Snow-mageddon Feb 9-11

Gig Harbor got a substantial amount of snow over the weekend of Feb 9-11. Have the pictures showing  11″ of snow that stuck around for almost 10 days. Snow drifts from the even were still visible in till about March 15th.

The snow did a number on our the trees and plants in our yard.

3 trees that we will miss

  1. Coral Maple  in the center area, Split into thirds due to the weight of the  snow on its branches.  We lost several other branches on the 4 remaining Coral maples. I started knocking the snow of starting Feb 10
  2. Leland cypress  by fire pit. This was a 12 ” diameter almost 30′ tree that tilted over due to the weight of the snow. Totally uprooted
  3. Leland Cypress  by raise vegetable hillside, inside the dog wire. This was a smaller 7″ diameter tree about 20′  tall. Was part of shielding the yard from the neighbors.

We lost additional trees, and branches around the yard

  1. 10″ dia. 24′ cottonwood behind studio
  2. 3″ dia.  14′ small Spruce by studio walkway, also damaged a few branches of the Leland Cypress beside it.
  3. 3″ dia. 18′ small cottonwood on way to septic area
  4. 4″ dia. 22′ small cottonwood on way to septic area, total of two
  5. 10″ dia. 45′ Douglas Fir just north of the property line by walk to septic leaning against other trees in the area.
  6. 6″ dia. 20′ Cherry tree by fire pit tilted over to into the scrub brush.
  7. 4″ branch from a Douglas fir in the wood fall by the fire pit
  8. 4″ dia 14′ dead  maple finally came down by french drain
  9. 5″ dia 18′ weakened  maple on walk to Staging area
  10. 3″dia Dead Maple over firewood in Staging area
  11. 5″ Cottonwood by well
  12. 4″ Cottonwood by well
  13. Large  4″ diva. maple branch by fern area
  14. Tall, not very healthy looking maple to the west of the well, lost a large branch, which is still partially attached.

1st year projects

It is amazing to think a year has gone by. Moved in November 9th 2017.

Here is a break down of what we accomplished in 2018.

  • Fencing for Ellie
  • Fencing for Orchard
  • Sump pump for crawl space, New vapor barrier.  – Crawl Space solution.
  • Fire Pit – Cone, Chairs,Plants, Bark,
  • 1 x Swan for Fire pit.
  • Debris clean out and mulched south forty
  • Debris clean out and mulched north forty
  • 1 x kelp sculptor – Tide Fest. Craig
  • 2 x garden pagoda – Rosedale Gardens
  • 2 x spiral trellis – Erin’s Landscaping
  • 8 x copper caps for raised flower bed.  Amazon
  • 5 x  orange glass flames – Gig Harbor Craft Fair
  • 1 x Stain glass – Summer Artists at Botanical Gardens
  • Painted 1/2 of Studio
  • Live Edge Cabinets and Desk. -Endersaw Lumber
  • Weather station Orchard.
  • Lawn restoration
  • Sprinkler repair
  • Drip system for trees by street
  • New TP holders for studio and upstairs bathroom
  • Hung TV and made cable pathway in Studio Office area. Amazon
  • Automation in Studio
    • Door Lock. – August
    • Phillips Hue
    • Door sensors
  • New Patio Furniture –
  • New Bench Front Door
  • Added Led shop light and power drop -main room studio.
  • 3 x  1/2 Wine Barrel in raised bed area.
  • 2 Trees fell
  • 1 Fence repair.
  • Cleared out around stumpery and center section.
  • 2 x New water filters. – Amazon
  • New cabinet for modems in Studio.  – DIY
  • Not including the routine maintenance of the property.
  • Must have run the mulched for over 50 hours and close to 60 yards of mulch.

Looking forward to what we achieve in 2019.

Pagodas adoption

On July 8th 2018 Mardi and I purchases two pagodas from Rosedale’s Nursery $302.

they are a yellows cast one tall and thin “Laurel” one short and wide “Hardy”.

The taller one is to the left of the walk way as you enter towards the front door, behind the bird bath.  The wider one  is on the path to the studio.  These make great additions and look like they always belonged in those locations.

The yard art is very satisfying in that it does not change with the seasons. Or requires trimming or watering.  So makes for easy care  garden details.

Studio Live Edge

Completed the desk to match the cabinets in the studio.

Used richlite from edensaw lumber to cover up all the cables

Drilled cable holes in the live edge and in the monitor bases to organize.

Raised up the monitor live edge up so I could put the bamboo drawer organizer under.

Plus no longer have the middle support bracket so I can slide the Wacom up under the monitor shelf. Nice changes.


Fire Pit

We now have a fire pit in a secluded area behind the green house. It is really nice. Bryce of Pacific Landscaping did the clearing / work.

we purchased a crushing cone from Dwyan out by the Columbia River. really nice day trip to pick it up.

We add crushed 5/8 minus black gravel for the area around the fire pit and we got two new steps for the stairs up to the fire pit.

thinking of putting some sea glass into the gravel to match with the glass in the concrete around the green house.  Will add pictures soon.

Studio Automation

One goal I have is to explore home automation.  Figure I would start with the studio. We already have xfinity alarm system in the house, I started with an Alexa  with Echo Plus.

Then added  the August lock for the front door,  with the hub and keypad

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Studio Main Room

Continued working on the Studio main room. Sarah’s stuff arrived so add a bed and put the workbench top on the autonomous  powered desk, which I painted black.

The workbench can rise up to 43″ so kind of cool. Was a pain to get it working. the lift mechanism would do one side but not the other. So every combo of doing it wrong was tried. Plus it worked fine without the top. so had to keep putting the top on and off. Turned out the coupling from the motor to the remote size, There are two the one closest to the motor, the one from the factory was never really had the shaft seated into the coupler complete. No way to really know is it was not visible inside the coupler. Got that working then some how got the legs out of sync so had to undo again. It was a head scratching challenge.

Wonder what will be next.

The blue tool box is a staging area. On it currently are 3 projects.

  • Phillips lights and zig bee light switches. for home automation
  • Wi Fi outdoor extender for Robot work outside
  • Solar lighting fixtures for street numbers and yard art.
  • Project is on the workbench maybe ceiling mount and hide the electronics

Guest bed now in the space so somewhere to nap, Need bedding.

Table could be replaced with a couch?

Working on a mobile island with Ikea Cabinets and a Grizzly workbench top.  Will be 6′ long  3′ wide and 34″ tall. should fit in the corner nicely or position in the center near the workbench. Cost about 1200 for the parts so waiting on ordering till some money accumulates.

Pressure Washer

Now that the weather is turning nice and it is getting dark later. The patio was kind of dark. We got a price to pressure wash a section of  the grounds that was 1/2 the cost of a Stihl R600.

So we purchased one for the local Ace hardware store. Also got the $150 rotating nossile. which makes the job go much faster. Then I went out and washed the  patio, What a difference. Not the fastest job in the world takes about a minute to do 3+ sq ft.

Took about 1 hour for the flag stone and 2 hours for the patio.

You need to be careful with the moss/grass between the flagstone.

They should do this SouthPort. Cleans up nicely. Probably will spend days doing this, every 6 months.

This is something I would like to see Max “The Nasa base” Robot get trained to do.

The Right Decision?

The big question when we bought this house. was would there be another one like this available when we had to move out of Southport.  So by this time we would have needed to find and be in escrow.  Figure the cost to put in the fence and 6 months rent added 35K to the price.

So what is available at or below 935K.  Plus Zillow says we make 25K on the house in the 6 months.  This one looks like it would  work but 

There are a lot of homes that are in the 1250K to 950K range that are nice but now that the purchase  cut off date has pasted. It is clear that we would probably be spending more money for a house that is not as nice as this. The level lot, the lack of wood decks, the privacy. the house size. the studio make this a very good investment purchased when the timing was right.

Studio main room

The main room in the studio is not fully functional. We have been trying to figure out how to best use this space. The area is so nice and clean, wedo not want to do anything that would make a lot of dust. Than leaves the saws, grinding, sanding, drilling, etc out of the main area.

This is a blank canvas that we are starting to figure out how to make functional. We want to be able to have overnight guest sleep in here. That means a bed. Since Sarah’s stuff is showing up. We will have a bed, Thinking of putting it in the south west corner. Maybe a couch or two.  Ames Chair?

I have nice video projector that could be put to use.

Order a Grizzly 96″ x 30″ x 1.75″ work bench top to start with.

My current project, that will utilize this space, is related to computer vision and perception for indoor and outdoor robots.