October 18, 2009
Any suggestions on what to name our vintage trailer?
We’ve been tearing out the innards of our beautiful aluminum submarine. I’d like to draw attention to the orderliness of the trash pile we pulled from that metal slug. It’s without a doubt the most orderly trash pile I’ve ever been involved in creating. Hooray!
We stacked all the refuse in front of the barn. Ra took this photo of the overhang our barn had once upon a time. Now a mutant Honeysuckle has crippled it. There’s a live animal trap under there too…yuck. No animal at least.
I love that the small piece of land we bought includes a tiny barn! There’s something magical and wholesome about a barn in disrepair. As you may know, someday we’ll build a house on our land. Renovating the barn was our initial plan, but it would probably be cheaper/easier to build a new, simple home. Keeping the barn would make me happy. I’d love to fix it up enough to use for storage. Just having it on the land makes me smile.
If you dare brave tetanus, spiders and wasps you can climb through the wreckage of the overhang and into the second floor of the barn which is in surprisingly good shape. It’s beautiful in there. Sun shines through slatted wood that’s decades old. There are dozens of hornet and wasp nests along the ceiling, but they weren’t a problem, showing no interest in me whatsoever when I went in last.
We’re sifting through flooring options. Cork or bamboo would be lovely, but we’re not sure we want to drop 500-800 bucks on the flooring alone. We are doing this to save money after all, so we’re keeping an eye out for remnant hardwood on CL and the Habitat for Humanity store.
I think “The Slug” is a nice name.
October 15, 2009
Ra and I have been the busiest beavers in the whole dammed river. So we were in Washington DC for Crafty Bastards about a week ago. Figs made bank and had we an awesome time which is besides the point, but Rhonda had a great idea. Here’s how the conversation went:
“Let’s sell our house and live in an Airstream trailer for a while. We can pay off all of our debt, and it will be fun!”
“Alright!” <–that’s me.
When we got home we found the trailer you see above and bought it for $1,200. We’re going to completely gut it and rebuild it into a cute little place to live! I’m terribly excited about this project.
So my buddy Lee and I ripped out the fridge and the heater while our respective wives looked on. It was fun, but now there’s a pile of garbage on our land. I would be more concerned about appearances if our neighbor hadn’t left a toilet half buried on our land before selling it to us…oh and one time he lit a futon on fire on our property while we were gone. That makes it sound bad, but he’s really a nice guy.
There are magnets on the ceiling of the camper that hold the cabinets open! I love that! Too bad most of those cabinets will have to go away. I’ll post more as we fix it up!
Oh and Ra posted more pics on the Figs & Ginger blog. Check it out!
September 9, 2009
1. Re-watching the Office season 3.
2. Eating apples I picked with friends.
Oh and if you live in Asheville, NC I’m playing tomorrow night at The Grey Eagle opening for Vic Chesnutt. He recorded albums with A Silver Mt. Zion & Elf Power which is enviable. It starts at 9pm. I’d love to see you there.