I saw him! Right here in Pioneer Park and out in front of Legend and Shayla's house with a pumpkin. Legend is excited about Halloween and wants to wear his costume all the time (His Nana made it again this year, lucky boy!) He wanted to go hiking, so we went up to Pioneer Park which sits above St. George. All the red rock was really beautiful and Legend found lots of rocks and sticks that he needs to "keep forever".
Yesterday, he wanted to go to the running track. He loves to run and run and run. I got a mile in along with him. We had a long afternoon of running errands, washing the car, changing the oil, going to Costco, etc. and he was whipped by the end of the day.
We have another full day planned tomorrow after he goes to school and then Papa and Grandma will be off for California on Tuesday.
We're here! We arrived in St. George yesterday afternoon just as Shayla needed to leave for work. Legend was happy to see Grandma and Papa. As usual, he ran as fast as he could to give hugs and kisses. I handed Papa the camera as we came into the driveway cause this time I wanted photos of those smiles :) We all went to Famous Dave's and sat at in Shayla's section for dinner. Legend ate up those ribs and he loves the corn muffins. Today we headed for Starbucks. We've gotten Legend addicted, too. He loves to go for hot chocolate or cold chocolate milk. We spent the day today taking care of odds and ends. Most importantly...we signed the closing papers on our house, so it should be a done deal. We literally had a change at the last minute. Just after the "mobile notary" here in St. George called to say she had our papers, I talked with our agent and found out the septic work had been finished yesterday and the bill was being prepared. He called the escrow company and they called the septic people to get the bill, then faxed the new settlement pages before the notary left to meet us. So, it should be all done now. It will be good to leave for Hawaii on Wednesday knowing the hangar is done and the house is sold and closed! Tomorrow we are planning a hike...maybe in Snow Canyon or out at Gunlock. Legend had told us he wanted to go hiking while we were here and so we will.
Legend is a minor legend here in St. George. He is the cover boy on the Fall/Winter edition of the St. George Money Saver coupon book! We all knew he is the cutest kid in St. George:) We went over to the photographer's today so I could order a print of the photo and I picked up a few copies of the book.
Just wanted to share a few photos from the Tobacco Valley. I was given a couple of hours off last Friday while John was working on the hangar roof (a one man job). (Thanks to Roy who stayed there to help John put the roofing sheets on the lift!)
I took advantage of the time to drive up Grave Creek and take a few photos. I was hoping for some fall foliage. I was a little late for the best of it as many of the leaves have fallen, but it was still beautiful with the snowy mountain peaks and the gold fields. I saw deer (which you always do up this road), but was too slow to get back in my car and they were gone when I got there. I did get a few shots of some wild turkeys and domestic cows :) I am looking forward to getting my shots back from my film camera...I think there's some better ones on there!
It's Done! At least for now...the door, the insulation, and the commercial power will be done next year. We have completed the hangar and the Champ made it's first entrance today. It has been tucked away (along with the travel trailer and the truck) until mid-January when we return to Montana. It took us 21 work days to complete and we finished one day early which means an extra day spent visiting Legend and Shayla. (It's a good thing we had an extra week built in cause we used all of that in September when we were trying to have the concrete poured and it was rainy and cold.) Here's a few extra shots of the last steps. We'll be leaving for St. George in the morning and can hardly wait to get there. Legend is excited to see Papa and Grandma. He called and texted yesterday to see what we were doing and when we would be there. He is so excited about his Superman costume that his Nana made for him and I bet he is just too cute in it.
We made a quick overnight trip back to Washington over the weekend and nabbed our washer and dryer out of the house. So far closing is on track, but it may get interesting with us on the road and needing to sign papers who knows when! We'll have to keep in close contact with the escrow people. Thanks to Lynn and Arthur who provided us with a place to stay. What a treat to have a huge space with a real bed after being in the travel trailer! Arthur, your eggs were yummy!
We expect to arrive in St. George on Thursday and will stay till Tuesday morning when we'll head off to LAX to catch our flight on Wednesday. We are soooooo looking forward to the next two months and some much needed down time!
Wow! I can't believe it's been a whole week since we've updated the blog. We've been working hard every day (well, except for Saturday). Since we don't have the use of the man-lift on the weekends, we headed for Whitefish for a lunch and a movie. We invited Roy and he agreed to tag along :) We have gotten a little behind schedule due to some "conflicts" with using the lift (that we have now paid for a share of :) The guy who holds the rental contract called Sunday night and said he needed it till noon on Monday. No problem....that turned into all day. Then he called Monday night and said he needed it till 10:00 am on Tuesday...that turned into noon. So we lost a day and a half of our time. Anyway, the roof sheets are now going up. We've discovered there really isn't much I can do to help, so John is up there in the rain putting those long sheets on. This is what it looks like as of lunchtime today. I took this from the road as I was taking some hot lunch out to John. I said to John yesterday that he gets a sparkle in his eyes when he looks at the hangar. He replied that it was because he could see Hawaii on the other side of the hangar :)
We'll be headed to Bonney Lake very early Saturday morning. Lynn and Arthur have invited us for dinner and offered us a place to stay (at Crest Airpark) that night. We'll be loading up the things left at the house, including the Bosch machines, and heading back Sunday morning. John will be working hard to get the rest of those roofing sheets on Monday and Tuesday so we can get things winterized and stored and head for St. George by Thursday.
All things look good for the sale of the house. We have come to an agreement with the buyer on $$ for the repairs, the septic system appears to have passed inspection, the appraiser is confident the value is there, and the buyers financing appears on track. Closing should occur on or around the 26th. We are looking forward to relaxing on those beaches and having all this behind us!
Yesterday John finished up the lumber work on the two gable ends of the hangar at the front and back. Roy and I got started on the siding. We quickly found that it was going to be much more tedious than we'd thought. After a couple of sheets, we (mostly me) also decided that doing that part of the job with ladders was not going to happen. Up and down and up and down and up and down...being short I couldn't reach across one panel to put all the screws in without getting down and moving the ladder. Neither one of us could reach the top to keep the panel aligned and get the screws in up there. It was decided that we'd negotiate to help pay more of the rent for the man-lift so that we could keep it longer and use that to do the siding. Today went much better and we completed the south side, except for the end panel which still needs to be cut. We'll have the lift tomorrow morning and then Monday-Friday next week. Tomorrow afternoon we'll finish installing the service door in the north side (did I mentioned I've learned how to build a door jamb?) while we are without the lift. Funny thing about the color...we originally wanted a barn red hangar. The airport board nixed that, but allowed us to have green. (You may have noticed that all the other hangars are some shade of boring beige.). So today, the wife of one of the other pilots made a remark about it being nice that we were able to get a deal on the price of our hangar even if we didn't get a choice of color...ha,ha..she was surprised when John told her we had wanted red :) We hope to be finished up by the middle of next week except for the door. John is going to call one of our neighbors in Gateway Village who is a welder and fabricator and talk to him about options. The door may or may not happen before we leave for St. George and Hawaii. If not, that's okay. The airplane, trailer, and truck will be under cover and out of the snow. We'll be buying antifreeze and a special airplane engine oil next week to keep them protected from the coming cold weather.
As soon as the hangar is done, we are making a quick trip to Bonney Lake. John and I need to go take care of some house business and are going to get our washer and dryer out of the house and bring them back to our storage unit here in Eureka. More on that later...Works out well for our friends inWhitefish as they have a dryer that needs to go back to Bonney Lake :)
Winter is sneaking up on us! It was 23 degrees when we arrived at the airport yesterday to await the crane that was coming to lift the header over the hangar door. The water line to our trailer had enough ice to drop the water pressure. Insulation is now installed.
We are coming along with the hangar. We lifted the header over the door columns yesterday. All the roof members are installed and John finished up the fascia boards on the front wall today. He will do the back wall tomorrow. Roy and I installed the metal baseboards today and hung the first sheet of siding! We are not going to be "slapping up" the siding like we expected :) We could see right away that it will take longer than thought. We have to drill through the metal and then put in the screws and there are oodles of them! John will be doing the roof and can hopefully start that tomorrow.
We are loving it here in Montana. It is truly magical to watch the way the light moves across the valley and up the mountains at sunrise and sunset. The people are wonderful and more friendly than anywhere I have been. Everyone wants to help. Edgar, the welder, that we had come do a job for us wouldn't even charge us for his time. Roy has been out there every day helping us. Nick, the crane man, has come out twice and both times waived his fuel surcharge...and so it goes everywhere.
We've worked on the hangar for 5 days now (took 2 days off when John was flying the airplane over). We have made tremendous progress and are grateful to have been blessed with the use of the man-lift and with Roy's help. He has been there every day helping us. He told us he was afraid of heights (he's a pilot and flew as a flight engineer before retiring :), but by yesterday there he was up on the ladder hauling lumber and screwing screws right along side Cindy. We work hard all day long and now and then take a break after Cindy goes into town for chocolate milkshakes. The last two days has seen us finish up almost 3/4 of the frame! Almost the entire back wall went in today even after discovering that the bolts for one of the back columns were installed two inches off! Fortunately, John was able to align it up enough to bolt it to the top piece and we think it will pass inspection. Speaking of the inspection, the inspector is supposed to show up this week, but we haven't seen him yet. He asked last week who did the concrete and when we told him he said to go ahead and start and he'd come up to Eureka this week. Cindy has been learning or updating all kinds of skills including driving the man-lift, climbing ladders while hauling lumber, using the power drill to drive screws, and measuring and cutting lumber. And so it goes....we'll work again tomorrow and then are planning on taking Saturday off. We are going to Whitefish to take Dorothy out for pizza and figure out the logistics of our stay in her condo while she is gone to New Orleans for the winter. Stay tuned!
The Champ is now living in Eureka and we have made lots of progress on the hangar! John took the train to Seattle from Whitefish on Friday night and arrived in Seattle early Saturday morning. He spent the day taking Trevor to a movie and visiting with friends, then took off Sunday morning for Eureka. After 5 hours and 50 minutes of flight time, he arrived safely at Eureka. He said the ride was pretty good most of the way, except for flying up Lake Koocanusa where it was very bumpy. The Champ is now tied on the tarmac waiting for its new home to finished.
We took Monday off from heavy duty building as we needed to build in an extra day for John to move the airplane in case of weather problems. We just did some organizing and cut some lumber to be ready for today. Today was a big day as we were able to set three middle trusses, probably the most difficult part of the job. We hired a fork lift to lift them. John stood on an extension ladder on the south side and I stood in the man-lift on the north side (no photos of my work today). We guided the trusses into place and placed the eight bolts and nuts in each one. Guide lines helped to stabilize the whole assembly till we could get some lumber in the walls and ceilings (the girts and purlins J ). The rest of the day was spent plumbing the columns and trusses and getting all the bolts and nuts tightened. Roy and Cindy started installing the girts and put up the wind braces (the state of Montana says it must withstand 95mph winds), so we could get it all plumbed (I’m talking about getting it all straight, not putting in pipes J). Tomorrow we hope to get the rest of the lumber in these sections, including the roof and then we can move on to the back wall.