Because I told SWITBO I'd have fresh pictures

Got to the Quail Manor at Noon. Exactly as predicted by the GPS lady. Pulled in DnT's driveway (thanks DnT, at least the Volvo gets some shade). CtC heads down the hill and it begins. Then off to grocery. The off to take pictures. Long debrief with Al from up the hill. We used the new benches in the back courtyard. I think they are going to work just fine. Then off to dinner. I wore the server out refilling my iced tea, your Musist was seriously thirsty). Then home to unpack and settle in. Now musing. This Musist is fatigued.

Hotel in Elephant Butte was not bad last time I stayed there. Less not bad this time around. Air Conditioner was like an idling diesel. Alllllllll nightttttttttt longggggggg. Found a wet spot in the carpet that I had nothing to do with. Whole place smelled damp and moldy. Then found a dead bug. Transcontinental flashbacks. Up the road in Truth or Consequences, NM 5 minutes is a Holiday Inn Express. Elephant Butte is off the team. Try T or C next trip down.

Mike the New Framer (MNF) has been hard at it. Seems the bad old stem wall is a pain in the ass. It is neither straight nor level nor even. MNF and crew are having to stick build the walls by cutting each stud individually to length. Not any fun. Also come to find out Jake (the Architect) has spec'ed us a seriously strong building. If a normal house would have 2 studs nailed together at a door way, we have 6. No structural worries if we add a second floor. 

Hard to see from the pictures. The Quail Manor is small as hell. But the ceilings are freaking high!. At their lowest, not quite 9 feet. There's hardly any rooms that have any other dimension that is 9 feet. If we did add a second floor, may have to use ladders to get to it. Not sure we have any walls long enough to do stairs up that high...

Here are the pictures. Time of day was unfortunate for sun angle. Should be able to do better tomorrow. Also note the Haul 'N' Otis grading. Looks like they done good. And our concrete slab stairs look none the worse for wear...