Our Northwoods Cabin Journey (3 Viewers)

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My uncle decided to sell his Ranger UTV, which was really the only means he had for getting around the property. It makes me suspect he’s not planning to come up all that much? His health is continuing to decline as well. He’s just not taking care of his ”good” leg, which is how he lost his other leg.

We we’re negotiating the purchase of the tractor, and he was very reluctant to sell. We gave him some space (time), and he just agreed to sell it to us (along with ALL the implements (snow blower, box blade, rake, tiller, bucket, forks, etc).

We are heading back up this weekend to complete some minor fixes (and get in some MTBing and ATVing).

Looks like we are on track to close early to mid October. All the financing is approved, we are simply waiting on the property appraisal, which should be a no brainer considering the deal we are getting.

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I think your tractor is sexy.
 

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I think your tractor is sexy.

my uncle loves his John Deere stuff.. in fact he had a diesel lawn tractor up there as well. He indicated he was going to leave it up there for mowing, but has since indicated he’s going to trade it in on a new tractor for his own home.

This leaves me with the need for a new mower. It’s 2.5 acres of mowable yard. And my uncle claims it takes 2+ hours to mow on his diesel lawn tractor. But he has a JD Z turn mower (w/ 300 hrs) at his current house he’s willing to sell to me for $3k. Said it was 6500 new, and going rates for this tractor used, with these hours is $4k (That’s what I’ve seen online). Seems like a deal. And my uncle claims his zturn mows in half the time. Said it’ll mow the cabin lawn in an hour-ish.

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Looks like your uncle is cutting you a pretty sweet deal on the mower.

You might be able to mow it in an hour, but I'm not sure you'll want to - those guys can be a bumpy ride.
 

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my uncle loves his John Deere stuff.. in fact he had a diesel lawn tractor up there as well. He indicated he was going to leave it up there for mowing, but has since indicated he’s going to trade it in on a new tractor for his own home.

This leaves me with the need for a new mower. It’s 2.5 acres of mowable yard. And my uncle claims it takes 2+ hours to mow on his diesel lawn tractor. But he has a JD Z turn mower (w/ 300 hrs) at his current house he’s willing to sell to me for $3k. Said it was 6500 new, and going rates for this tractor used, with these hours is $4k (That’s what I’ve seen online). Seems like a deal. And my uncle claims his zturn mows in half the time. Said it’ll mow the cabin lawn in an hour-ish.

Stock photos of his mower:

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Snap buy. I ended up buying a Zero Turn Mower for my acre yard and it is frigging amazing. It takes me 40 minutes to mow with it whereas a push mower was almost 2 hours. I literally bought myself the most important commodity, time, every single week. Even better is I put on the headphones, and have a lot of fun zipping around the yard while doing it. Win win. Mine cost me 3.5k for a 54“ Craftsman and to get the bagger that has would be another few hundred dollars.
 

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My first thought when I saw the Star Trek mower with the two levers instead of steering wheel is how fun would mowing the yard be with that big boy! The service does my yard with one…and we have 1/2 acre and they seem to be moving at gocart speeds.
 

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So many people decided to buy a 2nd home last year. The market is still insane.

Let’s watch what happens in China. It’s may spill over into other real estate markets. I think Canada may get hit.
 

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Up working on the cabin this weekend. Little projects right now, as we haven’t closed on the property quite yet.

next trip up will involve installing siding on toy garage, which have never had siding on it. Thus this trip, we started staining it.

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We are also trying consolidate the various wood staged around the property. There at least 4 stashes of lumber around the place, and my uncles idea for current storage was to simply lean it up against the wall, vertically…. and then won’t leave a dehumidifier or the air on during the humid summer heat…. He’d wonder why the boards were all warping.. lol.

I installed a lumber rack in part of the detached garage a couple months back, and it worked great. We did a smaller add on to that, and cleaned out the toy garage of 40+ 2x4’s and tons of other boards. so two of the four stashes of lumber are organized. We still have an entire large stash of lumber and flooring to store from the utility room.. my uncle was telling me the reason I shouldn’t move the last stash to the garage racks is the humidity and warping..

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another task was to install closet organizers in the two lower level bedrooms, we went cheap (ish) with these closet systems. These were nice rack closet organizers, but I can see the appeal of wooden closets too… the one shown is from out bunk room, and we anticipate shooters guests staying. Other closets were installed taller… lol



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well, there’s a lot to do, other odds and ends we need to get dialed in. Mrs Honda got to drive the tractor today. She seemed to like it.

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my uncle is leaving a surprising amount of tools behind, pretty much everything you see in the wood staining garage photo above, plus tons in the lower level utility room See below. This utility room was one of the wood stash locations. we gutted this room of all the nonsense and garbage and cleaned it up, and reorganized everything. You couldn’t even walk in there.. now it’s fairly clean. My uncle was having spasms.. like an episode or hoarders when they can’t let go of trash, lol…

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The closing dates keep getting pushed back, and I’m so frustrated with my lender I’m ready to pull out every dollar from all my accounts with this bank.. but we finally have a closing date scheduled, and we are back up at the cabin working on projects. i keep telling myself positive thoughts…

We will be installing the siding we stained last trip, and we’ve already painted some of the interior and such. as always, we took some time to take in the beauty (although we missed peak colors… :(

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Spent the day siding and getting internet installed and run to a secure closet (where our camera hub will go). i also took the drone up for some aerial pics.

yay, we have internet!

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We also installed the last of the closet organizer systems, it’s not fancy, but it serves its purpose.

We did take the time to paint the closet first..

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Place looks great, leaves should start turning in the next few weeks too. That will be a beautiful view over the lake.
 

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Place looks great, leaves should start turning in the next few weeks too. That will be a beautiful view over the lake.
Sadly, We missed the peak colors by about a week. Leaves were actually 95% off a number of the larger trees.
here’s pics of the trees from last year.

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Well, the adventures continue…

Up again this past weekend for more projects. On the agenda was installing wired POE security cameras around the entire exterior. I wanted every entrance and important property feature covered. Eight cameras in all.

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we had to run wires up in the attics, and there are two attics (actually three) that required climbing into to run the cables. On a buddy’s advice, I snagged a spool of cat 5 cable and a bunch of tools to create patch cables (where the supplied 80’ cameras didn’t cut it).

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we did find some time for fun (And adventure)…. A friend (and fellow poker player) agreed to help out over the weekend. In exchange, I wanted to make sure he got some fun adventure time…. We went ATVing, and shooting… and we took him out to various local restaurants.

one adventure was ATVing, which took us down some very familiar (yet wet) trails. at one such familiar puddle, we encountered a totally hidden muddy sink hole. Ridding along in 9”-12” of water, and suddenly our side by side drops into a hole. Our SxS is submerged to the point that Mrs Honda and I are sitting in freezing cold muddy water to our chests…. Unsure how, but our SxS is still running… my buddy is behind us riding an ATV (he avoids disaster). Between Mrs Honda and my buddy, we get the winch tied around nearby trees. The winch and controls are completely submerged in muck. Somehow I’m able to fumble around get the winch to operate. After extricating ourselves from the sink hole, we are able to limp back home (hour ride) with air temps in the 30’s and in soaking wet clothes (brrrrr). Upon returning home, we were greeted by the most amazing sunset…. Wow!

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we failed to take pics of us stuck in the sink hole, but we did get some pics of our SxS before cleaning it the next day. There’s an inch of packed mud/clay covering the floor boards, and over everything.

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after cleaning out the ATVs, we hit up the range for some fun shooting stuff. My buddy sighted in his deer rifle, and I needed to test out my “carry” gun that got submerged the previous day. Yes, there are very few times in northern WI I don’t pack heat (cuz bears and such). Anyway, my gun had mud in the barrel, and though I cleaned it right away, you always want to test out your equipment that you might depend on in life threatening situations. All was well, and we wrapped up the weekend!

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The cabin is coming completely furnished! Everything in the cabin comes with the sale…

Going through the kitchen cabinets this weekend, the wife found a shlew of great appliances.. from a “Salad Shooter“ to this beauty! I love the avocado green!

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