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Birthday skirting

Framing trailer skirting

There's nothing quite like a round of adversity to make you appreciate how good you have it. With temperatures rising above freezing for the first time in over a week, diving back into the skirting project became a breeze. Without even pushing ourselves, Mark and I managed to frame up one long side of the trailer in two afternoons.

Evening up the ground

The hardest part about the framing endeavor is the fact that the ground isn't entirely even along the trailer's length. Mostly, we dug out to make smooth transitions, but at the end Mark built up using a cinderblock instead.

We're taking a bit of time off to celebrate Mark's birthday today (happy seven squared!), but hope to put up the metal on that side by the end of the week...just in time for another cold spell to hit. Maybe blocking the wind will at least count for something as winter weather returns!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Happy belated birthday Mark. Hopefully today with the warm temps you will be able to get more work done on the skirting before the storm that's to come this weekend. And I hope you guys fare wall with the pending storm. I am certainly not ready for it to come.


Comment by bleueaugust Thu Jan 11 09:40:23 2018
Guess I didn't read that very well. I see you are taking Today off to celebrate Mark's Birthday so Happy Birthday Mark. Guess I shouldn't read when I haven't been to bed yet. Anyway Hope you do something fun and I look forward to reading about it.
Comment by bleueaugust Thu Jan 11 09:49:42 2018
Happy Birthday! It's my birthday too!
Comment by Candace Lebel Thu Jan 11 16:10:54 2018

Jen --- You were actually right the first time. Mark's birthday was yesterday...but we observed it today because that's when his Mom was available. (I was vague in the post! :-) )

Candace --- Thanks for the birthday wishes and happy birthday to you!

Comment by anna Thu Jan 11 18:29:59 2018

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