Yes, I am still here. Things have been a bit, um, hectic since I last posted.
I dealt with the Sheriff’s office and pressed charges against a man who a neighbor caught stripping everything he could from the existing house on the property. He has since served 30 days in the county jail as a result.
I entered an agreement with the Owens Cross Roads Volunteer Fire Department to allow them to use what is left of the house as a practice structure for a training exercise. They will run a few live drills with fires set, and then once the structure is no longer safe for them to enter, control the burn. As part of the agreement, I have to remove all of the asphalt shingles from the house due to EPA regs. The “house” is a double-wide, with another double-wide cut in half and cobbled together, approximately 3,200 s.f. of roof, with two layers of shingles on it that were put on very amateurishly (didn’t even take the plastic off of the sealant strips, and some shingles still have the instruction stickers on them)
The removal of these was severely hampered by the hard winter this year. As a result, it was not until the end of February that I was finally able to start removing the shingles.
Since this picture was taken, my dad and I have completed over half of the roof, despite a late season snowstorm that further delayed us. and the fact that we are both “getting too old for this” lol.
Then the roof removal was put on hold yet again.
On March 28th, my first daughter came into the world. Since then, my schedule has been upended, and a full night’s sleep is a pleasant,distant memory. I won’t get into the details, but it has totally changed our lives. I wouldn’t change it though!
Luckily, our daughter has started to get on somewhat of a sleep schedule, and it looks like I may be able to finish removing the roof in the next week or so, weather permitting. Once the roof is off, the Fire Department will figure out when they can get the most volunteers together, and they will light it up.
Once this is done, I get to clear the remaining debris, and will end up with a blank slate to work with.
I have been working on plans off and on, as time allows, but still do not have things ready for putting up for sale. Hopefully, soon! I also was interviewed by a reporter recently, who picked my brain on tiny houses, the movement, and other related topics. I don’t know if the article will get written, but it was nice to be able to share my knowledge.
There are other things afoot, but they are not ready for primetime. so I will keep them under wraps. 😉
Until next time, I will share the next book on my reading list. I expect it will fill in some of the gaps that I have from helping government agencies with renewable projects in my day job.