It’s curtains for you!

October 27, 2016

After constructing and installing a storm door last year, the Achilles heel of the cabin was the windows, warmth-wise.  No more.  Lynne made some nice wool-backed curtains to keep the heat in.  I made the funky curtain rods and brackets out of maple and northern cedarimg_0056



March 30, 2016

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I often stroll up to the cabin just for the hell of it.  It’s fun to see wildlife, or evidence of wildlife.  Today, I noticed a lot of wood chips at the bottom of a dead tree and thought, pileated woodpecker. I couldn’t resist giving the tree a little shake and out popped two squirrels from a hole, the source of the woodchips.  One went scrambling to the top of the tree while the other, literally, FLEW past me to another tree.  Yup!  a flying squirrel in action.
Deer and coyote print abound and Lynne captures their owners at night with her wildlife camera.  We also see turkeys and grouse (I love to hear grouse druming).  Barred owl calls are common but I distinctly heard the ​different ​calls of two saw-whet owls the other day.  Wood thrush — my favorite bird song — are often heard in summer.
Once there were some large, feline (I think) prints which must have been bobcat.  I saw a pile of bear poop (surprisingly human-looking, minus the tp), not far from our bird feeders.
When we have a campfire at dusk, we sit and watch numerous bats silhouetted against Iron Mt.  That’s good news because many have died in the Adirondacks.
And then, of course, there’s this rare species:
Andre gave me this Dadasque sculpture.


November 20, 2015

I might as well accept it:  The Cabin will never be done.  Here are a few of the things I’ve done in the last year or so.

This is my Big Buddy.  When (not if) I get up in the night, if I’m lucky, I throw a couple of logs in the stove.  If I’m not lucky, I have to restart the fire which takes a while and is not that much fun at 3 a.m.  I installed a damper on the stove pipe, to slow down the fire, but it’s not enough.  So I bought an unvented, propane heater.  Works great.  All I have to do is turn a knob and back to bed I go.  The “unvented” part is a little scary so I now have 2 carbon monoxide alarms.  There’s also a safety shutoff on the heater.

No cabin is complete without twig work.


My brother Bill grew, cut, planed, and helped me install the loft, cabin, and porch floors.  I juggled the few remaining tongue and groove pieces and, miraculously, had enough for a storm door.  My chief helper, Lynne, glazed the glass.  Hanging a door in a cabin with no right angles is tough (“cattywumpus” according to Bill) but I managed.


I bought some weathered boards in Vermont for a bed in the main house.  I may use my favorite wood, white cedar, for the 4 bed posts.  Unlike the cabin, the bark will be left on.  Haven’t figured out what to do about storm windows.  I don’t think I can make them.  Who knows.

Ever since seeing a picture of a “vent” in a leanto

I’ve thought of adding one to The Cabin.  Obviously, a vent in a leanto is gratuitous and was probably cut by hunters who were using the structure as a hunting blind.  But it looked much easier than adding a window.

It gets hot up in the loft after stoking the stove in the winter and, likewise, it gets chilly during the wee hours in the summer so I wanted to be able to open and close the vent from bed.  Lynne didn’t want it over her head on her side of the bed so it had to be on the other side of the cabin.  Voila, a remote system that actually works.

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OUTSIDE for closing it snugly


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INSIDE for opening

I thought this blog was done but I can’t resist posting this link.  A friend, Doug, came up for a visit and brought along his drone.  He took this great video of The Cabin, which includes a bit of drama at the end.

The Ultimate Test

January 2, 2014



Just for the hell of it, we decided to sleep in the cabin last night to see if it REALLY lived up to expectations.  It reached 8 below and we were comfortable all night, albeit with several re-stokings by yours truly.  

After calling the fire extinguisher company, I discovered extinguishers don’t like really cold temps so I’ll probably have to get a new one and keep it in the big house until it’s time to go up to the cabin.


December 4, 2013

We’ve spent about 4 nights in the cabin and I’m happy to report, it works!  Last night the temperature got down to 22 F.  I stoked the stove before falling asleep at 11 pm and we were still warm enough at 7 the next morning.  Yeah!   Fortunately, we haven’t had any little, furry critters for company.

But we saw this big, furry critter yesterday while driving home:

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The bobcat crossed in front of us and hung around the side of the road, checking us out while we checked it out (not our photo).


November 14, 2013

After gouging myself in the back — twice — I put up some red cedar edging on the wood shed metal roof.  The “Posted” signs on my neighbor’s land are gone, thankfully.


I saved the bark from some of my favorite trees, the northern white cedar, and stapled it onto the floor headers and joists for a faux log look.   The log in front of the porch keeps the rain dripping off the roof from making a ditch in the ground.  I feel a little bad because it’s such a nice, straight cedar log.



Views from the Cabin

November 12, 2013

Lynne and I have been spending quite a bit of time in the cabin, just hanging out in front of the toasty $50 wood stove.  






The Loft Railing

November 12, 2013



The bed is super comfy but.I’d like to get rid of ALL the mice before spending the night.