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Days 24-25 – Speed Painting & Floor Planning

Saturday
We hit the ground running on Saturday afternoon.  While Brian visited a few hardware stores for supplies and returns, I trucked the dog team to the property and taped off everything within the non-scary ladder range.  After he arrived and finished the top edge work, I joined in and we were done painting the north side within an hour.  [The featured image above is the view of the north side from Cheyenne St (the only street that can see our house, since we are against a public open space)]

I swear I didn't paint my hands on purpose.  After two days of painting with gloves on and not having any paint accidents, I decided to not wear them and spare my hands the sweaty glove environment....but then THIS happened!

I swear I didn’t paint my hands on purpose. After two days of painting with gloves on and not having any paint accidents, I decided to not wear them and spare my hands the sweaty glove environment….but then THIS happened!

We were home by 6:45ish and decided to go out for a nice meal.  We took quick sponge baths, put on our “fancy” clothes (read – clean), grabbed an ice cream snack to hold us over until our reservation at 8pm and then went on to have a lovely and satisfying meal at the Buckhorn Saloon, complete with tour of the haunted opera house.  If you ever visit this area, go have a meal at the Buckhorn.  It’s about 20 minutes away in Pinos Altos (known locally as simply ‘PA’) and is probably our favorite restaurant here.  Great ambiance, consistent quality (excellent) and great service.

Carb day morning ritual - delicious cream cheese cinnamon rolls

We didn’t take any pictures of our Buckhorn meal but here is another carb day morning ritual – delicious cream cheese cinnamon rolls

Sunday
Hang onto your hats, we’re race-painting today!  We woke up a little late (noonish) and got to the property around 12:45.  The forecast called for a ‘severe thunderstorm’ in the next 3-5 hours and there were clouds all around.  However, knowing that thunderstorms frequently hit the zip code without affecting our property, we decided to risk it and paint the second coat on both sides.  We were done by 3pm, without a single drop of rain.

Having done two coats on both sides of the house, we were feeling fancy free and decided to go see a movie.  No big deal, just an hour’s drive to Deming to see Mission Impossible.  Overall, a productive and fantastic weekend.

Next steps- 
Because the subfloor got wet during the cabin construction, we need to rent a sander and a generator before we can move forward with the floor.  We’d like to lay down another layer of plywood to give the floor a more solid feel.  We will also have to add a stud or two underneath it where a seam or two is unsupported.

Part of the reason we’re thinking about the floor already is because we will soon reinstall the door and we want to know how much height the floor will command.  Also we want to have the extra subflooring down before we frame the bathroom.  Additional tasks include further prep for the electrical exam

View of Chino Mine and the clouds during our drive out of town Saturday night

View of Chino Mine and the clouds during our drive out of town Saturday night

Beautiful clouds and scary warning sign on way to Deming.  There are four signs with foreboding messages that we laugh at each time we make this drive.  "Severe winds possible", then "Visibility May Be ZERO", "Do NOT Stop in Travel Lanes" and "Use EXTREME Caution".

Beautiful clouds and scary warning sign on way to Deming. There are four signs with foreboding messages that we laugh at each time we make this drive. “Severe winds possible”, then “Visibility May Be ZERO”, “Do NOT Stop in Travel Lanes” and “Use EXTREME Caution”.

Amazing clouds!  It hadn't rained in Silver by the time we left around 5pm and it had only sprinkled when we returned that night.  We were glad that we made the decision to go ahead and paint.

Amazing sky! It hadn’t rained in Silver by the time we left around 5pm and it had only sprinkled when we returned that night. We were glad that we made the decision to go ahead and paint.

Hitchhiker from the property

Hitchhiker from the property

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

One Comment

  1. Maybe the road to Deming is very scary at different times of the year. They forgot “Stay on the path. Rattlesnakes”. oh, and that paint would look good on your nails. 🙂

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