Murdo Girl…Forward thinker

Tiny home update

We have been on a rollercoaster and we’re frazzled. We got the electricity to the box, today, and were told we had to request a work order for the meter, which would take seven to ten working days. After talking to three people, they came back and put the meter in and the company that provides the electricity turned the lights on.

Next step…water and sewer

We had to wait until the electricity was on to arrange for the sewer and water hook-ups. When I called today, they said the wait time is usually three to six weeks. I couldn’t find the words to respond, and it’s probably a good thing. Others told us different things and the end result is they are going to bless us with water and sewer connections next week. We should be able to live in the place by the end of next week. We will be doing more than whistling while we wait. We have plenty to do.

In the meantime, someone from the county came by and said our driveway was a couple of feet too long. That will be taken care of by the contractor. He’s a good guy.

And another thing…

Last night, I had a table at a two-hour literacy event at the Mabank High School. It was their first time to host a function with the focus on inspiring kids to read more books. They decided to have it this time of year so students will be encouraged to continue to expand their world by reading during summer vacation.

Soo’-tah, from Dakotah’s Story, and Pearl the dog, from Connie’s story, were hits as were the rabbit ears you must wear when you sing the “Beasterhop” song.

I had a great time talking to kids of all ages about my books and I read We Shall See what We Shall See to the little children. Other readers included firemen, policemen, and Martha Washington. There was one other local author there. She and I enjoyed exchanging ideas and talking about the difficulties of putting a book together.There were several community organizations represented and countless books were handed out to all the students. They offered popcorn, pizza, snow cones and giveaways. They had games and drawings for prizes. A good time was had by all! every school should do this and involve the whole community.

Earlier in the day…

“Where is the mini monarchy Cam? Those ladies are laughing at us. I told you not to wear the toilet seat. You look much better in a lampshade.” 

All the above took place after I attended a special birthday party for the four, April birthday girls. It was at Fran’s house. She is so delighted that it appears Kip and I will finally be their new neighbors. I know the wait must feel like an eternity to them. Well, Fran and Scott… we’re almost ready to occupy the tiny home with Kip’s gynormous brown barn behind it, that dwarfs my teeny shed. Don’t become alarmed if you see a few things flying through the air as Kip and I sort out who has to store what in “their” space. You wouldn’t happen to have a little extra room in your garage would you? I guess I can always ask Linda and Leroy if they have some extra attic room.” I just love nice neighbors.


I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Have you ever noticed that most forward thinkers come from small towns and graduated with a small class? I have only talked to a couple of people from small towns whose graduating class was smaller than mine (twenty-seven). One of the people I talked to was my brother. I think he graduated with eleven and he’s a real forward thinker…and a minimalist like me.

9 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Forward thinker

  1. scoper07 April 27, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    What a lot of obstacles to work through. General Contractor work is not easy. You can put that on your resumes now. At least it won’t be long now! Kip is living the dream…having a garage bigger than the house.


    • Mary Francis McNinch April 27, 2018 / 10:43 pm

      I got duped 07, but I don’t mind being the only minimalist in the making.


  2. sanjuan831 April 26, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Oh, and I was so proud of you volunteering at the high school and reading to kids. Great display table. You’re a good role model for our youth!

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  3. sanjuan831 April 26, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the TH update and wide view photo of the entire homestead. Is that your TS(tiny shed) to the right of the Big Red Barn?

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  4. Patti Arnieri April 26, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    “Had started”not “has started”–that’s a typo, not a grammatical faux pas.

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  5. Patti Arnieri April 26, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    We’re there really only eleven in Bill’s class? I thought it was larger. There were twenty in mine, and thirteen of us has started first grade together.
    I get frustrated reading about your problems with the tiny house, so I can’t imagine how much worse it must be for you. Chin up; the end is (might be?) in sight.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch April 26, 2018 / 10:33 pm

      I think there were five girls and six boys in Bill’s class, but I could be wrong. I have to call him tomorrow, so I’ll verify.
      I think we’re to the point where we’re surprised when something goes right. We sold our house quickly and got a good deal on the lot near friends, so I hold out hope it will work out okay. We’ll name it Snake Bit!

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  6. countrygirl57 April 26, 2018 / 9:37 pm


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