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My kingdom for a heated workspace! (Or: why I've been scarce around here lately)

I've been spending less time than usual on EM recently, and here's a big reason why. It's both good and bad. But mostly good...

(Google Streetview image of "the shack")

Some of you may recall my perennial, bitter complaining about how my various projects grind to a halt each year once autumn sets in and winter looms: I wished I had an insulated, heated workspace. Wah, wah, wah.

Well, the good news is my problem is solved! And simultaneously, many new problems were acquired!

I bought a piece of property in town with an old garage on it, part of which is insulated and has a wood stove. And get this: it's large enough to park 5 (five!) Suzukiclone-sized objects inside! And theoretically many more outside! (But hopefully I won't go there.)

The newly acquired and truly ironic problem is that now I find myself spending my tinkering time tinkering on the building itself, instead of on the vehicles.

The garage is pretty old (guessing ~60 years), not particularly well-built, with several additions glommed on over the years. It's not quite in immediate danger of falling down, yet without exception, every person I've met in the neighbourhood has asked, "Oh - you bought the old Lavergne garage. When are you going to tear it down?"

(I'm guessing their concerns are more aesthetic and property value-related than structural.)

While it may not be about to fall over in the next wind storm, it's definitely in need of plenty of first aid, which I've been administering, slowly.

So once the leaks in the roof are patched, and some windows replaced, and the stove relocated, and the issue of no electricity sorted out, and the "porch" straightened, and some wall sill plates replaced, and several doors moved, and the asphalt driveway cracks sealed, the soffits and fascias fixed, the mice evicted, and the siding repainted, and the brush trimmed back, and the grass cut & leaves raked ... well you get the picture.

Once all those things are done, I'll be able to once again spend my tinkering time on vehiclular modding!!!

(That is, if I quit buying junk that I can park inside the shack. Like this. And this. And several other things I haven't photographed yet...)

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