Of the Finish…..And the Burden of the Ring

They were once men. Great Kings of men.

Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them nine Rings of Power. Blinded by their greed they took them without question one by one falling into darkness. Now they are slaves to his will.

They are the Nazgul. Ringwraiths  neither living or dead.

At all times they feel the presence of the Ring. Drawn to the power of the One. They will never stop hunting you.


Aragorn explaining to Frodo and his companions about the figures who are following them.


So much blindness these days…..and little in the way of questioning.


Hmmmm. No need to go there Jim.

Welcome to the little oasis we call the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog. It really is nice to have you all back once again. It certainly has been a long journey hasn’t it? It certainly has been. Not that it’s over yet cause it isn’t but I am certainly seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I don’t hear the sound of a train. It must be the end of the tunnel right? My hearing isn’t that good to begin with. Or as the Editor would say, “You’ve got to get your ears checked!!!!!” It is true. I have tinitis. I really do have trouble hearing and my wife has a very soft voice. I wind up saying , “EHHH!” way too much.

The ringing in my ears never stops.

Where were we?

Oh yeah finishing up the Hobbit house. Yeah well I’ve sort of dropped the ball a bit this week with the pictures. My fault as usual. It’s because I’ve started listening to a lot of classical music over at the house. I got the Spotify playlist thing going. So I turn it on and I get kind of lost in my work so to speak. Forgetting that I have a blog to write. I think I do a little better when people are working at the house with me. I always try to take pictures of the people working there. Terence was on Spring break this week so he stopped by a couple of days and Ethan was there once.

So many little odds and ends. I really wanted to take a series of picture of how I set the linear drains for the showers. It’s really a great little system. (I forgot to take pictures of what I did though. Sorry.) It’s Schluter. That’s the system. The waterproofing system is actually incorporated into the drain itself. I’ll take a picture Monday morning. Somebody put a lot of thought into this. Pretty cool.

It’s funny. I worked 50 hours over there this week and I really can’t even tell you what I did. The main event was the siding on the North side of the house. It’s weird but I feel like I didn’t really work too long on the siding. Terence did more than me I think.  A couple of pictures

Terence working the middle section of siding.

Actually this is a picture of something Terence noticed while he was working. The ever elusive Pawling stinkbug!!!!

The Elusive Pawling stinkbug.

Yes people. And it isn’t even spring yet.

Terence pulled a Spider man on me and actually crawled up the side of the house to try and catch this critter. check it out.

Terence crawling up the side of the house.

Never knew he could do this.

Must have learned it in college I’m guessing. Or maybe he got dosed with something in Chem Lab.

Ethan showed up the next day to break down the tarps we had up and help set up the scaffold for the finish.

Terence and Ethan setting up the scaffold to finish the siding.
Scaffold set up for the finish.

It was cold out this week!

The finish isn’t easy. Especially over the windows. Double cuts on every piece. a couple pictures.

Over the window siding.
Terence doing his thing.
Getting to the top.

I think I can finish the siding in two days. That would be clutch right now. I have the interior doors coming Monday as well. Got to get those bathroom doors on for privacy purposes. Very important. Hobbits like to take their time in the bathroom without having to worry about big folk barging in on them.

You get what I’m saying.

I started up the HRV this week as well. Looks like I wired everything correctly. Very cool machine. Makes hardly any noise. And seems to be functioning correctly. I signed up to get it commissioned by Zehnder on line. Hope to have that done in a few weeks.

Anybody hear a train whistle?

See you all soon. thanks again.


For those classical music lovers out there. The playlists I have. Telemann, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Hayden, Handel.

4 thoughts on “Of the Finish…..And the Burden of the Ring”

  1. Hi Jim, Don’t know if you heard the latest news flash…..(AP) Punxsutawney Phil, the King of the Ground Hogs was found dead this morning of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after predicting an early spring. “That’s the last shadow he’ll ever see.” said the responding Deputy. Relatives, who wished to not be identified, said that the funeral will be private.

    • Yeah, how’d the last Nor’easter hit you. We got next to nothing. They closed school and it didn’t really start snowing till 6 that evening. I think we got 2 inches. Guy at the lumber yard told me we were going to get 18. Thank God we didn’t. I have a lot of outdoor work to do.

      Take care,

  2. Hi John. Yeah. Definitely bracing for this next storm. I can’t believe it. I have the “Ride of the Valkyries” on a movie theme playlist. It’s good for morale.
    Thanks for writing as always. Hope you don’t lose power.

  3. Hi Jim, House is looking good, but what? No Sibelius? No Wagner? Surely Wagner’s Ring Cycle would be appropriate for a Hobbit House….what say you? As always, best wishes, hope the weather breaks soon, another nor’easter seems to be on tap for tonight………….john


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