Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Community Supported Agriculture

Since gift giving is such a persistent theme during the winter holidays, it becomes a topic of conversation among tiny house enthusiasts.  I spent quite a bit of time deciding what to get for my partner this year. I wanted something creative and thoughtful, of course, but also something very practical for Life in 120 Square Feet.

Enter the CSA or Community Supported Agriculture.

CSA is a way to purchase a share of a farm's crops for the growing season. During your entire subscription period you receive a set amount of food each week. Vegetables are the most common, but meats and dairy products are also available through some CSAs.  I thought to myself that this was perfect for a lot of reasons. First, it wasn't just another thing to add to our collective stuff. Second, because we have never lived this way before we don't automatically know how to grow and harvest our own food. We certainly want to do that, but considering we failed to grow tomatoes and peppers in containers on our balcony this year we figure we may not get the results we are hoping for immediately. The CSA offers that immediate gratification. For a small price we own part of the harvest from that farm.

If you're interested in Community Supported Agriculture, there are plenty of sites that can point you in the right direction to find one in your area.  Such as here.  We found a couple near our tiny house that seem like they will be a good fit for us. We picked one that sounded right, added our name to the information list and will purchase it. Then, just about the time we will be moving into our little house the subscription will begin and we can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Farewell Tiny House for 2011

We just got back from our last trip to our Tiny House for this year.  It was a really nice trip. We had just a few things to do - some additional trim. There are still a couple more pieces to install but nothing that will take a lot of time. This time we did the built in shelf boxes on the closet walls and framed out Piglet's litterbox door.  We decided not to sleep at the tiny house this time, mostly because it was going to get down to 20 degrees over night. The little house would have been warm enough to sleep in, but we didn't want to have to go outside in that cold in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. 

In fact, speaking of temperature, I got a photo of our indoor/outdoor thermometer while it was still heating up.  When we arrived at the house it was 27 outside and 33 inside. We turned on our little heater and it got up to 72.  Here is a slightly blurry photo while it was still in the process of heating up. 

Also, while we were there I put up the tiny stockings my sister bought us for Christmas last year.

But here is our real work.  First we built the boxes to fit in the spaces we left for shelves on those two walls.

Then we trimmed them.
Eventually they will have small shelves inside. 

Then we also framed and trimmed Piglet's litterbox door.
Here is the inside of the closet with the cedar wall.

Before we left for the day, I was up in the loft playing around with the camera and got this photo.

At dusk, we closed up the little house and wished it Happy Holidays and trekked back down the mountain.  We stayed at a hotel in Biltmore Village and walked to a local bar the

re for dinner. Then the next day we went to see the Lions play the Vikings - oh thank goodness we pulled that one off. It was the definition of a nail-biter.  

Big plans for next yet, as always. We have just a tad more interior trim to finish. Then put up the kitchen shelves.  Then we have to finish the bathroom.  Once all that is done inside, we'll work on the exterior trim (we are waiting until it is warmer to do that).  Then there is just some accessorizing to make the place 100% done and livable. 

We would like to wish all of our readers a safe and happy Holiday. And, if you find yourself in the mood to be charitable for the season please consider donating to the Zulu Orphan Alliance

I hope your holiday season is wonderful, whatever it is that you celebrate. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

wheezinggirl's photostream

Most of the houseChristmas Doordown stairscoffee windowmaking coffeeour heater
christmas Lightsolympian treenew fancy stepsFlor on LadderOlympian Treearchway trim
finished cabinet doorsperspectivecloset floor triminside the housecabinet doorsinstalling doors
trim on doorsnew showerwe built a showerGreen Countersa look insideladder on loft

I finally updated the photos since the 4th of July. Enjoy!