I Love an Inviting Porch!

4:00 AM @ the THTiny House has a wonderful new porch from which to enjoy 4:00 in the morning as the sun comes up, or later in the day as it heads back down…

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So What’s it Like Now?

I have been in tiny house full time for a little over a year now and someone asked me today if it was as I thought it would be.  They asked me if I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would.

Without exception, there is not one time when I have opened the front door, or even merely approached my front door, and not felt a sense of comfort, coziness, and security.  Because my frig is smaller, I have finally learned to shop and cook for one.  This one simple thing has drastically improved my diet.  The cross ventilation has worked to give passive solar and also refreshing breezes, just as I hoped it would.

Having completed a full calendar cycle I now know which of my remaining ideas should most likely be things I do, and which are probably completely unnecessary.  I also know I’m completely fine if I do nothing different because I have loved this last year, exactly as it has been.

I can honestly say that not only is my tiny house the shelter I had hoped it would be, it is far more than I hoped it would be.  It is a haven.  It is a refuge, a place where I don’t feel the bumps and bruises that led to me downsizing in the first place.  It is something my children and grandchildren think of when they are met with challenges.  It is a place that has expanded my sense of connectedness.  It is a place that keeps me more attuned to that natural clock ticking each day outside my front door.  It is a place that reminds me to take care of myself and stay in shape because I built it and I know the weight of each sheet of plywood, and I like the lifestyle that having that strength affords me.  I do less impulse buy shopping because I’m more mindful of my available storage space.

LIving in my tiny house keeps me engaged and attentive in ways I never anticipated.

I would have to say that not only have I enjoyed my tiny house as I thought I would, I have enjoyed it in ways I never envisioned.

Only a Few Days Left…

Just a few more days and Spring 2015 will be upon us!

This post is for all of you closet DIY’ers that think you can’t DIY (whatever your desired project may be).

I have heard from so many of you that thought your age or gender was a deterrent, or the fact that you never used tools before, or like me you weren’t good at math, or had people around you who made fun of you, or were told that women don’t build things unless they want to make their men feel insecure or they have something they have to prove.  The reasons are endless.

Building a tiny house is not a gender specific goal.  It doesn’t mean you have anything to prove.  It may be for you just like it was for me, something I wanted to do.  Those who loved me got on board and over time didn’t think the idea was so nuts after all.

There is an immense amount of personal satisfaction that comes from having goals in life.  They keep you looking forward and thinking forward.  And when you look back after completion, it is with satisfaction and pride.  Without ever saying a word those around you who need inspiration will find themselves inspired in ways that are meaningful for their uses.

Tiny house just went through record breaking low temps and record breaking snow falls, and I have never been cozier.  When I look around, my mind plays memories and those memories warm me.

I’ll continue to add to this blog as meaningful posts strike me, but based upon all of the feedback and emails over time I’m going to start another blog in the coming weeks that touches on other projects taking place n my life.  Hopefully you will find this new blog as interesting and meaningful for your purposes and will follow along with me there too.

Pan Mass Challenge

Ok folks this one is completely off topic but for a great cause! Some of our family members are planning to ride in this year’s Pan Mass Challenge. If you want to support the good work but don’t have the energy to ride please click on this link and lend whatever support you are able to http://www2.pmc.org/profile/EL0112
THANK YOU on behalf of those who will ride, those who battle the illnesses, and those who seek the cures.