Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Temporary Housing

We've been living in our temporary quarters for a week now and have all of the kinks worked out. The whole place needs to be remodeled, rewired, and re-plummed before it will eventually be used for factory space. So right now we have wires (took me several days to figure them all out!) running everywhere for electricity and hoses for water. We have two big rooms, a hallway that we've turned into the kitchen that leads to the cement shower and toilet. I'd call the effect 'rustic retro.' In fact, Steve and my room has one whole wall that the plaster has come off of down to bricks, kind of like a New York loft! Once I got into the groove of cleaning what I can and not worrying about the rest we've quite enjoyed living here. The kids just have to slip across the alley to the main FS building to play in the backyard and we actually have more square footage than we did in the flat we stayed in at first.
We have to look outside the window in the morning and evening to the scene in the courtyard. There's a water tap there that the current tenants use for their needs. When the tap is running we plug in the water pump that gets water into the tanks up on the roof so we have water all day long.
We're expecting to be here for a while. Steady progress is being made on our permanent space (in the courtyard picture you can see immediately to the right on the same storey that the picture was taken what will be our eventual front door!) but it will take some time.
The new T-shirt unit is right over our heads and we've been enjoying visits from the ladies as they go up and down the stairs outside our door all day! On the first day when I was struggling a bit with the dirt, they kept popping in and telling me how beautiful it was. To their eyes it is so I chose to change my attitude to contentment as well. Perspective can be a beautiful thing!

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