About Me


Ever wander who actually lives in Fy Nyth and writes this blog? Well hello! I'm Ariel. I'm a single woman in my late twenties living in the western mountain of WY.

I grew up as the oldest of seven children in a conservative homeschooling family in PA. Being the oldest in a large family allowed me to learn many useful skills as I helped care for our home, garden, all my younger siblings, and developed the ability to learn and work on my own. Most of this background I am very thankful for now.  The community where I was raised was very close in many ways and I was related to many people in the area since very few ever left after settling there upon emigrating from Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, and Ireland about 8 generations before me. At 20 I became one of the exceptions and moved west. I have never looked back. I love the open spaces, sparse population, and stunning scenery here.

Right now I work as a waitress in a small but busy breakfast joint and in a local day care part time. In the past I have milked cows, worked for a greenhouse, on produce farm, done flower arranging, cleaned, and worked for an experiential education program for teen boys. In general, enjoying the freedom to do what I loved (even if it did not come with a large income) that came with not having a collage degree or any debt associated with it. Now I do have a loan on my house, but am rapidly paying that down and looking forward to being totally debt free once again which will give me even more freedom to do other things. As it is, for much of the year I work three days a week and have a four and a half (if I leave right after work) day "weekend" every week to do other things with my time.

I don't make a ton of money, I don't have a huge house or lots of stuff. Do I feel deprived? Not one little bit. Does this life work for everyone? I doubt it. But for me, I love it. I get to do what I want and spend time with who I want. What else can you do with a degree and a high paying job? Maybe you do need those if you want to do different things. But my life works very well for what I want to do.

 I love living in my tiny house and homesteading as much as possible on the ground where I am fortunate enough to be able to park my home. My house and simple lifestyle allows me time to pursue the many things I enjoy.  From things like gardening, cooking, canning, drying, and pickling food to activities like hiking, skiing, backpacking, climbing, crossfit, dancing, entertaining and relationships with friends. And of course photography and blogging about my life and house. You can follow my personal blog as well if you like over at Ariel's Life. Below are some more photos of me busy with the many things I spend my time on. Thanks for coming by!


























86 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your blog and pictures. I lived in Teton Valley for 17 years and recognize many of the vantage points from which you took your pictures on the west side of the Tetons. Top of Table, Targhee and Devil's Staircase! Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks and cool! Small world. Where in the world are you now?

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  2. Hey Ariel, do you plan to attend the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs?

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    1. Though it sounds like fun, I do not plan to be there. It's a really busy time of year for me. And while it would be fun to bring my house, it does not move easily from this little corner where it's tucked in. If you are ever in northern WY, feel free to contact me though if you'd like to stop by!

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    2. Hi Arial, I totally love your blog and your photos are AMAZING! !!! I would totally love to meet you, you seem so nice and fun. I'm gonna be building a small house within the next few years, doing my research lol....peace. ...love. ...and groovyness..tam

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    3. Thanks! Good luck with your build. Send me a photo sometime, I'd love to see it.

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    4. And Tam, you are welcome to visit if you are ever in the area!

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  3. Hey Ariel, do you plan to attend the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs?

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  4. Hi Ariel---found your blog today from a link from Tiny House....I have really enjoyed checking out your beautiful home as well as your photos. Love, love, love the shots of you in the "about me" section! The person who shot them is an excellent photographer :)

    Congrats on living your life the way that works for you, with no apologies, no regrets. I envy that.

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    1. Thanks! The photos of myself were shot mainly by three different friends who are all talented. And there's some self timer ones in there too. ;)

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  5. Hi Ariel, I love your blog! I'm obsessed with tiny houses and until the day I get my own I love reading about others. I'm trying to simplify my life and get back to more natural living. So you talk about how much you cook and I was wondering if you would do a post on what a week of your meals and recipes look like! Thanks! Mercedes

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    1. Thank you. Are you building your own? I like the idea of a post about meals and cooking. I will try to do that soon.

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  6. Thanks for the idea! I just did a quick post on one meal that you can find here. http://fynyth.blogspot.com/2015/07/big-cooking.html

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  7. Hi Ariel;

    Just found your blog thanks to Tiny House. I commend you for the lifestyle who have chosen and the freedom you have found without the burden of debt. You are wiser than most your age. We live off grid in our retirement home here in Northern Ontario, Canada. We raise chickens, Mary quilts, we have a garden and love living back in the bush on 33 acres. We cut our own firewood and live very comfortably. You can read our blog at: a-min bancroft.blogspot.ca We will be following your journey as you continue to blog. If you ever find yourself out our way let us know.

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    1. Sounds lovely! I don't have any plans to be in the area, but will keep it in mind if I ever am. You are welcome to visit my place as well if you are ever in WY!

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  8. Ariel,
    Thanks for sharing your life with us.
    It seems you're having a fabulous time.
    Enjoy it. Always. =)

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    1. Thank you. It's not all perfect, but I like this lifestyle a lot.

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  9. 4 1/2 days - "It's a wonderful life". Glad you found it and are happy. Enjoyed your house. God bless.

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  10. Ariel,

    Thank you for your Fy Nyth tiny house blog. Your joy and love of life is awesome as well.

    Best!

    Stew

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  11. Ariel, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to create this blog. I just discovered it tonight and have spent several delightful hours reading nearly every post. You have given me both inspiration and information which will save me so much time and much the inevitable trail and error that always occurs when attempting something new. Please keep the posts coming! I totally identify with you and the life you have chosen, even though I am nearly old enough to be your grandmother!

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    1. Thank you. That is always encouraging to hear since writing does take a lot of time!

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  12. Your life is an inspiration! Thanks for giving me the "step by step" of what you're doing, it makes me feel like I could do it too. Your writing has expanded my thinking about what's possible.

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    1. I think almost anyone can do what they want, they might just have to make some moves that are scary or unfamiliar initially. I'm happy if I could inspire someone. Go for your dreams!

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  13. Ariel: I found your blog via Tiny house and truthfully your house name is what caused me to click on your link because that is what I CALL my tiny house! My Nest........ LOVE IT! :) Except ours doesn't have the ability to move.. it started with a simple piece of lake front property and last year we had the opportunity to purchase the adjoining land that had an abandoned "fishing cabin" .... family, friends, and facebook peeps were SHOCKED when we decided to say goodbye to the small town life in a regular house and make this tiny house our home! I live here with my hubs, 12 year old son and our Border Collie "Jenkins".......... my son and hubs are out hunting arrowheads right now while I enjoy a mellow Saturday morning looking at Tiny houses on line........... I will be following your blog now! Thanks for taking the time to share your life with us! #TinyHouseOzarks

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    1. I would love to have a tiny house on my own ground, but since I also want, at least for now, to stay in this area, I won't be able to do that. Sounds like you have a beautiful place!

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  14. Hi Ariel, in your video, (which I loved) you said you froze your cucumbers. I haven't come across that before. What do you do and how do you use them once they are defrosted|?
    Laureen in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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    1. I wasn't very clear, sorry. My cucumber plants froze and are therefore done for the year. I used all my cucumbers fresh or pickled them. I think after freezing they'd be a bit watery. Sorry for the confusion!

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  15. Reading your profile made me sad: you don't have a college degree yet you write better than a Brazilian professors.
    Did you take a course on photography?
    God bless you.
    P.S.: Your blog didn't make me sad really, it just highlighted my country's indigence.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. I'd have to thank my mother for any writing ability I have. I was fortunate enough to be homeschooled and do feel like I was give a great education. I've never done a formal photography course, just practiced with friends, read up on things, etc. It's a hobby.

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  16. Hey Ariel, I found you via Macy Miller of Mini Motives, she gave you a “shout-out” on one of her Tiny House Chat podcasts. And I have to say, I very rarely post comments, but I just had to reach out to you... I get total chills (and a few tears) when I look through your blog... thank you so very much for taking the time to document your journey of livin' out loud... its quite inspiring... Namaste!

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    1. Well thank you! Which podcast episode was that? I haven't listened too it yet, but would love to. I'm glad you enjoyed my blog!

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  17. Hello, Ariel
    I like your home the style and layout, I do see you have 3-axle trailer and it is from tumble weed but on their sight now it looks like they are using 2-axle trailer for 24' and 26' trailers was your a upgrade since it was built by them. plus did you buy some land or renting it. just wandering what kind of cost for land and from what i understand since you have wheels on it no need to have permits to park on property. I'm thinking on a 26' plus I was thinking on mounting a gopower 480 kit to roof plus have a set of panels that are portable but could be mounted on framing off ground for long term use. I'm going to have some help but will build my own trailer plus do build of the tiny home that way I can also build in better cold weather living plus I think I would rather have the three axles would be better for taking it to a sight I'm looking at mid north west. and support house on trailer, well take care and make sure you keep the Bears away

    Mike

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    1. Thank you. The triple axle trailer was their standard for a 24 foot when I bought mine, but I believe they have since switched to a manufacturer that is building trailer specifically for tiny houses, so I'm not sure if that's changed or not.

      I do not own this ground. Here's the story of how I found my parking spot. http://fynyth.blogspot.com/2015/07/finding-home-for-your-tiny-house.html

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  19. Love your house, your story, your writing and pictures! Thank-you for this! I am in the process of getting my finances together to buy a Tiny House (that will be built), and I wonder about your financing. I saw that you mentioned that you are paying off a loan. Where did you get your loan? What was the APR? And for how many years? Or if all of that is TMI, do you mind telling me what loan company you went to? I have excellent credit but not so much collaterol, and have been having trouble finding financing...Appreciate your thoughts on this!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad it's helpful. I'll try to do a post with more info and all these details soon, but I got an RV loan through my local credit union. It is a 15 year loan at 4.75%. I don't have any credit (not bad, just none - I always bought things with cash) and the house it's self is the collateral. I have paid about 1/4 of the total loan off in the first year by paying a lot extra to the principle every month. At that rate, I plan to have the whole thing paid off in the next three years. Hope that helps!

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    2. Here's all the details if you are still interested.

      http://fynyth.blogspot.com/2015/12/my-tiny-house-loan.html

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  20. Just wanted to say I admire you for the adventure you've decided to make out of your life. Good job! Have fun!

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  21. Hi Ariel. Great site except that the beautiful pictures take a while to download. You're cute and so is your house! You must be pretty tiny also, because your house looks big with you in it.

    Anyway, you wrote that there are many more Tiny House builders now. I can't find many except for Tumbleweed. There are a bunch of sites selling plans, but not building the houses. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you for all the kind words. Just for a sense of scale, I'm a little over 5'8''. Not real small. ;)

      Here are a few of the other builders I know of.

      http://www.simblissitytinyhomes.com (I love Byron and Dot and have met them in person as well as spent time inside one of their houses.)

      http://www.tinyhousechatt.com (I've also been in one they built and liked it a lot.)

      http://rockymountaintinyhouses.com

      http://liberationtinyhomes.com (Another builder I have personally met.)

      That's just the first few that popped into my head. I know there are a lot more.

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    2. All are excellent builders.

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  22. Hey, So happy for you and love your tiny house. Hope you are warm and dry, and enjoying the beautiful place around you! If you're ever in the PNW, I'd be honored to host you in my tiny house as well. You can see more at www.padtinyhouses.com

    Cheers and good luck! Be safe and have fun! Dee

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    1. Dee! I feel like a celebrity just commented on my blog! I do love where I live and I would love to visit your house sometime. You are an inspiration. If you should ever want to visit this area, I would be delighted to host you as well!

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  23. Love your site and pictures of you and your beauty. Very interested in the tiny house movement. Thanks for sharing !

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  24. I found your blog after "pinning" a picture of your staircase. I just love it. We own a tiny 11' x 19' cabin that has no interior planning. I wish I could escape to the perfect example of tiny living that you have!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you are able to arrange your home to be more in line with your own needs.

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  25. hi, i like your place, i live the same way as you , i just wish i had my own property..i do lease a little spot right by a nice flowing river..i love the tiny living life, i love having all the time to do what i want , when and how.. i also work but only a few days a week which is just fine with me, its nice to see more women living like this , as most want the fancy car, the big house and the husband that has to work out of town to pay for it.. i love the single life :) cheers!!!

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    1. Maybe some day I will buy my own land, but it will not ever be in this area unless some one I don't know about suddenly leaves me several million dollars. :) And yes, there are a few of us. I always love hearing that other people are able to arrange their lives around the things they are passionate about!

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  26. Ariel, what a gal! You're real and bring it home for so many people, especially young independent women. And you're right, not many people have written or write about building a tiny home for EXTREMELY cold weather, off-grid...thank you! I live in two extremes of Montana...NW and SE so I can relate to what you are saying and appreciate your insight. Found your blog through Moosevilla (what a hoot!). If you're ever in SE or NW Montana, you're always welcome. Sharon (tinyHOMEtrader.com)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Moosevilla is a house I am looking forward to meeting in person soon. Can't wait! And thank you for your generous offer. If I am ever in that area, I'll keep it in mind.

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  27. Ariel - Do you have any idea what your house weighs? That's a beautiful home you have there too! It's great to see other women out there doing the same thing. I'm still working on mine. Was installing shingles this afternoon. Wyoming is beautiful!!

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    1. Empty it was 10,600 pounds. Good luck with your build!

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  28. Awesome..You have clearly explained …Its very useful for me to know about new things..Keep on blogging..Click
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  29. Your pictures are great. Beautiful locations. Very nice blog.

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  30. Thank you so much for putting up such informative and interesting videos about your tiny living experience! I am in process of building my own tiny house which I'm planning on going all solar off-grid. I want to use it as a vacation place and get some remote property north and south. I really like the floor plan and setup of your place. Can you tell me which model it is and if you have a floor plan reference you could share? Stay warm. Thanks!

    PS - I have a small online business selling solar hot water temperature controllers. If you ever want to try it, I'll hook you up with a free controller and sensors for it. ;) Brian Smith

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    1. You are welcome! My house is a modified Cypress 24 Overlook by Tumbleweed Tiny Homes. They have lots of plans on their site. Thanks for the offer!

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  31. Wow, Ariel! Nice photos, especially the one in the black dress. Nice! Thoroughly enjoyed watching your videos, particularly #18, your two year anniversary one. You have such a great conversational style and are so easy to listen to. My one regret was that I wasn't there to chat with you, especially when you touched on some sensitive issues you faced, only because your demeanor encouraged me to try to help you. lol. I am impressed that you show such maturity for such a young girl. Certainly got your head on straight. Hard to believe you're talking retirement in your twenties though. I noticed that you appear to have stopped commenting on your blog, so i hope you get back at it soon.

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  32. Spelling error ''collage degree '' You have to write a book Ariel, you are writing one anyway one post at a time.
    Since you love cooking as do I You can approach a publisher and offer to create for them THE TINY HOUS OFF GRID COOK BOOK... Great tastes for small places... You may even get a TV spot if you do a bunch of cooking on Youtube.
    You will need a Go Pro or Two and some memory cards and editing skills ! Please consider the passive income thing its like buying your freedom. A very small amount invested over the next 5 years could literally give you so much more freedom. If you want anything from England or Wales to hang on your wall..Do video blog and tell us how you get your Mail and I will send you a package from the UK.

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    1. Thank you. I am trying to work on my video and editing skills. That's a whole new world for me compared to photography! But yes, creating more of a passive income is something I am working on.

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  33. That's a beautiful wreath you have. Thanks for all the blogging, pictures and videos. I really enjoy them! Thanks for all your work in making it all and sharing. Very interesting.

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  34. Hello Ariel! I hope this works, it has been disappearing when I hit publish.

    I love your house. I am about to build my own and I can't wait till it is done. And yes, I am going to build it myself. Only because I can't afford to any other way. I too live in Wyoming. I work in Yellowstone. It's nice to know someone else has lived in a tiny house in these extreme climates! I would love to get together and talk tiny.

    Thanks for sharing all the great info!
    Ible

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    1. Thank you! Best wishes on your tiny build! If you come south, send me an email. ariel dot c dot mcglothin at gmail dot com. I'd be happy to get together and chat!

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  35. Unsubscribe link is still not working in your emails. Please get this fixed.

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    1. I'm very sorry. The email system is run by and app and I never touch it. I'm trying to edit the list of subscribers but I can't find your name anywhere on it. Can you send me the email at which you are receiving unwanted messages?

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  36. Thanks for helping. It is mbd@everythingmichael.com

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    1. Thank you. I'm sorry, that address is not on the list anymore. But you had tried to unsubscribe a while ago, right? So it's not just an issue with the system taking a few days or weeks to update? I honestly don't know how else to control it when your email address is not there for me to remove. Please feel free to just block it or label them so they all go to trash or spam or something. I'm sorry!

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  37. Ariel was the community a Amish settlement? I am just curious if you don't mind me asking! I had a mixed heritage consisting of French and Native American.

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    1. I did grow up around a lot of Amish and Mennonite folks, but my family was actually Brethren.

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  38. You are absolutely gorgeous!!! some amazing scenery out there to sure wish I could have spent more time exploring it when I lived out there

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  39. Hi Ariel! What kind of camera do you use to make your videos lately? It does an AWESOME job!

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    1. Either my little Sony RX100 iii or my Canon 80D. Just depends on what I'm shooting and what kind of lens I need at the time. And thanks!

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  40. Hi Ariel, I'm Sharon Jones and I live on Ynys Môn ( Anglesey ) in north Wales. I am a Welsh speaker and need to tell you you are pronouncing the name Fy Nyth wrongly. Fy is phonetically vur, like fur but with a hard v sound. The nyth part is spoken correctly.

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    1. Thanks! I'm not a Welsh speaker, just have always thought it was a beautiful language!

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    2. Welsh ( Cymraeg ) IS a beautiful language. I just thought you needed to know about the pronounciation of your lovely home if you are using a Welsh name. You need to know that you can't necessarily look at a word in Welsh and pronounce it as you would think it may sound in English as the alphabet is different and the letters pronounced differently. X

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  41. Hello Ariel, great looking tiny house! I teach a university class where my students explore and write about tiny house living. I also built my own tiny house - but not on wheels. I will include your blog and interview in the material for my fall class. Would you be willing to answer student questions sometimes? -Peter

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  42. Hi Ariel. Your house is amazing. I love the little wood burning stove in the winter and it looks like an amazing garden this summer. My husband and I have decided to build a tiny house over the next year or so. We are in the Livingston, MT area and are looking for any sort advice that you could give us for winter tiny living. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

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    1. I don't know what kind of advice you are looking for, but I have many posts and videos on my life. Maybe this video specifically would be helpful? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ASADl1eiHY. Feel free to ask if you have another specific question!

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  44. I love your blogs/vlogs! Or whatever you call them! You live a life I would love to retire into! (57 yrs. young here! Lol!) To walk out of my house and startle a moose sleeping up against my home, would be the stuff of dreams! Personally I would be sitting inside with a cup of coffee, thinking what the heck do moose like to eat, and, can I make it a friend! LOL! (I know, DANGEROUS!) But how awesome would that be!!!!! AMAZING, that's what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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