George, my yard hippie, has a fellow musician named Kevin staying with him. George-the-yard-hippie has moved into one of the sheds and is fixing it up. The deal is that if he fixes it up nicely he can live in it for a year or so. Then if we agree on him staying on, he would start to pay rent. Now that he's in the shed, Kevin has moved into the tent. When he first showed up, I made sure he knew that he could only stay for a short time. But then Owl talked to him and he told her he had handyman skills. So she asked me if she could offer to let him trade work for rent and I said OK.
So today I got to the land and the door of the house is open and loud music was blaring out and I thought WTF!?!? I went inside and Kevin is in the kitchen doing an amazing job sanding the wallboard. I was totally impressed. He has caulk and other materials for fixing cracks and flaws and it's obvious from looking at his work and listening to him explain what he's doing that he knows his stuff. It was wonderful to see.
George-the-yard-hippie made a shelf to match the cabinet he moved in the bathroom. It came out wonderfully. Once it's painted, no one will be able to tell that it didn't come with the house. He also fixed the wall where the cabinet was moved from so you can't see that it was ever cut.
I also found the right Allen wrench for the kitchen sink. So the plumber can backflush the dirt out of the system so water will flow where there are only twigs right now.
In the meantime, my yard hippie's garden is huge and lush. I came home with a large zucchini and yellow squash and a bag of green beans. He says he'll have ripe melons starting sometime next week.
After that I went over to the trailer to store some chairs and blankets. Inside one of the storage cabinets was a small cube-like rectangle made of mud, roughly an inch per side (no camera, so no photos). There was no entrance/exit hole. I was going to break it open, but then I thought better and just left it where it was. Maybe I'll get to see what hatches out.
I left feeling really pleased with the progress being made and glad that Kevin and George-the yard-hippie (and a mud wasp or two) are doing the work.