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Almost Finished Woohoo!

Posted by Jeremy on July 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Maybe a touch of polyurathane here and a touch there, oh... and a little trimwork in the kitchen and I'll be finished.  Oh wait.... there is that pesky thing with the hot water heater.  Everything works fine but the direct spark to the burner for propane ignition doesn't seem to be working.  Or, maybe I'm not letting it do its thing long enough.  I will be more patient tomorrow and see what happens.  They say that it may take several trys the first time just to clear the line of air.  They mention a ECO switch that has to be reset after the third time, but haven't found any such thing yet.  There is a soft rubber cover behind the grill (outside access) and it says reset but I don't feel any switch behind it when I push on it.  Humm...  I was able to light my burner on the drop in range and little fireplace.  That was sweet :).  I lack the funds to get a sufficient Inverter and Charge Controller for my solar panals so that will have to wait.  I bought one of those 45 watt kits from Harbor Freight and although the panals themselves seem to work fine, the control center that came with it went dead on me.  It's a bit fragile I think.  I saw a 1000 watt Inverter (modified sine) at the Tractor supply store for $139.  That would probably be sufficient for my application.  I have also seen charge controllers for about $80.  These bits and pieces eat away at my monthly income and only hold me back from getting on the road. :(  Anyway, little things like some kind of window coverings (blinds, shades etc.) with maybe some vallances and those nifty littlej puffy chairs that Jay Shaffer shows in his little house would be a nice addition.  Also, a few theme worthy and tastful wall pictures or something just to make it look homey (stuff that won't fall or the wall and break during transport) would be nice too.  My sister passed away a few years ago with cancer.  She was a great interior designer.  Wish she were here.  She'd fix it up nice for me.  I'm a clutz when it comes to the finery's of living.  Hehe

What's next?  Ahhh... I'm starting to feel the stress (sigh).  Where to take and make my home.  Home is where the heart is, is a true saying, but my heart can be found where ever I am at so again location location location is the question.  All that's needed is a spot where you feel safe.  I don't ask for much, just a little piece of heaven would be nice.  A little corner called paradise sounds heavenly too.  A few nice people and a couple of friends and you are there wherever there may be.  Our good friend who calls himself the "solar man", (wrote a great book called "Off the Grid" by Lamar Alexander) a true homesteader if there ever were one,  told me not to jump on ebay to buy an acre of land, but to travel the country by way of the many BLM's and public camping facilities.  If you find a place that you really feel good about, then search that area for a piece of land that suits ya.  Probably good advice.  Until I become a seasoned RV'er I fear that truckstops and Walmarts may be my destiny LOL.  But why I ask you... after jumping into the tiny house on a trailer bandwagon, did they have to raise the price of gas to an unbearable expense?  Don't they know that it takes a thirsty gas hog to pull a tiny house on a trailer around?  Well, I don't have to pay rent and I don't have to pay too high a tax, but I still have to give it away to the oil companies.  Alas!  When do we ever win?  Non-the-less I suppose I'll see you on the road somewhere down the line where tiny house meets tiny house.  I'll see yours and you'll see mine and maybe for a moment, we'll feel free :).  Isn't that what it's all about anyway?

I will be leaving this site up til next year no matter what.  I think I may use it as a blog to chronicle my adventures.  We'll see.  I may put photos up if I find a place that is photo worthy and hopefully you all can send me emails and comments.  I think that would be rather cool.  If you have any ideas about all this, please let me know.

Hope you all have enjoyed watching my progress.  It wasn't as easy as I hoped it would have been, but it was a labor of love.  All in all I'm proud of the way it turned out.  I'm in debt and I'll be living on the edge for awhile, but soon enough it will be paid for and I"ll be able to rest a little easier.  Life is short as you well know, but for awhile I'll be able to call this one my home.  Hope you all find your home also and I hope it will be filled with joy and peace.  In this tiny stretch of space time there is a place for us all, so let us all find our place and make it count.  Don't worry about tomorrow and waste no time contemplating the past, for right now is all that matters and this moment is all there is.  :)


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2 Comments

Reply olive seeker
3:21 PM on January 8, 2012 
amen, Jeremy on your last lines.
Reply Matt
4:50 PM on February 5, 2012 
One question Jeremy,how long did it take u to build the house.

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