insulated and worthless

the people at quest insulation have finished blowing the wet cellulose (newspaper with glue) into the walls. this is a strange process to see in action, but we should end up with R30 or better from our deep walls.

they also dropped off enough roxul (superheated and spun rock) for me to put up some sound proofing around the bedrooms and office. that was a miserable day, but nice to see what it will look like with well defined rooms. here you can see the roxul on the left and the cellulose on the right.

after drywall, they will blow some dry cellulose into the attic.

sunday i spent digging. with the amount of clay we have, getting the soil to drain is imperative. and raised rows are the answer. sadly, i cannot find the correct tractor attachment to do this back breaking labor. there are industrial strawberry bedders for large operations and potato hillers that are useless in our dense soil. if only i had a welder and could make one for  myself.

i was late getting this garlic in last fall, planting it after the ground had frozen. i just place frozen chunks of soil on and around it. surprisingly, it is all doing quite well despite the initial abuse.

not everything around here is a hardy and useful as garlic.


last week i passed my rough electrical inspection – enough to close the walls in. i have been working on this quite steadily since february, and it is probably what i will remember the most about this project.

many nights in mid winter i would head out at 7 or 8pm and work till 10 or later. a mind can get stuck in weird places, carving out a room of light at a time from the pitch black, temperatures in the single digits, and absolute silence. i could have been in outer space or a tomb, but nothing terrestrial. nothing life like.

it also turns out that wiring photos aren’t very compelling. best just keep my head down.

i ended at the beginning. moving the first wire i put in to the other side of this bay, making room for a light switch in a closet.

the insulators are here today and covering all my work. hopefully these wires can all stay buried.

passers by

a couple different types of bears have returned to our part of the world. the canal is still empty with a thick clay bottom, making it easy to spot tracks this time of year.