Friday, November 17, 2017

How I found Parking for my Tiny House, and other things....

I really do love life here in my tiny house. And I hope that sharing my experiences and ups and downs can encourage others to take a closer look at what is important in their own lives. 

In the interest of that, I've created a quick overview of what my blog and videos are all about. 

And done an updated look at how I found my amazing location to park my tiny house. Along with some ideas if you are trying to figure out the same thing. 

It was warm again, with more rain. I would have preferred snow, rain is kind of depressing. But now it's dark and that rain has turned back into snow. It looks rather like I'm going to wake up to quite a bit of fresh snow by morning!

I'm still trying to get a good shot of this little Stellers Jay when he flits by the house. He's visited several times now, and I think they are such pretty birds! But he never holds still.

And sometimes I get bigger avian guests. What's the biggest bird you've ever had near your house?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tiny House Daily Chores

So far the start to winter has been starting if fits and spurts. Snow one day and rain the next. Then snow again. Normally by this time, it's more consistently cold. But the kind of crummy weather has given me a chance to work on things like expanding the amount of info I have on video. 

I'm planning to try to cover all my various household appliances and what works well for my tiny house situation.

And some of the regular household chores. Which are generally lesser when you have a smaller house. 

I'm loving being able to start off cold mornings with no rush and a nice mug of tea. With no rushing off to a pre 5 am job. :)

After looking at things the size of elk and moose regularly, I'm not normally very impressed when I see a white tail deer. But this pair of boys came by the other evening. And that one fellow has a long tined 10 point rack. Maybe one of the largest white tails I've ever seen.

And I continue to be visited by smaller critters regularly, which I very much enjoy! I hope you are all having a lovely night as well.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Single woman living in Off Grid Tiny House - Safety and Security considerations

Since some of my most frequently asked questions relate to safety, security, being afraid, and living in a pretty rural and remote area, I decided to do a video addressing all those things. 

And just in case you haven't seen them before, here's some more shots of the awesome, and potentially dangerous neighbors I have. :)

Just some of the tracks that I can find outside my house. Having fresh snow on the ground is a bit like  having a trail camera since I can see what came by when I wasn't looking!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Firewood Thoughts

Winter is settling in around my house and I'm curious to see what the weather does this year. I've heard all kinds of predictions that say extra hard to mild. So I guess I'll just have to wait and see. :) The mountains higher than me already have almost 90 inches of snow, but here around my house it's fallen and melted back and fourth a bunch of times so nothing is very deep yet. 

I'm finding that being home more is changing a bit how my firewood use works out. Here's a few thoughts on that. 

I have now split all that wood that came from the trees that blew over near the garden, but due to increased usage, I'm now anticipating needing a little more than I used last year. So, before the snow gets and deeper, I went out and collected about another cord of logs. Which I am now cutting into rounds and then will split as I have time.

I am totally loving the slightly more relaxed life, at least until there's snow to shovel every day! And as always, I love watching the little creatures that scamper by my place!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lots of Randomness

Since my last post, there was about one more day of clear skies, but with a pretty hard frost. I was able to get the garden all put to bed for the winter just in time before the real snow and cold all poured in! 

And I did a short video on what I've done to try to remedy the poison in the garden problem. And another explaining how my water system works here in my tiny house.

The storm rolling in created a pretty stunning sunset that night. 

And the next morning, I woke up in a fairy tail world with snow sticking to everything!

And, then probably my biggest news recently, I quit my job! And did a whole video about how and why.

A few other things I've done recently.... I've had a lot of visitors this fall. Like one of my brothers, my sister-in-law, and newest niece or nephew. Yes, it is possible to have visitors in a tiny house, including overnight guests!

One of my Aunt and Uncles came by for a week as they explored some of the west as well.

And my Grandmother and another Aunt were the most recent visitors.

I've continued to wrap up storing food for the winter. Like canning 23 quarts of spaghetti sauce couple days ago, and working with a friend to put an elk in the freezer (mostly their freezer since my space is very limited) that should provide almost all of the meat for both of us for the next year.

Snow has continued to fall off and on, with I think a permanent white layer having set in for the year now. And with the changing seasons, (which I love!) comes some challenges when you live off a long dirt lane.

And as always, I've been able to see a lot of spectacular wildlife!

And just as a teaser...... I'm working on a video right now on how I handle safety and security as a single woman living in an off grid tiny house. :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wrapping Up Fall

Fall here seems to have come and gone again in about one day this year! Temps went right from warm (in the 80's F, above normal for summer here) to hard freezes and snowstorms in a few days. Making it a bit of a race to get all the food possible preserved before everything froze solid. It looked like the scene above for only about one day before more snow erased all the hints of yellow and gold around my house. 

Despite the issues with my garden this year, I did get a good harvest of some things. Like carrots. Lots of carrots, in all kinds of colors.

Also a good crop of onions and leaks, though sadly my pesky voles munched through almost all my garlic. A few peas, and a few green beans which was really exciting since I have planted green beans for three years and always ended up with them being killed by frost about the time they would flower.  I also harvested plenty of my reliable frost hardy crops like beets, chard, kale, and other greens. 

I found wild elderberries and picked a whole box.

Turning them into quite a bit of juice which is now canned and should last me most of the year.

I made several batches of sauerkraut.

Picked wild rosehips and dried them. 

Picked many boxes of apples, off a tree that I'd never seen produce anything before, and made apple sauce. Along with quite a few pies, apple crisp, etc. It seems all the wild berry and fruit bushes produced record crops this year which was great for me. 

Which also turned into lots of piles of dishes. I'm so glad I have a double sink in my tiny house!

I got a few potatoes, though most of them did not grow this movie. But again, the ones I did get were all kinds of pretty colors!

Lots of herbs from the flower boxes around the house which I picked and dried for use throughout the winter. 

As I wrapped up the garden, I started leaving the gates open in my fence, and it didn't take more than a few hours for the deer to arrive and explore what they could maybe still much on.

And then there have been quite a few more snow storms. The 7 inches above came down in one night!

At this point it just feels like winter here, even though most of the snows have come and gone again down around my house. The mountains are keeping their snow at the higher elevations. What's fall like in your area right now?