I thought it about time that I gave an account of a very busy time for us. We have worked very hard these last two months to get out of our home on Benedict Lake. The large workshop, the AV studio and the 4,500 Sq foot home had to be packed up and parts sold.\n\nWe had an auction at the site on Saturday May 11. We were lucky as we had good weather. There was a carnival atmosphere with food truck serving hamburgers, sloppy Joes, and Walleye Sandwiches. 163 items in all were auctioned. We were only left with one pair of oars! The 1948 Willys CJ 2A Jeep was the high earner at $7000.00. The 1948 JD model A sold above its weight by $600.00 selling at $3,800.00. The new owner drove it to his 50 acre hobby farm near lake George, about 30 miles. He is over the moon with it, and has already plowed a field with a three bottom plow.\n\nThe 1958 JD 420 tractor did not make the money it should have at $3200,00. I think these tractors are so rare now that nobody knows what they are. It was bought by someone in Inver Grove Heights, and is just 5 miles from our new home. I have a feeling I will be looking after that tractor for the rest of my days.\n\nSome things went higher than I expected. The 8' grader that went on the 3 point hitch of the model A, that I built 20 years ago to grade the road and plow snow fetched $560.00. That was quite a bit more then it cost me to build it 20 years ago. The bidding was fierce. I had been alerted that its unique design had created a lot of buzz from the picture on the auction poster.\n\nAn how the gross take for the day, $20,800,00.\n\nTwo large furniture trucks rolled in on Friday morning May 17 and we filled both of them in seven and a quarter hours. The weather was dry but cold. This is now in storage. We exchanged contracts and got our money last Wednesday May 22 in Bemidji. The new owners have now moved in.\n\nThis move was not helped by the atrocious weather since the beginning of last September. It was snowing when I took the boat off the lake on September 30.\nThe winter was cold and set in in October. There was lots of snow.\n\n\n\n\n\nHuge snow banks pushed up by the JD Model A.\n\n\n\nIn Spring came the floods, which have not gone away. Most area rivers have been in flood for 2 months now. The lake is covering part of the lawn at our former lake home. Nice days have been few. Cold rains and mists have dominated. We have now gone though 9 months if unusually cold and turbulent weather. Today is the holiday of the first long weekend of the year and is regarded as the start of the summer season. However there is a continuous cold rain falling and we are on tap for another 2" of rain. We drove up to our home closing in Bemidji from Eagan and had cold driving rain the whole 250 miles.\n\nAll this has resulted in slow progress on our new home build in Eagan. The home an ICF which is poured reinforced concrete between insulated polystyrene forms which remain. We chose this construction because of rapidly escalating violence in the weather patterns and for reasons of energy efficiency. Homes and buildings have been blowing over literally on a daily basis across large areas of the US over the last several weeks, especially the mid west. \n\nThe footings were in late fall.\n\n\n\nThen the snows moved south to the Cities.\n\n\n\nStorm after storm slowed progress to a crawl.\n\nThis is the current state.\n\n\n\nThe rains have really hampered progress with equipment getting bogged and having to be winched out.\n\n\n\nThis is a view of the ground water lake from the back window.\n\n\n\nI have made the steel anchors for the generator, and the barbecue at my old shop. I have made a template for the air compressor tank and the drill press. That went in last week when the floor was poured.\n\nAt the moment all the wet weather is preventing the driveway going in. That is really hampering the sub contractors as it is hard to get supplies in.\n\nAs soon as the plumbing and HVAC ducting is in, I can get ready to start the wiring and framing of the new AV studio. This will be bigger than the last and have three rows of three seats each tiered. Ceiling will be 9' instead of 8'. I think it will be a really nice space.\n\nTorn down former AV studio.\n\n\n\n\n\nWe are to have the home move in ready at the end of September, but if the weather does not improve then it could be some time in October. It really is unfortunate that we have run into the coldest fall and Spring since records began, and one of the coldest snowiest winters. Unfortunately the projection is for a cold wet summer. I just hope we move in before the next snow flies!\n\nAnyhow it is an exciting project with a lot of innovative features and I know when it is all complete we will be very happy there. There will be no steps to get into the home from any entry and there will be a hydraulic elevator between floors from day one. A big factor in the design has been nursing home avoidance. This is an ongoing exciting project.\n\nI will do my best to keep you all updated, especially during the construction of the new studio, with pictures. I also have to build out an AV room for the new owners of our former home. So I'm going to be busy. I will try and post as many photographs as I can, as the build progresses.