October 16-17, 2004: Cathie's Cabin
One of many trip reports by Alan Silverstein.
Last update: March 9, 2008
From: Alan Silverstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 18 Oct 2004 10:54:21 -0600
Subject: another weekend at the cabin
For your amusement, here's a short retelling of Cathie and my weekend
cabin trip... We spent 26 hours up there, and it's amazing again how
much we got done, and how much there was to do.
We decided not to rush, so we didn't even leave home until 1 pm
Saturday. With food and shopping stops, we didn't reach the cabin until
after 6 pm -- with sunset at 6:20 or so. We drove my truck so we could
haul up a round-table base and four chairs, and bring down seven bales
of insulation accidentally bought too narrow.
It was a gorgeous fall weekend. There was a high wind warning for the
mountains, but it was only gusty at times. The leaves were all gone at
10,000', but there was still plenty of pretty foliage in Denver and on
the way up US 285. It got below freezing overnight, but we were warm
enough with the woodstove. Mid-Sunday it was 70 in the cabin with the
stove fire dying down and the doors closed, and probably 60 outside. It
was cold and windy enough Saturday night that I didn't bother with an
Between the two of us we did all of the following!
Rearranged the woodpile to separate the pine and aspen (having realized
that when stocking the fire for the night, pine is much preferred).
Mitigated many woodstove smoke leakage problems -- installed a metal
baffle, painted it black, and sealed all around with chimney sealant.
And I possibly destroyed a cordless drill with metal filings -- it's
arcing, glowing, and smelling now, need to open it up and see if it's
salvageable. (Nope, it wasn't.) Also while trying to fix it, I broke
an already dysfunctional metal slider for a stove door vent.
Disassembled the old picnic table that came with the cabin, and
assembled and installed a round table. (Later we reassembled the
picnic table, and we still use it; but now we carry it onto the porch
upon arriving, and back into the living room before leaving!)
Liquid Nailed screws tighter on four chair seats for the round table.
(Not so easy as it sounds...)
Constructed and installed metal and wood shelving (3' x 16", five
shelves) in the back room.
Installed two pre-hung doors in doorways inside the cabin, and put door
handles in them.
Finished caulking the exterior, mostly under the eaves, and touched up
four-year-old trim paint where it was needed.
Caulked edges of white countertops, and also kitchen floor tiles at
cabinets, along with installing baseboards. Glued the island cabinet in
place with Liquid Nails.
Extended a subtle trail at least 100' further, all the way down to the
distant northwest corner of the property. With Cathie's OK, I'm
starting to clear and mark (with lengths of old aspen trees) footpaths
through the woods around her three acres. There are sections of natural
deadfall (mostly aspen trees) that are hard to get through.
Shared Irish creme and chocolate on the futon sofa in front of the
woodstove, now with very little smoke in the cabin.
Saw a big elk on the back acre of her lot, and heard owls screeching
(no, not elk bugling like I first thought).
Took a 40 minute walk at sunset through the woods and around the French
Pass Circle loop. Indescribably quiet and beautiful, with a view at one
point 40 miles away to distant hills.
Just before leaving, coated some tile a second time with incredibly
smelly grout sealer.
(Forgot to mention in the email: Expanded polyvinyl hose for sink
Our projects are really coming along. This time we didn't intend to
work so hard or stay so long, but it was very fun and productive. We
didn't leave until 7:50 pm, and drove nearly straight home at 10:20 pm.
We are putting finishing touches on many projects. Major remaining
chores for the next year or so include...
Cut down and rehang (easier system) two of the three window shutters
that we close when we leave.
Stain a lot of cabinets and doors.
Insulate and drywall.