Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blogging the Tiny Life

There are so many tiny house bloggers out there, it impossible to catalog them all.  And on top of the people building their tiny houses, there are those who are dreaming, preparing and working toward building their own.  I feel, in some way, we have a responsibility to share our stories. Living the tiny life can honestly change the world. It can change the way we think about our relationship to our homes, our place in the world, and our minds can open to opportunities we may not have otherwise had. 

I've updated my blog roll to showcase some other tiny house writers on the web. I know I've missed some - I can keep up with everyone. But reading these stories is so inspiring.  It makes me proud to be a part of this larger community of such tiny spaces. You can see the list of blogs to the right just under the information on the Zulu Orphan Alliance. The list is titled "Other Sites on Tiny Living".

When you have some time, check out some of the blogs I read that inspire me. 

We'll be back up at the Tiny house the weekend before Valentine's Day (Valentine's Day also happens to be our 17th anniversary).  Stay tuned for more updates as we get close to finishing the little house on Mt. Matt.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beer Festivals and Brush Burning

We were in Asheville this weekend.  We went specifically because of the Winter Warmer Beer Festival, so we stayed in downtown and were only planning on a short time up at the tiny house. 

We got to town about mid-day on Saturday and had some lunch before walking over to the civic center for the beer fest. Many of the beers there were the same as last year, so we just scouted out the place and just tried a few before leaving a couple hours later. My favorite of the day was the Pisgah Chocolate Stout.  But perhaps I should save that info for my other blog.  After the beer fest, we wandered over to our favorite pizza place in town, Barley's, and had some dinner.  We were looking through the local alternative paper, the Mountain Express, when we came across an aticle about Sante Wine Bar. We discovered the wine bar several years ago shortly after they opened. We were in town in the winter, before we had decided to start building a tiny house. It was cold and we just wanted to get inside somewhere - and the first place we came across was Sante. We have loved it ever since.  They are makeing some big changes, and it is fabulous. We chatted with the owner that day and we talked to her again on Saturday - it has been fun to see the things that have been going on there over the last several years. She just installed a brand new Wine Tap system, which is super cool.

On Sunday, we didn't rush to get going because it was cold in the morning. We went out for breakfast and then headed up to the land for the days work. We didn't really have anything to do inside the house. Well, I take that back - we have plenty to do inside the house but there were some things we wanted to do outside before spring makes everything overgrown again.  I did take down the Christmas tree, but other than that we spent the day gathering fallen branches from the trails and burning them in the fire pit.  When the last of the brush was burning down to coals, we made some soup for dinner and hung out.  We started to wish that we were staying up at the tiny house for the weekend, but since we had been in town for the festival and were at the hotel, it was too late.  When the coals were out and dinner was done, we packed up and headed back in to Asheville.  Since we had already eaten dinner, we stopped for some dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.  Then we wandered by Jack of the Wood where there was a Celtic Session Jam going on, so we stopped in for a couple of beers to listen to the music.  While there, we did a lot of talking about future plans. A lot of it I want to share - but I have to wait for a few reasons. All of the plans will be revealed soon.

I did take a few photos, but nothing really note worthy since the house looks the same this time as it did when we left it last time.

We'll be going back up to Asheville for our anniversary (17 years on Valentines day!). While we will spend an evening celebrating, we also plan to spend the rest of the weekend up at the house to work on things.