Whoa, that makes it sound like I'm about to tell you all that we're expecting a baby or something. No, we are not. And here is a random photo of Piglet for your viewing pleasure.
Anyway, there are some big changes coming up here at Life in 120 Square Feet and it is all happening next week. We are going to be moving out of the tiny house for a little while. Before anyone panics, this was always the plan. Since the house is on a mountain and all of the power is off the grid, we didn't really build it to be lived in during the winter. More importantly, we wouldn't be able to leave Piglet alone in the house because the heat system needs to be supervised and we wouldn't want her to freeze her little kitty nose off. Since we don't have a road up to our house, walking can be unpredictable if there is a problem during the winter and we don't even know if our spring will continue to flow as temperatures begin to freeze. We certainly could live in the tiny house during the winter but we decided there were other things we wanted to do instead.
Next week we will be packing up the tiny house and winterizing things. Our batteries will be stored in an insulated box (a really nice cooler, actually) and the solar panels will be moved inside. We'll make sure everything is organized neatly and we'll lock the place up. Then we will be staying at a little house in town for a couple of days before making the biggest change of all: we're heading to Detroit for all of November and December.
Trust me, I ask myself that same question all the time. I know Michigan isn't exactly a popular winter vacation destination, but that is where our families live and we want to spend the holidays with them. See, there was always another important aspect of our change in lifestyle: location independence. The idea was always that our revenue sources would allow us to work from anywhere, potentially anywhere in the entire world, and we would have the flexibility in our lifestyle and income to do just that. So now that we've spent the last 6 months successfully living off the grid in our 120 square foot house (and loving every moment of it) we will be putting the next phase to the test to live somewhere else for a little while. And we couldn't think of anything more we wanted to do than spend the holidays with our families.
We will be back in Asheville in January without any plans to leave again after that. However, we won't be moving directly back in to the tiny house. We have an opportunity to return to the little house downtown that we are staying in for a few days next week. The little house is a 1940s bungalow walking distance to the heart of Asheville and it is only 700 square feet. This will give us the experience of living in the city before returning to the tiny house in the spring. I am excited about this adventure as well.
That's what all of this is - an adventure. I want to live unconventionally. I want to engage in my own life. Traveling for the holidays while we can and living in our favorite city when we return are all important parts of living the lives we want to. And by simplifying before starting any of this we have put ourselves in a great position to make this happen.
I will certainly be keeping up with our adventures here. Though, for the winter it might be more like Life in 180 Square Feet (the approximate size of the room we'll be staying in while we're in Michigan). And when we return to Asheville we'll be celebrating Life in 700 Square Feet for a while.