So much has happened since the last post. Life has been messy and so full (in the best of ways, of course!) We have been swamped with bus things (never-ending) and summer vacation (road trips, camping, mountain biking, visitors from France, swimming in the lake etc.) And then I encountered some computer technical issues (still unresolved :(! If anyone knows how to reset a MacBook USB drive - please help me.) So I'm here on tBOY's PC...
WE ARE IN THE BUS!
Yep. You got it folks. We are school bus dwellers :)! How did we get here? Let us recap in photos:
|So. As planned, the gravel did arrive the next day. But...|
|it was the wrong type of gravel (of course!) It was too fine.|
|So we had to wait until the next day to receive the right gravel :(! tBOY rented a compactor and got to work. His arms were shaky after a couple hours with that machine - eeks!|
|And power came!!!|
|Our bus cleaned and ready for our stuff!|
|After the couch and chairs were moved in.|
|Some kitchen stuff put in. And testing the lights and plugs. They all work!!! Phew :)!|
|View from where the bed will be at the back of the bus.|
|Bed put in! Look at the view from our window. We're right in the Forest! We can touch the leaves if we stick our hands out the window :)! (Well. Almost.)|
|Our first night in the bus.|
|Our stove still has to be converted from natural gas to propane (hopefully next week). So for now, we are semi-camping. Cooking with our camping stove.|
|Most of our stuff has been moved in! (The bed will be raised when tCarpenter returns so we can add more storage space - and then all our stuff will be on the bus!)|
|Everything fits in the kitchen cabinets and shelves (as planned and designed by yours truly!)|
|Tea collection above the counter.|
|The wooden cubbies fit nicely onto the shelf. Current paint job is: Circa 1990s done by siblings at ages 6 and 9. I bought some fabric to cover and redecorate them (will post pics of the finished craft project). It's time for something new!|
|All the glass jars of goodies fit nicely on the shelves.|
|Front of the bus.|
|Our coffee table converted into our kitchen table/desk. Structure built over wheel well designed to maximize leg room (ingenious tCarpenter design!)|
|tBOY bolting the composting toilet in the bathroom.|
|I can't believe I'm going to say this, but... Thank goodness for our composting toilet! |
When we first moved in 2 weeks ago, we didn't have running water.
All we had was electricity and this composting toilet!
It has been wonderful. No smells!
So that is us and the bus! We now have running cold water. The water heater has to be installed. We have someone lined up for Tuesday - right when we get back from our camping/climbing trip that we are leaving for tomorrow. This guy will also convert the stove to propane so we can cook!
Oh. And we did our first load of laundry today! No leaks that we know of - phew! The spinning was rather violent though, so we need to find a way to pad the floor and make sure nothing falls off the shelves whenever we do a wash!
Apart from living in and loving our new home..
|We have been hosting tBOY's cousin from France by taking dips in the lake to keep cool...|
|Riding bikes and then eating lots...|
|Going on a long & tiring (but tons of fun) road trip!|
|To meet my cousin for some crazy Oregon Country Fair silliness...|
|Where I got some lovely pottery for the bus!|
|And met many people who live in buses! (These are our people!!!)|