Rain, rain, rain. It has been raining quite a bit and contrary to what one might think it is actually helping make my driveway less of a muddy slip and slide adventure. I think it has pretty much thawed to the point of good drainage. It must have froze deep. It has taken a good long while to thaw. There is still plenty snow out there on the high peaks and even piles of snow remain in parking lots down in town.
Perhaps it will all be gone by the time it gets cold and the snow returns next week. This long drawn out melting really is not the more attractive side of winter.
The mud outside is not of much interest. The mudd inside is looking mighty fine.
One more day of mudding prep work and then the texture is scheduled for Monday.
Drywall mudd like most construction glues, caulks, paints and salves has a preferred operating temperature. Part of this job has involved heating the interior of the cozy cabin. It has been most delightful to see the inside temperature rise to a steady 64 degrees with a small 1500 watt electric heater with a thermostat to cycle the heater on and off. Fear of leaving an untended heater prevented me from trying for a higher temperature.
With the addition of a second small electric heater, the inside temperature has been raised to 70 steady degrees. I like that one small heater is not trying to carry the whole load.
The melt worthy outside temperatures were a big assist I am sure, but it has been nice to see the cozy cabin's insulation doing a good job.
I simply do not have the fortitude of the people who settled these mountains. I am spoiled and need an insulated house. I am all for as much self sufficiency as possible and being prepared for an emergency, but I could not live or die like "the wild man of Cataloochee." Rest in peace Arley. It is obvious you were loved.