Saturday, September 30, 2006


Hi there,

Today we got the other side of the roof done with shingles! Tomorrow we will start with the ridge cap. We took turns carrying shingles up. First it was dad with Jonathan, Jonathan with me, me with Dad, and then Dad with Jonathan and over and over. Mom went to Minot this afternoon and brought back house wrap for after we finish the sheeting. Mom wants us to post some more pictures of the house but it is too late tonight. I hope Samson doesn't bark all night like he did last night. I think he barks at the coyotes. They seem to be loud for some reason.

Maybe since we got the shingles on we will have more free time to blog some pictures.

Good night,


Wednesday, September 27, 2006



Today we started out by putting the starter shingles around the edge of the roof and that took untill about 4:00. The reason it ended up being so late is because mom's washing machine broke down a couple of days ago and we went to a friends storage unit to borrow a washing maching from her.

It was a bumpy slow drive. They were tearing up the pavment on the lake loop road so we had to stop for a couple of minutes at a person holding a stop sign, and then follow a pilot car for another while and when the pilot car left and it turned out that the road farther on was worse.

At one point there was a grader, excavator and scraper parked across the road and dirt three feet high in front of them. Dad stopped we thought about it for a while and then decided to cut down into the ditch and onto the walking path and go around the vehicles. It was the only way to get past them. If we went the other side we would have drove into lake Metigoshe! (not good). We got past them, so that was good but even farther on we were driving over bumps and around rocks and just barely not rubbing on the belly of the car. We seemed small with big scraper machines driving past us and and a bulldozer dozing on the other side. Finally we got there and picked up the washer and headed home. There wasn't any trouble after that getting home (thankfully).

Back to the roofing. We got two rows of real shingles on! It is nice to see the roof coming. It is supposed to be nice weather for a few days so maybe we can finish before rain :o) Maybe it will be hot then the shingles would seal up. Then we can see if it drips! Hope not,


Tuesday, September 26, 2006



I haven't written for a while so I thought I should write before nobody checks my blog anymore.

Today we put tarpaper up on the roof to help prevent rain INSIDE! A couple of days ago while my Uncle was here it rained but we had borrowed a big 30x50 ' tarp to hang up inside the frame of our house. (that worked out real good)

I guess I haven't written for so long that nobody knows how far we have got on our house. Like I said, we put tarpaper on the roof so that means we have put the trusses on and the chip board sheathing on. And also we have both end walls complete and we have a little more sheathing to do on the outside of the walls.

The peak of our roof is about 26' at the front. A little high for carrying up sheats of chip board. We got things figured out, we had Andrew and David on the floor with the piece of chip board they would lift and pass it to Jonathan and I, then we would lift it and Dad would guide it onto the top boards on the saffolding and then Jonathan and Dad would climb up and lift it onto the trusses (which is the roof). We have taken a lot of pictures so that we can look back and see what we did to build our house. I can't wait to be able to look and think back to the time when we were building the house.

Mom has pictures at her blog but they are kind of out dated. Since I haven't put any pictures on for a long time they'll be new to you.

Andrew (my brother) has turned 10! It seems like just a little while ago he was 9! he was :o) He got a .22 long rifle for his birthay from Grandpa! he is exited
Sorry for the late post.