The life of a Canadian living in California and practicing law at Adams Fietz. Missing Alaska almost more than I can bear, I am building a timber frame house in California to take home to Alaska in the summer of 2018. Timber framing, Family, the Outdoors and how America is quickly going downhill are all frequent topics.
So, I did something that I have never done before: I made this blog private. I expect it is temporary, so I won't go into the reasons why. Besides Google cache seems to get around the private blog (?) I hope I am writing only to myself right now. Life goes on. I got the usual assortment of chicks, like I do at the beginning of every April. I am remodeling the entire house, one room at a time. One way or the other this house has to go. It is just way too small. I am very, very busy right now. Big changes are coming to my life: huge. The house looks like a bomb went off, as stuff is out of the master bedroom and scattered everywhere. As usual, everything costs more than expected. Bill has been a huge help and the house, while it looks crazy, is going to be a lot nicer. I almost wish I had take a 'before' picture of the master bedroom but I would have been too embarrassed to post it. Even though this is private right now, I can't really write about what is going on in my life. Something has changed in me. I'm considering options and possibilities that I never thought even remotely possible. Kadee turns 5 in a few days (!!) and I can't wait to see where the next 5 years takes this family. It'll be interesting to see when, and if, I can make this blog public again.
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driveway in Sebastopol. From here, I have to drive them to the logging
site in another County. I have to learn how to assemble it. I have
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fit perfectly. Package hundreds of beams and other building materials. Arrange
for transport and delivery in Alaska (this requires getting a bulldozer on my
land to get a space big enough for big rigs to turn around). I need to
sell my house. I need to get rid of a lot of stuff and pack everything
else. I need to arrange for the safe transportation of my dogs,
including getting their health certificates. I have to arrange
space on the ferry. I need to get myself, my family and the ot…