Making the best of a very cold, rainy day last week, Brian traveled with truck and trailer across the state line to Illinois to a large building supply warehouse. He went with lists, measurements, and a vision, and came back with ten windows and two doors for our small cottage.
In the building process, as in all areas of life, nothing seems to go as expected. In our case, the building we had originally planned to be a non-insulated “Summer Shanty,” is now shaping up to be an 18 x 20 foot insulated house. This decision was born of our desire to avoid moving out of a non-insulated structure next winter to find a warm place to live. As we fell more in love with the land, we realized we just did not want to have to leave! So all four of us will live VERY cozily in this tiny house for the next few years as we build our dream timber-framed strawbale home.
As a result of this change in direction, this summer we will be camping on our land. Brian has been busy as ever creating systems that will facilitate our comfort as we live in a tent. A water catchment system is in place, and three 50 gallon barrels await the next heavy rain.
…and our neighbors have generously loaned us their enormous nine person tent, which we will erect tomorrow.
And so we prepare for the not-so-faraway day that we will leave this cozy, well appointed home in the “city,” and move to our rustic tent in the country. And while I’m so excited to finally live on our land, a part of me is slightly terrified, wondering how in the world I will live with no electricity, no washing machine, no running water, no refrigerator, no internet service, and only a sporadically working cell phone. I guess this is what chasing our dreams will look like for a few months.