Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Preparing for Bus Dweller #3: Part 2, Built in Table and Bench

Our round drop leaf table had served us well for many years, but we wanted to open up floor space for a crawling baby. Steve built this lovely table and bench out of the same live-edged blued pine that he used for our trim and shelving.  The bench doubles as a storage chest for baby gear.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Preparing for Bus-dweller #3: Part 1, A Hanging Cradle

Yes, this is an announcement! Our baby is due August 7. Between pregnancy, a month long respiratory illness, getting ready for our new family member,  and the rest of life, I have been exhausted. Now, with less than two months left to go, I am finally feeling somewhat prepared. 

The hanging cradle makes use of vertical space in the bus and hangs right across from our futon. Since we can't attach a co-sleeper to the futon, I feel this is a good alternative. Steve and I worked on the cradle together. I did the sewing, he took care of the hardware. We based the design on a hanging cradle by Kindekekelin

We are excited to welcome our new baby into the bus. I am counting on a new set of adventures!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Plans

The weather, and my attitude, have improved since my last post. I  planted some spring veggies and we have begun spring cleaning. Steve is planning some exciting projects for the interior of the bus. I will have more remodeling pictures to post in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Worst Time of the Year

I thought about taking pictures for this post, but I couldn't bear to. This is the drab, wet, muddy, messy, discombobulating season. All I want to do is start spring cleanup and plant the garden, but the snow is only half melted and the rain/snow mix makes everything sloppy.

Scrap wood and other junk has accumulated around the bus over the winter and it's time for a dump run. We need to reorganize our storage spaces to make room for, well, let's say some very special supplies. I don't want to do the jobs, but I do want to see them done. If only the weather would allow me to, I would get this place in shape.

However, I am so thankful for the extra storage space that we have: our trailer (and a place to park it) and shelving in the Oberg's house. When your husband owns his own contracting business and you live in a bus, extra storage is a necessity.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Restoring the Role of Reading the Adventurous Life

I believe in adventuring close to home. But what about expanding our minds? And gaining a wider perspective on global events? Don’t we need to engage in extensive international travel in order to understand the world?

Read the rest of the post here.

Why Live in a Bus? Part 1: Finances and Big Dreams

Outdoor professionals don't make much money. And that's what my husband and I were when we first bought our bus. He was working for a wilderness youth program and I was a ski instructor.  We love living in the mountains, but rent in this popular get-away town is expensive since homeowners find it more profitable to rent their homes to weekend vacationers. So, we bought a converted bus and found friends who were willing to let us park on their property.
The bus has seen us through several periods of transition. Because we do not have to worry about high rent or a mortgage, we have been able to test out business ventures and pursue the jobs that excite us, not the ones that pay the most. Now, my husband works for a consumate craftsman building high end cabinets and furniture. (He built the desk at which I am currently working.) I am finally taking the time I need to finish the novel that has been brewing in my heart for several years. For extra cash, we take care of hot tubs at vacation homes. No, hot tub maintenance is not a dream job, but it pays the bills!
Some people decide to take a high paying job and pursue their dreams once they have a safety net in place. That can certainly work and some might say it is a wiser path than the one we have chosen. However, money is tricky.  It can be difficult to let go of a decent job and a house in the suburbs. We have financial goals, but we hope to achieve those goals while doing what we love. The bus remains our golden ticket on this journey.