Where is the winter in the Northeast? As of January 31, 2015, there has been little measurable snow and little bitter cold to deal with. Let's see what El Nino has in store for 2016. There will be an election in 2016 so the main show and several sideshows have emerged. The volley of words (including personal attacks) is extreme; and I sure hope some of the real issues that need to be addressed will be debated. There continues to be much unrest throughout the world as good families are being ravaged by war and power struggles.
Through the spring and summer of 2015, Dave Mathiason and Bill Ball continued to work on Mathiason's Southern Tier Retreat adding a wood stove, interior walls, kitchen, plumbing, electric, and finished ceilings. It is at a point now where if the winter does decide to set in, Dave has it pretty nice.
Ed Schoen has been building homes since 1976 and writing about them since 1997.