It’s been a year now, since I traveled to Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma. Lake Eufaula is a reservoir, a very large one. The invitation was exciting, a chance to utilize my self made carpentry skills, as I learned them on my own, to help remodel a small cabin, and turn it into a vacation get away. It was to be just me, and my fiancé’ at the time, (now my husband), him of course being the contractor. Honestly, I had no idea as to what I was getting into. We were to stay in a small rv, which he had recently acquired.
When I arrived, I was shocked. The cabin was not as I had anticipated. It had no floor, just dirt, and floor joist. The walls were just that, no electrical, no plumbing, no insulation, just a frame. The owners referred to the place, as a recently purchased shack. That was exactly what it was!
Now, for all of you, vacationers, who think living on a lake is a dream, let me tell you, the bugs, the bugs, the bugs! I have never experienced so many bugs in my life. Not just mosquitos, and chiggers, but small little tics about the size of a pin needle, that fall from trees, that you never notice, until your laying in bed, and you get the itch. 🙁
It was a good experience for the both of us, especially me. I learned what hard work in the physical world really was. I learned about using nail guns, how to read a measuring tape in a carpenters world, and I learned about roofing, plumbing, and electrical. I love electrical, for some reason.
Now, why I called this post, the cabin that built us, is because I don’t know very many people, that can work side by side, and then stay in a small rv without killing each other for any length of time. We both survived, all though there were plenty of thoughts of doing just that! 😉 But I am proud of us for surviving. We learned a lot about each other, and I learned a lot about myself.
The cabin turned out beautiful. Perhaps in another post I will relocate the pictures of the finished product. I am grateful for the learning experience and even more grateful for the self confidence it gave me. I also learned that I had a lot of fears that I had to overcome, especially when it came to heights! I am also proud of my husband for believing in me, when I couldn’t see it in myself.
The picture above is me finishing the ceiling with tongue and groove. The walls were also done the same way, but white washed, instead of stained.
I hope you enjoyed the post! Sorry I had to cut it short to get ready for work! Another house is waiting to be finished!
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