Excavation Begins

This week, the build site was leveled and then excavated for the foundation work next week. Everything is proceeding nicely. On Tuesday (after Memorial Day), the foundation work should begin. We think that will take 2 weeks, and then we will start framing mid-June.

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Construction Begins / Drone Footage

Today, May 20th, construction begins on our new house with Excavation. Over the past 4 weeks, we have removed around 80 trees from the construction site / drain field area.

We had to remove some beautiful Oak trees as well as Poplar, Cottonwood, Birch and Pine Trees. Most will become firewood. We did save 2 large Oak Logs we will take to the sawmill and use for something in the future.

I also bought a small / low-cost drone to document the construction process; I plan to take the same picture every day. The drone is a Potensic Atom with a 3 axis gimble for the video camera.

Here is my first public video with the drone.

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Darke Side of the Moon

We travelled to Greenville, Ohio to join the Darke Side of the Moon Solar Eclipse 2024. The local Airstream club organized 160 Airstreams to gather at the Darke County Fairgrounds. We joined the Wisc-UP group to watch the event together.

Kelly did his best to capture images with his iPhone and with his Celestron C90mm Spotting Scope (a gift from Greg Noble) and our 10 year old Canon Alpha A6000 camera. It was hard to get the focus perfect, but I think there are a couple of good pictures. It was amazing how dark it got; pictures and video do not do it justice. It was really cool.

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Left Arizonia, Headed East

Today, we left Palm Creek after spending 3+ months there. We really enjoyed our stay. Pam did lots of activities like sewing, quilting, woodworking and pottery. We golfed and played pickleball together. Made more friends we will look forward to seeing again next year.

Now, we are headed east to Greenville, OH to participate in an Airstream Rally to see the Full Solar Eclipse on April 8th.

After the rally, we will head pack to Wisconsin. We have rented an apartment starting in mid-April in New Richmond for 6 moths while we build our new home on Squaw Lake. We have all our permits and a signed contract with our builder. If nothing goes sideways, we will break ground May 1st.

Pam’s car: We drove it back to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago and then flew back to Arizonia. It is sitting in the snow, waiting for us to return. We also left Billy with Pam’s mom, so we are excited to get home and see him. We miss that grumpy old guy!

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Pam got a New Car & Kelly is working.

This week, we finally found a great deal on a beautiful car for Pam. We are both excited to not be a 1 truck family anymore.

We purchased a 2017 Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible with under 43,000 miles. We have been looking for over a year when we test drove this beauty. Pam ended up loving the colors, and Kelly is really happy with 3.0L V6 with twin turbos. It is quick but can still get 30mpg on the highway. For a 6+ year old car, it is in really good shape.

House update: Kelly is collecting the final bids from the contractors; we hope to sign commitments next week and break ground May 1st.

Life updates: Pam is having a great time with her new hobbies of sewing and pottery. Hopefully pictures in our next post. She has also started making cutting boards in the workshop and continues to play pickleball multiple time per week and golfs with Kelly on Fridays.

Kelly continues to golf 3 times per week and help Pam in the woodshop as well as play pickleball a couple times per week. The bigger news is that he is consulting / contracting with his old company, Syntegon in New Richmond. He is working 10 hours a week and really enjoying it. Working Tuesday & Thursday mornings.

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