After a good night's sleep, we arrive back on site, with the last joists already having been cut the day before. That was a challenge - we still haven't unpacked the generator, so we were using bow saws normally reserved for cutting up logs and trimming trees - accurate only in the hands of someone as skilled as Grandpa. My cutting using a bow saw was really, really bad. So bad that when Grandpa saw one of my cuts, he even had to call over Mummu to show her just how crooked it was :). At least I set the bar low, and can only achieve much better success in the future!
Habitat for Humanity ReStore here in Thunder Bay. With Kenny's help, we assembled them around the perimeter, and, yesterday Donna began prioritizing which bins needed to be assessed and moved to the tent. It's large enough for our bins, and, right now, I am able to park the tractor completely inside.
Today Grandpa is planning on taking time to go catch a pike for supper. I haven't found (or updated) my Outdoors Card yet, so I'll likely stay back and work around the yurt site. I can remove the stacked rocks, and dig more holes for the other beam supports.
It will also be nice to be able to cut my logs in winter and allow them some drying time before I need to mill them. Even the smallest logs are very heavy when still full of sap - I was getting winded just stacking 7' 2x6's yesterday!
Sadly though, my Poulan chainsaw died out yesterday. It was already very old, and I had recently had its' fuel system replaced, so I'm a bit at a loss as to what I should do. Grandpa thinks that we can use his new, small saw to finish cutting down enough trees to make the floor for the yurts, after which we aren't as compelled to cut down trees with a power saw. I'm eyeing an entry-level Stihl saw that I know is on sale right now, but I'll perhaps also call the Husky dealer in town and see what they have that is comparable. I'm really mindful of making large ticket purchases, but I suppose I also have to remind myself that "I'm too poor to be cheap" and should be willing to pay for quality items that I will use for a long time.spring peepers sang me to sleep last night, and woke me up again this morning. Much like my schedule having a certain order to things, I suppose it is their time to peep. Everything here has its time. They are still going like gangbusters up here. It's nice to know that the population here is so healthy. St. Andrew must be so happy.