Originally Posted by allwthrrider
I'm amazed & just want to say your very blessed to have a woman that seems to understand what your after & stays with you while your building this
I sure am.
3 years ago I was renovating a house 1 hour from where I lived with my ex wife and kids. I was taking my 3 man crew to Tim Horton's everyday for lunch. Shayleen worked at that Tim Horton's but was dressed in her street clothes, waiting for her shift to start.
Two days in a row she smiled at me and tried to make eye contact. Being divorced only 11 months before, I wanted nothing to do with woman. I just wanted to work, and try to keep seeing my kids.
My old friend I was working with pushed me over to her table. The same table I'm sitting at now typing this. We spoke for 15 min, then I had to run back to work. Shayleen started texting me that night after work, and 3 days later I started staying with her at her place every night. We were inseparable.
We lived in the upstairs bedroom of her step dads house paying rent for 2 great years. I stopped working out of town, and we never spent a night apart.
Then her mother (Bi Polar, a drunk, pill popper, ect) had a mental episode last spring, and we moved out of the house. In a booming community with no housing, there was no where to move. It was right in the beginning of my money making season, and I had no time to look for a place. So we moved into a hotel for the summer at $3400 a month.
Months before moving out of the house, I asked her if she wanted to live in town, with a big house, and a big pile of debt. Or if she wanted to follow me on a life of basics, full of adventure, living in a small home on wheels. Latter we would pay cash for some land, and build a house in a hill.
For two years we had lived in a bedroom only 16 feet by 9 feet. It was all we really needed.
She chose the life of no debt, and full of adventure.
Fall came and the work days of landscaping were getting short, and coming to a seasonal end. We were no longer able to afford the $3400 a month for the hotel, combined with $5000 a month payment against my passed marriage debt. Paying all this was crippling the bus build, leaving little money to buy material.
Poor Shayleen also helped me pay back the $210,000 debt from my passed marriage.
Before moving into the shed, I asked shayleen what her requirements were for living in there. She said "a comfy bed, and it has to be warm."
She is quite happy in my shed. We are far warmer and more happy in the shed than we were living in the cold upstairs room of her step dads house. Life is better now without the drama of some woman that will not stay on her mental meds.
Originally Posted by allwthrrider
Oh and I just saw that now she's yor wife, when did you tie the knot??
In Canadian law, we were common law after 6 months of living in the same room. However for legality's shayleen and I went to the Justis of the peace and paid $125 for a marriage certificate. Neither Shaleen nor I have any family we want in our lives, so we only had two close friends attend as witnesses.
Originally Posted by SassyLass
Thank you for the jacket info Nat! I have saved all the info in my "to purchase someday" list.
I tend to 'run cold', and you are right, this would absolutely replace my throw! This will be a priority purchase in my list. I especially like the fact that the batteries will serve double duty to sufficiently power good hand tools, which you have demonstrated repeatedly.
We live in a age of some sweet tools.