Good things are happening, and they are happening fast :-) If you would have asked me a couple weeks, ago, though, and I would have had a different story for you.
Remember those old boards I was going to pull off of barn? With weeks to plan: I gathered a crew of friends together, borrowed my folks horse trailer + SUV, then drove an hour through winding Driftless country. A cute, old barn lay nestled in a hillside, and we were allowed to pull off barn boards around back. We pulled off giant doors and worked together to walk them down the hill to set against the trailer. We started yanking out old rusty nails and planning which boards to circular saw in half later to save from water damage. It was exciting!
Until a neighbor walked down the hill and told us to put everything back. I thought he said his name was Bryan, but later I learned it's something else. (I can't remember his name now, so I'll just keep calling him Bryan.) Apparently, the barn and super sweet owner (Tracy) live on community property. Bryan, a community member, let us know that not everyone who lived there had been informed. And more importantly? They might want to sell the whole barn to a contractor someday in the future.
We were disappointed (understatement). I had to keep reminding myself I am not entitled to this barn wood, I am not entitled to this barn wood. So we hauled everything back, and headed home to Platteville after filling the gas tank back up.
When we got home, Tracy texted us and apologized for everything that went down and said she hadn't thought about insurance and liability issues. Apparently, that's what Bryan talked to her about (but didn't know how to bring it up with us). In the end, I don't blame either of them. For years, Tracy had been told that the barn was her dilemma to deal with, and yet community living is a delicate process that requires lots of communication to work. Miscommunication is crazy easy, especially when you are juggling a whole lot of life.
So moral of the story? It's not my barn! It was just a missed opportunity that made me come up with alternative plans for my flooring, exterior & interior siding, and ceiling. If this is the worst thing to happen during our tiny house adventure, I'm so okay with that.
So enough of the aww :-( and more with AWWW!!! :-)
First off, Janet is the best <3 I'm so glad she's on this journey with me! Plus she's just so good lookin' using power tools :-D We used 10x14" shelf brackets to create lumber racks in my garage (inspired by this Ugly Duckling House blog post). Lots of leveling, drilling, and putting in screws. We fastened the couple with nails which was silly because: 1) HOLY LOUD GOOD OUCHIE GARAGE ACOUSTICS, 2) took longer, and 3) wouldn't be as easy to take with me next time I move. Plus power tools are super fun! Getting the shelving brackets up felt wonderful.
My dad drove my trailer full of previously reclaimed lumber (throughout the years!) to my garage. And holy cow, he's got mad trailer skills. I'm so thankful for him and can't wait till I can back up a trailer into equally tricky places!
My roommate Olive plus my friends Nate & Billy helped me unload half of the lumber before I had to jet out for work the next day. But then it rained and some of the water worked it's way past the tarp I put up. Uh oh! If there's anything I've been learning -- BE WARY OF WATER! (I lost some lumber earlier this summer to mold when my garage floor flooded a bit and I didn't have all my first load put away yet.)
What to do with so much damp lumber? Janet helped me lay it all out in the sunshine for about a day and a half, which really helped. We got it all put away on the long wall of storage and IT WAS SO EXCITING!!!! Almost everything now (besides a stack of pine logs I need to learn about milling + a sheet of drywall) is transferred over from my folks barn, ready to be inventoried and dreamt about. Check it out!
So I'm actually going to do this blog update in two posts, cuz it's just so long. And what if you're only interested in the next part? BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST EXCITING!!!!
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle