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Continued Progress

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I have been away for a couple of days but the work at the house has continued nicely. Yesterday they began building the first wall behind our house. Looks pretty amazing!

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 28th, 2012 at 5:47 am

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The Moving of the Coop

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Today the repair of our property began in earnest. Trees were cut. Dirt was moved. General mayhem was taking place almost everywhere, most of which was designed to create a road down which the heavy equipment could travel to rebuild the boulder retaining wall and backfill the dirt that was washed away from our foundation. Part of this process was the moving of the chicken coop to a location further up our property.

What’s crazy is how little time it took to get the coop from point A to point B.

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April 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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The Repairs Commence

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It’s been several months since we had damage to our property because a large flow of water was diverted off of a road behind our house and through our backyard.

Thursday the repair work finally began. Everything should be completed by the end of the month, but yesterday the masons came to repair the portion of our front porch that was undermined when the water ran past our foundation and blew out the wall of giant stone protecting us from the stream.

Repair work 1

Repair work 2

Repair work 3

Repair work 4

Repair work 5

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April 6th, 2012 at 6:57 am

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The Plans For Steve Jobs’ New House

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Gizmodo today posted exclusive plans for Steve Jobs’ new house. In a quote from the article by architect Christopher Travis on the simplicity of the house:

“This kind of thing only happens when the client gives the architect specific instructions to be sparse and utilitarian,” Travis adds. “The natural tendency is to go ‘McMansion.’ I would say this plan is a direct result of a specific requirement by Jobs to make it plain and simple…It’s almost Zen, with a vaguely oriental simplicity to it.”

I’ll say that it doesn’t surprise me at all. Simple, thoughtful, beautiful design. Just like the products his company builds.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 28th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Friendly Visit

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Kathy, Kristin, Joanna, and Colin saw a flying squirrel in our pantry yesterday. Not certain how it go in, but it was peeking over a box in the kitchen. Today, after we got home from the Cohen’s, Joanna was sitting on the couch under an afghan when she felt a little squirmy movement. Surprise!!

The Little Day Visitor


Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 28th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

How You Do Breakfast When the Power’s Out

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Pushing 40 hours now with no power. House is still about 56° with a small fire going in the fireplace. Central Hudson is stating that there still may be no power for a couple of days. Good thing we’re a camping family… eggs on the grill.

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February 27th, 2010 at 11:40 am

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House Photos From the Great Beyond

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This is mostly for Yvonne but, obviously, all other interested parties are welcome. All of these photos are about 5 years old and were taken either shortly before or shortly after we moved into the house. You can tell by the furniture. ;-)


Front of house from driveway

Front of house from stream

Back of house from hill

Master bedroom and dining room from stream

Stairs looking down

Stairs looking up

Master bedroom

Master bedroom shower tile

Master bedroom tub (Yes, it gets used!)

Living room

Family room/office

Kitchen/dining room

Front door

Night dining. Table has since been replaced with a Stickley table.

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January 5th, 2010 at 11:05 am

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