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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home: Thor Builds a Sauna Fit for a Nordic God

Progress continues on our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea, as Thor builds a sauna — a feature he considers essential for a home.

Thor keeps worries at bay by always making sure he has projects to build (heaven help us all if he runs out of things to build and places to put them!). Ever my hero-husband, he has spent many months recently driving me to cancer treatments and generally taking care of things while I’ve been disabled. But there were more hours he had to fill, so it was time to build us a sauna.

The back stretch of our near-acre lot after the house-building was a mess of bulldozed rubble, and we decided that major landscaping was beyond our abilities. Landscapers started with my idea for a berm and a tree “grotto” to provide a calm, sheltered area that would also give shade during the summer. Here, Thor sets out the footprint for the sauna and its deck:

Bulldozing and grading commenced.

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2 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home: Thor Builds a Sauna Fit for a Nordic God”

  1. Wow, what a great history of the project. I’d forgotten how much work it was. It does feel amazing though; getting cooked and then chilling on the deck by the burbling water.

  2. Hmm, my reply didn’t show up. Thanks again, hero Thor! Sauna is such a great way to relax and cleanse/detox. Then cool off and listen to the frogs and occasional coyote chorus.

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