Life’s Daily Inspiration “Women can Inspire Men”
When I was eighteen I bought a fifty-four passenger school bus, not so unusual you think. Maybe not for a man but, for a woman holy cow, people thought I’d lost my mind. I bought this bus for song from a local church that no longer needed. After the purchased a new model.
They were“ NOT”very inspiring by an large, except for my dad who as you’ve read before in past articles. Was always my biggest cheerleader. He told me you can do anything, what you don’t know you can always learn.
Dad Inspired my life
He was always lifes daily inspiration to me, so moving along on my story. Once I had the bus I moved it to the back of my dads property and started removing all the seats. After work and weekends were no longer free for me.
Once all the seats were out I needed to find a cheap form of lite weight insulation to put over head. And ended up using carpet padding gluing it up all over inside of roof and walls to stop some heat. And preventing cooking alive whoever was inside at the time. Mainly that being me, Lol.
Choices had to be made
After a couple of weeks I was ready for a few decisions on other things to be done.
Next I framed the walls from windows down with 2x4s tying them into the frame with a drill and screws and yes, it was very tiring and very time-consuming and yet very rewarding.
A couple weeks hater I put quarter inch plywood over the frame work and trimmed around the top and bottom like a giant picture frame with rough lumber that had in places some bark still showing.
Next the really fun part began (NOT) I needed to stain the plywood which I did by hand with a rag ‘to’get the exact shade and color I was looking for. Then 2 coats of polyurethane on top of that.
All by myself, my dad coming out back on Saturday Mornings to see what I had done since the last time. He never once said why don’t you do it like this? Or why did you do that? He truly was my life’s dailyinspiration,sometimes he would ask how can I best help out? My answer, just be there in case I need to ask you a question.
If you can dream it you can do it
His response was you don’t need me, but if you do I will be here for you.
There were times I would ask the best way to do something and we would discuss it without him every saying do it this or that way. He would give me ideas the path I chose was My own.
Now I was ready to fix the ceiling and cover the insulation .
(padding) I had glued up. Years ago we had an outlet store called Borg fabric it was very lite weight and came up sixty inches wide and whatever yardage you needed. I decided that would work so bought a baby blue color with a short pile (so it looked like carpet and not material.) and you guessed it went through the gluing process a second time. (Lord, deliver me from that project ever again) then I took 1×2 and lightly stained them and them covered with a polyurethane. And, screwed them in running the length of my bus making 2 runs front to back.
Ceiling was done and looking good. My dad was so proud. Next I carpeted the floor with dark navy blue carpet.
working with my hands
And then came one of my favorite pastimes building cabinets as I love wood working. Of course, Another odd hobbie for a woman. I learned as I went making doors and cabinet fronts. And they were not to bad.
Next I Went to have a talk with my dad about what kind of cooking stove I would need. And he gave several ideas to think about. So off to Ships RV I went. To purchase a propane cook top with four burners. Unfortunately the directions didn’t say it came with the gas valves fully opened and I like to have burnt my eyebrows off when I lit it for a trial run. Go ahead laugh my dad did, he slapped his leg and hooted like an owl. It was funny.
Now the walls are done, the ceiling is done, the cabinets installed in lite green 8 ft counter top. I then took and cut the hole for my sink and plumed it to a holding tank I had mounted to underneath the bus. That could hold 30 gallons of grey water.
One of the last projects on this build was my dinning table and benches which had backs to lean on and the seats I placed hinges on and made them closed in, for storage for pantry items in addition to under cabinets under cabinets on counter sides.
Furniture and lighting
All that was left was to put furniture and lighting and Air conditioning. Which, I accomplished by putting a comfy blue suede chair in right rear corner and made a day bed 8 ft long on either side, one at the end of kitchen counter and the other beside the dining eat in area, and the rear window on right side I removed a window by the hardest, and put in a small room air conditioning. Now I was ready to go camping in style.
And my proudest moment was when my Dad said, when are we going and where. We both loved to fish so more memories to be shared later.
You can learn to do anything
I never once doubted I could do all those things because my dad my hero, had raised us all through our childhood saying, you can learn to do anything. Can’t never could do nothing. And there is no dumb question. Except for the one you never ask.
The moral I guess is have faith like the grain of a mustard seed so we can accomplish whatever we set out to do in life.
And along the way inspire others as my dad inspired me, to do or be whatever they can dream up. I always strive to be an encouragement to my family members nieces and nephews and great nieces and so on. I to this day still believe if you work hard and study what you do not know you can learn to do anything. There may be a few screw ups along the way but, you can achieve your hearts desire.
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Many Blessings, Scarlett and Elaine
Refrigerator left side, and in front of it benches and table.
Overhead Borg carpet back door with screen. Sorry they are dark but are over 30 yrs old.
One of the daybeds. Both were of course identical