OK, it’s not an antique from the 1940s or 50s, but from our own era: the 80s. I swear I had this exact portable tape deck/radio in junior high, and when I saw it for $4.99 at the local Goodwill, we knew it was just what we need to work on the camp. Especially because it takes batteries or uses A/C power (p.s., power cord was with it!), and we don’t yet have power at camp. So battery power is ideal. The tuner is great and the unit is just about spotlessly perfect, right down to the backside “Tape-Take Along”. Oh yeah!
We have spent most of our first 3 weeks of camp ownership cleaning. Mostly large, bulky, weird stuff left behind outdoors or in the cellar (the previous owner actually had cleaned out the living space for the most part). This weekend, despite frigid temperatures, a lot or work got done. Friends took about a half cord of cut, split firewood that had actually been nicely stored under cover. Then, thanks to Freecycle, someone came and took a large load of scrap and miscellaneous lumber, shelves, and other sundry wood. Supposedly he was/is coming back to take another load, which we gleefully tossed down the hill to re-fill the pile for him. We hope to be surprised with a mostly clean garbage pile next time we head out. One irritating find: a couch (yes, whole couch) was hiding under a lot of the crap. One more thing to get rid of…
More cleaning today. Much of the snow has melted and we could see the rug that we knew was underneath the badly hacked forsythia. No idea if it’s a decent rug, but we figured we’d let it drip dry and take it to the local rug shop to see if they give it a thumbs up or down.
However, it was pretty frozen into a giant roll, so we are letting it thaw in the (limited) sun in the yard so we can eventually unroll it.
We often have found that we forget to get good ‘before’ shots, so we took a nice panorama of the great room (future living, dining, kitchen. Missed the front door (south wall). This starts by walking in the door and looking left (west) then going clockwise.
Later, we’ll charm you with before photos of the ‘bathroom’.
Job 1: Make puppy comfortable.
Job 2: Open up the bedroom wall! There was clearly a double door here before; the previous owner closed it and moved it to the far end. Opening up this wall moves light through the whole cabin, front to back. Ahhh!