Yesterday was Day #1 of building a tiny house for Grandmother. Papa the Farmer's sister loves building and she is so disappointed that she can't be here to help us. “Take a picture of you standing on top the trailer” she told Papa the Farmer. “I want to see every step of the process!” So this picture below, is for you, Farm-Auntie!
That is how things looked when we got started yesterday morning. Everyone was all smiles, enthusiastic about getting started, and excited to see the final product.
Since we are using recycled and salvaged materials, there are a lot of old nails and staples that need to be pulled out. We spent a long time yesterday morning just doing that. Papa the Farmer promised to pay the children one penny for each staple they pulled out. After the Little Farmhands had been working a while I went over to help them. “Do you want to make money too?” they asked me.
Hammers were in short supply so FarmGirl got special permission to use my toolbag. My special pink toolbag that I keep inside the house and that nobody is allowed to touch. She was feeling pretty special!
Everyone got in on the action! Looking at this picture, I'm thinking I probably need to find another name for FarmBaby. He's really not a baby any more, is he?
While the children and I pulled staples, Papa the Farmer cut the sides of the trailer off. To the gentleman who made this trailer and then sold it to us: We apologize. We listened to you tell us how much work you put into it and how well reinforced it is. And you did a really great job! We hated to cut the sides off, but if Grandmother is going to have room to move around it must be done. So if you're reading this I just want you to know that this is a really well built trailer! We couldn't ask for a better foundation! And we felt really, really bad about cutting off all your hard work.
After doing all that, the chicken coop had to be moved and the alpaca house had to be moved to make room for this. All that took a lot longer than you would think. By the end of the day Papa the Farmer had the floor beams laid out, but not nailed down. Today will be the day to work on the floor…
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