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Bob the Builder....





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Our boys grew up watching "Bob The Builder", a cartoon with talking dumptrucks and humanized machinery.  A carpenter by the name of Bob, built and repaired different projects.  What I liked about Bob, is that he was a kind hearted character,  always helping out a neighbour in need.   As a parent, I  often stopped to watch an episode or two... It beat "Barney" and "Teletubbies" hands down...
Over the last few weeks, our boys, now full grown young men, were able to help out by operating a skidsteer.  Picking up, dumping and spreading gravel was a job  they were happy to do... I think they felt like Bob the Builder....  Quite amazing how time flies...


Homesteading these days is made about 100 times easier due to large hydrolic equipment!  Fortunatley, through hockey and volleyball we knew a guy (Bill), AND we knew a girl (Ann) that own heavy equipment businesses!  
Having a kind dad that's a farmer is also a bonus.. dad brought us one of his dumptrucks to help with the hauling...


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Being able to rent these machines to construct our road, dig our basement and spread out gravel was a HUGE help to us both financially and in saving time.     Kelly enjoyed running the massive excavator and in only a few days had our road built.  All of the top soil had to be scraped off  and then clay was dug up from both sides of the road and placed on the road bed.  Then of course it had to be packed, and graded followed by many truckloads of gravel.  One day, one of our neighbours to the West, Tim,  stopped by and helped us spread the gravel on the road, and his wife Maria surprised everyone with a hot lasagna lunch.  Im thankful those days of neighbourly help and kindness still exist!

Our road was in place... on to the building...

Digging out a foundation is quite a craft... Kelly ran the excavator and our friend Bryce came out for the day and held a laser on the end of a long stick to get exactly the right depth and keep everything perfectly level in all areas.  There are jobs that are not very fun.. and Bryce had one of them.  Standing in a pit all day in the hot sun holding a stick was a very kind gesture!  Thanks Bryce!  Once everything was level, we worked on the footings, and then built up the walls.  We used a product for the walls called superforms, which are hollowed out styrofoam blocks that fit together like lego.  They are then reinforced with rebar and filled with concrete.  We have used these blocks in the past and appreciate the extra insulation that they add, as well as better sound proofing and water resistance.

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My sisters,  Celine and Elizabeth came out with a bountiful lunch one Saturday just as we were completing our basement.  They volunteered their muscle and helped us remove all of the supports.  It was a 33 degree day, which is intensified when you are in a big white styrofoam box in the ground.  Many water bottles were poured into our hats, and down our backs.   There were a few sore backs,  and much laughter.   The 30 pecan bars, raspberry white chocolate cheesecake , pumpkin bars, chocolate brownies, and lemon squares rejuivinated us to say the least... The sisters had brought enough food for a small army, we did not dissapoint..  

Call me nostalgic, but one day I would love to bake a bunch of pie's, smoke some meat, and have a big ol' barn raising party... I will keep you posted if this comes to fruition... 

Stay tuned for some real excitement... Our Timbers from the West coast of Oregon arrive....

Photo's: Liam running the skidsteer.
            Kelly building our road with our excavator from Viking Rentals in Okotoks.
            Liam building boxes for our footings.