I can’t believe it has been a full year since I made a post to our blog. I have much good news to share. We have moved out of the semi-truck trailer!
Not that we didn’t love our cozy home on wheels, because we did. But life goes on and changes come as well.
We left our new homestead last November after our pipes started to freeze, but before that we prepared the ground to put up a metal shed 20’x40’ with southern exposure. The main reason was we weren’t ready to leave. The fall weather turned out to be as delightful as the summer. We wanted to stay for the winter as well, but realized quickly the trailer was only set up for southern deserts not high frigid mountain tops. To stay any future winters we would need a winter shelter as temperatures on the Continental Divide can drop below zero.
A three man team showed up and within two days we had an insulated shed. There was nothing else we could do but dream about the home we would build in the spring.
And, dream, or day dream was more like it, I did! Every night I would lay and think about how I wanted it to look, how many windows it would have, etc. Thanksgiving Day 2016 we moved back to the Arizona desert to spend the winter.
My sister Carol and brother-in-law Rodney came for a camping visit which was terrific fun! We also camped by old friends on the Colorado River, and the winter finally went by.
March provided a warm spurt where our property was, so we decided to make a run for it as we were eager to return. We made it just in time before there were a couple of snow flurries, but luckily our pipes didn’t freeze again.
The truth be known, there was a whole lot Tal and I didn’t know about building. We lucked out and found a handyman with an extensive contractor’s background. Thanks be to all that is good!
The handyman was our saving grace as he knew a lot about home building, plus had the many tools it takes to build a home. As it turned out the job was made more difficult because we were building it inside a metal structure. Footings had to be poured for a floor and a section by section framing structure was designed. It was not easy work, being in our mid and late 60s, but we persevered and worked right along with the handyman. We started the project May 1, 2017.
The main thing I learned about building is that everything is heavy! The wood planks are heavy, the plywood is heavy, the counter tops are incredibly heavy, and so it goes.
Then there is the matter of perfection. There is no such thing when it comes to building even though we tried our best.
Tal set up water tanks and dug poly-pipe lines, as well as setting up the solar, and running the electrical inside the house.
We referred to the building as THE SHACK, so named after the book. The only inspiration for such a name being that in the book, God is living in a shack in the woods, and I thought that was cool. We could live in a shack too!
With all the mistakes and having to use the cheapest of materials and appliances which also provided many imperfections; it really is a shack. Though it turned out to be a very nice SHACK!
We are very thankful to our handyman who led the way and did work that was beyond our strength. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish the job as other work pulled him away. However, he did help us to a point where we could finish, albeit not as well as he could have done.
Still, THE SHACK has turned out quite lovely, is very cozy, and promises to keep us warm over the 2018 winter, and many more to come.
We moved in Oct 7, five months and one week after we started the project.
To celebrate, I cooked a turkey dinner and had a few friends over. Tal and I agree that life is pretty grand right now.
Again, we are finding fall as lovely as the summer, and we’re looking forward to winter snow.
We wish you a wonderful autumn and many happy tidings for the coming holidays.