Today I finished the door opening. The piece of 2 by 6 was still damp yesterday but today it was dry and ready. Then I measured the height of the door, marked it, and measured the space above the door. Not easy because this wall goes in an angle, because of the slanted roof, but it worked out just fine. Once I had put up the osb above the door, I cut a 2 by 4 to fit behind it, for extra strength. The door opening is smaller then regular doors. I don’t really need a big door at this spot, because I have a regular door already. The one that goes outside. And I don’t need to put anything big through it anyway. No space for anything big. It’s called Tiny Living for a reason. Hahaha! I only need to put up a nice curtain for now. Maybe later I will make a sliding door from some osb. Shouldn’t be too difficult to do that. On the bedroom side I’m going to paint the wall and put shelves between the studs. Have to use that space wisely! My bedroom will have lots of shelves for storage and clothing.
After the bedroom wall was completed, I continued with the living room wall. There was the outlet and I had to work around it. A lot of measuring and cutting again, but it went well. Only the outlet is too much on an angle so I will have to change that. I tried to move it, but couldn’t. Lucky the osb parts around it are not so big and easy to remove to fix the outlet. That is the good thing of screwing instead of nailing. You can always take something easy apart. For now it’s fine. I can still use it and it is safe.
It was a cold, windy and rainy day again, and I was very happy with my woodstove! Lit it up in the morning and make a good fire and then just let it die off slowly. This stove heats up the cabin in no time and the heat stays for hours. Now with the wall up, my bedroom will stay a little cooler, which I really like. With my hot flashes I don’t need a 25 C bedroom! Hahaha! If I want it warmer, I can keep the ‘door/curtain’ open.
Taz was just fine after a night by herself and so was Dizzy. With this cooler weather they both like to hang out on the deck where it stays dry, cuddling up on the soft blankets. Scruffy is busy guarding all day, but when she feels one rain drop she also comes to the deck. The horses were grazing in the big pasture but for a few hours they were just standing and resting, with their butts to the wind. It’s funny that Scruffy starts to bark now, when the horses come into the small pasture to have a drink. Dizzy tries to get into the cabin all the time and a few times I had to pick her up and put her outside again. She is so cute. She runs in and hides somewhere, thinking I can’t see her, and starts purring really loud! She makes me laugh, but I still take her outside again. It’s too dangerous for her to be in there. She can climb up the osb walls and fall down between frame and osb sheets. Or she goes into the ceiling part that is still open and full of glass wool insulation material. Not a place for a young kitty. (yet! LOL) As soon I pick her up she purrs and purrs and purrs, happy to be held by warm arms. It’s not an easy life for a farm cat! Especially where there is no nice comfy barn available. But I don’t feel really sad for them because I see them running and playing in the yard and between the trees and they are very happy cats. When the sun came out they were both dozing off on the deck.
When I was at the well the last time, a young man was parked there with a semi truck and filling up a big water tank. I turned the truck and backed towards the small well hose. I wasn’t in the mood to carry the bottles to the spout and into the truck. The man was so kind to turn off the big well hose, because he said that was better for the pump and he didn’t mind waiting for my bottles to be filled up. He was impressed with my little system where I leave all the bottles in the back of the truck and fill them with my garden hose connected to the well spout. He introduced himself and we started talking about simple living, hunting (he hunts and it is hunt season) and of course, my little cabin. He thought it was very cool that I was trying to live the simple life and in a way giving back to nature. He offered to bring me some deer meat in a few weeks and I thought that was awesome! I rather eat game meat then meat from a store. At least game meat had a free life and these animals don’t go through all the suffering and fear during transportation and slaughter routines. Of course we were talking about that too. He invited me to come over one time for a visit to his parents farm not far from the well. So kind! There was one thing this man said, that I really liked. He said: We rural people look out for each other. That is a very comforting thought.
I get to know more and more people from the area now and so far they all are very friendly and kind. I think I can call myself a very lucky gal to live in such a nice neighbourhood. :-)