Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Many people sit indoors over the winter with seed catalogues in their lap dreaming of how the garden may look in the spring.
That is kinda what we do when we plan our next summer at the cabin. Except this year I think we will get the opportunity to spend a week or two up there around New Years.
So I have already begun my day-dreaming of what can be done even if it is the dead of winter.
If the weather is really bad, I plan on working on the basement. We do have electric heat down there and I need to get walls up in the bedroom to separate it from the tool room/laundry room. This will also cordone off a "den" area. At some point in time, at least half of this area will get some kind of floating floor. I don't really want to do that in the winter as I really should do some moisture testing and I don't think it will be accurate on Jan 1.

Secondly, no matter what, I need to do some work on the outside logs. Ever since we put them up, they have been oozing sap. They obviously were not that dry to begin with. So the first few summers really made them look like someone just poured honey down the side of my house. It is so messy in the summer, it is hard to clean off. But I am sure that in the winter as the old sap hardens, I'll be able to scrape it off likety-split. And since it's been about 5 years since we first built this thing (is that posssible?) it is time for a new coat of Sikkens Cetol 23. At least on the south and west sides.

Thirdly, I'd like to get power and lights out to the new carport. I may not be able to dig my trench to bury the conduit, but I can do all the fixtures, outlets and such in the carport and then just hook it all up next spring.

So that's my plan. Plus all the hiking, ice fishing, geocaching, broomball playing and skiing the weather will allow. They are expecting 12+ inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. Sounds like a good base to me.