Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tiny House Loan - Video Version

So... as I have mentioned before, I like photos and words myself. But I can also see the numbers. Posts with photos and words seem to attract a few hundred people. And videos attract the attention of thousands of people. Hence I am working on my video shooting and editing skills. Below is the very first video where I have tried out editing at all. Everything previously, as you could probably tell, was simply raw footage. So please bear with me as I learn this new skill.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably already know most of this info from past posts, but I've updated it a bit and turned it into something watchable. Here you go!

And one more recent house photo. The snow banks have compacted considerably due to a lot of cold rain in the last two weeks. But man there is a lot of water content in the snowpack right now! Depending on the particular location, the mountains around here are at 150% to over 200% percent of normal moisture content for this time of year. The mountains just north of me are reporting 473 inches of snowfall for the year right now.

It could be a very interesting spring with run off, ice jams, and flooding depending on how things go when ever it does really start to warm up!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter Mayhem

It's crazy around here! Over 400 inches of snow this winter and now rain for two days and nights. (It's still snowing in the mountains.) Most major roads are avalanched closed, power is out to thousands of people, several roofs have caved in, schools are having a second snow day this year after more than twenty years with out one, and even in this town that is normally prepared for huge winters, it's pretty much chaos.
Zack, one of my younger brothers and a first cousin, John, are here for a weeks visit. They planned to snowboard a huge mountain during an epic winter. Instead everything is closed and the resort is without power and shut down. Extreme avalanche danger makes any kind of back country travel unwise.  So instead, we are all hanging out, talking, relaxing, watching movies, and they have been helping me shovel snow. They're an amazing work crew!

Here's a quick video update from my house today.

Enjoying dinner together with my neighbor.

A full pan of apple coffee cake doesn't last long with this crew!

Neither do bacon wrapped pepper stuffed dates.

Or elk spaghetti.

All you can see of my house when you pull in the drive now!

Relaxing on the extended couch.

The slush on the roads is ten inches deep in some places! Making driving nearly impossible. And almost all the snow clearing equipment in the county seems to be broken down after running non stop all winter already.

My neighbor working night and day to keep several houses open including mine. For which I am super thankful! We are all safe and sound and there is plenty of food in the house for weeks. So don't worry about us, and stay safe with whatever forms of weather you are having!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January Wildlife

Some more of the amazing critters I get to see around my house! These area a few of my favorite shots from the past month. Most of them are from very close to my house, but all from the general area. 

While most of my time this winter has been spent working either at the restaurant or shoveling snow for myself or others, I've still had a few minutes here and there to grab my camera.

I hope you are all enjoying whatever critters you have around in the winter.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A "Lived In" Tiny House Tour

Because people ask what a tiny house that someone actually lives in looks like? Most photos you see, understandable, look totally perfect and as if there is no one who actually lives, breathes, and does things in the house.

So here's an updated tour of my house when I got home from work a few days ago. The last full house tour I did was only weeks after I moved in, so a few things have changed since then. Enjoy!

And a few more interior photo that are recent.

The living/dinning/etc. room at dusk. See how high the snow banks that you can see through the windows are! And remember that from inside, my floor is already several feet off the ground level outside.

Kitchen. The one area I am finished painting. I'm really happy with it.

And one shot with my custom handmade kamiks that have been keeping my feet more comfortable than they've ever been in my life! I wear them while outside shoveling show, photographing, or anything else, and my feet are never cold now, yet they are not hot and sweaty when I'm inside either. Thanks to Northern Heart Designs! I kind of just want to wear them all the time. For everything.

My tiny bathroom.

And one more shot of what you can still see of my house over the snow banks. Another nearly 40 inches in the forecast over the next few days. It might be July before we get spring this year!