Hobbits have been living in the four Farthings of the Shire for many hundreds of years. Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the big folk…..
What’s actually hard to believe is that Hobbits are still alive today! They have come to realize that they don’t want to have anything to do with big folk and have collectively disappeared from view if you will. It is very rare to come across a Hobbit, let alone find one of their homes. They are quick on their feet and silent as they walk. (The bottoms of a Hobbits feet are hairy.) They also can hear big folk coming a mile away. The only reason I was able to find and talk to a Hobbit was because I smelled his tobacco. Yes people. Longbottom Leaf. The best pipe weed from the four Farthings of the Shire……
Hobbits. Ya gotta love them.
Oh yeah, before I begin, I don’t know why I didn’t mention this last weekend:
So we had a little barbecue last weekend. You know. The one where my Mother-in-Law made the ribs. That one. Yeah. So early the morning of the barbecue I go out to the pool to see how it looks and I notice the pool gates open. (Jude forgot to close and lock the gate. Good going son.) As I step up to the gate I notice that right in front of me there’s a raccoon drinking the pool water! Whoa! The raccoon turns and looks at me and says, “Ya got any saltines.” To which I replied, ‘What the heck are you doing out here during daylight hours!!!! Do you have rabies??” I then yelled something like hit the road. He turned and went into our cabana area. I figured if I left and came back in a couple of hours he would probably be gone. Of course I was wrong. Later on I yell at him again and he runs into our bathroom. (We have a bathroom out at the cabana.) This isn’t good. But it’s the fourth of July weekend and they’re selling fireworks for the first time in New York. Not good fireworks just the cheap stuff. I’m thinking I’ll get a smoke bomb and smoke him out of there. How’s he going to stay in a smoke filled room?
Okay Jim, let’s not make this too long we’re all getting old here.
Hold on there people there’s a moral to the story if you just bear with me.
So I go to the dollar store and by 6 smoke bombs. They don’t call it the Dollar Store for nothing. I think I got the cheapest smoke bombs in the history of smoke bombs. More smoke came out of the match we used to light the smoke bomb than the smoke bomb itself!. We tossed all six in there. The raccoon was now in a deep sleep. So Jude says, “Let me go to the real fireworks place and get a smoke grenade.” So I said ok. He comes back with this grenade that looks like a real hand grenade. Now the Editor is worried. As usual. I mean we can’t have a barbecue out at the pool with a raccoon in the bathroom, right?
So we’re on the back porch of our house and I ask Jude: “So how do you light this grenade. I mean do you pull that pin and it just goes off? Did you read the instructions?” No, he says. The guy at the store said you pull the pin and then you light the fuse with a match.”
Then he pulls the pin.
Remember the scene in ” Apocalypse Now” when the guy is messing with the smoke bomb on the boat and they’re playing Jimi Hendrix in the background. Well we had the same purple smoke bomb go off on our back porch….and I wasn’t singing “Purple Haze.” (And this thing was the real deal! Not like those cheap things from the Dollar Store! Smoke was everywhere!)
Moral of the story: Read the instructions and don’t trust the dope behind the counter.
Final outcome: I opened up one of the siding boards to the bathroom, locked the door and chased him out of the opening with a stick. He was glad to be gone I’m sure.
Whew. Hello? Anybody still with me???? Is it Christmas?
Oh yeah. Almost forgot. There was a problem with the website for quite some time as far as leaving comments is concerned. It’s fixed just to let you know.
Hobbit houses. Yes, we now have water people. They put the system in on Friday. Check it out.
I have to hire a stone guy real soon. I might even put a temp bathroom in. The reason being I had “to go” so to speak and got to my Mother-in-Law’s house and could not get in.(She lives about two minutes from the Hobbit house) She changed the lock on me! Could you imagine? That led to a series of rash decisions that I’m not going to get into here. Not right now anyway. It involves breaking the speed limit in the Village of Pawling and sweating profusely if you’re interested.. But I’m not going to get into all that here. Like I said.
Can you believe she had the nerve to change the lock on me?????????????
Couple of other things to note. I started the second layer of plywood on the hallway. It was a little more difficult than the first layer because I needed to put the first sheet on centered over the center line of the hall. The men of Bree showed up to give me a hand.
Pretty cool. That’s all natural light in there. It’s pretty bright.
I also did some air sealing cause I have a blower door test scheduled for Thursday. Hopefully that goes well. I air sealed the corners of the Hobbit house with a special sealant called Contega HF.
You have to wear gloves when you use this stuff. And take your time.
This is the one weak spot in my air sealing assembly. I’m not sure if this is going to do the trick. We’ll find out Thursday.
Oh, check out this picture I took. It’s a little fuzzy cause the camera doesn’t do closeups that well. It’s a spider’s egg sack hatching with the baby spider’s coming out.
Yeah, it really is a lousy picture. Sorry about that.
So the plan is to start the exterior door trim assembly next week. And possibly the exterior insulation!
Have a great week and I hope you are enjoying the summer!
A couple more photos for the road.
Pretty elaborate. I’ve never really seen a nest quite like this one before. Where’s Sally H. when we need her?