Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Another Project!

Just because I'm living Tiny full time, I haven't stopped working on projects!
My latest was to repair, sand and paint my glider to match my pantry!

I had to replace some lost wood, repair some original wood, then sand, paint and reassemble it all.
It coordinates with the Pantry

and I think they make a pretty pair!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Time

The Christmas  season has always been one of my favorites, The cookies, tinsel, songs and hot chocolate all conspire to make us smile as we concoct ruses to misdirect our families guesses as to what their presents might be.

Tiny House deserves to shine too! There were these great organic Italian sodas that came in beautiful, embossed glass, tinted a soft aqua and I knew I couldn't just recycle them! They needed something beautiful to show the Joy of the season.

I filled them part way up with shiny copper coated BB's and tucked in some Christmas lights, topped them with a cork to keep everything in place (and any rain out)

They look pretty nice lining the ramp in the daylight, but they really shine at night!

Looking like Christmas, don't ya think?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ramp Redo!

My ramp stain was one of the first things I did on my Tiny abode. Followed Directions, and it didn't hold up well.
I needed to redo it all. As I was planning it, I realized I could paint (stain really) the Logo on the ramp before I stained it!

Lower section all sanded and painted!

The finished product!
Great project! Got it all done before the rains hit:)
Now the ramp is icy in the mornings so I need to start looking at ways to make it non-slip without covering up the Logo.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Winter Prep

The first frost has hit and now I need to protect my water line into my THOW.

So, time to get some pipe wrap!

The supply end. The standpipe has always had wrap on it. The green hose is just a garden hose. The wrapped one is my supply hose.

The House end! Should be good to go for the winter!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stair Winch redo

So my stairs work great! But during a friends visit, the rope to raise them got caught between the pulley and the frame. So, new, bigger rope!
Which lead to looking at what would happen if the rope or pulleys failed while someone was sitting on the bench under the stairs.
New "Failsafe" system!
A hook at the end of the stairs to hook a chain onto when they are raised. 
And with the weight of the stairs on it.
Works well! Peace of mind.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Grandma's Cupboard

Grandma's tiny house was missing an upper cupboard! Here's the wall before.

But, I was missing somewhere to store cereal boxes and similar type stuff. So....

Now I have one overhead cupboard 
above the freezer. 
As the weeks go by, I keep making small changes that make life run a bit more easily. Each change makes my life just a little more enjoyable, and let me tell you, I am REALLY enjoying my tiny life!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Making More Adjustments

As I continue living tiny, I find things to change to make my life easier.
Having a place for my shoes is something I needed. So...

This works great! The really heavy ones like work boots still have to go on the floor, but for the others. This is perfect!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lots an Lots has happened!

Wow! I have sold the big house (1,600 sq. feet) Emptied it out (35+ years of stuff) The "estate/Moving Sale" took place in 108 degree heat! 
Now I'm living full time Tiny! Legally, as caretaker of my old property for the new owners. Rent and Utility free for the next 5 years.  Whew! Time to take some deep breaths and relax!
Making a few tweaks as I find what works and what doesn't. 
Remember my wardrobe?
The Purple one? I had been using it in my big house for 9 months, with no issues. Well, in the middle of the Estate collapsed!!
Great! Ugh! So for awhile I had a big pile of clothes then I hung a rod, grabbed an old bookcase and some plastic carts and made do. 
Now that I have a little time, I have redone  it right with some closet organizers pulled from an old closet in the big house.

Now that looks better! The wire shelves have heavy cardboard on them so they don't leave wire marks on the clothes. I will continue weeding out what I don't love and wear as time goes on.
I'm also pursuing learning about "Permaculture Village building"  with the thought that once my 5 years here are up, I would really love to live in a self sustaining intentional community.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Floor is in!

Getting the floor in was a nightmare! 108 degree heat, 16 hours, no air conditioning!
I think it looks awful, because I see every little imperfection!
My Daughter assures me it looks fine!
I am just eternally glad I will NEVER HAVE TO DO THIS AGAIN!

Worse than that? My kitchen on demand water heater started leaking on my newly installed floor!!!!!! The next day!!!!
So, I sopped up the 2 cups or so of water, shut off the water to the house and am waiting for my plumber to arrive Sunday to install; my new 2.5 gallon electric water heater.
So until Sunday....
this is the only water in my THOW:(

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Penny Toilet

I always wanted a "Penny Floor", but in a THOW, I can't afford the weight.
So instead I made a "Penny Composting Toilet" instead!
In progress!
Top Done! Next the front!
Lots of work and time, but I think it's worth it! More to follow about the floor and shower:)

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Wow! Two ways to get to my lofts:)
Another Burner Friend built me stairs!
In the down position they rest on the bench seat. (Making a small pillow that can be removed, out of the space where it rests, so the other seats can still be used.)
When not in use, they pull up and sit level with the two lofts, out of the way and up where they wait to be used. I will likely use the winch more, but it's nice to have an alternative. My youngest granddaughter is too small to use the climbing harness, so she really likes the stairs!

Here's how they attach to the sleeping loft
I will add another pipe rail to the storage loft as well, so that the stairs can be used for both.
And for taller folk (I'm 5 ft. 1 in.) I can slide them along the rail to the center so they have more headroom!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Busy Busy Busy!

It has been a LONG time since my last post. So Sorry, I have been frantically working to finish in time for escrow closing on my big house!
One really important thing is my Lift!
A Burner friend and his Daughter stopped by with an idea for my "Lift"  that is, a way for me to get up and down to both of my  lofts without having to climb a ladder or stairs.
Here is the "First Draft"
The rail goes into both lofts and eventually will be able to slide with me on it! There were a few snags, but with another trip it now is functional!!!
(And I don't hit my head on the rail anymore either)
Side benefit...when I'm not using the rock climbing harness I use to go up and down to the lofts, or to open my skylight in the main living area. It can hold my Air chair while I hang out and watch TV!
Here's what it looks like from above, without me in it.

It raises it up far enough to be above the kitchen counters and so it is at the perfect height to kick back!
I will be posting more, trying to get everyone caught up with the work that has been done!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Earth Day!

Earth Day at Balboa Park with the San Diego Tiny House Enthusiasts group.
What fun! Eddy brought his house and there was a line from before the event opened (other vendors) until they made us shut the door at 5 pm.
Across from us was the Dr. Bronner's Soap People and the
folks with the Spira4U , this little car, although it is technically a 3 wheeled motorcycle, 
It Looks like a tiny Car! They come in electric or Gas, and get really good milage:)

Oh and it is the only car that is completely recyclable! 
It was a long Day, but a fun Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Having the TV and internet make it feel like home

Even though it is not completely done, having my TV and Internet in the THOW make it feel more like a real Home.
I can watch TV from Bed, from downstairs, it just makes it a lot more comfortable. 

That's Morgan Freeman on the screen.

I'm really stressing out about getting it all done in the next 2 weeks. But I will continue to plug along and hope it all gets done. It is hard and time consuming. But there is a real sense of satisfaction in being able to say "I built it myself, with my own two hands"!

I am taking a break to help out at the Earth Day Celebration at Balboa Park with the  San Diego Tiny House Enthusiasts Meetup group! One of the largest at over 900 members!

(I didn't get it done by my 61st Birthday:( , But I am still moving forward!)

It's an Electric Day!

Finally! What is so special about this panel?
It is finished inside!!!
Last wiring done today! Soon I will be working on plumbing. So full speed ahead!
Always frustrating how many little things that can hang you up, but perseverance will get you through:) 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Signs, Signs Everywhere are Signs

The signs are here!
Here is the first portion of a wall finished and shelf (where my c-pap sits) up!

You can see the shelf brackets which I can also hang things on, using the open curls.
 The purple box on the left is my charging station.

Cutting the signs is easy with a Dremel and some metal cut off wheels! A spray bottle with water helps keep the metal cool.

And just to prove the signs are NOT stolen, the stickers that prove I bought them from the City of Victorville when they had a store at the county fair selling off old signs.

Loft Floor is beautiful

The sleeping loft floor is stained to match the Black Cherry shelves and looks great!
So, the push is ON to get finished this month!
Once the walls are wired and plumbed, I add just a little bit more insulation.
This keeps there from being a direct connection from wood that also touches the outside. You can also see the metal trim around the windows.
The street signs that will be my interior walls go over all that.

Friday, February 26, 2016


Finally! My THOW is self contained, plugged in as a unit to the 30 amp RV socket!
Weather tight too!

Of course, first came the panel. 
Connected this morning by T. Gil Electric. If you are in the High Desert and need work done for your Tiny House, these are the guys to call!

Here it is with the first outlet wired and working!!! Yes, it's really big for a THOW. But I do plan in the future to have a large solar system and this gives me a lot of room to expand and for someone in the future to run in more power if they want to. My late Hubby always said "It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!"

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Outside and upstairs windows!!!

Wow! What a difference a week can make!
This week a great friend came down from Reno and spent the last week helping me get stuff done.
It helped a lot that he is really tall, so reaching all that stuff on the second floor was easy for him.
Doesn't it look amazing? I have some small things like trim to add, and one window in the storage loft that can wait. I am really beat, but oh so happy! The next post will have more pictures and a look at some inside work done too!

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Buckled down and got my composting toilet framed in...

And got the wall up for the shower too!

If you look to the right inside the tub, you will see two white tanks. Those are my water tanks! So the tub will be raised up to accommodate one underneath (I'm still short enough to stand in it and shower) with room for the drain plumbing. The other will go somewhere else, not quite sure exactly where. 
Moving Forward at full speed!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wind and Rain

Moving forward with a small detour:)
Had some trees go down in the wind and rain, so......
Had to do chainsawing
Both front and back yards...

Cut some slices for my Daughter.
Then got rid of 500 vinyl LP's. 
So, I feel good even though I haven't worked on my THOW the last few days.