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Old 07-29-2009, 11:35 AM   #11
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Don't mean to take over this thread. My wife works in the school system here (Social worker/councelor) and would agree with you on home schooling. Anymore, it's about headcount and money. The education part has been lost. Just get'em through. I could go on and on. Anyway, Good luck to you all in your adventure.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:26 PM   #12
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Papabear: I can totally relate to your situation. When Jim and I were initially talking about converting a bus, I had my mind DEAD SET on an MCI interstate bus. Nothing was going to deter me from that. Every time he would mention otherwise, I would clam up and refuse to listen. And even to the day that he came home and told me about "Fernie", I was DEAD SET against it. But once I saw her and realized the potential and the fun and the money we could save and the fact that we could have it right THEN and ... well, it was a sealed deal. I truly hope your wife's first reaction to the bus goes as planned. (Lucky you if it does. ) I have to agree with Heidi, I think she will see it and realize what you have been doing and the hard work you've put into it already and just fall in love with it. I mean, come on ... how could she NOT???

And I don't mind at all the "hijacking" of this thread. I am thrilled from the welcome response I've received from all of you and welcome any/all chances to get to know you all better. I have a great feeling that I will be right at home with you guys here. So thank you for that.


Heidi: I love what you said about homeschooling your children .... in a SCHOOL BUS! That is priceless. And I have to agree that you could so totally educate your children just as well, if not better, than the school system. And in half the time, true. This will be our 3rd year and I so wish we would have done it much sooner. I've seen my children change so much, become more of the person they ARE and are meant TO BE, since we removed them from public school. And like Papabear said, it has become more about head counts and test scores and money than education. And education can take place anywhere and at anytime if you encourage it and feed it. It doesn't have to happen in a classroom. But it can happen on a school bus.

I'm not sure if you know about this group or not, but there's a website called Families on the Road http://www.familiesontheroad.com/ for people who are doing just that - educating their children while traveling. They call it "roadschooling", which I love. You might want to check it out.

Jonathan (ezbme): Thank you so much for the welcome. I know that I look most forward to seeing updates with photos so I will do my best to not post any updates without at least a photo or two to satisfy the masses.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:46 PM   #13
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Fern,
Awesome information, thank You so much. I only just really 'joined' this site a few days ago after lurking for a while. Now you've come out of wood work as well. There are reasons why certain things happen.. thanks for the link. I'll shut up now and just enjoy your updates on "Fernie". That IS what your post is supposed to be about. We can talk schooling later! thanks again,
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:57 PM   #14
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Fern,
Awesome information, thank You so much. I only just really 'joined' this site a few days ago after lurking for a while. Now you've come out of wood work as well. There are reasons why certain things happen.. thanks for the link. I'll shut up now and just enjoy your updates on "Fernie". That IS what your post is supposed to be about. We can talk schooling later! thanks again,
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Welcome Fern!

Great job on the ceiling paint! One word of warning though... blue is an energizing color. Unless you go into a dark bedroom to sleep, you'll have a hard time falling asleep after cutting off the lights. Sounds crazy, I know! But this comes from the voice of experience. Never believed it myself until my ex and I painted our bedroom a deep blue and put glow-in-the-dark stars overhead. Looked gorgeous, but man, we had a hard time falling asleep.

Thanks for showing the ceramic coating. You said you can already feel a difference? Sweet! Are you going to add it outside too for even more protection, or just to the inside? How did you apply the paint to the ceiling (brush, roller, sponge, etc)?

Your progress is great and I wish you the best of luck! Look forward to swapping videos with ya!
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I refuse to go to your site and learn the origins of the name until you tell me if you're a fan of Iron and Wine first.

Oh and welcome to the madness!
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:26 AM   #17
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Welcome Fern!

Great job on the ceiling paint! One word of warning though... blue is an energizing color. Unless you go into a dark bedroom to sleep, you'll have a hard time falling asleep after cutting off the lights. Sounds crazy, I know! But this comes from the voice of experience. Never believed it myself until my ex and I painted our bedroom a deep blue and put glow-in-the-dark stars overhead. Looked gorgeous, but man, we had a hard time falling asleep.

Thanks for showing the ceramic coating. You said you can already feel a difference? Sweet! Are you going to add it outside too for even more protection, or just to the inside? How did you apply the paint to the ceiling (brush, roller, sponge, etc)?

Your progress is great and I wish you the best of luck! Look forward to swapping videos with ya!
Hi TygerCub. Thanks for the welcome.

I've always heard right the opposite about the color blue. Hmmmm. Interesting.

Yes, we do plan on using the ceramic additive on the roof when we paint her. I have noticed a difference on the inside with the ceramic coating in the areas that got one coat and the areas that got two. BIG difference. So I'm suggesting we go with two coats on the roof, for sure.

We applied it with rollers/brushes. The hubby did the rolling and my daughter and I took care of the corners and around the screws with a brush. It has a very gritty (sandy) feel when you paint it on. And the surface feels a little abrasive to the touch when it dries, so it is NOT a smooth finish. I like it though. It adds depth and character to the ceiling so it's not the glossy, reflective, slick feel that it had before.

I am enjoying your videos, as well. I am constantly looking for the next one detailing what is going on with BOB. And I'm more than impressed with the progress you've made with him, considering you are doing it alone. There are two of us working on Fernie and it's still pretty slow going. Keep up the great work.
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:32 AM   #18
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I refuse to go to your site and learn the origins of the name until you tell me if you're a fan of Iron and Wine first.

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Thanks for the welcome.

Yes, I am a fan of Iron and Wine. And "Resurrection Fern" is probably my favorite song of his. But really the only significance that it has to Fernie's name origin is that until I heard the song, I had no idea what a resurrection fern was. So I looked it up and was sold on the awesomeness of this plant. The symbolic nature of the fern itself is how Fernie got her name much more than the Iron and Wine song.

Hope that helps and doesn't keep you from visiting the site. Would it help if I said there are LOTS more pictures on the site?
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:10 PM   #19
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We made a little progress this weekend and I thought I'd share it with you guys. (More info and PICS can be found on our weblog. )

First of all, we had a long discussion and changed our floor plan - again! Instead of putting our toilet and shower together, we have decided to go with our original plan to separate them. The toilet will be on one side behind the wheel well and the shower on the other. We will have to change the size of our sleeping quarters in the back. Instead of a king sized sleeping area, we will only have a queen. This is fine with me as long as we avoid a full size. I have to have my space when I am sleeping. A full sized bed is fine for a night or two, but I need my space. Thankfully the hubby is understanding about this and doesn't take it personally. But this also means our toilet closet and shower will be a bit larger, which is great.

That being said, we spent a bit of time scraping out old, dry, crusty caulk from the windows in the toilet closet/shower areas and applying fresh. It took a bit longer than I expected, but it will be well worth the time spent I'm sure.


Before we cleaned it out


After we cleaned it out

Then we set out to build a frame for the toilet closet. After lots of noise and a big mess later, we had our first structure inside the bus built.


First boards nailed down


Finished product

It's quite exciting to walk into the bus now and see an actual room in the making instead of just empty space. We hope to spend some time this week working on scraping the caulk out of all the windows and redoing them and hopefully get the shower stall frame built this weekend (if we aren't on the road to Missouri to pick up our daughter).

Knowing what we can accomplish in a couple of days just makes me long for a week or two of no work so we can get it done sooner. I can tell already that this bus conversion is going to be a really good test of my patience. I hope I pass.
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Hey, Fern... Don't forget to include a link to your blog and to your videos.

Maybe add it to you signature tag so folks don't have to hunt for it?
(I need to do that too )
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