Last Saturday I posted a Facebook invitation to a ‘painting party’ at my bus, and several friends showed up to lend a hand or two. Prepping is what was needed first, so we sanded, removed decals and got started with some primer. It was a big boost to my moral to have people come along side of me to help. Really. I had been feeling overwhelmed, not even knowing where to start, but since then I’ve regained my chutzpah.
Today, the sun shone warm and bright. I didn’t post a call-out to my friends because..well, it was a perfect spring day for anything outside, and I wanted to just let everything flow peacefully, and it was good today to be just me with my bus. I’ve been collecting all the supplies I need; like fuel hose to reconnect the fuel lines to the front heater, a plug for the vacuum line from the pop-out stop sign that Bruce and Rob removed, A grinder for the last of the nubs sticking out of the floor, and plenty of sandpaper, acetone and primer for the exterior.
I got some more priming done, and Rob showed up to help get the last of the screws out of the floor on the right side. I peeled up the last bit of rubber flooring, which revealed some more dry rot. Not a huge deal. To be expected in a 20 year old bus, I reckon, and it could’ve been a lot worse.
Then I swept, and sat down to survey with satisfaction, and visualize the future layout. Rob snapped a pic of me chillin in my overalls, before he headed back to Lummi Island.
My plan is to put a bedroom in the back, with a 5 foot wide bed, a closet, bookshelves and and under bed storage. Then, bunk beds (for the grandkids) and a bathroom with a small sink, composting toilet and mini tub/shower. A storage closet, a kitchen with rv sized range and fridge, a movable counter/table, L-shaped couch that expands to another full bed, and a wood stove. It will comfortably sleep six. Storage will be built in everywhere possible. Windows will be left exposed to let in lots of light, made opaque for privacy where needed, and all fitted with insulating blinds. The ceiling escape hatches will be skylights. The floors will be bamboo, with rugs. All will be made attractive, cozy and functional. I will not be adding more insulation, so do not ask me. If I get weary of feeding the wood stove, or tired of the chill, I’ll just head south until it’s warm! :)))))