Well winter is officially here in New England, sort of. The weather has been strange and the temperature has been like a roller coaster. We did have a stretch of some arctic cold that came rolling through and the temps dropped to -15F, however earlier this week it was almost 60F wicked weird right. Anyhow, with the extreme cold forecasted, we finally decided to build a long overdue skirt system. So we spent New Years Day constructing it. It is very basic, the materials cost $0, and it works fairly well.
We used some 1×2 pine and an old tarp. Jenny measured and cut the wood on the chop saw and I screwed the frame together. The height we needed to get was 21″ so the uprights were cut at 19″ we decided to space them at 19″ as well. Laid the old tarp out over the frame, pulled it tight and used a hammer tacker to fasten it to the frame. Then we screwed the framing together around the Mallard, and built a little cover to go over the rear bumper and around the ladder.
Within the next few days we got hit with winter storm Hercules, and brutally cold temps. Now all we have for heat are two oil filled electric radiators which work very well. And with thanks to mother nature we had some extra insulation to pile up around the skirt and cab. It was chilly in here, but with some layers and a blanket we were nice and cozy.
The tiny life has been very good to us and we are loving (almost) every minute of it. Something you don’t know about us is I had been out of work for a few months. I was working in the property insurance industry. The WORST job and company ever, I despised it. And due to a car accident, Jenny has also been out of work. I had been looking for work and had a few tempting offers, but thanks to my current living situation, and Jenny’s support, I was able to hold off till I found the perfect job for me.
So, I recently started a new job, woodworking with the best company I have ever had the pleasure to work for! The employees are always smiling, the company treats the employees like no other I have seen, I LOVE what I do, and we can start saving again for our land and tiny house. Had we not been in our current tiny living situation I would have had to take a job that I would not have been happy with. It means so much to me being able to do something I love and be happy doing it. Life too short to not love what you are doing with it.
Thank you tiny life, you are the best.
Oh yea check out what Jenny’s lil’ bro got us for Christmas, how awesome right!