Days 10 & 11- Shopping, Nailing & Caulking

Saturday
A hot hot day.  The shack closed at 2pm but we did not get to the house until after 6pm.  We did, however, purchase saw horses, a t-square, additional caulk, trim, primer and a putty knife.  We also made the decision to go with butt joints on the trim.  The 16′ trim needed a trip all its own so that delayed us a little bit.

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The 7 pieces of 16′ trim were very floppy and a bit challenging to transport.  They kind of remind you of a very flimsy plank from a pirate cartoon; but much thinner.

After doing dog duty, we only had a few hours of daylight left.  Brian fixed the door opening but we are going to hold off on reinstalling the door until after it’s painted.  I made a good deal of progress on nailing the smartside and also improved on my caulking technique.  Saturday was the last day of ground-level work for the endcaps.  To continue on Sunday, I’d have to take my efforts up to the top of the ladder.

On two separate departures that day, we staged something on top of the car and forgot to bring it in prior to starting down the driveway.  The first thing, Sydney’s spray bottle, fell off after ~20 feet.  The camping lantern, on the other hand, made it all the way to Idaho St before it fell off and scraped a layer of plastic onto the car (no paint was removed).

We ended the night with a satisfying dinner and two giant, gourmet cream cheese cinnamon rolls.  Yum!

We ate our Saturday (carb day) dinner at Adobe Springs Cafe.  They make excellent burgers.  These two are the Billy the Kid & the Cactus.

We ate our Saturday (carb day) dinner at Adobe Springs Cafe. They make excellent burgers. These two are the Billy the Kid & the Cactus.

Close-up of the Cactus Burger

Close-up of the Cactus Burger – those long battered pieces are jalapenos.  This was a HOT burger!

Sunday
This was another very hot day.  We got to the property around 9:30am and hit the ground running.  We had a batch of kale chips due to come out of the dehydrator at 1pm, so we were hoping to get a few things painted so they could have their drying interval while we ran errands.  That soooooo did not happen.

We are still at least a day away from painting.  We had to make additional studs for the end caps.  It is remarkable how few connection points there are.

We screwed in 4 screws in the corners to keep the platform from moving.  It worked great!

We designed a ladder platform from some scrap Smartside that enabled me to have all of my caulking supplies high up in a safe way (see featured image above). We screwed in 4 screws in the corners to keep the platform from moving. It worked great!

The 1:00pm break could not have been better timed.  The sun was high and strong.  Brian was doing a lot of cutting/sawing inside and I was working outside with the caulk and nails.  My face got a tad too much sun as did my shoulders.  I was grateful for the refreshing ice coffee we made at the shack during the kale chip errand.

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The mosquitoes are very active right now.  This area only gets them during the monsoons so it shouldn’t be a problem all year long.  However, it’s not nice to have those pesky pests biting you when you’re up on the ladder!

We called it a night around 9:00pm – it was quite dark when we left.  Fred was very glad to see us when we got home.  But as is always the case with Fred Bird, things are not always as they seem…

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Fred enjoys a good head scratch every now and then, but only on his terms and when the mood is just right.  We haven’t spent a lot of time with him lately, so I’ve been making an effort to stop by his cage for a chat when we’re coming/going.  When we arrived, I gently rubbed his toe, something he usually enjoys and is more readily comfortable with than a head scratch.

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He decided 4.7281 seconds later that he was NOT happy with me and I was to be PUNISHED!  He did one of his ninja twists and tried to bite my finger.  I got away unscathed….but look at that wide-open mouth!

For a full summary of our experience with Arched Cabins, please read Arched Cabin Summary.

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