Friday, October 28, 2011

Getting Ready for Winter and Knee Repair

Wow this month went by fast.
With my knee surgery looming October 10th, we wanted to get as much done as possible before it and winter, and at the top of the list was the cabin roof.

Here is the finished product.
We stripped the old shingles and pitched them into our trailer, a road trip to the Tofte dump followed.
The steel roof went up very well, we completed it on the 8th, traveled to the cities on the 9th and I had knee surgery the next day.

Before the surgery my doctor had told me to expect a 2 to 3 week heal up time but being the finely tuned athlete that I am I knew in my heart I'd be good in a week,
Hell it took 2 weeks just to get off the pain killers. I'm not sure when I'll be able to kick a 50 yard field goal but it's getting better.

During the 1st week as I healed, I mounted the electric motor on the auto focuser

Photo of the focuser.

Other projects on light duty included building a jumbo bird feeder.

It mounted nicely to the corner of our deck.

Also completed the computer order with our IT guy Barry, who did us an outstanding job getting our main desk top configured. We did have a small communication barrier, but the Georgia accent doesn't show up on the emails and that helped a lot.
Barry, I can't thank you enough for the help, you are a stud and there is a little something being shipped to your house that I know you"ll like.

Last but not least we also started mounting the electronics keeping the center open for the new dual monitor coming with the new computer.


  1. Sounds to me like a return visit to Costa Rica should be in the plans. If I remember correctly those little pills the local pharmacy gave you made your knee feel 100%! I showed Ash the computer pictures and he's psyched to go back to the cabin and see stars on Papa's computer. Hope the heeling continues quick!

  2. I haven't seen the old cabin, but it does seem pretty nice. The steel roof ain't a bad idea, as it requires less maintenance than shingles. Well, at least you can take the cabin roof off your list of things that you might have to work on over the next few years.

    Rolf Matchen