Nov 172011

Some of you may know from some of mypast blogs that I live on an old farm in SW Washington, and have taken on a seeming endless project of restoring the 1890 era farmhouse. I guess the climate must have been a lot warmer back in 1890, because they sure didn’t build the house with the idea of keeping warm air in, and cold breezes out! The walls are only 1 1/4 inch thick, if you include the old wallpaper. They took rough cut fir planks, about 1 inch thick, 10 to 15 inches wide, 20 feet long, and erected them as the exterior walls. Then they put siding on the outside, and wallpaper on the inside. No studs, no insulation, and all square cut nails. I am pretty much building a new house on the inside by putting in 2×6 studs, insulation, new wiring, plumbing, doors, windows, and trying to live in it at the same time with my wife, son, and of course Moon cat, and Flea, my wife’s Maltese dog. My three big dogs, Romy, Fatso and Zoomer are happy to live outside, except for days like yesterday when I had a gaping hole in the wall where a window used to be, and where a sliding glass door soon will be. At times like that, the big dogs just can’t decide if they want to be in, or out. Or in, again….or out, again. It’s always such a joy to be kneeling down nailing a stud into the wall and have a big, muddy, soaking wet german shepard decide to stick their nose right in your face to see what you are doing. Hopefully the door will go in today! A few more days of working on the house, and then I will be back in the studio working on a new song idea. As long as I don’t smash my thumb with a hammer again!