Saturday, May 19, 2012

So I feel like we are making good progress, although things don't look too different. Lots of planning and thinking ahead (I already covered up 2 electrical holes that will be fun to deal with). But little things, like vacuuming out all the icky creepy stuff hidden in all the cupboards and nooks and crannies really makes it feel ready for all the next phases.

The weather has been quite warm, which makes us move at a tad slower pace. My hangover didn't help. I realized that I didn't pay close enough attention, although I had every intention to!, to how exactly things were laid out. I'm hoping that the little improvisations we make will work out ok. My biggest fear is that the shell won't fit on correctly. I also didn't measure the back window~where was my mind?! So crossing my fingers that we can use the lower back aluminum as a template and go from there.

I feel like we've done so much work, and we have. But in reality it's only been 15 days worth. I also know that soon after these big areas are done, I will have to deal with a million little tedious things that will probably take longer than I expect. Which is the fun part...But do I need a water heater? How does the electrical work? Do I need a vent for the refrigerator? Time for lots more research!

Today was the first day I used the Radial Saw. This one has been intimidating me. Watching that blade come at was threatening my fingers. It wants to eat them. It can find a way to jump over the wood and slash off every little one of them, I'm convinced. And we are so far away from a hospital. And then I won't be able to drive, or type. And how will I give my cat his medicine?  Ok, I'm not really scared, just a little trepidatious. Once Bob shows me the steps, not so much. Just have to make sure I don't get all cocky about it ;).

Love the shop vac

The piece that was here was in such a state we just replaced it

After. Not too shabby



The ceiling is starting to close in!

My parents have a most lovely garden. Everything grows like crazy out there. It's organized and yet wild. I love all the random jars and little surprises...

Baby cauliflower (full size 1 week later!)

Love old jars


Sunday, May 13, 2012

The mice have left the building...!!!

I've had this dilemma about the mouse family living in my oven for awhile now. I have been trying to figure out a way to evict them with as little as trauma as possible. Even humane traps seemed harsh as I never know if they have babies in there. I found this product on the Vintage Trailer Supply website and thought I would give it a try...

So last week I left the bags, still wrapped in cellophane sitting around the trailer and left the oven door open. Lo and behold, when I arrived today they had all left! I was so happy. I know it may have been unpleasant for them, but I think it was the best solution for all :) It made my day!

You're awfully cute, but you cannot stay

Life saver!

It was about 90 degrees today, so we were all moving a bit slow. The dogs were continually in the sprinklers and Tucker apparently thought it would be a good idea to roll in the dirt after..


Other than a bit of gluing and assessing the wiring today, all we really did was remove some panels and beams and cut the vent opening for the ceiling panel. This was the first time I got to use a jigsaw. What can I say, easy as pie! I kinda felt like a badass. I think I may need to make another trip to Home Depot to get myself one for home.

Old ceiling panel. Eww.

Nice and clean!

I love power tools

I also cleaned up all the cupboard fixtures at home using Naval Jelly (a name that does not conjure a pleasant image) and a wire brush. It was actually quite a relaxing little project. Although, I did kinda like the weathered look they had before, they just seemed too grimy.


Pink Naval Jelly!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Nitty gritty...

Need to make some real progress and stop beating around the bush. Focus is to get ceiling panels on and get the skin back on in the next month. For some reason, the idea of actually cutting the panels seems a bit intimidating. As if I should think it through more, wait... Not sure for what. I think I'm worried that I won't think about certain things (electrical wiring placement) correctly and then have to back track. But, I think we can drill holes where necessary, so just decided to dive in today and start pounding away. I get to use the nail gun which is too much fun.

Why is it that no matter how many times I measure and double check, something always seems to be a bit off? I realize that the trailer probably isn't as even or square as it was originally since it is over 60 years old. We get in one panel with minor adjustments then a second, only to find in billowing in the middle. Hmmm..not exactly easy to smooth out birch panel. After a little frustration, we get both panels lined up and nail the hell out of them to the support beams. Oh goodness, the ceiling is half complete!

Now just need to cut for the window


Please don't droop

Starting to come together

 My nephew was hanging out a bit with me today. We were looking for the white spotted falcon that's been lurking around. He's definitely his auntie's boy  <3

Visiting the garden

Love this boy

Being silly