Saturday, May 31, 2008

Got Trim?

Jennifer cut and placed the trim around the glass block...

...while I worked on the windows. Up until last weekend, I was furring out the frames to be flush with the wall, then insulating the airpspace around the frame.

This weekend I trimmed the jambs and sills first. The rips had to be nonparallel because the house and sheating are so messed up. Variance in width of up to 1/4" meant that I had to make a special jig for the ripping.

Jennifer cut the trim and installed it behind me (this is similar to an approach in CPU architecture called 'pipelining').
Three windows and some chair rails are done today. Two more windows remain. Once we finish them, we'll put in crown molding, hang the closet door, trim the doors, install the floor, put in baseboard trim, outlet covers, and hang a light fixture or two. Then Cara can move in!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More About Beacon

There are several old, abandoned manufactories in Beacon. I don't know what this one was for, but it is on the Fishkill at Madam Brett park.

This picture shows relatively new joists installed. What's next?

Along the side of the building is a new walkway constructed of plasticized wood.

This reminded me of a graph or chart plotting a company's rising sales.
Silly graffiti. Reminds me of my other two favorites, "CIGAR BOYS" and "Can you say mooolf?" They were in Syracuse, years ago.


Looking down the dock from the Beacon Sloop club. That's the Wood Guthrie with the tall mast. Not as famous as the Clearwater, but maintained for the same reason.

This was underfoot where I took the above shot.

At the Beacon Farmer's market a local craftsman showed his handmade boats. He does not have a website but he can be contacted at

I'll write more about the house, I promise.

The Fishkill

Many rivers in the area were named (something)-kill, by the Dutch settlers - Beaverkill, Spackenkill, Walkill, etc. The suffix means 'river' or 'stream.' Technically, it is proper to refer to them without the noun 'river' attached: "I went canoeing on the Walkill yesterday." People still do it, though.

The Fishkill was the target of PETA many years ago when, because of their misunderstanding of the name, the rabid animal-rights group asked the locals to rename the town and creek.

I will leave that story to speak for itself.

Here are some pictures of The Fishkill as it falls to sea level in Beacon.

This is an ATV stuck atop a waterfall with some other storm debris.

A bridge that has long been out but some locals want replaced.

Secluded spot.

Mt. Beacon in the distance.

The head of a small island.

Finally Afloat

I've shown lots of pictures of the Hudson river and Beacon Harbor from the land, here are some from the water.

Facing south from in front of Long Dock, Beacon. It was rough enough in the bare Hudson that I had to make sure Jennifer did not get washed over or we did not roll into a trough.

Beacon station as seen from the water.
A broader shot from without the harbor.

Hi Mom

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

This Year, Last Year

Comparing last this year (left) to last year (right). Man, we got a long way to go.