Days 151-152: Running Wire in the Snow

Saturday, 12/12
More of the same – mining and fence posts.  For once, the weather forecast was spot on.  We woke to huge fluffy flurries; visibility on the roads was very poor but nothing was really accumulating.  I think it was 40 degrees.  Around 7-8am, the snow stopped, the sun came out and we felt it’d be a great work day.  Then around midday, a very cold wind blew into the area and brought with it, small snow flurries.  Then sun again; then more snow and cold.  It was a very wet day!

Brian finished the posts to the east corner before we called it quits.  We also completed a few more inches of mining.

As you can see the Arched Cabin design DOES shed snow. There is some accumulation in the top troughs but they melt once the sun comes out.

As you can see the Arched Cabin design DOES shed snow. There is some accumulation in the top troughs but they melt once the sun comes out.  [The pile of siding material is our trench covering.]

Sunday, 12/13
We woke to 30 degrees (‘felt like’ 19) and wind.  We didn’t want to blow the work day so we bundled up and headed to the property to run wire.  We worked for about an hour and then had to take a quick break to add a second pair of socks.  Then back at it until sunset.

We finished running the first strand of wiring on the section of property near the attack dog (northwest side) and then headed ALL THE WAY up the hill along the northeast side to our east corner.  Of the four main sides of the property, this is the longest stretch.  Once we hit the corner, we debated on whether or not to continue.  Because it was only 3:00pm, we decided to go until we couldn’t see anymore.  Believe it or not, we came ALL THE WAY back down the hill with the second run and made it back to the north corner.  Wow!  That’s a lot of fencing (~1200 feet).

Because we do not get a lot of work time with both of us on-site, we decided to devote the entire day to the fence.  Brian can hack away under the house as a solo project, so he’ll finish that up early in the week.  We are still waiting on our plumbing and electric permits to arrive so there isn’t a terrible rush to finish the trench.  You have to remember, we’re on New Mexico time.

Fencing in the sun and snow - notice I'm surrounded by cacti. In addition to be slippery on the rocky slopes, the snow caused the cacti to become hidden enemies.

Fencing in the sun and snow – notice I’m surrounded by cacti. In addition to being slippery on the rocky slopes, the snow caused the cacti to become hidden enemies.

Close-up of running wire in the cactus

Close-up of running wire in the cactus

This is what my glove looked like after that post.

This is what my glove looked like after that post.

Neat clouds and snowy land

Neat clouds and snowy land

Far east corner - we made it! This was the most wind exposed area so we were happy to get it done and head back down the hill.

Far east corner – we made it! This was the most wind exposed area so we were happy to get it done and head back down the hill.

4 thoughts on “Days 151-152: Running Wire in the Snow

  1. Larry

    I started following your blog based on a mention on the arched cabin web site. However, I got addicted after just a few posts. You guys are amazing at improvising and learning, and then documenting it for us to read. Hope the holiday season is good to you and your crew.

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    1. admin Post author

      Thanks! We think the world would be a better place if more people could own their own home and live debt-free. It can be a daunting endeavor, and we hope our blog helps demystify the process and encourages others to give it a whirl. Happy Holidays to you too!

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    2. Ginny

      Larry,
      The same thing happened to me. I don’t even recall exactly how I found “Rimland Tales”, but it has been a fascinating read and I look forward to the new posts from Chelsea.

      Chelsea – I had initially thought that you might be in your new home by now. It definitely seems like you are headed for the home stretch. I’m wishing for you, Brian, the dogs and Fred, the parrot, to all have wonderful holiday.

      Ginny

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      1. admin Post author

        Hi Ginny – Thank you and happy holiday to you too. There have been a lot of unforeseen delays (most recently, the PERMITS!) but we think everything is going to go much faster now. Thanks for reading!

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