Making it ours

When we bought the property we knew there were some things that needed to be fixed, and some things we wanted to change. One of the top priorities was to expand the door on the outbuilding so we could park the camper inside. It took a while to find someone that wanted to help Paul do the work. We finally found someone that shows up when he says, and gets the job done. He and Paul raised the header for the door and a garage door company came from over an hour away to install the new door. They even bought the old one from us. We finally got the camper inside, out of the snow. 

 Oh my, what a big door you have1

Oh my, what a big door you have1

 And he made a friend.

And he made a friend.

 The next task at hand was to have a wall and door put in to close off the master bedroom. Having a proper master bedroom was one thing I wanted when we were looking at houses. Our house in San Diego also had a loft style master bedroom. This house was even more open, since the guest room is also lofted. Now when we have guests, they don't have to listen to us snore, or vise versa. Also, Paul almost always wakes up earlier than I do. Now he doesn't have to tip toe around until I get my lazy ass out of bed!

 The rail is down.

The rail is down.

 Watch your step!

Watch your step!

 Men at work.

Men at work.

 And I have a door! Still waiting for the drywall finisher.

And I have a door! Still waiting for the drywall finisher.

 While we had Bill here, we also had him finish off the top of the backsplash of the counters. 

 Before.

Before.

 After.

After.

 There were many things left unfinished in the cabin, since it had never really been lived in. I still have to stain all of the wood on the door and window frames, fill in the nail holes, and paint the whole house. Well, not the logs. Can you imagine? I'm waiting for warmer weather to do those chores, so I can have the windows open.

 The coldest part of the winter is over. It seemed to go by really fast. I'm not quite ready for the snow to melt. Paul has already been out cutting some of the brush. We have a lot of clean up to do this spring and summer. The deer have been here every day doing their part in the landscaping. 

 Lunch time!

Lunch time!

 Paul out cutting weeds.

Paul out cutting weeds.

 A couple of cougars have been sighted really close to our property. I don't like to go outside when it's dark! We had a bobcat come right up to the house. He just sat there and looked at us for a long time. Fiona loves cats, and she was super excited!

 Hello beautiful!

Hello beautiful!

 I've finally let Fiona go outside without a leash. That's a huge step for me! She has been listening pretty good, but I dread the first time she spots a squirrel, or god forbid the bobcat!

 A stick!

A stick!

 Paul built a gate with the rail we took down from the loft, so she can go out on the porch to watch the wildlife. 

 She likes to sit out here and stare at the deer.

She likes to sit out here and stare at the deer.

 We love living here. The slow pace, cool weather, and the beautiful landscape are just what we were looking for. 

 We see this guy all the time.

We see this guy all the time.

 One day about a month ago, the river almost froze over.

One day about a month ago, the river almost froze over.

 When she's out too long, her feet get too cold. 

When she's out too long, her feet get too cold. 

 A big fat beaver, sitting on the ice eating wood. 

A big fat beaver, sitting on the ice eating wood. 

 We've only seen this river otter a couple of times. 

We've only seen this river otter a couple of times. 

 During the wall construction, we had to sit outside in the cold. Fiona was too scared of the nail gun. The next day, we went out and sat in the heated camper.

During the wall construction, we had to sit outside in the cold. Fiona was too scared of the nail gun. The next day, we went out and sat in the heated camper.

 Looking out from my bedroom through the new doorway.

Looking out from my bedroom through the new doorway.

 From across the catwalk.

From across the catwalk.

 Fiona watching a poodle do dog agility.

Fiona watching a poodle do dog agility.

 No, you can't bring your stick in the house!

No, you can't bring your stick in the house!