What Is This Blog About, Anyway?

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about my “voice” in this blog.  I know that the typical way to write a blog is to have a focus and a style that defines it so that people who are interested, know what you have to offer.  I planned to chronicle the building of my Tiny House Oliver’s Nest, at least mostly.  The thing is, I also wanted to somehow incorporate my always-present mental health issues, without making them the focus.  I’m not sure I’m succeeding.  The two are such different issues.  But, maybe that’s ok?  I’m a complicated person, so maybe it’s ok that my blog is a complicated place.  After all, even though I hope it’s helpful in some way to even one person out there, it’s mostly for me.   Summed up, this is what I hope for:

If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.

John Churton Collins

 

Hiatus

Same old, same old.  Weather is keeping me idle, at least as far as building is concerned.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the tarp, and it’s holding, thank goodness!  So the interior is basically dry for when it warms up and I can glue and otherwise lay stuff down on the roof. :)

I have been struggling with my mood disorder for a while now….I do believe the inactivity is contributing to the problem.  It’s a hard road sometimes, isn’t it?

I hope your holiday have been wonderful and will continue to be wonderful.

Take care,

Parker

Hey, The Sun Came Out!

It was pouring most of the day yesterday so I didn’t want to work on the roof and get it all wet again.  I didn’t much want to get ME all wet, so nothing was accomplished except some fine PC gaming.

Today however, the rain stopped and I took the opportunity to get outside and collect the roofing panels, clean them up (they’ve been sitting for a few months since I last cleaned them), and move them much closer to my work area.  It felt like the temps were in the high 50s, and for most of the couple hours it took, the sun warmed my back.  It was lovely. :)  I now have eight 10 foot panels to work with.

Before I can attach them, however, I need to figure out how to remove the thick black adhesive (?) stuck on the ends and around some of the nail holes.  It’s really chunky, will prevent them from laying flat against each other, and doesn’t play well with the liquid rubber roofing product I’m going to apply.  Luckily, it’s so old that I was able to chip off some of the chunks easily just be banging the edge of the scrub brush against them.  Hopefully the rest is removable also.  If not, I’ll be cutting away the ends with the black stuff.  I have visions of sprained hands and lots of metal cuts doing that, but I’ll do it if necessary.

As I’m writing this, I hear rain.  So happy I was able to work in sunshine.

I want to thank a reader/friend today for a donation towards this huge project!  You are awesome, and I appreciate the assistance very much. :)

I hope everyone’s Sunday went well, too.  Take care,

Parker

Not Much To Tell

Winter is coming.  Oliver’s Nest is not even close to being finished, although it’s nearly completely enclosed.  I was sick for a couple weeks, as in REALLY unwell, and mostly stuck in bed.  Lost some unwanted weight, so that’s a positive, right?

I’m at one of those difficult points.  Figuring out the best way to install the opening skylight.  I’m taking the process slowly, trying to tie each step into the next so the whole thing will end up strong, water-proof, and (hopefully) reasonably attractive.  I wish I had a table saw for some of the cuts I’m finding myself needing to do.  Having used one before, I know how handy they are, but they are also very expensive, and it wouldn’t be needed for most of this build.  So…persevering with my circular saw and lots of cursing.  The basic rectangular wooden base that will lift the skylight up off the roof is on, but of course, that’s not enough.  I know I need to figure out flashing (difficult when the roofing solution I’ve come up with can’t be done due to the weather), and I also want to devise a kind of padded bed for the window to rest on.  Hmmm.

I’m thinking about options for that.  Some kind of rigid foam that water can’t damage?  Does that exist?  Rubber “bumpers”?

NOTE:  The above was written a couple weeks ago, and I was so dispirited that I stopped writing and went to bed. Kinda kidding.  The following is from today.

Pretty, huh?  I agree wholeheartedly.  It's also cold and wet.

Pretty, huh? I agree wholeheartedly. It’s also cold and wet.

So much adhesive, everywhere, on everything, including me.

So much adhesive, everywhere, on everything, including me.

For the last couple weeks, the truck’s been covered with a giant, tough tarp which is thankfully keeping water from getting into the structure.  But I can’t let it sit through the entire winter without working on it, right?  So what to do, what to do….OK.  I called the company that makes the liquid rubber I’ve decided to use on the roof and WOOT it can be used in cold, moist weather!  Not hard rain, though, and that’s something that randomly, and often, occurs around here.  I’m going to be keeping a close eye on Weather Bug.  Also, the rubber can be used straight over galvanized aluminum roofing panels, which I have!  More cheers!

So tomorrow, even if it rains, I’m going to be outside working on getting those panels up on the roof (over 11 feet high, great) and deciding on their placement.  I already have the proper screws, so that’s not a concern.  This is a time I”m glad I have a boring, flat square roof. :)  Easy to cover with the roofing panels.  They will need to dry before coating ~ towels?  Lots and lots of towels?  Then I’ll cover the whole thing back up and wait for two or more dry days to be predicted, and…Rubber Roofing Crazy-Time will commence!

Please, wish me luck (and dry weather, and not falling off ladders).

Peace, guys :)

Still Sick But Did Get More Roof Enclosed Yesterday

The title says it all…and I didn’t feel well enough to take any pictures.  I guess I’ll be working in the cold and wet since it looks like I was sick through the whole last gasp of summer.  Not a pleasing thought, but eventually I’ll be past this stage and (kinda like childbirth) the pain will fade in memory and I’ll mostly remember challenges overcome and the personal touches made that went into making Oliver’s Nest my home sweet home.

I did find the picture showing the diagonal cut:

Here's the before.

Here’s the before.

Framing changes need to be made, but I like the look and now it's more aerodynamic.

Framing changes need to be made, but I like the look and now it’s more aerodynamic.

Interior Shot Of Angled Section

Yesterday I added the necessary framing for this angle portion, and covered it with plywood.

People are starting to take pictures and ask me questions when I’m out and about.  I want to encourage people to build their own Tiny Homes, and at the same time feel awkward about being social.  Fun times!

How To Donate To My Cause (If You Are So Inclined)

A couple of lovely people have spoken to me more than once about giving followers a chance to donate money to me.  I’ve been resistant, but….I’ve decided it won’t hurt to put the information out there, at least I hope not!  What with the Beast needing a little trip to the shop, and my scooter being semi-wrecked, and building Oliver’s Nest, and, you know, life, maybe it’s a good idea.  So, if you wish to donate, please look over at the right-hand side and you will see a Paypal “Donate” button there.

Please don’t feel I am asking you to support me monetarily, this is available only if YOU wish too! :)

paypal.me/coffeewitholiver

Be well!