2017 has brought a few changes to the Smidge household. For starters, I have a new job. I have been waiting for the right time to announce that. All of the turmoil and uncertainty coming from being in the oil and gas industry has lifted. I will still work offshore, but will not be worried about whether or not the ship I am working on will be stacked due to a lack of work. The industry I am in now is not reliant on oil drillers or producers. It’s a good feeling. I will miss the people I worked with but I am looking forward to new adventures.
The second big change I have in the works is almost as exciting as my new job. Years ago my family had a barbecue restaurant in North Louisiana. It has been closed for more years that I have been alive, but we still use my grandfather’s sauce recipe. Every time I make it, people ask where they can get some. I have been telling them that I may bottle it, I just never got around to it. During the past few years, I have been changing the recipe just a little to see if I can make it better. I have finally stumbled upon what I think is enough of an improvement that I think I can think about bottle it. I am in the preliminary stages of setting up a sauce and rub company. I have been talking to my family to make sure there are no issues. Hopefully, I will be able to start bottling soon.
Finally, the tiny house is finished enough to be considered complete!!! I teased you with the barn door last post. Now let me show you what’s behind that door.
It’s a bathroom!!! We actually managed to fit a full sized bathroom in our tiny house. As you can see, we continued the copper sink and oil rubbed bronze faucet from the kitchen. And you can kind of see what my contractor called our “litter box” for humans. We are trying to be completely off the grid once we get the house moved, so we went with a composting toilet.
We put a lot of thought into the walls in our shower. They are cypress that has been thoroughly treated with Thompsons Waterseal. I will need to retreat yearly, but I think they look great. They will gray over time. Once they get to a patina that we like, I will sand and seal with a good marine varnish. That should keep the walls the color we want. again, we went with the oil rubbed bronze finish on the shower head.
We have plumbed the bathroom for a washer and dryer just in case we decide to put one in in the future. I don’t think we will need one right away because we are going to be putting the house on my daughter’s property, so we will just use her washer and dryer to do our laundry. We are going to be adding iron pipe over where the washer would have been to hang clothes.
There’s not a whole lot left to do to make the tiny house liveable. I have to add a couple more electrical components, and a few punch list items, then we will be able to spend a night or two in the house to try it on for size.
Well, that’s about all I have for now. I hope you are as excited as I am for the new year. After the year I had last year, 2017 has to be better. Next up The Lovely Amy has a treat for you so stay tuned.
Remember Smidgers, food is love…