We left off last week on kind of a negative note: I was still coming to terms with the distressing news of my untimely fourth pregnancy, the kids were unhappy with our living situation and there were water leaks, solar panel issues and other issues making things generally more difficult for us.
One of the issues contributing to our difficulties is that in addition to getting us up and going from scratch out here, Noah is also working at least 40 hours a week at the job he gets paid for. Which means that a free weekend to get things done can make a huge difference.
This weekend was one of those.
I would like to make it perfectly clear once again that I am absolutely of no practical use to Noah whatsoever with regard to any of the work that he has done and continues to do. During the day I finagle the kids and make sure they don’t starve or lose any limbs but once 4 PM hits I transform into a pulsating, life-growing blob that occasionally shouts commands into the general vicinity surrounding the downstairs futon. (This is so close to actually being true it’s almost embarrassing to write.)
In two days Noah was able to:
-Get both of our living areas- the bus & rv – completely level. The bus was off-kilter to the point where the kids’ beds kept slowly sliding into their closet and I was waking up in the morning smashed between Noah and the wall.
-Fix all the water leaks so that we can keep both the cold AND hot water running. Prior to this if we wanted to, say, go to the bathroom, we would have to turn the water on at the main, do our business, flush and then go turn it back off again.
-Hook up our washing machine! It’s only for cold loads and it runs off the RV’s generator and I still need to rig up a clothes line, but YAY! I never thought I’d miss a chore so much!
-Fix the problem with the solar panel. It turned out to be a simple connection issue that was solved with a large wire-nut. Now we can waste energy to our hearts’ content! We’ve been leaving lights on during the day just because WE CAN (this is totally and completely untrue).
He’s just amazing, isn’t he? Aren’t you so impressed? I am. I try to convey that to him through my obnoxious pregnancy sickness by emanating waves of affection in his general direction from the couch. And by bragging about him here to everyone.
So, things are looking up for us around here. Now that the basics are handled we can start on some of the other plans we have for our little space to make it more enjoyable instead of just a never-ending chore. More to come on that soon!
Also: thank you all so much for the encouraging comments and emails last week. Your words were so sweet and more appreciated than I can tell you. It is so heartening to know that you are rooting and praying for us!