Sorry for the late post – we ran into some issues with our photo upload program so we were delayed a tad.
Due to our missed connection, we landed around 9:40am in Tucson. We caught a taxi back to the hotel where we had left our car, found a dollar in the road and then drove around town for our ‘big city’ errands. We got back to Silver around 5:30pm.
Tuesday, 9/27 – Friday, 9/30
Brian went back to ping pong club for the first time since summer 2015 (when we purchased the Arched Cabin). I’ve started playing flute again and look forward to adding piano back into the mix. We made a turkey chili for lunch and hope to continue trying new recipes and diversifying our diet.
We received new tankless electric water heaters for both the business and the house. Although the support for the outgoing units was excellent, we’ve decided to try our luck with another brand. This will probably be discussed more fully in a future post. [Featured image at top is the inside of the departing hot water heater.]
A HUGE storm happened overnight on Wednesday – It seemed like the thunder crashed directly over our house. We all woke up and the dogs got stressed out. It lasted for an hour or two, quieted down and then came back for round two. The glassware in the kitchen kept clinking together which was surprisingly unnerving.
We had a delightful day at work, followed by an awesome tour of a recently built home out in Wind Canyon. This was the only other area we had seriously considered as the place to build our home – not only was it the only subdivision that didn’t have a minimum square footage requirement, but the lots were all at least 10 acres. The views are amazing out that way.
Rich Bigelow, a local contractor who has been building in Grant County since 1983, specializes in “green” building practices. As stated on his website, “Rich is an advocate for new homes, remodels, and additions that optimize space and energy efficiency and renewable energy.” We originally met him in the drive-through [and our apartment unit was located a few doors from one of his primary employees]. Rich was quite helpful along the course of our building adventure with recommending local and cost efficient contractors.
Anyway…The house was great. It was somewhere between 1300-1400 square feet with a HUGE deck facing east, lots of built-into-the-terrain home features (i.e. root cellar, steps built into the hill up to the carport etc), a beautiful retaining wall and lots of other neat, customized features. We visited with the owner, his family and friends and got a full tour from Rich. It was a great visit.
A satisfying day. We spent some early time lazing about and then took care of some pending tasks –
- Emptied the coffee grounds from the week and massaged them around a few of the trees
- Installed the new hot water heater
- Made two pounds of bacon to have on hand during the week as a snack
- Vacuumed the house
- Removed LOTS of things off the bathroom for selling/donating/trashing and moved some objects off the cross beams up to the bathroom
- Boxed up the outgoing hot water heaters
- Picked up a pallet from the coffee shack and situated it under the house
- Moved the plywood and tri-ply from the shed to the new pallet area
- Moved our zero gravity chairs from the house to the newly spacious shed
- Went to dinner with friends