trees just so...I only hate the stuff when I have to travel in it.

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    1. Awww, thanks Guin. :o)

      I like the snow, too. And I like it much better in the country because it stays clean looking longer! But I won't be out on the roads when we get really bad snow days - winter driving makes me nervous. And not because I'm a bad winter driver - I've had lots of practice, after all. It's all those other people out there who don't know how to drive that make me nervous! ;o)

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  13. The forest looks so pretty covered in snow! I can tell this house has a cool design. I'm looking forward to seeing more progress and how you end up decorating your new home. Are you planning to decorate in the same style as you did before?

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    1. The forest really is pretty in the snow, Justine! There are so many animal tracks, I can already tell that will be my new winter hobby - trying to figure out which ones belong to what animal! And I think the bears are all hibernating by now, so that's awesome.

      You know, originally I had planned to decorate the new place completely different from the Gothic Mansion, Justine. Seriously, I was thinking whitewashed walls and dark timbers - and no wallpaper! I even bought all these books on English cottages to research the look. But in the end, I think it may end up looking quite similar. Maybe it will get easier to decide what to do the farther it goes along. Right now, I'm kind of flip-flopping between half a dozen different styles. ;P

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  14. It all looks so great in the snow, but how cold is it? Can they still work on the outside to make it “Wind and Weather proof” before it gets too bad, I hope so

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    1. It does look pretty, but it is rather scary seeing all that snow laying inside the house, isn't it? I think the coldest we've had so far is around -15C, Alastair.

      The roof should be on and shingled soon, and once the windows and doors arrive then they wrap the exterior and continue on the inside work through the winter. There's a 10-year warranty on the build and we trust our contractor completely, so if he's not worried, then I'm not either! From what I understand, the most important part was getting the foundation poured before it got too cold...

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    2. At -15C builders here would not even get out of bed! I once was making a frame for Christmas trees and the wood was frozen, when I hit a nail into it, it broke! But that would only be about -1C

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    3. Well, who can blame them, really! LOL, I guess they make tougher nails over here for cold weather. ;)

      I think that's why they've come up with all these different techniques to protect building sites in the winter - otherwise they'd only be able to work six months of the year! :D

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  15. It's fantastic, I love it, I'm jealous!!! And as a fellow acrophobic, I salute you for climbing that high in unfinished construction on a LADDER!!!!!!!!! (Those things were not made for sensible humans to use, only crazy ones.) I climbed an 8-foot ladder once to change a light bulb on my 10-foot ceiling. I am 5'4", so I had to go most of the way up, and it SHOOK the higher I went. It took me 20 minutes, and I was white as a sheet and drenched in sweat when I finished...

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    1. Don't be jealous, Lucretia - just plan on coming up for a visit! :o)

      Seriously, I'm really glad nobody was watching me inch my way up that ladder. I don't know how those guys do it ... Well, obviously they don't have acrophobia like we do, right? The whole drenched in sweat thing - yes, I can relate to that. ;o)

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  16. No wonder Santa had to trade his reindeer for a tractor, there's no way the reindeer, magic or not, would have been able to drop off that astounding cottage (even unfinished it looks like it just sprung up from the woods)! I'm so excited for you, but those pictures of the pines and bright blue skies through the roof joists would have me seriously considering glass roofs!

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    1. It does feel like it's going to fit right into the forest landscape, doesn't it, Mayfair Mistress? Which is awesome. The local children will probably believe that Santa and his wicked witch of a wife have ALWAYS lived there ... Muahahaha.

      P.S. The spouse wanted a glass roof so he could look at the stars at night. So we're getting a tiny conservatory, although with the snow having arrived already that might not happen until spring. :o)

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  17. OMG! It looks so fantastic... I can't wait to see when its ready... and... ooohhh... Santa is coming! So early!!! You lucky one *smile*...

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    1. Haha - you and me both, Madame Kismet! Waiting is so hard!! :D

      Yes, the insomniac  considers herself very lucky to live with Santa. ;o)

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  18. Good gods, you have that much snow already? We got quite a bit in the mountains but haven't seen any here yet in the valley.
    Man, your cottage is going up fast! It looks soooo awesome!

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    1. I know, right? The first snowstorm hit the last weekend of October, and it looks like it's here to stay. I usually don't get my snow tires on until mid-November. Apparently, I will now need to do that in mid-October! :D

      Haha - thanks, Tilda! :o)

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  19. I can relate to the acrophobia! I had to climb to the third rung of a six-foot ladder to hang orange lights on my house for Halloween. That's like THREE FEET off the ground! :o It was a white-knuckle experience.

    The cottage is looking fantastic. I am quite envious of your turret! I can't wait to see the finished product. :D

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    1. I think that's very impressive you'd risk life and limb climbing up to that third rung to hang out orange lights for one night!! I hope your little trick-or-treaters appreciated it!

      Thanks, Bane - I think the turret was what attracted us to that plan in the first place. That and the dormer windows. Funny how a person can get attached to certain architectural features, isn't it? :o)

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  20. It looks so incredibly beautiful I was about to say I'm moving in with you ... until I saw the snow. Good lord.

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    1. But Marie - just think how enjoyable the snow is when you're sitting in front of a crackling fire drinking hot toddies, one after another after another... There's a lot to be said for snow when you look at it from that point of view! ;)

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  21. Your home is going to be so pretty, when it is finished! I just love these posts about the process and the view is (at least in the photos) breath-takingly superb, so your husband is right trying to lure you to admire it from the second floor! :D

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    1. Thank you, Jade! And I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts - a person worries sometimes that this stuff is only interesting to herself! :P

      If the stairs aren't in within a week, another attempt might be made to scale that very scary ladder!

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  22. OMG! The house looks amazing and fantastic! From the inside and the outside! I'm a huge turret fan and the conservatory sounds delightful. It sure seems like the contractor is doing a great job. I am so happy for you!

    I'm also really glad that you won't have to spend the winter in the trailer. Brrrrr! We Californians couldn't begin to imagine the horrors of -15° in November.

    Heh heh, didn't recognize santa at first. He looks right at home on his red tractor!

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    1. Thank you, lightning x! The turret is the best part, I think - I can hardly wait to see those leaded glass windows in there! Although those awesome windows on Pinterest would have been nice, too. ;)

      Our contractor is wonderful - we really lucked out finding him! Past experiences with contractors haven't been quite as awesome. :P

      One of the framers is living in his trailer out there - he says it's cosy and he's my age. Made of tougher stuff than me, obviously!

      Ah yes, Santa and his tractor ... he does like shovelling snow - and big machines. Typical guy. ;o)

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  23. Wow! Things really are coming along. It's amazing to me how the workers are even able to get anything done under such cold conditions.. And my, how much snow you have!

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    1. Things are coming along nicely, Nightwind! I know that they're probably looking forward to having it closed in and heated - I know I would be!

      Probably the leaves are still on the trees down there? No snow in your foreseeable future? LOL

      I'm going to email you shortly about fabric - it's moving day today and I can't think straight ...

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  24. Snow, Santa and a turret. Some women have it all. So what's the estimated move-in date?

    Ali

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    1. I know, Ali - am I not the luckiest person alive?

      We haven't asked... but the lease on the rental is done in April, so hoping by then - although there's still the Crappy Little Trailer, I guess. There's something to look forward to. :P

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  25. OH MY GOODNESS, that is looking SO beautiful!!! I absolutely love the turret, gorgeous!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Michelle! It's getting exciting now ... it's one thing to see it on a piece of paper, but a whole other thing IRL!

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  26. Wow! Look at all the snow! Your house looks like the ruins of some fairytale castle. I'm crossing my fingers for you for April!

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    1. Apparently we are in a snow belt out there, Mme. Polaire! And also a cold belt - it was -28° on Wednesday, not including the windchill. Wish we couild afford in-floor heating! :o)

      I'm moving in April 1st - ready or not!!!

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