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Traveling & Settling 
Preparing to Head West
Day 2 – Pennsylvania, Virginia & Tennessee
Day 3 – Coach, Zaxby’s & Bucksnort
Day 4 – Oklahoma Wind, Gas Scare & Giant Tires
Day 5, Part 1 – Albuquerque, Car Transporters & 3-Legged Sydney
Day 5, Part 2 – Runaway Tumbleweed, Speed Trap & Crowded Yards
Day 6 – Pine Exploration & Car Delay
Day 7 – Free carwash, car arrival & New Mexico
Day 8, Part 1 – Swan Rd & Butter coffee
Day 8, Part 2 – Gila National Forest & Dirt roads
Day 9, Part 1 – Bandit camp and the land search
Day 9, part 2 – The County Offices & The Mystery Land
Day 10 – Travels to Prescott & Intro to Chino
Day 11 – Chino Land
An Overview of the Three Cities
Day 12 – Organization, Phone call chaos & Back on the Road
Day 13 – Research Results & New Plan
Abbey Roast at the Monastery
Day 14 – Utility Questions & Answers
Day 15 – Dogs, Weather & Answers
Day 16 – Hiking, Driving & Cinnamon Rolls
Comparison of Chino & Silver
Day 17 – A Chill Carb Day
Day 18 – Sleepy Silver
Day 19 – So many conversations!
Day 20 – The Rental & Go Dog Go!
Day 21 – Moving our Stuff
Days 22-24 – Unpacking in the Rental
Thanksgiving at Tre Rosat
Holidays in Silver City
Days 25-31 – Land Research & Making Offers
Sydney’s Discovery on Boston Hill
Days 32-45 – Our New Property *shhh*

Prepping the Land
Tomorrow We Break Ground!
Excavation – Before
Excavation – After
Movin’ Along
Bring on the water

Arched Cabin
Deciding and Buying
Arched Cabin Build – Day 1
Arched Cabin Build – Day 2
Arched Cabin Build – Day 3
Arched Cabin Build – Day 4
Arched Cabin Build – Day 5
Arched Cabin Build – Day 6
Arched Cabin Experience – Summary

Our Build Process
The Small House Plan
Day 1: Assembly of Stuff & Joist Staining
Day 2: Start of Window Work & Pella Tape
Days 3 & 4: Finishing the First Window
Days 5, 6 & 7: More windows, Las Cruces & Cross Beams
Days 8 & 9 – Window Completion, Paint Selection & Door Issues
Days 10 & 11- Shopping, Nailing & Caulking
Day 12 – More Studs & Ladder Fear
Day 13 – Strange events, Studs & Nails
Day 14: Price of our Cabin & More End Caps
Days 15-18 – More Studs & The Painting Begins
Days 19-21 – Super Seam Caulking & Planning
Days 22-23 – Painting the Splashy
Days 24-25 – Speed Painting & Floor Planning
Days 26-30 – Door jamb work & Las Cruces
Days 31-32 – Seam Sanding & The Great Storm
Days 33-34 – Inverter & Paint
Days 35-40 – More Sanding, More Storms
Days 41-43 – Foam Closures, Sanding & Our Fridge
Days 44-47: Trim, Shims & Arachnids
Day 48: Snake killer and Storm clouds
Days 49-55: String, Dust & Effort
Days 56-57: The Flattening Saga
Days 58-61: Clouds, Flattening & Cheese Attacks
Days 62-63: Subfloor Education Continues
Day 64: Finding Flatness
Days 66-68: Fence posts, Caulking and Ridge Vent
Days 69-72: The Mega-Sander
Days 73-75: Finishing the Flattening
Days 76-88: Installing the Underlayment
Days 89-92: Finishing the door & Prepping for walls
Days 93-96: The Solar Overhang
Day 97: Starting the Furring Strips & Drip Caps
Days 98-100: Rain, caps & base course
Days 101-103: Second run of furring strips
Days 104-107: Building a Scaffold
Days 108-110: Furring Strips Continue
Day 111: Finishing the Furring
Days 112-114: Prepping for Panels
Days 115-117: Putting Panels in Place, Part 1
Days 118-121:  Putting Panels in Place, Part 2
Day 122:  Great News Friday!
Days 123-124:  Framing the Bathroom, Part 1
Days 125-134:  Framing the Bathroom, Part 2
Days 135-138:  Framing the Bathroom, Part 3
Days 139-142:  Framing the Bathroom, Part 4
Days 143-145: Starting the Plumbing
Days 146-150: Mining & Fence Posts Continue
Days 151-152: Running Wire in the Snow
Days 153-155: Just Keep Fencing, Fencing, Fencing
Days 156-159:  Sandstone Smashing & More Fencing
Days 160-161:  Terminating the Trench
Days 162-164:  Electrical Purchasing & More Fencing
Days 165-173:  A Week of Plumbing Planning
Days 174-180:  Snow, sones & sopapillas
Days 181-187:  The Conduit is Bent!
Days 188-194:  Installing the Electrical Objects
Days 195-196:  Excavation – Drainage & Grounding Setup
Days 196-198:  Grounding Setup Shenanigans
Days 199-201:  Finishing the Trench Work
Days 202-205:  The Final Cold?
Days 206-208:  Assembling the Service Entrance Mast
Days 209-212:  Wrapping up the Service Entrance
Days 213-215:  Boxing Out
Days 216-222:  More Boxes & Wiring
Days 223-226: Borrringggggg
Days 227-229:  Finishing up the Wiring
Days 230-232:  Passing our Electrical Inspection!
Days 233-234:  Electrical & Plumbing Odds & Ends
Days 235-236:  Drain Plumbing, Part I
Day 237:  Oops & Drain Plumbing, Part II
Day 238:  We have the Power!
Days 239-240:  Finishing the Drain Plumbing
Days 241-243:  Plumbing Vent & Tucson
Day 244:  Passing our Plumbing Inspection!
Days 245-246:  Framing Inspection & Insulation Preparation
Day 247:  Insulation Installation
Days 248-250:  Paneling Prep & Plumbing
Days 251-254:  Taping Stuff & Supply Plumbing
Days 255-257: Finishing Paneling Prep & Plumbing
Days 258-259:  Installing the Shower Base
Days 260-264:  Paneling Part I and more Prep
Days 265-268:  Paneling Part II, Starting the Bathroom
Days 269-271:  Paneling Part III, More Bathroom
Days 272-276:  Paneling Part IV, More Bathroom…Again
Days 277-281:  Paneling Part V, Completing the Bathroom
Days 282-285:  Paneling Part VI, The South Wall & Triple Thick
Days 286-288:  Paneling Part VII, Finishing the South Wall
Days 289-292:  Paneling Part VIII, The North Wall Begins
Day 293:  Paneling Part IX, North Wall & Heat Pump Prep
Day 294:  Paneling Part X, North Wall Second Row
Day 295:  Paneling Part XI, North Wall & Other Bits
Days 296-299:  Paneling Part XII, Finishing the North Wall
Days 300-302:  Strutting and The Paneling Ram
Days 303-304:  Paneling Part XIII, The West Wall Begins
Days 305-306:  Paneling Part XIV, Finishing the West Wall
Days 307-309:  Paneling Part XV, The East Wall Begins
Days 310-313:  Paneling Part XVI, Finishing the East Wall
Days 313-314:  Prepping the Transition Zone
Days 315-317:  Countersinking & Seam Management
Days 318-321:  Final Panel Grooming & Caulk Tests
Day 322:  More caulk experiments
Days 323-327:  Polyurethane, Part I
Days 328-330:  Polyurethane, Part II
Day 331:  Polyurethane, Part III & Tile Prep
Days 332-334:  The Tile goes Down
Days 335-340:  Finishing the Under-house Plywood
Days 340-343:  Toilet flange, Caulk & Plumber’s tape
Days 344-346:  Painting the Bathroom
Days 347-348:  Caulking the Seams, Part I
Days 349-350:  Caulking the Seams, Part II
Days 351-355:  Caulking the Seams, Part III
Days 356-361: Caulking the Seams, Part IV
Days 362-365:  Start of Trim and Plumbing
Days 366-368:  Kitchen Stuff and Stairs
Day 369:  Finishing up the Kitchen Stuff & Stairs
Days 370-371:  Installing the Heat Pump
Days 372-374:  Prep for the Electrical Inspection
Days 375-378:  Prepping for the Plumbing Inspection
Days 379-383:  Certificate of Occupancy & Moving In

Finish Work
Days 1-6:  Shed Research & Planning
Day 7:  Assembling the Shed (Keter Stronghold 8×10)
Days 8-10:  Securing & Finishing the Shed
Days 11-21:  Gutters and Drainage
Days 22-28:  Trim trimity…
Days 29-35:  Tarantulas, floods & fun
Days 36-42:  Fill, Gravel & More Arachnids
Days 43-49:  Trees!  Thuja Green Giants
Days 50-56:  Building Pad Gravelization
Days 57-63:  A Normal Week, a Home Tour and a Productive Sunday
The Finish Work Progresses
Bear Creek Rd & Attaching the Casings

Food for Thought and Random
Photos of Recent Fun
Food for Thought
Day 65: A Visit to Dragonfly Loop
Spending thus far
Attaching T-post Clips with Fencing Pliers and The Clip Bender
Updated spending 12/24
Loppers: Bypass vs Anvil
Final Project Expenses
Western New Mexico University Volleyball Game
The Piano Arrivith: 1985 Kawai US-50

Travel & Adventures (post-house-build)
Wild Mushroom Festival, Mystic, CT 2016
Continental Divide Trail, Hwy 90 South
Reserve, NM & Forest Development Road 41 (FDR 41)
A Delightful Trip to Tucson
Gomez Peak, a Race to Sunset
Continuing on the Continental Divide Trail off Hwy 90 S
Food Fun November