Windows arrived in two packages this month.
We took delivery of the windows to be installed in the Main House on the
Since the roof is not finished,
we still "enjoy" the vista without windows.
The carpenters can start to install windows at the East end,
where the roof is close to complete.
We also replaced our aging computer system before Vista becomes the
default operating system.
Perhaps we will upgrade to Vista in one or two years,
when it is
we will "enjoy" Windows without Vista.
Gary spent about a week transferring files,
installing applications and downloading
to get the advantages of
style command line and utilities.
He also installed
so we can avoid using their Microsoft equivalents
(which are often the target of hackers).
The month got off to a slow start with cold temperatures and fluffy
Skiing was still not good;
heavy snow was needed to lay down a base over the rocks.
The weather cost us 2 days of work.
Then temperatures went up,
it rained and the snow rapidly melted;
this was a bad combination –
the ground was still frozen a few inches below the surface and water
could not drain into the soil below.
The soil above the ice turned to soup and was easily stripped away by
We spent some time digging snow and ice out of the ditches next to the
driveway to channel water off the drive back where it is supposed to go.
the rain and high temperatures did not improve the skiing situation.
We finally got lots of wet snow.
Bridger Bowl claimed 18" over 3 days.
It was pretty decent skiing!
"Ski Season Saved" proclaimed the headline in the Bozeman
Three weeks ago,
Bridger Bowl had offered $10 ski tickets
Only 100 people showed up.
The weekend after the big snowfall the parking lot filled
and people were turned away.
Pauline had a women's club meeting,
but Gary was free to lay down a lot of fresh tracks on the
Friday before those crowds showed up.
We stay away from the area on weekends.
That storm dropped about 8" at the Main House.
Gary uses crampons and squeegee to get the last of the snow
off the South roof.
It was cold but the work is hard enough that one does not
need a coat to stay warm unless there is wind!
There was enough shelter from the plywood on the roof that
the carpenters were able continue working and trim out
window and door openings.
As much as we would like to see the roof complete,
we were happy they were able to do work necessary to "dry
once the roof is on.
guys were able to start putting in the ducts for the
cooling and air exchange systems.
It snowed twice more after the above picture was taken;
we continued to clear the roof to keep it from icing up.
this took so much time and energy that we did not do as much
skiing as we would like.
We only need a week or so of good weather to get plywood on
all of the South roof,
and we definitely want the metal roof on by March,
when precipitation will start to increase and turn to wet
snow and rain.
It snowed yet again the evening of Sunday the 18th.
The snow started warm and wet,
then froze as the temperature dropped.
Monday the 19th was sunny and windy,
so we took to the roof again and were able to scrape enough
ice off to let the sun and wind finish the job of drying the
Then the roofers could start putting on the underlayment
(see photo at left)
at the East end.
The extreme West end of the roof was ready,
but there was still framing needed to create a
at the Chimney.
The cricket is complicated by the fact that the Chimney is
at the base of two
The roofers were able to finish the East end of the roof on
It snowed that night,
putting a stop to roof work.
The rest of the roofing has to wait for the carpenters to
finish the cricket and soffits to the West.
Work was again curtailed when snow turned to blizzard
conditions on Friday the 23rd,
prompting everyone to leave at lunch time.
The weekend was beautiful
(see photo at top),
but it's difficult to get anyone to work weekends in
Our Silicon Valley work ethic meant that we spent the
weekend cleaning snow and ice out of the house and off the
roof in hopes that Monday would be nice.
Monday the 26th was a very busy day.
We had 4 carpenters,
2 sheet metal
the project coordinator,
and 3 laborers.
Add to that the driver for the windows delivery truck and a
couple of subcontractors who came to consult on work they
will be doing.
Gary and Pauline tried to stay out of the the way while
enjoying all the things that were happening.
Even though there were some snow flurries,
the carpenters managed to finish the plywood for the Main
The laborers did cleanup work until the windows arrived.
Then they unloaded windows and placed each near where it was
to be installed.
There are a lot of windows,
most of which are large,
so it took several hours to unload and place them.
At right are 3 of the 8 windows for the Great Room.
the last day of the month and it snowed last night.
But the roof was ready and the roofers showed up!
We let them deal with the snow and celebrated by skiing some
We returned from skiing to find more metal on the roof;
if the weather cooperates,
the roof should be finished in a couple of days.
There were also a number of windows installed at the East
end of the house.
Comparisons with previous progress are difficult to make
The roof was not finished until late August of 2005 due to
issues with the Entry piers,
and installation of windows did not begin until that time.
Other aspects of construction,
such as plumbing and HVAC,
were further along at that time.
things look good for completion in late Summer or early
Roof and windows are the critical path items;
once they are out of the way,
many things can proceed in parallel.