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We’ve been living in a bus for roughly 6 month now. This past weekend we stayed at a friend’s house while they are on holiday. They needed someone to keep the cat company. They have a lovely, beautiful house which is very spacious with 4 bedrooms for just the two of them except when their two grown kids come home. But we found that we both had a strange sensation while there since we are used to much smaller quarters. 

We found it felt a bit like staying in a hotel. It was a lot of work cleaning up after our stay and the walking back and forth really wore me out. In the bus, all I really have to do is turn around a few times and I’ve put everything away. We also found it to be a cold house. With so much space to heat up, it took a lot longer. It made me think of the costs of upkeeping a place like that all the time. 

I really appreciate our choice to live in a small house, i.e. bus, at least for now. It’s allowed us to plan and spend more time together. I talked with the owners about my feelings and they agreed, since they had a bus for a year or so when their children were young. They have a big house now, because they want the luxury of having an open door policy so that anyone can come visit at a moments notice. 

We were happy to return home. 

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I’ve been sewing curtains for the bus. One of the first things we need finished before we can start using the bus even for camping in, is the curtains. This will provide a bit of insulation, but mostly privacy. We are planning to take the bus to Rotorua for Darren’s Nana’s 90th birthday party which is at the end of August, so I’m very busy trying to finish the sewing.

    I got some quotes for how much it would cost to pay someone to make them for us and the total was going to come to over $1000. Even buying curtain fabric and making them from that would be near the same price. So, I found a great deal on thermal curtain backing fabric online and bought some flat sheets and am sewing them up into our curtains. It should cost just over $300, which is more in our budget. I didn’t have many colours to choose from, but liked the royal blue best. I’d love any suggestion for an upholstery colour to pair them with when we make our couch. So far I’ve finished four curtains with eight more to go! Three are up in the picture below.

    Darren has also put in the couch frame. We just need to put proper cushions on it now.

    In other news, on Tuesday I left a pot of beans on the stove and forgot about it for probably 2 hours. I came back to the bus we are living in and found dark smoke thickly filling the inside. I cleared it out as quickly as I could, but despite washing nearly every article of cloth, and wiping the walls with vinegar and sprinkling baking soda all over, the horid smell of smoke remains, and it has been making me feel quite sick. The day it happened Boy started coughing, with me starting the next few days. We have cold like symptoms and I’m note sure if we just picked up a bug at the same time, or if its been caused by breathing the smoke fumes. 

    Anyway, after three nights of hoping the smell would get better and realizing its going to take weeks to really leave, I’ve moved us into the new bus. I’m really very disappointed, because the new bus isn’t home yet, and the other one was. I feel a bit like we’ve actually had a house fire, suddenly kicked out of our home. But, I’m very thankful nothing was actually severely ruined and that we have somewhere to go.

    I’ve had many people express their surprise and confusion at how burned beans could hang around so long and so strong. I did some research and found that smoke from a fire is much harder to remove than cigarette smoke, and that it is very damaging in how it clings to materials. It’s not just burned beans that I had in that pot, but a mini fire. Those beans had reduced to charcoal and ash when I found them. If you could be here and smell it, you would agree it stinks…regardless of the why.

    So, here we are camping in our bus!

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