Afterword: .
Of course, work hasn't stopped since we moved in, but it does move in fits and starts.  Glenn was getting ready to start upstairs when fate intervened and he was in ICU from Dec 23 through Dec 27.  For his birthday he got a pacemaker.  This set us back several months, as Glenn wasn't allowed to raise his arm over his head for a couple of  months.


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But since then, we have done a lot of work on the upstairs guest room, and while it isn't finished it is livable.  We have already had guest staying there even though the closet is not done and the window trim isn't in, and the ducting isn't done.  Glenn doesn't want to get in the attic until its much colder out.


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We spent much of the summer trimming up trees,  as fire prevention.  We also planted seeds, and worked on erosion control.  We have made storage in the eaves of the garage.  

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Most recently we have had a cement pad put in front of the garage, and we are really excited not to have to drive through mud ruts this winter.  This series of pictures shows the pad being put in.
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You can't believe how excited we are to have cement.  But apparently it should really cure for 30 days, so we will have to wait until Thanksgiving to drive on it.
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We have terraced an area for a garden next year.  We were lucky getting topsoil. Our next door neighbor had to muck out his corral (apparently they do it every 3-4 years) and he gave us all that nice fertilized soil.  Then the guy who was doing the driveway had some time to kill so he used his skidster and put the dirt in place.  We just have to put up a fence next year to keep the deer and rabbits out and we are ready to go.  We plan to spend time this winter figuring out the garden.

You can see the trees have been trimmed up on the bottom in this photo.
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