He did get a little farther, after I took the picture above, he put the plywood sheeting on each side of the bar, to cover the studs. The only reason (LOL) he knows how to make this bar is that he watched our framer make the one in our kitchen. I thought he had a slab to use for the counter top, but he does not, so he's on the lookout for one. People advertise live edge slabs all the time around here on Marketplace or Craigslist, it will just be more of deciding what we are willing to pay for one, haha.
Pay day today. I finally set my tele/internet bill up on auto pay. I don't know why I hadn't ever done that, I have just about everything else on auto pay. Holding back some in savings for upcoming summer propane fill - and then right after that will be the "winter pre-pay" bill. I called a few weeks ago to tell them I wanted to do the summer fill and they said the winter pre pay info/sign up will be sent out in August. I don't know when they are coming to fill up, as she asked how much we currently had left (40%) so she said since it wasn't too low, we'd be put on the schedule later. I think our neighbors do the same "program" as us, so they will most likely do it when they do both at same time.