Photo date: February 11, 2024. See header image archive.


MVC Kickoff Postponed to 2024

Due to several factors beyond our control, we decided to delay starting the MVC (Minimum Viable Cottage) build until 2024.

What this means for you, dear reader, is a bigger focus on birds, tree felling (known as "lumberdacking" here), wood stacking and stickering, and preparations for the ski run, including rope tow hardware and engineering. It will probably also lead to at least one and possibly several more pivots on our plans for the MVC.

So, let's get to it.

Here's the entrance to the back bowl. This initial run has been cleared down to the gorgeous white pine in the distance, which is about 250 feet long with 65 feet of vertical drop. It's roughly the halfway point. It's ready for ❄️. Anticipating that I flagged some of the bigger stumps and rocks I couldn't remove by hand.

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Here are our kitchen shelves, along with the some 6" stock for our pocket door slabs. The initial idea was to have these being floating shelves, but 2" x 12" solid oak will demand beefy steel brackets (and probably a steel-reinforced wall).

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Here's our 1-by material so far. It's flooring and cladding for all the walls and ceilings. There is lots more still to be milled.

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For the Birds

As I've aged, what I've lost in knee cartilage I've gained in old-person hobbies.

For the past 3 or 4 years I've been really into birds. An Audubon Society membership, of course, along with local Chapter outings, feeders galore, native plants and trees, a heated bath in the winter; the whole 9 yards.

In Minneapolis it's pretty run-of-the-mill: sparrows, chickadees, finches, cardinals, bluejays, hummingbirds, robins, and a few different woodpeckers.

At the lot it's like I'm on a safari, discovering birds I've never seen or heard, and some I've never even heard of.

Using the amazing Merlin app, here's what I've heard so far this spring and summer. Just too fun!

(Side note: Help our friends. They need it. If you're not already a member, join the Audubon Society.)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Red-eyed Vireo

Wood Thrush

Scarlet Tanager