1. Install the cell phone booster. Check!
That’s a small, non-descript box on top of the pantry. I now almost always can take and make a call or text, and often even get email on my smart phone. Dwayne still wants to do some small adjustments to it and needs to finalize it’s installation, but it works!
2. Install new kitchen faucet. Check!
It has a pull-out nozzle and adjustable spray, which is about 20 generations beyond the original model, and since we do not have a dishwasher, this makes the job much easier.
3. Install large screen TV. Check!
4. New Washer/Dryer. Check!
Look, it actually rinses and spins the clothes mostly dry! And then the dryer actually dries them…in under in two hours. It’s a modern miracle…and necessary for actually leaving the cabin before the last ferry leaves.
5. A new thermostat. Check!
I arrived at the cabin on a cold November evening and the main propane stove wasn’t working and the back up wall heater also wouldn’t turn on. Lots of phone calls (before my cell booster or my smart phone so I had to pack up all the kids and drive a mile down the road with a phone book), lots of time, lots of money, and ahem, once I plugged in the stove, the thermostat connected was broken.
6. Taking down the alders trees in the front corner of the yard. Check!
These trees were nothing but a caterpillar attraction, and a convenient way to litter our yard and our neighbor’s. Dwayne will eventually dig out the stumps, but it’s a first step in getting the yard to a more pleasant, less upkeep state.
7. Repurposing old wall heater space. Check! Since “we” (thanks again, Jim!) just did this today, it’s currently my favorite project. Since we took out the broken wall heater, we’ve had a big hole in the wood wall as well as a extra electrical wires. “We” built an alcove bookshelf to house the XBox, DVDs, and games and most impressively, installed an outlet in the hobbit hole to plug in all media behind the scenes. We were able to take out the tangle of wires and the old TV cabinet. I love it!
8. New deck. Not yet. In June, hopefully. Right now, there are about 3 spots that you almost step through when you walk on it.
Wow, cabins take a lot of…resources. Still like it, though!