I am really, really sorry for the long hiatus. It has been a crazy few months here at Smidge.
As most of you know, I work in the oil and gas industry. I am thankful that I still have a job, but that job has been taking more and more of my time. The company that I work for has changed everybody to a 28 on and 14 day off schedule. I used to work a 28 day on and 28 day off schedule. I know it may not sound like much of a change, but when you add the time up, it really is a big change. When I am working, I work 28 12 hour days in a row. No calling in sick, or taking a vacation day. I am pretty much on the go for the whole 12 hours. Then when I get home, I have to take care of the things that need to be done around the house that The Lovely Amy can’t do. And find some time to relax and refresh for my next hitch at work. Then to top it off, we bought the tiny house.
OK. Sorry for the momentary venting there.
We did hire a contractor to finish the house due to my new and improved work schedule. Ha! There have been delays due to the fact that the week we bought the tiny house, there was severe flooding in the area of south Louisiana that we live in. We told our contractor that our house was not as important as getting people that lost everything back in their homes. Our little vacation home could wait. There has been some progress made to the tiny house. Wiring and plumbing are roughed in, and the spray foam insulation should be installed this week.
All of the decorating decisions have been made. I told you in a previous post that we were going to try to have a copper shower pan in the bathroom. Boy, coppersmiths seem to be really proud of their work. The cheapest one we could find was almost 2,000.00 dollars and had a several week lead time. So, we settled for a standard shower pan. It is a five-foot shower pan. That’s a huge shower in a tiny house. Our concession to not having a copper shower pan is we are going to have copper sinks in both the bathroom and kitchen. We were actually able to find them at Home Depot.
We have just about everything purchased for the house. It is sitting in a big pile in our garage just waiting for our contractor to need it. Flooring, hot water heater, sinks, refrigerator, stove. The only thing left is a toilet. We are actually thinking about a composting toilet. When I told our plumber that, it kind of took him by surprise. He wasn’t sure about them, so our contractor explained them to him. He told him “you know how they are going to have a litter box for their cats? Just think of it as a litter box for humans.” I haven’t heard it explained that way before, but it is a pretty good analogy.
That’s about all I have in the way of updates. I apologize again for taking so much time between updates. I promise to do a better job going forward. Until next time…