Wednesday, December 9, 2015

frosty morning

When I got up on Sunday morning and looked out the window, it was so foggy you could hardly see 100 feet. After I woke up a little, I noticed everything was frosted! 
Frosty fog! 

I knew there would be some cool stuff out there, no pun intended!
So I put on my long johns and a bunch of layers of warm clothes, grabbed the camera and went out. Before I even had any coffee!!

the frosty fairy was hard at work last night!     

this is what the crystals looked like on the edge of the metal frog

this is part of the farm machinery that was in the weeds on the hill that was cleared off for the distillery

rosehip on the wild rose bush

I walked around for about an hour, but my fingers started to get numb, so it was time to head in for breakfast and COFFEE!!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

distillery part 4: the real work begins!

On Black Friday, the weather was nice enough so that I could get the porch posts stained. I didn't think I would be able to get to that till spring! We still need to add some decorative details to the porch, but that will have to wait till spring.

We went shopping on Saturday for electrical supplies- wire, outlet boxes, lights, etc. Vince got some of that stuff put in, then we started figuring out what materials we were going to need for the interior walls and ceilings. The original plan was to put wafer board on the distillery side for the walls and ceiling, but the code officer said we could only do that if we painted it with fire proof paint. proof paint is $350 for a 5 gallon bucket and we would need about 5 buckets, so we opted for fire rated sheetrock (65 sheets that are 8' x4') instead.

Yuck, that is a lot of seams to tape and spackle! We hate taping and spackling, and are not very good at it either!

The tasting room side, which I consider my side because I will be painting and decorating it, will have sheetrock (32 sheets that are 10'x 4')walls and a wood plank ceiling (100 boards). I've got a lot of ideas on how I want to paint the walls, and I want to do a mural of a dragon on one wall, I think behind the bar area would be good. And I want to put a small wall mounted fountain in there. I can't wait to get started on the fun stuff!

Here is the truck full of boards and sheetrock from Greene's Ace Hardware in Whitney Point. It really is "the place with the helpful hardware man"! Well, many men and women, really, they are great there, and we like to support our local businesses when we can. Their service is awesome!

Vince hooked up some shoplites to the generator and got right to work. This is how it looked at the end of the day, December 5th.

We are so happy with the way it looks! Just wait till the shutters get put on, the flower boxes are full, and the landscaping gets done.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

distillery, part 3, building arrives- day 2 & 3

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The crew arrives about 10:30 am, there were 5 guys again, but two of them left for a while to finish up some stuff on a few other jobs nearby.

It is cold again. Get out the long johns! And a warmer hat. And another coat to wear over the first coat. And a scarf, and 2 pairs of socks. It is 23 degrees out.  
I think I'll take my coffee with me today.....

The pond had ice on it this morning, and this is what my boots looked like most of the time from walking around in the mud!

Building the front entrance porch roof.

Putting in the window for the distillery side. You can see him holding his sandwich...they did not take much time for lunch!

Putting on the corner trim and the soffit.

Putting in the door for the tasting room. This was the end of the 2nd day.     

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Just 2 guys today to finish up the trim, they didn't get here till about 1:00. It was sunny, a beautiful day! 
I only had to wear one coat today!
Putting on the decorative trim.

After the first guy nailed on the trim the second guy went around and touched up the paint so you couldn't see the shiny nail heads. They pretty much just put a fresh coat of paint on all the trim because it gotten marks and dirt on it during transport and being dragged all over the site. They touched up a lot of the siding. too. It really looks great! Vince and I will be doing the finish work on the porch in the spring, I want to stain the posts to match the door and we want to do some sort of decoration in the open porch gable end. We are also going to add shutters.

It was dark when we headed back to the house, the moon was just coming up, peaking through the branches. Our new building was christened with a full moon! Genuine Moonshine!!  

5 guys, 3 days. Poof! We have a distillery. Well, almost. We just have to put in the wiring, plumbing, insulation, heating system, a wall, a bathroom, a still........... the adventure continues!

distillery, part 2: the building arrives!

You might want to get a cup of coffee or take a bathroom break before you start viewing this post! 
I took 175 pictures and I think most of them are here....

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 
10:15 am
It's cold out, and it had snowed last night. 

Oooohh! Here they are are!!!!

I couldn't believe they were actually going to make it all the way up the driveway!

They got to the curved part, yikes, that is as far as they are going to get?! But no, look at this cool feature on the trailer! There is another small set of wheels under the back part, between the rear tires. It lowers down while the wheels are lifted off the ground, and then are engaged, rolled sideways, and moved the trailer over so that it would be able to make the curve. Once the trailer was where they wanted it, they lowered the rear tires back down and finished backing up to the site! The last picture in this group is of the tire tracks from the smaller set of wheels. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!

Then this awesome trailer lifts up so it is level on the site, and here are a few of the guys unloading their tools. There were 5 guys that day.

This the end wall where the tasting room will be.

Entrance to the tasting room.

The window in the distillery end.

Vince had brought our generator up in the Kabota for them to use because they forgot theirs. They asked Vince if he could put the brace for this wall in the bucket so they wouldn't have to drive a stake into the ground.

The last section of the front wall.

They are unloading a bunch of trim and stuff so they can get to the roof trusses and looking through one of the windows on the end.

Starting the back wall.

The last section of the back wall. There aren't any windows there.

Starting the last wall where the garage door is going to be.

The last wall section!!

The walls were up by 1:00! Now they are getting ready to put the end gables of the roof up, these tall boards are to help hold the ends up until secured.

It started to snow. It would snow a little, then stop, then the sun would come out. But it stayed cold!

Putting up the soffit overhangs.

Putting on the roof sheathing.

I just thought the sky looked cool over our house. The sun was out at this time. Those are our shadows, we are on our vantage point of the dirt pile.

It was getting late, the moon has made it's appearance....almost full

Vince is checking it out, looks great!

This is where it was at the end of the first day! 5 guys did all this in one day!

what a great day!