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Rhonda Ragsdale @profragsdale
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Ok - here's another update on this thread. I bought the travel trailer, and I'm looking at land in Oregon. This is happening, y'all.
I spent a couple weeks living in the trailer. I'm spending the fall continuing to prepare myself for this massive life change I'm embarking on. It's definitely an adjustment getting used to cooking and handling life in such a small place, but it went great, and I slept so well!
And by great, I mean I kept a good attitude and learned a lot. There was discord in my team, logistical stress, so much to learn, and I was fighting a cold. But I did learn +made some really important decisions about what kind of bullshit I'm not gonna tolerate in this endeavor.
I'm not gonna work my ass off, buy this property, build a house from the dirt itself, and then replicate the same things I'm trying to get away from. I'm doing this to be the queen of my domain. And I will not be entertaining jackassery. None of it.
I had such a good time with my sister who joined me for the first spell in the trailer. We giggled and plotted and made weird things we love. She ended up walking a chicken, and I feel like life is gonna be ok.
So ... the next step on my adventure here is that I am building a mobile greenhouse from the bed of a pickup truck ... it will be placed up next to the trailer until it's moved to my property in Oregon. It will allow me an immediate greenhouse from day 1 when I get there.
I located an old truck that has the front end off and it will work - I had thought to use a regular trailer but this old truck bed made itself available so I'm gonna go with that. This whole endeavor is about using what I already have available to me as much as possible.
I never really thought of myself as having an engineering mind, but as I've worked thru the stages of all this so far, I'm really excited about my abilities to tetris resources and skills to make stuff work. Oh, and it's really fun.
The least enjoyable part of all this probably has been researching zoning, permits, liscenses, laws, codes and all the other bureaucracies involved - so many entities govern each piece of land, the animals, plants, and machinery. It's a lot.
It's ridiculous that we don't have this kind of information more streamlined in terms of access to the public. Oh, most of it is out there, somewhere, but the info is in a host of different websites depending on each piece of land or vehicle or dwelling.
I'm still looking for land. It takes a lot of info for me to make a decision. I need specific resources, sunlight, laws, phew I'm not rushing myself but I'm ready to buy the land and get this show on the road. In the meantime, I'm fundraising and getting as much ready as I can.
This mobile greenhouse is a great project for me right now, and I'm gonna want it ready to move with me when I move the trailer aka my vardo to the land. I'm looking for old doors and windows with thick glass to use to build up the sides. Trying to scrounge up some lumber.
I want something very sturdy, and the roof will need to allow in sunlight and collect rainwater too. I've tried to check out what others have done w mobile greenhouses, but there aren't all that many out there, especially with repurposed resources. So ... I'm kinda winging it.
I acquired most of the supplies for my mobile greenhouse, but I've been working on several projects so everything goes slow. It's ok, but I'm so excited to see the end results. I have to remind myself to savor the process too.
Other projects related to my upcoming plans include more detailed sketches of greenhouse and house design, learning about aquaponics, sub irrigation, chickens, and continue to work as much as I can to make money for all this. I must have 50 lists.
My mom has recently retired, and I'm elated to have her on board with my castle team (I call the house project "the castle" #dontjudgeme ) - she's really good at almost everything. My mom and I have always worked so much, it's been nice to be working on something together.
My sister is my partner in this every step of the way, and it's everything our hearts desired as kids. And ... adults. We've talked about so many possible scenarios for trying to arrange our lives in a way that feels right to us. That works for us, makes us happy.
I'm ready to be back in the western US too. I love the South, and I've spent a lot of time here. But ... this isn't really home, the culture. I don't know where I belong, or where home is ... but heading west feels right.
I was born in Colorado, on an army base, but returned to California after a few weeks, both sides of my family are from there. I've spent most of my life now in OK and TX, but I lived in and love NM too. Most of my family is up and down the west coast from Mohave to Washington.
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