Sunday, January 22, 2017

Knock knock

We have doors! The front door is just temporary till I make up my mind about what kind of door I want.

front door

The back doors are permanent and won’t be going anywhere! It was a bit time-consuming getting them squared and level, but putting them into place wasn’t too bad. I was just a bit worried about Brian dropping them on my fingers as I tried to line up the bottom pins with the hinges. The doors are from PolyTech, a company right here in Nova Scotia. So they know how to make doors and windows that can stand up the Atlantic. Well, that’s what we hope!


As you can see in this picture, Brian also finished installing the underlay on this south of the roof. Once the underlay on the north side is done, the house will be pretty much weather-tight. So hopefully no more floods in the house!

doors outside

Now if I can just decide on the front door….. I really like the idea of an all-glass door with windows on either side, but it kinda creeps me out that people could walk up to the door and have a clear view into the house. Meanwhile, the west and south sided of the house are almost entirely windows – I really make no sense! On the other hand, a solid painted door would be nice, because it’ll be just about the only pop of colour on the exterior of the house.

light blue door


door windows

From Pinterest, original source unknown

Maybe a curved transom above the door to echo the curve of the peak?

arched transom

From Houzz, original source unknown

One thing I’m sure about is that I really want a bright green door.

green door


What kind of door would you choose?

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The cold after the storm

Today started off cold – really cold! Not only did it feel like –24 outside, but it felt like 58 inside. Because it WAS 58 inside. EEK!

So when when it’s so cold inside, you may as well go outside and enjoy some beach time :-) Don’t be fooled by the blue sky and sunshine, it was freakin’ COLD out there. I had to keep warming up my fingers after each picture I took.

snowy dunes

Sand everywhere! And just yesterday, all this sand was covered with seaweed.

sandy beach 2

sandy beach 3

Standing at the edge of the sandbar.

standing on sandbar

Look how far away Brian is!

brian sandbar

Looking back at the cliff from the edge of the water. I don’t remember ever seeing so much sand on the beach last winter.

looking at cliff

It’s hard to tell in the picture, but this pile of seaweed was taller then me.

seaweed and ocean

Frosty seaweed close-ups… BRRRR!

seaweed close 1

seaweed close 2

There were some interesting ice formations in the sand too. The first one looks like a fossil or prehistoric worm or something.

sand close 1

sand close 2

The good thing about being outside when it’s –24 is that it makes a 58 degree inside feel warm and balmy :-) It actually was a bit warmer than that when we got home, with the propane fireplace kicking in. And this afternoon the furnace guys showed up and fixed the problem. The thermostat battery had died overnight and the thermostat turned itself off, which resulted in a pipe freezing. They warmed up the pipe and it’s now an almost-toasty 69 degrees in the house :-)

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

That’s some snow!

A week ago on New Year’s Day, I was on the back porch cooking ribs on the BBQ. Today… not so much!


There was so much snow on the porch, we couldn’t get out the door!

foot of snow

That’s one solid foot of snow.

12 inches

Everything is buried under snow!



I can’t find the driveway!

driveway 2

I managed to get the walkway and porch cleared, but that huge driveway has to wait till the plough comes!



Happy Winter from snowy Nova Scotia!

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017! Polar Bear Dip and the living beach

summer winter

So here we are on January 1st – the beginning of a new year and the end (almost) of holiday eating. I’m pretty sure I weigh 10 pounds more today than I did a couple of weeks ago. EEK!

There was some fun on the beach this morning with the annual January 1st Polar Bear Dip. I kinda debated doing it, but then decided to do reconnaissance for next year instead. Yes, I’m a wimp! Gotta give props to the brave – or crazy – people who dove into the waves in spite of the freezing temps and rain…




I seriously felt cold just watching them!

Jackson found a big furry friend to play with…

beach buddies

We headed back to the beach at low tide to walk the dogs and take another set of living beach pictures. Definitely more rocks now, and lots of seaweed too.

hell point

straight ahead

gaff point

Comparing December (top) to January (bottom)…

living beach december 01living beach jan 17

Hopefully the highlight of 2017 will be finally moving into our house!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Twin Peaks, the fall finale

Yesterday we FINALLY finished sheathing the roofs over the bathroom and front entry. YAY! Wow, what a long job that was – it feels like we’ve been sheathing the roof forever! Here’s Brian nailing the last piece of sheathing onto the east side of the bathroom roof.

bathroom roof side 1

Just a little bit left to go on the west side…

bathroom roof side 2

Last piece going in!

bathroom roof side 2 last piece

Hello Brian :-)

brian on the roof

Inside view of the bathroom. It’s not very big, but as long as the shower has body jets, I don’t care! The big stop sign is the framing for a round window.


And that wasn’t the only exciting thing that happened yesterday. We also received the first shipment of windows. These ones go on the main floor wall facing the ocean. These suckers weigh a LOT.


Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate so we can get the roofing underlay done and start installing the metal roof. Well, I say “we” but I really mean Brian. No way you’re getting me up on that roof!

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Twin peaks

So….. a month ago I was hoping that we would finish sheathing the roof by the weekend. Ummmm… apparently that was wishful thinking, because we’re still not done. Not for lack of trying. but between gusty winds and a lot of rain and now snow and sunsets coming earlier and earlier, we just haven’t had the chance to get it done. But we’re ALMOST there.

Here’s Brian nailing in the last piece of sheathing onto the north side of the roof :-)

last piece



roof done

Before we could sheath the roofs over the entry and upstairs bathroom, we had to finish framing the bathroom then sheath the bathroom wall and install the peaks, and sheath the first truss over the entry.

bathroom wall

The hardest thing we’ve done so far is install the front peak on the trusses over the bathroom. It took us over an hour to get it in place, and the whole time I was sure one or both of us was going to plummet to our death. Luckily, we finally got it into place with no injuries or divorce papers :-)

bathroom peaks 2

All the bathroom peaks in place.

bathroom peaks

Front entry sheathed….

two peaks

One more thing to do before sheathing the roofs was to build and install the rakes on the front trusses.


peaks from front

And off we go! These little roofs moved along fairly quickly. I cut the strips of sheathing to length and then passed them up to Brian to nail.

bathroom sheathing roof

brian sheathing bathoom roof 

And that’s about as far as we got until winter decided to arrive. Now we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature – and if she throws us more of these says with –27C wind chill and +70km/h wind gusts, it might be a while before we get the roof done, let alone the house!

The windows for the south side of the house are supposed to arrive on Monday. That’s assuming the delivery truck can make it up the road, which is currently a sheet of ice. ARGH! Oh well, what can we do – it’s winter in Canada!

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