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Hey everyone! Welcome back! I’ve been extremely busy this last week doing all sorts of bus building stuff. Wanna know what I’ve been up to? Well, if you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be me, you’re about to find out. Yesterday morning I woke up a 8:00 and myself, Dad, and Josh drove to where the bus is here in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Que random photo of porch rails and trailer homes in Pigeon Forge:

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When we got to the bus we worked until 8:30 and then drove back… over the course of that day, things happened. Introducing me and what I did last this week:

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I climbed on the roof,

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sanded things,

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assembled a routing table,

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became the Abominable Snowman,

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and lifted batteries.

I’ll explain briefly. The roof climbing was to check the air unit circuit boards and the lifting of batteries was so that we could check and see if the units worked. The sanding was with a Black&Decker orbital sander, trying to get the ultra strength glue off of the edge of the sink area. We goofed with that and that’s a long-ish story that I’ll tell you about shortly. The assembling of the routing table was, well… it was just me assembling a routing table. Lastly, when cutting down the surface material for our counter tops (I’m honestly not sure what they’re made of), the spray of the shavings coats you in white, snow-like dust; hence Abominable Snowman.

It was a busy and productive day. Now, I’ve already updated you on much of what happened over the course of the last few days and many of the major things we’ve accomplished. A few minor points I didn’t hit on were the wiring of the air units (they work!), the bathroom counter top sink installation, the trim work for the closet, and the hook up of the batteries. Woohoo! One of the biggest projects, and it has spanned a grand total of 3 days, has been the kitchen sink.

The slab into which we would insert the sink was large and thin. We had it set on saw horses with boards running underneath it to stabilize. However, we left it sitting out too long and the slab bowed. No!! To make matters worse, we didn’t find this out until we had glued the sink to it (I was wondering why it wouldn’t lay flat). So, we had to rip the sink off before the glue dried, scrape the glue off of both surfaces and sand them down, then find some way to bend the bowed slab back straight. This was our solution.

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Not much for looks, but surprisingly effective. Basically that is four cinder blocks with two-by-fours on top. We let the middle fall down and stacked more cinder blocks on top to weigh it down and straighten it out. Then we had to go through the task of placing the sink back on, letting it dry, cutting the holes out for it, routing down the inside edges and sanding them off an voila!

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That’s quite an improvement. Today we’ll install them into the bus on the wooden boards custom cut for them with holes for the sinks, we’ll take off the plastic and polish them. Then this 4 day task will finally be over.

So, that’s what the days have been looking like for me. I would say I can’t complain, but I’ve got plenty to whine and gripe about. Rather, I’ll say I don’t need to complain because Christ satisfies my selfishness with His sacrifice. How can I think of me when I think of the cross? Time to live a new day, with a new purpose.

As always, thanks for reading.

the anonymous novelist

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