This is the sill plate, securely attached to the foundation with some foamy/bubbly sealer stuff in between to keep out the drafts.
This is a sneak preview of the next post. The lumber lying on the ground in a UPC symbol pattern is actually our back basement wall. From left to right, it features a french door, window, and single door. The first two are part of the guest room/art gallery/dance hall/great room, and the latter leads into the mudroom. This week's weather has provided ample mud for us to track into the mud room, and it seems to be taking it very well. On a more serious note, the town of Marengo, which is a bit northwest of us, is experiencing its worst flooding in 40 years.