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Grey's Bootcamp Journal

 
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Bro! Great meeting you and thanks for making my time at WL awesome:)
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BRK #61 : Holiday Cheer

There's a reason for the holiday season: keeping the winter blues away. The Bootcamp celebrates a plethora of "Half-assed" holidays, during which half the day is spent doing something a bit different. From putting up lights or shelves, to making a quilt or heating the house up to 80°F, we keep each week interesting with our own unique, themed holidays.
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This beauty will be used to cover a window on cold winter nights.
This beauty will be used to cover a window on cold winter nights.
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For supper, a delicious quilt-inspired dish of homemade tri-color ravioli
For supper, a delicious quilt-inspired dish of homemade tri-color ravioli
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Made one loaded pizza for a tropical holiday, and enjoyed leftovers for several days more.
Made one loaded pizza for a tropical holiday, and enjoyed leftovers for several days more.
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Apparently I am a groundhog from Pennsylvania
Apparently I am a groundhog from Pennsylvania
 
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BRK #62: Cozy Red Cabin

Here at Basecamp, the premiere structure for rent is the Red Cabin. I had the supreme pleasure of hosting a guest for a weekend, during which time we stayed in this humble abode. Before my friend arrived, however, we made some major improvements to the insulation and sealing in of the remaining walls and ceiling. With some attention to detail, the wood paneling aesthetic also got bumped up a notch or two.

I had a good time with this job, and all the work certainly paid off.
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New paneling on the right, old paneling on the left
New paneling on the right, old paneling on the left
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To get a nice seal, we used kraft paper on both sides of the rock wool batts
To get a nice seal, we used kraft paper on both sides of the rock wool batts
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Most important, to keep the heat from floating out through the roof
Most important, to keep the heat from floating out through the roof
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The fiberglass insulation was repurposed, not bought. I'll hopefully never have to touch the stuff again.
The fiberglass insulation was repurposed, not bought. I'll hopefully never have to touch the stuff again.
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All warm and bright
All warm and bright
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This is the place to be
This is the place to be
 
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Oh man - I bet its really warm and awesome :)
I was blessed to be part of the magic :)
 
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Grey T. Klein wrote:BRK #62: Cozy Red Cabin

Here at Basecamp, the premiere structure for rent is the Red Cabin. I had the supreme pleasure of hosting a guest for a weekend, during which time we stayed in this humble abode. Before my friend arrived, however, we made some major improvements to the insulation and sealing in of the remaining walls and ceiling. With some attention to detail, the wood paneling aesthetic also got bumped up a notch or two.

I had a good time with this job, and all the work certainly paid off.


How is Mud's coaxial venting working in the red cabin?
 
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BRK #63: Making as I Go

There's plenty of time outside of Bootcamp to do with as I please. I love it when I'm able to acquire a skill while also making something that'll be useful or enjoyable. Here's a few of things I've completed recently!
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Framed a mirror that was forgotten in a closet
Framed a mirror that was forgotten in a closet
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I attempted a round wood stool, but the end result isn't stable enough for sitting, let alone standing on. Learned from my mistakes
I attempted a round wood stool, but the end result isn't stable enough for sitting, let alone standing on. Learned from my mistakes
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Spoon carving is a nice way to unwind at night while tending a fire.
Spoon carving is a nice way to unwind at night while tending a fire.
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My Arrakis sign was actually made during boot time, but it's worth including!
My Arrakis sign was actually made during boot time, but it's worth including!
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My birthday tradition starting this year
My birthday tradition starting this year
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Better than cake?
Better than cake?
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You decide!
You decide!
 
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Monday March 21, BRK #64: A Nu Year

It's the first day of spring, and at Wheaton Labs, it's the first garden day of the season! I sowed seeds in my two patches and cleaned out some dead plants left over from last year.

In the afternoon, Kyle and I made strides getting the Solarium ceiling insulated. It's a dirty job, but we'll reap the benefits of doing it. Spending less time running athe heater at night and waking up to a warmer space in the morning will make it worth all the rock wool dust.
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Tuesday March 22 BRK #65: Garden day 2

We all seeded peas and potatoes at the Abbey. Some of us cleared dead brush, and some used pine boughs to macro-mulch areas of exposed soil on our hügels. As with Basecamp gardening, here we pick our patches to focus on. It is in these hügelrific zones that the artisan's choice takes precedent, so long as no forbidden materials are introduced. The specifics of how a gardener gardens is what makes gardening a passion, and within the confines of our chosen garden mounds, we Boots are granted space to explore this passion for ourselves 🌱
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View East
View East
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View West
View West
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View Northeast, standing on the driveway
View Northeast, standing on the driveway
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Here's where we left off.
Here's where we left off.
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A job such as this...
A job such as this...
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Sometimes calls for cutting corners
Sometimes calls for cutting corners
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Some great tacos were had tonight. Welcome, Mark!
Some great tacos were had tonight. Welcome, Mark!
 
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View Northeast, standing on the driveway

This position will warm sooner and help an early planting but will overheat in afternoon sun in summer so a second planting would be better on the other side.
 
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Wednesday March 23, BRK #66: Well Done!

This morning I had an exciting ride up to the Lab an our beast of an electric assisted bicycle, The Crimson Crimcycle. It's intended for Boots commuting back and forth, so right now that means Caleb. Lucky for him, I forgot the power brick to charge the thing, so he got to enjoy a ride to Basecamp to fetch it and back to charge it at the solar Leviathan. Jeff oversaw the installation of the Lab's long-awaited well 🥳🎉 while others chopped a couple of trees (almost).

Most of the afternoon was spent just trying to help the well guy get his 11-ton truck unstuck from the muck. At this, Rex succeeded where tractor failed. In the remainder of the time, I used the tractor to fill the last of the trench preventing road access by vehicles.

Hans Quistorff wrote:

View Northeast, standing on the driveway

This position will warm sooner and help an early planting but will overheat in afternoon sun in summer so a second planting would be better on the other side.


You're sure right about that. Maybe if the peas take off, I can train them up a trellis to make dappled shade for a summer planting on the South side.
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Off to a good start
Off to a good start
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She in deep
She in deep
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Too much for this tractor
Too much for this tractor
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Buttery pasta white sauce with leftover taco fixings
Buttery pasta white sauce with leftover taco fixings
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My secondary garden patch at the Abbey is a horseshoe hügel with a South aspect, which we call a sun scoop. Starting with scant organic matter
My secondary garden patch at the Abbey is a horseshoe hügel with a South aspect, which we call a sun scoop. Starting with scant organic matter
 
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