Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Terrible Loss

It has taken me a couple of weeks to find the desire to write this post.  Rosebud died on Monday, January 26th, 2015.  He was my best bud, classroom assistant, copilot, and hike leader for nearly 14 years. 

Rosie's good buddy, Cosmo, shown with Rosie above, disappeared from his yard one week after Rosie's death.  He was found four days later, dead, on the roadside near home.  I simply can't believe that BOTH of these incredible dogs are gone.  I am heartbroken.  My new house arrived today, but I felt that I couldn't write about it until I had posted this.  Tomorrow.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Merry Christmas - Already?

I can't believe it's December!  Seems like the year has flown by.  We will be having some big changes in January - my new Tumbleweed house should arrive then!  Yes, I am having a new home built.  It will be an Elm Overlook 20 - which will give me 2 more linear feet and allow me to have a  Murphy bed downstairs.  WHOOHOO!  I have been "redesigning" my tiny house in my head since I first moved in - what works and what doesn't; what I need and what I don't need; etc.  I think I finally came up with a pretty good design.  The folks at Tumbleweed Tiny House Company worked with me to make adjustments to one of their standard designs (a descendant of my Lusby) and they are building my new home in Colorado right now!  I've also been working with Organized Spaces, a Seattle Murphy Bed company, to design a horizontal twin bed with a fold down desk. 

Once I get the new house and get moved in, I will get THIS one all spiffed up and ready to sell.  It will be tough to let her go - I think you get more attached to these small homes because they are such intimate spaces; tweaked and inhabited on a very individual scale.  One great thing about having a tiny house on a big mobile home lot, is that there is plenty of room for BOTH houses, so I can have my "For Sale" house right nextdoor!  I will be posting pics of the new place once it arrives - both before and after I move in!

Happy Holidays to all!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Time and More Inside the House

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!