Minnow the Streamline

Conjuring Optimism

April 29, 2011

This afternoon I will pick up the trees and bushes that I ordered through the local Conservation District. (Of course, these plants will be more like sticks and twigs at this point, but I am optimistic for their future.) So, this morning I woke to see wee snow flakes falling outside my window. This follows [...]

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What is it with 50-year-old travel trailers?

April 25, 2011

So I’ve been asking myself, “What is it about vintage travel trailers that so many people find so compelling?” So often when I talk about my trailer project, people respond as if I am writing a novel or something—like there is all this romance and adventure infused in old aluminum trailers. Now, I’m not complaining [...]

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Polishing the Minnow

April 23, 2011

Just a little update on my Streamline Trailer project. First, I’ve been away for about three weeks, and didn’t make much progress in that time except to find two little “spice racks” at ReStore in Seattle and do lots of research. The polish that I had ordered from Nuvite arrived while I was away, so [...]

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With Some Air and Abrasive

March 21, 2011

Today my brother pulled out bundles of yellow and rust-brown airhose and a pneumatic die grinder, and chopped off the aluminum parts that I wanted gone from my Streamline trailer. I am thrilled with the difference this has made—opening up the front of the trailer to the back, and by “revealing” the window that was [...]

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Streamline Kitchen Changes

March 19, 2011

Today was a half-day in the Streamline, prepping to remove some “walls” which means I was drilling out rivets and loosening old screws. I want to remove a bit of the cabinet in the kitchen (marked in green), to increase countertop area (of which there is presently about two and one-half square foot). The remaining [...]

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Streamline Adventures, cont.

March 16, 2011

A little tour of the interior of my Streamline trailer, as it sits today. And, as it sits today, it needs a LOT of work still. Four projects in the mill: 1) remove a couple of cabinets; 2) polish the aluminum; 3) re-wiring, and, 4) sketching out the floorplan.

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Streamline Adventure – Hello Cabinets

February 20, 2011
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Streamline Adventure – Day one, two, three, 2011

February 15, 2011

This week is Refinish The Cabinets Week. I have the workshop all to myself. It’s quite warm (which the trailer is not right now)–the perfect spot to tackle the paint that is on these birch-veneered doors and drawers. In two plus days I’ve gotten through seven of eleven door fronts, with an additional six drawers [...]

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November 12, 2010

I don’t expect you to get very excited about this … but, this is super cool. A 1958 license plate, for a trailer, Washington state. It’s super cool because 1958 is the year of manufacture of my Streamline trailer, and I could actually use this plate as my for-true license plate if I wanted to [...]

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Fading with Time

October 28, 2010

It has been more than a year since the demise of my marriage; I am baffled by the strong feelings that remain with me still, after so much time has passed. I still carry a deep sadness, and I wear a thick mantle to shelter my heart. It’s true that with the passage of time [...]

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