Here are some things I have learned in the first week.
1. You sweep a lot
No matter how careful you are by taking off your shoes before going into the house, there is no end to the sweeping you need to do. We sweep several times a day. The good news is that with such a small space even the constant sweeping doesn't take long.
2. You get bugs
There is just no way to keep bugs out of a tiny house in the woods. We fight the carpenter bees on a regular basis outside, but inside we usually find a cricket a day or maybe a small spider. Piglet occasionally finds these bugs for us, but being a spoiled fancypants cat she doesn't really know what to do with them. And, we usually manage to let one moth in per night.
3. You get bug bites
Of course, when you have bugs you get bug bites. Not usually in he house but any time you're outside. And it is when you get the first bug bite that you remember you should be putting on some repellent.
4. I freaking hate Poison Ivy
It is freaking everywhere. We are fighting it back a little at a time but damn that stuff is persistent. I am horrifically allergic to it. While chemical warfare isn't my preferred method of weed control, it is the only defense I have against this insidious plant.
5. Living in the woods is awesome
In spite of all of these minor inconveniences, I absolutely love living in the woods. There are probably a million reasons I could list but I don't need to bore you with that. I'll just say that we have built a really nice home that makes us feel good to live in it. This is really all I can ask for.