Walker, Penny, and I have been living in our backyard for about three weeks now…yup, you read that right. At first we lived in a tent for nearly two weeks (not recommended), and now we’re living in a shed (minus toilet and shower usage). It definitely has been an adventure!
Why are we living in a backyard when we have a perfectly good studio inside, you might ask? Well, super long story short, we’ve been going through a pretty nightmarish tenant experience over the last 14 months, and unfortunately that whole situation culminated with a tremendous mold problem that got so bad that our home became uninhabitable. 😭
SO yes, we are living in a shed, and yes, I definitely am making the most of it. Being able to see things as an adventure to creatively overcome rather than an obstacle that I’m stuck in has been my tried and true secret to a happier, more contented life since forever, so unless that stops working for me I’m just going to keep sticking with it! Why fix what isn’t broke, you know?
Because of this, I’ll be posting more often than my usual 22nd (and sometimes 6th) of the month schedule, just to document little moments of this backyard living adventure that I’m on. These posts will probably mostly be art journal pages, or garden, goaties or Penelope photos, or other small and random things.
I expect I’ll also post updates about mold remediation and construction plans as they unfold, but as staying lighthearted and positive is one of the most important things right now, I don’t know if I’ll be writing about the whole nightmare-situation side of things…just because we’ve been treated so badly and illegally that I honestly don’t know if I even want to. I will say that we have recently become aware of the laws protecting tenants, though, and this has made a tremendous difference.
As soon as mold remediation officially begins and our bathroom access has been cut off, we will have to have our landlord put us up in a hotel. We could insist she does so now but that’d easily cost her over $1,000 a week for potentially a few months, so as long as my health is keeping up and we’re keeping warm enough we decided to give backyard living a chance in order to try to take a little bit of the financial burden off of our landlord’s shoulders. It’s been an exercise in love for sure, but it has been beautiful to see God’s faithfulness.
That’s all for today, though. I’ll be back on the 22nd (and perhaps even sooner) with more 💛
(P.S. Prayers are greatly appreciated. Please also share your prayer requests in the comments if there’s anything you’d like me to pray for, because I’d love to pray for you too!)