Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tiny house projects

Here at the small house most of us have been ill. A viral crud has gone round and round. I haven't felt much like doing anything. March weather hasn't helped, most of the days are gray cheerless. But a few projects have gotten done here and there.

Library corner of the living room got organized. 
 The kitchen got a couple much needed additions. First R turned a tall odd cupboard that the prior renter used for trash can and broom holder into a much need pantry space. He measured and cut me shelves. Specific to the height of Mason jars and a tall space on the bottom to house my big pressure canner.

Beginning. This is located between the fridge and back door.

The new pantry! With room for my canner on the bottom. 
 I'm very happy to have this pantry. I try to meal plan for two or three weeks, a whole month is my goal. So having a stocked pantry is key. Also I can can garden produce this year. Last couple years I haven't done very much canning due to lack of space and moving. This year we'll pay for our CSA produce share and try our own garden. Either way I should have lots of veggies to can.

The microwave got its own shelf! With extra room to store cookbooks. This allows for more counter space for meal prep. I'll try and get a whole kitchen picture next time it is cleaned.
Now on to the living room. R put up the two shelves in the corner above my desk, printer specifically. But I needed more shelves for books as the library corner is full. Little A is growing up fast loving to read. Both R and I want to dig out our favorite childhood books. More space, more shelves.

After poking around outside I was happy to discover the renter didn't take all the perennials. When we bought the place it was written in the contract that none of the perennials would be included. Yep the renter dug them up in November and took them with. All the flower beds around the house are dug up and empty. Looks dreary now come spring I'll fill them. BUT I found some she missed or left. They are in a big bed in the middle of the side yard.  Too early to tell what they are. Our plan is to expand that area into a extra large garden.

That's all I got for now. Happy spring everyone. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

February Rain. We have a back yard!

Our snow is gone. The whole yard is greenish brown. This is not normal for west central Minnesota. I am not happy. Dispite the warm temperatures I cannot garden or start seeds until the end of March at the earliest. I am happy to have the cement slab where we can park cleared of snow and ice. And we found the patio. It is made from pallets covered in the cheapest plywood. It desperate needs a few coats of paint. Again not a February task. So I sigh and whine and complain about our lack of snow.
Cement parking slab. Greenish brown back yard

The patio

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tiny House Laundry - Winter

Laundry here is a tish problematic. Before we moved in the renter had a full size washer in the kitchen and a full size electric dryer in what we use a a bedroom. Renter used the room as storage and for the dryer. The house didn't come with the appliances. We are used to apartments have a medium sized apartment washer and wooden dryer racks. I'd hoped for a full size washer but it's too much to justify when our apartment sized one works.
The tiny house came with a extra large outdoor clothing line. So this is how I dry clothes. After washing I sort quickly into outside freeze drying clothing and inside hang dry. Undies and kids clothes get hung inside. It is important to hang the outside clothing neatly. So as I pull it out of the washer I untwist any half inside out clothing and lay it neatly in my laundry bag- aka an Ikea bag.  This way there is less fumbling with cold fingers outside. When hanging out side in winter make sure the laundry doesn't touch. Summer you can skimp on cloths pins, not in winter. The little fold where the close pin holds the laundry won't dry. It will be a tish frozen when you bring it inside. The clothing tends to start freezing right away it's cold outside. Im always hurry to keep my fingers warm. Once the clothing freezes it is stiff and won't blow around. I watch for when it less stiff and wiggling on the line in the wind. That is how I know it is dry. When I bring it inside I let it sit for a bit to warm up. That's when I know for sure if it is completely dry or sometimes there is a damp spot usually a wrinkle - then it gets hung up inside.
I could hang everything inside on my wood racks but the tiny house doesn't have any vent fans. A summer project for bathroom and kitchen. So we try to avoid extra humidity build up to avoid mold.

Now for pictures of what I'm talking about.
Walking back to the house. Big clothes line

Wooden clothing rack and our little washer machine in the kitchen
A whole two loads from my little washer. And there is TONS more room on the clothing line.

My awanti brand fully automatic apartment sized washer machine. I love this thing. We have previously hooked it up to the bathroom sink and drained into the tub. But here at the tiny house it is fully plumbed.

Hanging kids stuff and undies. I love love love these hanging racks for little stuff especially socks. R just installed the ceiling hooks near the furnace for quicker drying.
On a final note. I really wanted this post to be all concise and how to ish to the point of not getting anything written. So it is wordy and longish. But it is written. And that is my goal to write. Eventually maybe I'll get refined and how to ish. Just not today.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Boxes boxes everywhere

We moved the storage unit stuff into the tiny house on Saturday. It went surprisly smoothly. There are boxes stacked everywhere. Below are some pictures of the mess. I purposely took these early this morning. The dark helps lessen the clutter. Plus my fairy lights look neat. Can't wait to get proper hooks to put them neatly around the corner where the ceiling and wall meet.
This is the dinning room. We got the big 50 gal tank up, kitchen table and chest freezer in this room. The tank and freezer are set but the table will probably move around a bit until we figure out the best fit.

From the kitchen doorway to the living room. Lots of stuff. The living room corner you see is R desk/hobby space.

The library corner of the living room. We love to read and re read all of our books. We need another book case as these are double stacked. My little 16 gallon fish tank made the trip and all the fishes are happy.

The other living room corner. The door to the storage room. Eventually this corner will be my desk area. A big monitor and a full keyboard to type on. 

I hope you enjoy following the progress of our move into the small house. Pictures will document the progress little by little as we settle in. Yes we anchored the book cases to the walls. Our littlest V is a climber and we don't want any accidents.

With all the extra help around. I got my first chance to go down into the root cellar crawl space. I admit to being a tish disappointed. They just dug out the crawl space. One corner has bricks and wood shelves. An old table and the water heater lives down there. I put a few Christmas ornaments boxes down there. I'll be reading up on root cellar things and get back to everyone.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Everyone is still recovering from the crud we all caught. I've been letting A use my phone to watch kids videos during nap time while I cleaned or cooked. Suddenly I realise it has been a week living here. Lots has been happening.

Right hand burner covered in baking soda. My scorched pot. Thankfully nothing was ruined.

 Fire! Yes we had a stove fire. The stove was gross drip pans needed replacing but with everyone sick I hadn't gotten to replacing them. Made lunch and they would smoke. Didn't think much of it, I cook everything from scratch sometimes things get on the burner. Well I walked out to check on baby V, while A walked into look out the back door. He came running "mom there is fire!" Yep there were flames licking the top of my covered pot. I quickly grabbed the baking soda and dumped a bunch on the fire. Baking soda quickly smothered the fire. I always keep some near the stove. What really got me was none of the smoke alarms went off! We knew we had them but hadn't checked them. Sure enough none worked, one didn't have batteries and both were very expired.
 Needless to say, Go check your smoke detectors. We went and bought new ones for the whole house. Great part is the new ones have a hush butter for when I'm roasting veggies and the hot oven triggered the alarm. No more pulled off the wall or worse removed battery.
 We'll be in the process of finding a new stove as soon as possible. I hate this stove. I've cleaned it to an inch of its life and threatening spoon waving.  Hopefully we (stove and I) are on the same page and no more fires. Tryed on Thursday but my favorite salvage resale store run by habitat for humanity didn't have any eletric coil stoves. No glass top for me with all the canning I love to do. A gas stove will be in the future when we completely redo the kitchen. Zx

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Update full of pictures

Full of pictures. We are in the house. Kids and I moved in two days ago. And promptly everyone got sick, the furnace was glitchy and needed repairs. And we don't have any furniture just our beds. It has been exciting to say the least. Thankfully the furnace only needed a basic maintenance.

On to the pictures: our floors are done, frosty windows and living small.
The living room is beautiful. Pine wood is the verdict. We didn't even stain it.

This is the dinning room floor. It is in very rough shape. We sanded and polyurethaned the boards. If we ever sell the house this floor will need to be re done. For us it is functioning and we are greatful for it.

My view out the kitchen window this morning. The full moon is peeking out between the tree. 
I'm learning to accept that I can make different choices about the items I bought and loved in the past. Downsize challenge. I can let go of things. It is hard. But I can do it. Photo credit: Facebook positively page, see photo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Snow lots of snow. Staying here at my in-laws in middle of Minnesota. We have gotten 9 inches and still coming down.