Still No Progress

I haven’t written lately because there’s really not much to write about, and I’m depressed. The lavender shed is still here. Every week I email the shed guy and tell him which days in the following week are forecast to be calm, with winds under 10 mph. He never responds. This is a windy area, and spring is the windiest time. Lately we’ve been having 3-4 days a week with winds between 15-50 mph, and the neighbors tell me April is the windiest month! I can hardly wait to experience that.

I have just about concluded that I’m not gonna get a house this spring, it may have to wait until fall. I cannot work in heat! And for me, “heat” means anything over 75 degrees. Lately I’ve been calling it my “imaginary” tiny house, because I’m beginning to wonder if it’s all in my head.  Here’s the current floorplan. (It changes constantly!) It’s an 8×8 with a 3×7 bump-out for the sofa/bed. I like this idea better than having a Stage 1 8×8 and then a Stage 2 6×7 bedroom because I’m afraid I’d never get around to building Stage 2!

(Each square = 6″)

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I did get my 275 gallon water tank, yay! But it’s just sitting there too. I want to put it up on a platform about 3′ tall so it will gravity-feed to the house and I won’t have to buy a 12V pump that will use up my battery power. I got an offer of an old porch that would work great as a platform and am waiting on that.

I built an ugly compost bin out of some of the pallets laying around here. It’s not pretty but it’s functional.

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I’ve also been working on a big pile of sticks that are in my future front yard. I don’t know why anyone would do that; most of the pile is little sticks and twigs less than a foot long! But there were also some big tree limbs in there that I had to cut up into lengths that would fit into my burn barrel. Last week I worked about half a day burning a lot of the little stuff. It’s pinon wood, like pine, and it burns hot and fast so all I had to do was re-load the barrel every 10-15 minutes. The pile has gone from about 2 1/2′ high to about 6″ high now, and there’s just a whole lot more of the little sticks to pick up and move over to the burning area. I wish I had a wheelbarrow!  I had fun cutting up the bigger limbs with my handy Dewalt cordless reciprocating saw. It’s almost as much fun as a chainsaw!

I’ve also been working on moving the big unsightly pile of junk that came out of the gutted old travel trailer that was here when I bought the place. It’s spread out over about 20′ of space and it’s taking up the best garden space, so I’ve been piling it all up at one end, instead of having it spread out so much. One of these days I’ll have to borrow the neighbor’s trailer and take it all to the dump. I’m just not sure I can lift some of the bigger pieces. The other neighbor who made the mess PROMISED she would clean it up. “Trust me”, she said. Yeah, right.  Have you noticed, the people who say “Trust me” are usually NOT trustworthy at all?!  Funny how that works.

I am very excited about having a garden, after three years of wandering! I hope I will be able to stay here all summer to tend it, but it’s very possible I will have to take the camper and head to higher elevations once it gets hot. This camper is a hotbox without A/C, that’s why I was so anxious to get the tiny house built before May.  So I’ll just have a very small garden this year. My back won’t allow a regular garden; I have to use raised beds and I can’t afford to spend very much money on building them this year Maybe I can build one 4×8 raised bed.  I hope to have a couple of straw bale gardens as well. They’re cheaper; $10 a bale for the straw compared to about $20 worth of lumber plus a lot of bags of soil for the raised beds, but the straw only lasts one season.  I planted a bunch of seeds yesterday but probably will end up with only 3 or 4 plants of each thing, due to the space problem. Some things I can plant in Dollar Tree planters, like lettuce and herbs.

I have been getting up way way too early! Roxie is awake and wanting to go outside at the first sign of light. Usually it’s before sunrise even; there’s just a thin line of light at the horizon.  We have amazing star shows here at night; I love taking Roxie out for “last call” and staring up at the sky.  We are 130 miles from the nearest big town (Flagstaff) so we have very dark skies and gazillions of stars.

Here are a few Amazon links to products readers have ordered recently. Feel free to use these links to access other products at Amazon. And thanks!

Carpet of Snow Alyssum Seeds

Premium Reversible Dish Drying Mat

Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer

 

 

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12 Responses to Still No Progress

  1. Kay Dattilio says:

    Wow! You are so brave and hard worker to do all of that yourself. Did you get the lavender shed from a business? If so, can you call them and let them know it’s time to pick it up?
    Be careful, Kay

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  2. janispaqu says:

    Oh they know it’s time to pick it up; I email them every week about it!

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  3. Helen says:

    Did you pay by check!! Contact your bank and the BBB.

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  4. Lynn Dinger says:

    Is there an option to renegotiate the price and keep the shed? Maybe they would make a substantial discount because of their errors and cost to them to come and pick it up.

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    • janispaqu says:

      I don’t know, but I don’t want to keep the shed! There are just too many things they did wrong that would make it really hard to keep cool in summer. Windows too big, only 7′ sidewalls, roof pitch too low, and no soffit or ridge vents. And other smaller problems.

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  5. Helen says:

    Well the power of social media is grand and can be done tactfully. I would make sure you do not continue to pay the monthly fee.

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  6. Renee from Idaho says:

    Hi Janis, All good advice! You’ve done your footwork, now the wait for them to respond. they may not be in a hurry because they have nothing to make out of the deal. If you report them to the BBB, the BBB will contact them and ask for a reply. That may prompt them to act.

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  7. janispaqu says:

    I feel certain they are waiting for another delivery or build in this area. Also I just checked the weather forecast and there are NO days in the next 10 when it would be calm enough for a pickup!! 😦

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  8. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

    Perhaps there is some Reason for this roadblock in your plans

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    • janispaqu says:

      Are you getting all Zen on me? I truly don’t know but at this point I’m not willing to make a start on the new house. I guess I’ll wait and see what happens with the lavender shed first…….though it is really messing with my Plans.

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