The deck build project is underway again

Deck Build Joist Start

Started back on my long delayed deck build project again today.

Hard to believe that the last update I posted for my deck build project was back in October of last year.  I wish I could post that even though I hadn’t been posting about it, the deck was finished and we were simply to busy enjoying outdoor cooking and cocktails on the new deck to post about it, but sadly that isn’t the case.

It isn’t like I haven’t been doing things though, but working on the deck hasn’t been part of what I have been up to.

Work on the deck sort of came to an end last fall when the weather started getting bad.  I didn’t think much about it through the winter and when spring rolled around we got busy doing other projects around the property, we took a family vacation to Yellowstone and the deck simply took a back seat to many other things.

The good news is that thanks to the delay I have re-designed the deck some, I think for the better, and will be building in some covered storage for the smokers and grills at the same time.  You can see from the image above that the back wall of that storage will be the old fence posts that I had intended to cut off.

I probably won’t be moving really fast with this, but hopefully it will be steady progress as time and budget allow.

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Welcome to Cicely, Alaska

Cicielys Gift Shop

Cicely’s Gift Shop in Roslyn, WA. This building was the location of the doctors office in the TV show Northern Exposure

I don’t know how many of my followers will remember the early 90’s tv show Northern Exposure. The premise of the show was that the town on Cicely, Alaska had paid for the education of Dr. Joel Fleischman, and as soon as Dr. Fleishchman graduated from medical school he moved to Cicely to pay off his education by serving as the towns doctor.

The show ran for 5 years, and many may or may not know is that the town of Cicely, Alaska is actually Roslyn, Washington.  Over the run of the show almost all exterior shots for the show were done in Roslyn.  Roslyn is actually an old mining town, and to this day benefits from the tourism that a direct result of Northern Exposure.

Roslyn Cafe mural

The Roslyn Cafe mural that was featured in the opening credit of the TV show Northern Exposure

Even though I was a big fan of the show, and watched it regularly while it was in first run, I have to confess that in addition to the story, it was the fact that a tv show had scenes from somewhere I had actually been, for someone that grew up in a small town in Northern Idaho, that was a pretty big deal.

The Brick

The Brick which was one of the location featured in the TV show Northern Exposure

Before last weekend I hadn’t been back to Roslyn in many years, but the Olympia Camera Club took a field trip to that general area and it was fun to spend an hour or so wandering around the streets of Cicely, Alaska. 🙂

The Roslyn Cafe

The Roslyn cafe featuring the mural made famous in the TV show Northern Exposure

The only thing missing was the moose!

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Spring Chores

Burning Brush Pile

One of three brush piles on fire

It’s hard to believe that my last blog post here was all the way back in October, we were firmly in fall and looking forward to winter. Apparently I just skipped winter, at least from a personal blogging standpoint, and skipped all the way to spring.  I never considered blogging as one of my spring chores, but apparently it is. 🙂

In addition to making a blog post to celebrate spring, one of my real spring chores is to prune trees, clean brush, pile that brush and then burn it.  We have 2 acres with a lot of trees, needless to say that there is a lot of brush to cut, pile and then burn.

We bought our property in the spring of 2012.  Prior to us owning it the property was allowed to get very over-grown and we have been working every year to clean it up and turn the entire 2 acres into a park like setting.  For the first time since we have moved in we are really starting to see the benefits of all that work.

Pruned Fir Tree

Fir tree that was planted as part of a Christmas tree farm

The biggest difference this year is that we are finally getting to pruning the trees.  I blogged here a couple years ago about our property having been planted as a Christmas tree farm.  Those trees haven’t been touched in years.  One of our goals since moving in was to clean them up enough that we could walk around and under the trees.  In the past I had used a traditional chain saw for the tree pruning but it was a literal pain in the back when trying to prune the lower branches and all but impossible to reach the higher up ones.  Possibly the best investment ever was a rechargeable pole saw, it really has helped us tame our property.

I have every intention to post here again before two more seasons pass by.  🙂

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Storm has a boo-boo

Storms Damage

The damage casused when a deer jumped in front of Storm, my 2011 Toyota Tacoma

It might seem odd to get emotionally attached to an automobile, but in truth, I have done so with pretty much every one I have ever owned.  Some have been with love, and one specific one, which I won’t go into here, was actually a relationship of hate. 🙂  Storm, my 2011 Toyota Tacoma, which was named Storm by a reader of my blog at the time, is one of the ones that it has been a loving relationship.

She has just over 100,000 miles on her, and for those that know Toyota 4×4 vehicles, that means that she is just now getting “broken in” so to speak.  Sadly, a deer decided to jump in front of her on Tuesday morning, less than a quarter of a mile from our house, and while the damage was not very severe, it was more than enough to mess up the front passenger side, as you can see in the above picture.

She has been at the body shop since Tuesday afternoon, and will stay there until at least Monday afternoon.  I can’t wait for her to get home, even though I have a rental, I miss her 🙂

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All the deck posts are set

The Posts Are Set

The final posts have been set for my deck build project

Actually, the final deck posts were set almost 2 weeks ago.  Thanks to a week long work trip to Arizona I was a little late on getting this post out.

I still have a little work to do on the garage siding after I found the damage earlier, but things are moving along.  The next step will be setting 12 2x6x12 pressure treated boards that the deck joists will in turn hang from.  Ironically enough, my biggest challenge right now is how to get those 12 2x6x12 boards home, my Toyota Tacoma only has a 5′ bed. 🙂

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