I just got a taste of off-grid life I’ve been dreading ~ no internet. I’m still in the middle of a city, and cut off from my life-line….
One of the consequences of choosing land way out in the wilderness is a lack of amenities. No easy-on power, no land phone lines, no internet (no 4g or even 3g). Spotty cell phone coverage. No fire department close by, nor police presence. I bought the property knowing all of this. Good thing I like simple living, right? Being certifiably nuts helps, too….
It took a couple days for the Comcast-free lifestyle to sink in…No Netflix?! No quick google searching? What’s going on with Pinterest today, who’s emailed me, what can I expect from the weather? Ack! Simple breathing exercises helped with the adjustment. Once the panic (seriously, panic) subsided, I remembered a precious thing ~ books.
Oh, lovely books. I have such a huge library, even after purging time and time again, that I don’t anticipate running out of reading material for years. However! Most of them are boxed up and stored away and not accessible in preparation for my future move.
I also kept busy with the build. The top plates are on, all windows and doors framed in, and some other details attended to. I used the time to revisit proper roof framing, too. So glad I have Building Construction Illustrated, by Francis D.K. Ching. I will use it again and again while building the other structures I’ll need.
I finally found and purchased a pretty sink. It definitely was a bathroom sink, but is deep and wide enough to do dishes in. Kitchen sinks are just not attractive to me, and seem to run either very large or laughably small. If not for living in this trailer, I’d not have known how important having a big enough sink is. I’m totally over wanting a “cute” tiny kitchen sink.
Last, I unexpectedly located two more windows from the Tacoma ReStore. If I’d found the windows even a day or two later, too much would have to be changed in the framing, so the timing was very good. I decided to move the two 4-foot, non- opening arched windows from the loft and replace them with the new, openable (is that a word?) windows to allow more air flow and cross breezes. One of the arched windows is now framed in over the french doors. The other is being kept for a planned add-on once Oliver’s Nest is in place on my land. I love that the addition will sport an identical window, tying it in with the original space. Oh, and the new windows I found? $25 each. Brand new. Same brand as most of the others I have, too. Very big smile on my face.