Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Time and More Inside the House

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Here's a bit more inside the house.  I'm not much of a videographer, but I think it's better than just photos. 

Summer here on Whidbey Island.  Lots of festivals and activities.  We've had some very warm days, but the house stays cool with the right window venting and shades.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Good Bye, Jack

My tiny home lost one of it's members yesterday.  I realized that my sweet cat, Jack, had been living in pain for some time and it was time to release him.  The receptionist and vet, Dr. Anderson, were both very empathetic and kind.  I held Jack in my lap as he slipped away.  I shed a lot of tears yesterday, but am better today.  The house feels different; not quite itself.  

Jumping Jack Flash 1998-2014

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday Spirit 2013

I had a lovely chat with Debby Richman from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company today.  Great things are happening in the world of tiny houses!  Let's hope 2014 is a banner year.  Anyway, we talked about blogs and I was reminded that I haven't posted in quite a while. So, I'm posting some pictures in the spirit of the season!
I did not want to move any of my wall art for my Christmas tree wall hanging, so up to the ceiling it went and I think it looks pretty cute there!
 

The cute little stuffed kitty peeking out was a gift from little buddy, JP in Brookings.  Love ya, Bud
I think my tiny house is at it's best during the holidays.  People often tell me that it looks like a house in one of those miniature Christmas villages.  I don't get as much traffic here in the mobile home park, but we still believe in dressing things up!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fidalgo Island

In an effort to distract myself from obsessing over my current lack of employment, Rosie and I have been exploring our new home.  Last week we visited Washington Park on Fidalgo Island, in the city of Anacortes.  Fidalgo Island in peppered with parks large and small and is an illustration of the Washington spirit of conservation and recreation.


This is a view from the park's boat ramp area, looking towards the San Juan Islands.  We hiked a bit of the loop road and forest trail that day.  It was gorgeous!  And absolutely FREE.  We barely made a dent in the acreage of the park!  Even though it was a weekend and there were quite a few people in the park, it did not feel crowded and folks were very courteous on the road.

You can access Washington Park by the State Hwy 20 Spur going into downtown and then towards the ferry, or heading towards Whidbey and turning on Rosario Road.  Rosario Road is definitely the scenic route.  After our hike Rosie and I headed into downtown Anacortes because I wanted to check out a bakery there (closed) and another one of the cool historical murals that are all over town.


This dragon is to honor the many Chinese residents made contributions to Anacortes' success.

On an earlier trip I shot this mural of a local family.  The murals were taken from photographs and the murals' information can be found within the picture itself.  Fun!


Here's Rosie in front of Causland Park - a very funky little park in the heart of town.  If you are a fan of rock walls, this is the park for you.


On another day we visited the reclaimed waterfront.  Very lovely.  This is looking towards the Cascades.  The bay was reconfigured to prevent the erosion by sea waves that had been a problem in the past.  Computer modeling helped engineers figure out the best placement of material to diminish wave power.  Kind of tricky, I guess.  The park area has also been replanted with hardy native species and wetlands are being restored.  Good job, Washington!




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kitchen Fixes

I wanted to get my knives out on one of those handy magnetic knife strips, but I didn't have any wall space large enough for even a small strip.  After puzzling over it for a while, I decided to mount the strip under one of my kitchen shelves.



I put the strip at an angle because I didn't want the knife handles sticking out in my way.  They are just over the stove.  I find this arrangement very handy and it takes advantage of some otherwise unusable space!

The large shelf brackets above my kitchen counter were crying out for SOME function (besides holding up the shelf).  I had hung my pots and pans over the windows, but the pesky lids had no home.  Then, it hit me - I got out some nails and...



The lids are out of the way AND within easy reach.  The nails are slightly bent around the edges of the lids to hold them securely.  The smaller lids (shown) only required two nails each.  The largest lid (you can kind of see one edge of it hanging below the far bracket in the top picture) required three nails - one I just twist out of the way when I use the lid.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Adding Access

My kitchen has tall shelves on one side, next to the stove.  Unfortunately, I had to be something of a contortionist to reach the shelves UNDER the countertop.  Then one day, I realized that I could do something different!

A friend of mine did the actual carpentering for me - his tools.  At first I thought I would add doors, but I prefer them as they are now.  The mangy towels hanging on the cabinet are my "floor towels" - a necessity in the winter in a very wet climate!  Rosebud and I bring in puddles of water several times a day during the wet season, so I've taken to swabbing the deck after every outing.