I’m Baaaaack (Kinda)!

Well, not really, not yet.  But soon!

So, I tried to learn how to use Sketchup and failed. Dang, it would be nice to use, and being as I’m a reasonably intelligent person, I thought I’d pick it up quickly.  But nope!  It’s back to good ol’ fashion grid paper for me.  I like the pencil and paper thing anyway, but it just doesn’t photograph well enough to post here.  I’d love feedback on my design so maybe I’ll keep playing around with Sketchup, or some other 3D program.  Or get a better camera (someday) so the graph paper drawings show up more clearly.

So what HAVE I been doing? 

  • Sold my beloved 1987 Toyota 4Runner to fund more tool buying and building supplies, and to pay off a few little debts.  It hurt to let it go, but honestly, I don’t need it.  I’ve got my sexy green scooter and my He-Man huge old diesel truck.  Mostly during these wet winter days I drive my mother’s little “SUV” Chevy Tracker, hauling hay, grain and my mother around.  She LOVES all the alfalfa leaves in her car, I assure you!
  • Immersed myself in playing The Secret World mmo on my new laptop – A big Thank You to my loved ones who splurged on a new laptop for my B-day/Christmas present!  Whohoo!  This sucker will be coming with me when I move to my property.  Love it!  Gotta have fun, and I’m a gamer for sure (yes, I’m a geek).  Love, love, love it!
  • Moved Gaia (my young mare) to a new paddock to hang out with Hank the cowdog, and started working with her in hand, preparing for next summer when we’ll work on her driving skills.  I won’t be putting her under saddle until the summer of 2015 to give her bones more time to grow and strengthen.   She’s getting tall, Yay!  Definitely looks more like a Quarter Horse than a Belgium.   She’s turning into a lovely girl. 🙂
  • Umm, been studying basic carpentry skills for the upcoming interior work.  I want to build my own cabinets and other built-ins, which takes different skills than house building.  It’s funny how I’m more worried about not being able to build a nice counter than I am about building a sound and stable house!  Wait, that didn’t come out right – I mean, I am confident in my ability to build a safe and strong house, but worried about making it look nice inside.  Thank goodness for all the DIY bloggers out there (especially the female ones) who take the time to write tutorials and draw great how-to sketches!  Thank you muchly!

What else?  Well, I’m super excited about my latest tool, a Makita LXDT04Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver.  I’ve really enjoyed using the cordless Makita tools, and I feel that they are a good investment.  My old, corded drill jams up and is really hard to tighten enough (and then refuses to loosen), which is really frustrating!  Now I’m just waiting for some reasonably dry and not freezing days to try this new bad boy out.  It’s a whole lotta hurricane clips and straps and whatnots, and then on to the sheathing!  I’m going to leave the reworking of the roof trusses for later.  Ugh. 

So, no pictures or progress to show at this time, but my motivation is revving up!  I want Olivers Nest to be liveable by the end of 2014.  Wish me luck, folks!  Happy New Year to everybody!