My House Is Too Big!!!

So, Yiayia’s Waggon is too large.

Well, it could maybe be the right size for staying put but it’s definitely too large for traveling. It’s uncomfortable to tow and it can’t go everywhere I want to go. And I still feel oppressed living with so much stuff.

The vanlife is calling.

Now, it’s going to be some time before I can afford a van. And I did specifically outfit my truck for camping. So what I’m doing is parking the Waggon in Mississippi to be the nucleus of my Southern Base.

Then I close on a house in North Carolina. A house?!?!?! A townhouse. Yes, that is waaaaaayyyyyy too big. I plan on letting other people rent most of it. I just need a home base for when I’m here where the kids are. Might as well make my Eastern Base be the home base for residency. So I’m probably gonna claim a bedroom with attendant bath and rent out the rest.

Then I can finish outfitting Hilda the Truck for camping. That’s going to mean taking out all the tool shelving and adding comfort things. Like, you know, a bed. And insulation.

Hilda is pretty sub-optimal for living in. Not a lot of room. No standing up. No way to get from the cab to the bed without exiting the vehicle. I think I might have finally killed the leak in the roof, but not completely sure.

Not ideal, but she’ll do while I save up for a proper van.


  • Must have a place for the bucket toilet and requisite sawdust.
  • Must have a place for the cat litter box and requisite litter.
  • My car fridge may die on me, so a bigger DC cooler fridge may be called for. That may mean another battery.
  • Sigh. Probably going to have to go propane for heat and cooking. If so, will need one of those stubby little tanks because I’m not gonna continue with bottles.
  • Mobile office is gonna be a big design challenge.
  • Roof fan/vent is a must-have.
  • I have ample mosquito net to get creative with. Hate the skeeters.
  • Signal booster? I dunno, I had really good results with signal on the trip out right up until planting myself on the Carolina coast. Even in absolutely nowhere, Kansas I had decent signal.

Still toying also with the idea of getting a utility trailer and fixing that up instead of the back of the truck. That would improve my ability to bring the scooter back, to comfortably house a bed, to set up a workstation, and, you know, stand up.

Per the usual, I look to the Universe to give me opportunities and coincidences. And If I start making a decision, I ask the Universe to block it or bless it, so I know whether I’m on course or not.

The Big Plan


To be an expression of God’s love in the world. Do that by:

  • Traveling
  • Learning
  • Advocating
  • Assisting
  • Having a good time as often as possible
  • Helping others have a good time, too

Short Term Plan

  • Get better paying job.
  • Finish the waggon, including optimization for work-from-home.
    • Exterior trim.
    • Shutters.
    • Finish interior paneling.
    • Interior trim.
    • Electrical system.
      • Shore power.
      • Solar.
    • Final furniture build and anchoring.
    • Interior and exterior decor.
      • Get my cousin to paint chickens on the shutters.
      • Paisleys and curlicues everywhere.
    • Mobile internet.
    • Optimized workstation.
  • Begin investigating properties.
    • Desert base.
    • Northern base.
  • Get 100% remote work job. (Would love it if this job and the first job are the same job.)
  • Begin travel.
  • Begin buying properties.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Desert (Winter) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
    • Garage to park the waggon inside.
      • Earthbag construction. If not practical for large-scale with earth-sheltered, then concrete or other alternative.
      • Earth sheltered to the north, east, west, and top.
      • Large, wide door(s) to the south.
      • Ample ventilation.
      • Rocket mass heater.
      • Cool food storage.
    • Rainwater catchment.
      • Land needs sufficient slope to provide single location for catchment.
      • Ditches and gutters.
      • Filtration and purification.
      • Pump.
    • Outdoor living area.
      • Firepit.
      • Shade.
      • Workbench?
    • Strategies for dealing with critters.
    • Solar and/or wind power.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Southern (Spring/Autumn) Base

  • Property already acquired.
    • Utilities available as self-install.
    • No zoning.
  • Improve property.
    • Concrete RV pad for the waggon.
    • Wooden deck.
      • Between RV pad and garage.
      • Water and shore power for waggon.
    • Garage.
      • Reclaimed materials.
      • Includes bathroom.
      • Septic system.
      • Possibly outdoor cooking area.
    • Gravel drive.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Northern (Summer) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Overseas Base

  • Evaluate whether to acquire property and/or nomadic dwelling.
  • Make it so.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism?!?!
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Meanwhile, Back at the Waggon …

So, a lot has happened while I haven’t been blogging about the waggon. As you can probably tell from the front page of my site, it got built. I’d say it’s approximately 80% complete, which is a little disheartening as it’ll soon be the 4th anniversary of Assembly Day.

Life happened.

I got laid off and started a business, which didn’t take off quickly enough, so I had to get a day job. Since I had all the materials already, some build work could still happen while the weather permitted. But I could no longer afford to build indoors, and that was a crying shame.

Then I got a divorce and it became necessary to live in the waggon before it was complete. That’s where I’m at now.

Most of the exterior is done. Still need trim and decorative elements.

Most of the interior paneling is up. Still need to finish the paneling and install electrical, floor, and trim. I’m not so keen on plumbing anymore, but may opt for it later.

I did post a little bit about the build in my Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers build journal. But I fizzled out there as well. Mostly I posted in Facebook in realtime. Here’s the album of photos about it.