Pretty much everything is out of cabin one and the demo is beginning. Some carpet has been ripped out, some walls have been investigated (we’re taking this baby down to studs!). Many gross things have been discovered.
Originally I was going to spare you all the aforem”gross things” but realized then that you won’t be able to fully grasp or appreciate the drastically amazing progress without them.
That mold I mentioned from the improperly installed wood stove and stove pipe? That’s the result. We wear masks inside, don’t worry.
The husby started getting happy with a sledgehammer. The smaller hole to the right near the floor was rodent created. So nice of them to help!
As we progress, my eye twitches and my mind goes a bit crazy. Not with thoughts of mold and mouse droppings, but with the misalignment of things. The window isn’t centered in the wall, and the toilet isn’t centered under the window. Ugh! We can’t move the toilet but we can move the window and put shelves to the left so everything is aligned for my OCD mind.
The sink and mirror aren’t aligned either (and this is the last of the previous owner’s belongings to purge).
The carpet is starting to be removed. The floor in the bedroom addition is pretty perfect. Awesome.
Thankfully there is no asbestos tile like there is in cabins two and five, but mastic… fun!
Snakes? Long story short, use no more than four squares of tp at one time when using the toilet or you’ll have a significant plumbing issue to interrupt your day. (AND before you pee outside, especially if you’re a lady, look for snakes. Tip: just because it’s not moving and it looks dead, doesn’t mean it’s dead. I met my first foot-and-a-half long baby snake two days ago.)
Our first dump run pile is ready to load up and get out of here (except we gifted our truck to our old Portland neighbor so this will require a bit of thought and planning).
A lot of you (family in particular) are surely thinking wtf are you thinking!? But a) this is the grossest cabin and we’re 1/4 of the way through and b) we have never in our lives found more stunning land than what we have here. Ah, and c) (the biggy!) we’re so happy here!
(I may not be proving my point entirely with is this pic, but a wasp was swarming our faces. Trust me, I’m happy!)
Even our angsty 14 year old boy is elated to be living here, even in a tent and with limited privacy. (We have fiberoptic internet now which certainly doesn’t hurt either.)
At the end of the day, we live in paradise!
With deer, hawks, eagles, turkey, rabbits, and other beautiful creatures. And so not so lovely ones too, but I’m accepting the balance.
We already have a small abundance of food (two Bartlett Pear trees, a Gravenstein Apple, blackberries, lemon balm, all kinds of stuff!)…
The nights are beautiful beyond words with a million stars in the sky. We can even see the Milky Way on clear nights!
Oh, and our pup couldn’t be happier either!
The gross is temporary. The beauty is forever. ♡
I’ll just leave you with this thought, shared with me by a beautiful lady friend of mine: