After listening to the President's State of the Union address last night, I figured I had best get a State of the Cabin update onto the blog.
Well, as noted earlier, we do finally have electricity and a well. We ran into one or two wiring issues (i.e., the magickal flip of a switch was followed by a loud zap and bang, followed by darkness....) and we have yet to complete running the water line so as to have water actually in the cabin (which means we have a 400 foot, four-foot deep trench running the length of our driveway, known as the mini-grand canyon).
BUT, we have completed the insulation work inside and underneath the cabin and let me tell you - what a difference that makes! Going from last winter in a tent to this winter in an insulated cabin is like night and day - and way warmer.
Next up, after finally running the water hose and filling in the canyon, we're going to start dry-walling the kitchen area, so I can FINALLY have my big refrigerator, the dishwasher and the stove.
We currently have a little "dorm-room" sized frig, which is a huge improvement over our coolers and the microwave has seen some heavy use (mostly by me - the Marine is an actual cook, which means he abhors the microwave) and we have installed our wonderful, nifty, amazingly little stove pipe oven which allows us to make frozen dinners, bake biscuits and such. The picture is above - it's awesome! Plus, it helps radiate additional heat out into the house, keeping us even warmer. Got to love a multi-tasker!
Once we drywall and install the appliances, our next big hurdle is actually comprised of three pieces: two greenhouses and a shed, all of which are in pieces at the moment, waiting to be put together. So lots of work ahead, but to be honest, looking around, we've really come pretty far from that old tent. I'll take it.