- push alerts, which allow applications to notify us if things change that are related to their functions.
- instant messaging, which would allow us to use any sort of chat programme or VoIP.
- application downloads, including updates to existing applications.
Today was constant rain though, so we headed to town as a family, where we stopped at McDonald's, and I used their free wifi hotspot to update all my applications and solve the problem. Lesson learned - I won't initiate any updates until I am logged into a wifi signal and know that they can complete.
We picked up some expanding foam, paint, children's rubber boots (we can't find Kenny's, and generally, the only way to find something here is to buy a replacement for it - then it turns up in less than a day.).
So, getting back to building the floor...
We spend the remainder of the day cutting the plywood to size, mostly using a combination of my cordless reciprocating and circular saws. After a shameful performance on the original joists, they shone when confronted with only 1/4" thick lumber :).
That's when I realized that I still needed to add to the edge of both it and the 17' yurt, so I slid it about a foot away from the larger yurt floor, until they were both finished and could be pushed together in anticipation of the yurts and coupler.
The real challenge is going to be finding a way to flip over the larger sections of the 17' yurt floor. It's very heavy, and not a little unwieldy. I'm very open to suggestions! At this point, I keep picturing comealongs, winches, tractors, beams and all sorts of block and tackle type options. I know I have in my belongings a book describing possible methods employed by the builders of stonehenge - maybe I should try to find it and see if it has any notions to offer me?
We knew that the forecast was calling for rain, so we covered up both yurts with the new tarps that I had purchased. We piled stones around the edges, and followed that up with a rope tied around the perimeter. Grandpa also had the inspired idea to place some beams in the centre of each floor space, to make a peak which would hopefully better shed water.
Now it's just a game of watching the weather reports, and hoping to find a few solid hours to take our next action.