Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my frosty snowy house to yours this morning, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying your day.

Monday, November 21, 2016


Two years ago today, my house arrived. She has changed a lot both inside and out in those two years and I have some as well. 

It's been a good two years. Years with plenty of frustrations like moisture problems from propane heat and things to learn about living off grid in general. But good years. The opportunity to have space, peace, and quite to deal with some tough things in my life and to pursue some things other than just working. The opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural world I am surrounded by. 

Buying a tiny house is still something I consider one of the best decisions I've ever made for multiple reasons. Maybe I'll try to do a video with more on that later today. At the moment, I am curled up on the couch sipping another mug of hot fresh ginger tea and trying to recover from the nasty sore throat I woke up with. Watching the wet snowflakes raining down outside and feeling ready for it to turn into a real winter with nice cold temps to freeze up the mud and provide nice dry fluffy snow.

Happy anniversary to me and my cozy little nest!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tiny House Big Travels

After a big trip around the northwest to see friends and family, it was good to be back in my cozy tiny house. Except I'm off on another trip again. And very much looking forward to getting home and staying for a while! Here's a few shots from my last trip.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wood Stove Update and Tips

Ok. I had great intentions to answer many of the wood stove related questions I've been asked a long time before now. But here you go! I'm experimenting with putting most of the content in video form. As I look at the stats of what you all view, it seems many people prefer videos to written words and photographs. I prefer the later, but I seem to be in the minority. And recording a video is hours faster for me than writing out the same info. So let me know what you all think!

And if you, like me, prefer photos, don't worry. There will still be lots of those since that is what I prefer.! 

In this shot you can more clearly see where that metal plate I showed you in the videos sits in the bottom of the stove between the firebricks.

And the now burning fire obscures this a bit, but you can sort of see how the edges of the metal plate we added do not go quite the whole way to the edges inside, allowing air to flow out from under it and feed the base of the fire.

The fire braid that we stuffed in the space around the door that had been created for it.

This shot just let you see what the chimney looks like on the exterior of the house.

Above, just a nice glowing hot fire. And below, you can see how if you look up to the top inside of the stove, the flames curls up around and into the baffles that help thoroughly burn (more of) everything in the smoke before it heads up the chimney.

Here's what my pipes did look like the first time I pulled them apart. That is a lot of creosote plugging them up!

Using this little torch, we burned out all that buildup.

Once lighted, there was plenty of buildup in there to burn for a little while. 

After it burned out, here's how much drier and flaky all that build up became. At that point, I was able to brush it out with a chimney brush.

In case you forgot why I have a wood stove? Here's two shots of my house last winter. This time of year is rapidly approaching again!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Wrapping Up

Hey folks. I'm trying to get back in the swing of updating things here. I was able to do a little tour outside my house this afternoon and show off some of my work. Like my little wood shed that I built and am kind of proud of. 

At this point everything is so soggy, I'm ready for the ground to freeze up and just have snow instead of rain. And just for fun, here's some of the wildlife I've seen around my house in the last few weeks. 

All of these amazing animals were within a few hundred yards of my house. I do get to live somewhere pretty amazing!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Afternoon Around my Place

Around my house this afternoon. After I got off work I split another pile of wood. This fox was right below my house (like you could see him from inside) and while still cute, something is wrong with him. He looks kind of rough compared to all the others I've seen in the area and even though I watched him for a while, he never opened his eyes any further than this. I hope he's not rabid, but he's sick with something. And then there's always the mountains and things like this eagle was fishing right over the nearby creek.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Update & Photos

Thank you all for your concerns and kind words since my last post. I'm trying to get things back together in my personal life and do have a lot of posts I want to get written and up here soon. I am still very much living in my tiny house, winter is settling in here, and life is gradually slowing down a bit. 

For something other than politics tonight, here's some variety! After looking at this since I completed it a few weeks ago, I'm finally sharing it here. I guess I hesitated because I don't want to be one more friend filling up your newsfeed with "hey, buy this product" type posts. But after some serious encouragement from some good friends and requests from other folks over the years, I have set up a site where you could buy some of my photos if that interests you. I will continue to share photos here like always and will not be pushing this site all the time. But if you like it, of course feel free to share!

Photography has always been a hobby I really enjoy for myself, but I do also enjoy sharing the photos with others. The site allows you to order any photo you like in various forms. Want a canvas on your wall? A calendar? Cards? Tee shirt? Real postage stamps? Mug? Cutting board? Holiday ornaments? Stickers? Magnets? Etc. These and more are all available, and yes, your purchases will help me do things like buy groceries and pay off my house. If I've ever shared a photo that you really like and it's not on my site, please let me know and I will be happy to add it. Thank you all for your kind comments and encouragement over the years!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Just a heads up. Due to some personal life events, further Jamboree posts (and any others) are indefinitely on hold. I wanted to have them all up within a day or two of the Jam, but it's not going to be. Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jamboree - Tiny Houses #1

In no particular order, here are some of the houses I was able to tour during the Jamboree. There will be at least two more of these posts, just so I don't overwhelm one post with too many photos.

 In general, there were a lot of great ideas in many houses. I wouldn't want to get into the "but the point of tiny houses is!" debate, so please understand that none of my comments are referring to that. There are lots of different points to tiny houses and many reasons that motivate different people to go tiny. My comments are solely in reference to how certain things would fit into my life and goals and personal preferences in style. 

That said, for me, many of the homes there this year were trying, and doing a pretty good job, of fitting in many things I personally don't need or want in my house. I know my place is both larger and has more stuff, thanks to my cooking, than many people have. But a lot of the homes this year, while nice, were stuffed with a lot of things I just don't happen to care about.

The one above is a much more modern look than mine. Nice, just not as much my personal style at what I have but very nicely done however.

Inside they had maybe the largest "real" couch I think I've ever seen in a tiny house. 

I liked the natural wood, white, and grey finishes. Maybe because that's what I have in mine. :)

The bathroom had the tiniest little sink I've ever seen! Very cute, but I'm not sure I could really do much in it.

Again, I really likes the finishes and colors in this place. The kitchen countertop was really beautiful.

And the loft was quite spacious and bright.

Behr Paints is giving away a tiny house which attracted a lot of attention! You can enter the drawing through October. I wasn't sure it if was this exact model you'd actually win, but you were only able to view this one through the windows. Looks pretty cool!

The one view you could get inside.

Another more modern looking exterior. 

This one had a pretty unique double staircase going to both lofts which I had not seen before. And it seemed like a pretty good setup.

The stairs did add a lot of storage space for sure. 

The kitchen was nice and open and bright.

The tile in the shower was nicely done, just not my style.

And the living room was again open and spacious. 

Another different exterior on one with lots of large windows which I do really like.

The kitchen seemed well laid out and cheery.

The living room had a electric fireplace which did look really nice, but would not be the thing to have if you are off grid!

Another kitchen shot.

And I liked the bathtub setup.

Another large comfy couch facing the fireplace with a hammock on the front porch.

One of the crowds listening to speakers on the main stage. Sadly, I missed almost all of the speakers this year since I'd signed up to volunteer. It was fine, and in general I like volunteering for things, but I will say that the fact that you were asked to commit to at least two 6 1/2 hour shifts cut pretty deeply into my available time to view houses, chat with people, listen to speakers, try to get good house photos and get them posted in a more timely fashion, etc. For that reason, unless it's possible to only volunteer for maybe one 4 hour shift, I probably will not do so next year.

One of the many cool tiny house tee shirts I spotted over the Jamboree.

The lines were not nearly as bad as last year to view most of the houses, but they did start to get pretty long at times. It was helped a lot by having so many more houses to view.

There were several stunning thunderstorms over the weekend, but we only really got rained on once at the Jamboree. Here you can see some of the impressive thunderheads towering over the tiny houses though.

One of the first things you saw as you walked in from the parking lot.

The only adobe exterior tiny house I've seen. It would look quite odd in my mountain setting, but I think could look great is some more dry, warm, or desert areas.

The interior was unfinished.

But did have the following layout plan displayed.

Unlike almost every other house present, this tiny was not on wheels. It was built on skids and using the same kind of truck that would haul a mobil home, you can simply pull it up onto a trailer when you need to move it. This allowed for it to be wider than most as well.

The interior was very simple, but homey and cozy feeling.

This might have been the only bathroom I saw that was about as narrow as mine.

The wood stove added to the cozy feeling.

The kitchen was very basic and I'd need a few more things there myself, but overall I liked this little place.

One of the houses that had an exterior much more like mine.

The interior was well laid out, clean, and bright.

This may have been the only other tiny kitchen I saw with a double sink. Just for the record, I am so glad I have a double and use it all the time.

Some of the time it felt like the crowds made it really hard to photograph or even see the houses well. But sometimes, I think all the people in the shots help give you a sense of perspective, and show off how much space there really is inside.

Another shot of the Behr home with the long row of toilets in the background. I was very thankful with the crowds that they had so many!

Maybe just because they are so often out all on their own (and I like being there!) it was just really cool to see so many tiny houses side by side.

One of the more unique and artistic exteriors present.

It had a cozy kitchen.

With fun details on the door and drawer handles.

Another mini wood stove.

A functional and bright bathroom.

The only overhead glass walkway I've ever seen in a tiny. This connected the two lofts.

Which both had beautiful curved details as well.

I suppose because I don't really have a good break point... That's it for post one! I'm going to just put this one up and start on number two. Enjoy!