Archive for January, 2008
I only had an hour’s work this morning and that was it, the project is all done and working nicely. We got the toilets installed in the houses and hooked up to the water yesterday so they’re flushing nicely, and there’s just the hot water connection at school for Mark to do. Frank is going to figure out how he wants our duplexes connecting next and get parts on order, so no idea when we’ll actually start work again. Still, nice to get all finished up after spending so long working on it, and the people living over there seem pretty happy as they have proper flushing bathroom facilities emptying back into the school system rather than electric toilets and the bath just dumping water on the ground!
After I lunch, the weather was pretty clear and warm so I dug my snowmobile out the snow drift and headed a couple of miles out the village across the river for some target practice with a .177 air pistol. I’d bought an air pistol and rifle last summer but only used them a couple of times when out on the canoe, so after I got a couple of plastic buckles over the weekend for a set of saddlebags I bought on eBay for $10, figured I’d load up and start practicing.
It was worth digging the snowmobile out the snowdrift at home as it was a lot of fun riding through all the soft powder snow. Going along the river where it was a couple of feet deep and un-ridden, it felt more like riding the jetski back on Lake Tahoe than a snowmobile as you couldn’t really feel anything solid beneath you. Good fun though I managed to get home a few minutes before the fog set in again, yet it was so clear and calm when I was out on the tundra. Timed it nicely!
Another hard day today, though thankfully no more snow or wind. We finished insulating all the pipes, connected the final section of Marie’s house, and hooked up the glycol heat loop and sewer lines into the school. Since we were already under the school, figured we may as well test that the pumps in the sewer tanks worked. As disgusting as it was to see raw sewage pumping, at least it worked (and the tank then emptied into the school system once I switched the check-valve I put in the wrong way round…), and it felt good to finally get it running after working on it for so long. The heap loop needs a more powerful pump as the glycol doesn’t flow fast enough to make it useful for keeping things warm, and tomorrow we can hook up the flush toilets in the houses to finish off the bathrooms. Very little else left to do, and hopefully Frank + Mark will find some more work for us to do elsewhere around school.
I cleared snow off the boardwalks so there’s at least some way to move to school tomorrow, though the wind will probably blow more snow over it by tomorrow morning as it’s still falling. We’ve had well over a foot in the last 18 hours which is pretty cool, and there’s snowdrifts building up to a good 6 foot high now. Can see why the houses are raised a few feet off the ground to prevent the walls being damaged by the weight of snow that could pile up against them and letting the snow just blow underneath instead.
I only dug away the snow to get my snowmobile out yesterday and it’s now pretty well buried again now. Think I’ll just wait for the snow to stop falling before clearing it again. Not like I’ll be going anywhere in a hurry!
We’re thinking of taking the show on the road this summer:
I’m blaming a touch of cabin fever…
Well, guess we made to our 1st anniversary Much like last year, there’s been awful snow storms leading up today too! But, our cake saved in the freezer from our reception last year stayed pretty good and is definately edible.
I’m making curry this afternoon since we got chicken in from Bethel on Friday which we’re looking forward to, and Kat made waffles for breakfast which was nice. Plus, after looking over our taxes yesterday since our W2′s arrived, we’re due a really nice refund so I filed it right away