The Front

We bought 3000 pounds of golden quartzite and hired a landscape guy to install them.

The view from the front door. Susan planted creeping thyme, which we hope will fill the gaps in the stones.
We bought too many stones, so we had him lay the stones in the verge as well.

The Garage

We’ve created a pantry/office.

This is the view walking in the door. I’m keeping music gear and other sundries. It’s messy, it’s a pantry.
Turn to the right and you’re in the office.

Lakland 34 bass

Lakland Skyline Hollowbody-34 bass

2014 serial number


34″ scale

Fretless with fret lines

Bartolini pickups, Hipshot tuners (original equipment)

Bass Player magazine review

Elks I seen

Just a few unspectacular shots.

One Roosevelt elk resting beneath the tree in the center; we completely missed him until we passed and happened to turn around.
Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California
More Roosevelts, just outside Prairie Creek Redwoods
Rocky Mountain elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Xmas at the shed

Yesterday I hung some outdoor lights in front of the shed. I took a picture and shared it with a friend, saying “So Christmas.”

He swiftly sent this picture back to me:

Beatles songbook

Found in a giveaway box a few doors down. So groovy.

Shed in progress 4: So close!

Today was D-Day: I put on the door.

It rained unexpectedly yesterday. Fortunately I had finished the roof, but I couldn’t attach the door until I’d finished the trim. It’s still not quite done, because I may need to make some changes to attach a gutter. Other things on the punch list: chicken wire on each side above the roof to keep the critters out, spray foam and silicone sealing, security bolts on the door hinges, lights on the outside, etc.

The view from the landing, with an attractive roll of Tyvek for visual interest.
The view from the rose bushes.
The view from inside the door. The far wall has a 5° slope at the top and 1.5° at the bottom, but the window is level. To the right is the window of my office.
This exterior wall had two all-weather AC outlets that are now inside the shed. The overhead lights are plugged into an extension cord.
Looking back at the door. The roof is made from transparent corrugated panels. No light comes through from above except through the cracks between the boards, but it helps me to see debris or critters.

Shed in progress 3

After a delay for a summer session of statistics (say it thrice) I’ve made soem progress on the shed. I built a wall and then dismantled it, reusing the wood on the other wall. Changes:

• Door moved from the north wall to the front wall. Many advantages: north wall has 1° slope, required double doors, and has a huge drop-off, requiring a deck. Now a single 3′ door can open into a space next to the stairwell, out of the way.

• Two windows, 10″ x 30″.

• 20′ wall is now two 10′ walls — way too awkward to work around and move as one big wall.

North side showing two windows
South side, door and sloping wall
The south wall, 7° at bottom, 5° at top. Diagonal needed to hold its shape while I worked on it on the flat floor.

Shed in progress 2

Much progress since the last post. The shed is now 9′ x 20′. The roof will be metal panels attached to the underside of the deck, and then I will build the shed up to it.

3-foot door on left, 2′ square window.
T1-11 siding and 1×4 trim on two sides
Simplified deck and rear of house. The actual slopes are not shown.
The space as it looks today. A lot of stuff was disappeared.

Shed in progress

Here are three CAD views of the shed so far.

Shed is 8′ x 18′ x 6’10”. On the right, the side wall rests on a low foundation wall.
The roof is three 8′ x 6′ panels, with 36″-wide low-profile metal roofing panels.
This shows the deck overhead. Because the flagstone patio slopes a bit, it will increase the angle of the roof slightly more than shown.
Panels on and doors in. The top of the door is 5’10”, so I’ll still be ducking to get in.