Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in the Tiny House

Unlike last December, this year marks the first full year for our tiny life. We moved into our tiny house in May of 2012. I thought I would recap my 2013 and talk a little about our next year in the tiny house.

I keep a Happiness Jar. Throughout the year, I add tiny slips of paper on which I have written the things that have happened that make us happiest. It can be a small thing like enjoying ice cream at the park or something big like a new job. I looked through my happiness jar and wanted to share just a few things we did in 2013.

Deek Diedricksen in Wilmington, NC
April 2013
Speaking Engagements! This year, we spoke at a Deek Diedricksen workshop in Wilmington NC, an Earth Day event in Spartanburg SC, a festival in Minnesota, a high school in Flat Rock NC, and a Dan Louche workshop here in Asheville. I am looking forward to doing more of this next year, including the first ever Tiny House Conference in April. (BTW, you can still get $50 off until the clock strikes 2014, so click on the link in the sidebar if you're interested in attending!)

In other tiny house community news this year I also started as the co-host of Andrew Odom's Tiny r(E)volution podcast, the r(E)vo Convo. We also partnered with fellow NC tiny housers Ryan Mitchell and Steven Harrell to form Tiny House NC. It is still barebones, but we have some ideas for the future.

Kristie Wolfe

We also got to meet and hang out with Kristie Wolfe of Tiny House on the Prairie when she rolled into town on the Big Idaho Potato.

I had some professional accomplishments this year. I received a lot of additional work from my two biggest clients. I now earn almost as much as a freelance writer as I did when I left my recruiting position in Atlanta. I also picked up a part time job at my favorite laundromat that is also a bar, Bar of Soap. It is so much fun.

Probably the biggest news of my life in 2013 was the publication of my first book 120 Ideas for Tiny Living

Matt won a Fat Tire bike in a raffle. That was pretty neat.We also traveled to New Mexico and Arizona to visit some friends. We went glamping in Minnesota with some other friends. We made our annual trek to Atlanta for Dragon Con. We celebrated Asheville beer week. Some friends came down to visit us. It was a really great year.

So, what am I looking forward to in 2014? This is the point where a lot of people make resolutions. I do want to exercise more and be more healthy, but I should just do that anyway not just because it is a new year.

A friend and colleague likes to create themes for each year. She picks a word that encapsulates that theme and works toward living that value every day in the new year. I think that is a great idea.

My theme for 2014 is Hospitality!

This year I want to host friends at the tiny house, show them around Asheville, and welcome people into my life. I want to make more local friends. I want to engage more with others. I want to give of myself so others can feel welcome and comfortable. That is my goal for 2014.

What things are you most proud of from 2013? What do you want to accomplish in 2014?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We Can't be All things to All People

I can't be all things to all people…

And I have to be okay with that. 

Since we began building our tiny house in 2009, I have been writing about our experience online. Once we moved in, I needed to alter my message a bit to be about living in a tiny house. In that time we have also been asked to speak at various events and to provide one on one consultation with others interested in making this big change for themselves. 

Of course, this kind of life in the semi-public eye means that not all of the inquiries or requests are kind or even civil. 

Recently I got an email from a reader who made the following statement:
"To me you all sound like a lot of idealists, who don't really consider this as a permanent home. I am looking to build or at least inhabit a permanent home!"

This isn't a question nor is it constructive. This reader is simply taking his frustration about what he perceives as the lack of support in the tiny house movement for individuals looking for a solution. 

And once again I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I can't be all things to all people. 

I can't be an expert on retirement in a tiny house. I am nearly 40 and I intend to live in this tiny house for as long as physically possible, but I have no idea what my life will look like when I am 60 or 70 or 80. 
I am also not a professional home builder or designer. I am an individual who built a house to have a shot at a different kind of life for myself. 

I can only hope that my story can serve as an example for others also interested in living their life more deliberately. But I cannot be an advocate or an expert on every possible aspect of tiny house living or building. 

I do have to say, though, that I'm not sure I take the label "idealist" as an insult. Oh, I know that not everything is perfect but I also want to live authentically and genuinely. I want to be in control of my own life and my own time. If someone wants to call that an "idealist" that is fine with me.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Big thanks to Andrew Odom of Tiny r(E)volution for writing this and offering it to the greater Tiny House Community to share!

Just because you live in a tiny house does not mean you have to downsize your holiday expectations too! In fact, some of your favorite tiny housers have decorated their homes with BIG style preparing from Hanukkah, solstice, Christmas, and just the winter holidays in general. With an open mind and the right amount of creativity the merriment of the season can be showcased in even the tiniest of corners, the tops of tables, loft railings, and front porches, with simple decorations like vinyl adhesives, miniature Christmas trees, strings of lights, homemade garlands, paper snowflakes, and the like.

Below are a few of tiny house dwellers you may know and their inspired tiny house holiday looks.

Homes included in the virtual tour above:




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Preparing for The Holidays

We are getting ready for our annual trek up to the great white north to celebrate the holidays with our families in Michigan.

We are the only members of our immediate families who moved away from the state so every year since 2003 (when we moved to Georgia) we traveled north to spend a week or in Michigan.

When I was working my full time job, the holidays were always extremely stressful. I was part of a small company and since I always needed to travel for Christmas, my vacation request was a source of tension with my coworkers. I completely understood their frustration but I was between a rock and hard place.

The weeks leading up to our trip were always difficult and I hated the way I felt stressed during a time when I should be celebrating. It always manifested in the quality of my work, my relationships, and my attention to detail.

Last year, after we had been living in the tiny house for 6 months, we did something drastic. We went to Michigan for two months. It was nice to be close to friends and family, but I also felt disconnected and homesick. I didn't have the same kind of stress but I wasn't entirely happy either.

This year, we are leaving this coming Sunday and spending two weeks in Michigan to see friends and family for the winter holidays.  I feel 100% stress free. 

Making such a big change in lifestyle had really helped me manage my stress levels and has put things in perspective.

This is part of my desire and my plan to live more deliberately. The holidays shouldn't be a time of stress and yet it is for so many people. It was so hard for me to see beyond my own discomfort and really be able to relax for the season.

Here are just a few things I do now to reduce stress and enjoy the holidays.

1. Shop early and mail it directly. Our car is not big and we have to fit ourselves, our cat, and everything we need for two weeks away from home in it to travel. We realized quickly that we wouldn't be able to pack presents, too. As much as I would have liked to do local shopping, this year I bought online and had everything shipped to Matt's mom's apartment where we will be staying. In some ways it will be like two holidays because I get to open everyone's presents before I wrap them!

2. Make plans. Two weeks is not a long time and there are a lot of things we need to accomplish while we're there. I talked with friends and family to determine a schedule so I don't feel like we're pulled in too many different directions. It also helps for me to stick to my editorial calendar for my writing work so I don't get side tracked by other things.

3. Focus on the fun. While we are up in Michigan we are going to make cookies, go out with my best friend, see a favorite musician's annual Solstice concert, and Matt will go into the recording studio. We are going to spend time with our families. We may walk up to the nearest neighborhood bar a couple of times.

What are your holiday plans and how will you make them stress free and deliberate?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Presentation on Tiny Houses and Sustainability

Yesterday, Matt and I had a chance to speak at East Henderson High School near Asheville, North Carolina.

We were very impressed by the questions that the students asked us. They wanted to know everything from how our bathroom works to whether or not we thought people could help the environment with small changes to their lifestyles. One kid was excited to learn that we were real humans who play video games and go out with our friends rather than just hermits on a mountain.

I also shared with them the story of Sicily Kolbeck and her tiny house. They were very impressed by a fellow 14 year old's quest for independence.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation we used to facilitate the discussion.

Tiny Houses and Sustainability from lmlavoie

We hope to do more similar presentations in the future and are really happy that teachers and their students are interested in learning about alternative housing and sustainability.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tiny House Conference in April 2014

I love this time of year. I love all of the holidays from Halloween to Thanksgiving through to whatever Winter holiday you choose to celebrate. I love time with family and friends, decorating our homes, celebrating with delicious food and drinks, and picking out the right gifts for everyone on your list.

I don't want to wish the rest of the year away, but I am also really excited form some fun stuff happening in 2014!

April 5th and 6th next year is the Tiny House Conference in Charlotte, NC. I will be there along with a huge list of tiny house people from all over the country.

The best part about the Tiny House Conference is that it is a perfect holiday gift for anyone interested in downsizing and simplifying their lives.

Consider buying someone a membership for someone looking to make a major life chance and live deliberately.  

It can also be tricky when others ask us for what we'd like, particularly when we are making our way to living small in a tiny house! If your thinking of something to put on your won list, think about the Conference. Tiny house people, and those looking to change their living situation, recognize the value of experiences. It is one more avenue toward learning and pursuing our dreams so why not give or receive a gift that does all of that? For the holiday, Tiny House Conference is taking $50 off when you use promo code: TL2013. Click here to get your tickets! 

Consider tickets to the biggest tiny house event!  The Tiny House Conference, April 5th and 6th 2014!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Trip to Visit Tiny r(E)volution and Mother Earth Brewery

What do tiny house people do when they get together?

We hang out, drink amazing craft beer, and talk for hours. 

This past weekend, Matt and I drove 5 hours from Asheville to Pink Hill, NC to visit the Odoms and their Tiny r(E)volution. What a great weekend!

Drew and me standing under the Mother Earth Brewery sign

Mother Earth Brewing is one of my favorite non-Asheville breweries. It is great to see it in this small, rural North Carolina town where they are helping to revitalize the area. Saturday was the release of their winter seasonal, Silent Night. We tried that and a few other beers that are hard to find on the western side of the state. My favorite was the Yumsplosion Double IPA.

It is great to hang out with Drew. We usually talk once a week when we record the r(E)vo Convo podcast so I think we've gotten to know each other pretty well. It was also great to get to know Crystal more. The Odoms are just plain good people!

We stayed in the Tiny r(E)volution guest house. The tiny building is typically used for Drew's office but they have a sweet murphy bed design. It was very comfortable. I am also impressed with their shower shack. Seeing their design makes me want to modify our outdoor shower platform for guests at Mt. Matt.

I love having adventures with other tiny house people. Every time we get together with someone else who has built or who lives in a small space we are fired up with new ideas. This is a great community even if we are all pretty far from each other. Take every opportunity you can to get together with tiny house people - you won't regret it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Piglet 101

Since the book came out I've been getting a few questions about Piglet, our crazy little feline companion. I thought it might be a good time to do a formal introduction.

Piglet is a Sphynx cat, like the cat who played Mr. Bigglesworth in the Austin Powers movies. More often they are referred to as hairless cats, but that isn't entirely accurate. Sphynxes have a fine, soft, downy coat which make them feel like a warm peach or like suede. Also, Piglet is a calico which is why she is blotchy. Sphynx cats can come in any color regular cat color but the patterns and pigments appear on their skin.

Piglet joined our family in 2001 when she was only 13 weeks old. When we got her she only weighed 2 pounds! Now she is nearly 13 years old and a normal cat size. Her birthday is April 29th if you want to put that on your calendar.

Piglet is the one in the middle peeking out.
In case you're wondering, we named her Piglet because she looked like a little baby pig when she was a kitten. Piglet also leads to the nicknames of Piggy and Pig.

In the time we've owned Piglet we have moved about 5 times, not including her initial trip to come live with us. She really enjoys rides in the car and we often take her with us if we are traveling to see family.

Piglet is extremely friendly with people. She always wants to check out everything that is going on. However, she wants these interactions to be on her terms. She doesn't like to be picked up and she gets easily overstimulated with lots of petting. She also doesn't like other animals.

Piglet's favorite person in the whole world is Matt. She also really loves food and warm blankets.

We designed several parts of our tiny house to be accommodating for Piglet. We couldn't imagine a life where she couldn't get up to the loft so when she initially rejected the ladder, we built the platforms above the sofa. She has since learned to navigate the ladder to go up but she still won't use it to go back down so the platforms are still very much in play.

We also built in a spot for her litter box in the house to keep it accessible for her and out of sight for us.

For an older cat, Piglet is still very active. You wouldn't know that she is nearly 13. She loves to play with toys on strings and sometimes just runs all around the tiny house and up and down the platforms.

While I've certainly written about Piglet a few times on this blog, I don't know if she has ever been formally introduced. So if you were wondering what that weird little cat was in these photos, now you've had an opportunity to meet Piglet.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Winter on Our Mountain

When Matt and I built our tiny house we made some very deliberate choices about power and systems. We decided to keep things as simple as possible from the start with the ability to add to the systems as time went on. Not only did we take this approach with the solar power, but also with heating. We knew that we planned to do some traveling during the winter, since we usually head up to Michigan to spend time with our families for the holidays. While we did insulate and winterize the house, we chose not to install a permanent heating solution, opting for a small space heater instead.

I do not regret this decision at all.

We have moved back to the city for the winter but we decided to spend this past weekend up at the tiny house. And, as it turns out, it was going to be pretty cold. As in 28-degrees-over-night cold.

And we were toasty inside our teensy house - especially up in the loft where we could snuggle under the blankets.

If you're wondering, we did not bring Piglet with us to the tiny house this trip. Being hairless, Piglet craves as much heat as possible and we didn't want to leave a space heater on while we were gone during the day. She remained at the house in the city where she could snuggle under blankets and lay on top of heat registers to her heart's content.

Like we often do when we are in the mountains, we decided to go for a hike. This one was the Spring Creek trail up near Hot Springs. It is a relatively short trail that leads down to a small river and back up again. We've done this hike before and it was perfect for a chilly day.

Most of the leaves are already off the trees that far north in the mountains. But we did see some color here and there.

We also went out to dinner and enjoyed the nearby towns once again.

On Saturday night, we pulled out the tiny holiday decorations. Yes, I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet but in my defense the next time we are planning a trip back to the tiny house will be in December and I thought it would be nice to arrive to find it already decorated. So, we put the tree up in the loft and our tiny stockings on the ladder hooks over the door.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top 5 Reasons I love Asheville

I have written before about how important I believe it is to love where you live. I didn't go into too many personal details in that blog post so I thought I might give my readers from all around the country, and the world, some insight into my town and why I love it so much here.

So, because the Internet loves list, I thought I would share with you the 5 reasons I love Asheville so much.

1. The mountains. Some people love the beach. Some people love the city. I love the mountains. There is a sense serenity I get from just being close to the Appalachians. Growing up I had no idea that a place on this planet could make me feel as peaceful and as happy as my little patch of the mountains. When I'm driving back to Asheville from Michigan, for instance, I don't really breathe again until I reach Tennessee and my mountains greet me again.

2. I chose it, or it chose me. I was born in Michigan - that was a circumstance. I moved to Atlanta - that was an opportunity. Asheville was a choice. It was the first time in my entire life that I felt in complete control over the place where I loved. This might be a cop out reason because there are so many actual reasons for loving Asheville, but feeling as though we both chose to be part of this reciprocal relationship is gratifying.

3. Beer. I would be remiss if I didn't include beer in my list of things I love about Asheville. Before moving to this town I had zero appreciation for beer culture. I tried my first craft beer at a bar downtown and it suddenly opened up a world of flavors. I had no idea what I was missing. Learning to enjoy beer has lead to a number of opportunities including my blog as well as getting a part time job at my favorite laundromat/bar! 

4. Big small town. Asheville is a town of only about 80,000 people. Its geography is contained in a valley which helps to keep the physical borders of the city limited. I love this about Asheville. When I was in Atlanta I would often get so tragically lost that it was all I could do not to pull over and cry. For about two years I took a long way home because I had no idea that a shorter way existed. Traffic was horrible. There is no rush hour to speak of in this town. I love that I can find my way around even without knowing exactly where I need to be.

5. People. Don't get me wrong. I have friends in Michigan who are still dear to me. The same is very true for Atlanta. I have friends all over this country - from DC to Hawaii and everything in between - who I care about very much. But I also crave a community. I love daily connections. I like to go out and sit at the bar and talk to strangers. I love to have conversations with people who have different views from me. I can do this from anywhere, but Asheville seems particularly open to face to face communications. 

These are just five of the reasons I love my city. I also love that there is an environmental consciousness that makes it a perfect place to live in a tiny house. I love that all four seasons are well represented here. I love that I can walk a lot and don't have to drive as much. I love that so many artistic people live here. I can go on and on and on.

What do you love about the place where you live? 

Hey, don't forget that I wrote a book. Check out the links at the top and side for information on buying the paperback or kindle editions! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Excerpt from 120 Ideas for Tiny Living: Fried Egg Sandwich

The following is an excerpt from my book 120 Ideas for Tiny Living. It is currently available as a paperback or for Kindle
2. Fried Egg Sandwich

Let’s start out our first Tiny House morning with a simple breakfast recipe.

Easy preparation is important for cooking in a small space with sparse resources. This fried egg sandwich couldn’t be any simpler and it is so delicious.

You need:
English muffins
Cheese (cheddar or another favorite)
Bell Peppers (I prefer green, but you can use any color)

Toast the English muffins. We do this using our cast iron skillet because we do not have a toaster. We put a little butter on the muffins and place them face down until they are golden brown and delicious. When they are removed we add a teeny bit of olive oil to the pan. You could add more butter if you prefer. We slice the bell peppers so they make rings about a quarter to a half an inch thick and place them in the pan until you they have a little char. Crack an egg in the middle of each ring. Cook the egg until the yolk is just the way you like it, flipping about halfway through. I like my yolks a little soft so we only cook them for a minute or two on each side. Place the cheese on the hot egg and pepper and cover the pan to allow it to melt before placing the whole thing on the English muffin. Enjoy.

Friday, October 25, 2013

120 Ideas for Tiny Living is Available Now!

First, I want to thank everyone for their patience! Getting this book out was a much harder process than I had initially anticipated.

But I did it!  

You can buy the paperback edition of my book on Amazon today! 

You can get to the link at the top of this page and there is also one in the side bar.

The book is also available on Kindle!

I really hope you enjoy it! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Live Deliberately: Facing the Fear of Failure

I spent a lot of my life - far too long if you ask me now - being afraid to do the things I wanted to do. I was afraid that I wouldn't succeed. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to make a living. I was afraid that I wasn't good enough.

I was afraid to fail. 

Then I learned something.

Failure is not the enemy. In fact, it can be quite the ally.

I know this sounds awfully cliche. Every motivational blog points out that you need to embrace failure to fight your way to the top. The crazy part is that it is all true.

I was worried about being inadequate. I was worried about being average. I was worried that people would laugh at me or judge me when I couldn't do what I said I wanted to do. 

In order to live the life you want you will have to take some risks. The skill lies in assessing those risks and determine what is best for you.

I can't remember a time I didn't want to be a writer. I had notebooks full of short stories, really bad vampire novels, and even worse poetry. I started college as an English major with a creative writing focus but got scared. I changed my major to something even less marketable - Anthropology.

After college I found myself following the path of least resistance. I started in retail then got a job in purchasing and finally landed in temporary staffing where I spent 15 years.

During that time I continued to write. I tried a few avenues to getting things published. I wrote for a small magazine that no longer exists for a little while. I submitted short stories to anthologies. But I was afraid to leave my job behind to do writing full time because what if I failed?

At the same time, Matt was also restless. He wanted to fulfill his dream of building a house by himself. Suddenly we both realized that a tiny house could answer all of our questions for us. If we built a home that didn't rely on conventional utilities and didn't have a mortgage I could feel safer quitting my job and writing full time.

I wouldn't trade the experience for the world, but I have since realized that the tiny house served as a crutch. It helped me gain the courage to try something that I should have done a long time ago. 

It is okay to have something to hold on to in order to feel safe, but don't hold on to the wrong things. A tiny house was a risk in and of itself. It was the right launching pad for me.

You can look at this post like a pep talk. Maybe it is. You can also look at it as a revelation. The more I think how I got to where I today the more insight I gain about how I got here. I think that my experience can be a useful example for others.

So, what are you afraid of trying? How can you face the fear of failure and get started today?

Monday, October 21, 2013

What the @&%$# am I doing?

There are a lot of definitions of adventure. Lots of other adventurers have spent time answer this question on their blogs: what makes an adventure?

Years ago I came up with one very simple definition and it has served me well.

On any adventure that was worth it to me I had a moment when I had to ask myself  "What the @&%$# am I doing!" 

Mural of Cuchulain in Ireland
If I haven't asked that question then the real adventure hasn't started yet.

I can provide some examples from my own life so you get the idea.

In 2005, Matt and I went to Ireland with our friend Carl. We arrived at the airport and rented a car, which of course drove on the opposite side of the road. Matt was elected driver and off we went. Not 10 minutes or so into our adventure, we hit a curb and - FLAT TIRE. We had to pull over on a strange city street and replace the tire with the spare. We even managed to put a pretty big scratch in the rental car with the jack. All of us sat back and said "What the @&%$# are we doing!?" We were sidelined for only a few moments all things considered and the rest of the trip was amazing. 

Pouring the cement.
In 2009, Matt and I broke ground on our tiny house. We dug holes for our post and pier foundation and we started the process of mixing cement and pouring the piers. You can read the entire sordid story here. That was our "What the @&%$# are we doing?!" moment. We knew that if we could get past that insanity we could build this tiny house. If we didn't give up at that moment, there was nothing that could stop us. 

Camping this summer.
Just a couple months ago we went camping in Minnesota with friends. On the very first night there was a torrential rain and wind storm. At 2am we were all up helping a friend keep her tent from blowing over. That was her "What the @&%$# am I doing!?" moment. Nothing will turn a ragtag group of friends into a family quicker than a housing emergency at 2am.

These "What the @&%$# am I doing?!" moments have been so profound they have really become the hallmark of any of my greatest adventures. If I don't ask myself that question once along the way I begin to worry if my challenge was way too easy or if I am not on the right path at all.

Have you experienced the "What the @&%$# am I doing?" moment in your life? How did you handle it?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Live Deliberately: Not Waiting to Live

Not long ago, Matt and I were watching television on Hulu and a commercial for a retirement planning and investment company came on. I couldn't begin to tell you what company it was for or the word for word dialog but it went a little something like this.

"Because I have made smart investment choices I can finally live the life I've always wanted to."
These words were, of course, spoken by an active baby boomer who appeared to have everything together.

And we both cringed.

This is exactly the opposite of the way we want to and have chosen to live.

It isn't about making good financial decisions that can help keep you on track you as you age. That is pretty sound advice. But that kind of message implies something more sinister.

We are expected to delay doing the things we want to do in order to do the things society expects us to do.

That feels like watching life rather than living it. Like waiting for all the cool stuff to happen at you rather than making opportunities..

I made the decision not to wait for retirement. I didn't even worry about creating some sort of early retirement scenario.

Instead, I figured out what I really want to do and did it. 

I know that there are a lot of circumstances that play into every individuals ability and desire to make these big changes happen in their lives. But I do know one universal truth.

You don't know what will happen next. 

I don't want to face death at any age and be angry or sad that I didn't do all the things I wanted to do. I don't want to know that I waited even a day too long.

You're idea of living deliberately is going to be very different from mine. In fact, I practically guarantee it. I'm not saying you shouldn't love your job or that you shouldn't work hard but what I am saying is make sure that the thing you're doing is what you want to be doing. Don't imagine a day in the future when you can "finally" do the thing you want to do. What if you never get there?

This is deliberate living to me. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tiny House Diary: October 2013

Back when I started this blog in March of 2010 it was really just a journal of our building experience. Each time we made a trip up to Asheville to work on the tiny house I would take a lot of photos and come home to recap everything that went into the weekend.

Since moving into the tiny house I have found writing a journal like that to be difficult. Everything felt the same. It felt normal - like living in any other house, just small. What would I write? "Woke up, worked on computer, had lunch, did my chores, took a shower, enjoyed the evening."

However, I had a marvelous time in the tiny house this weekend and I thought I might share a little about what we did. Along with photos, of course.

On Friday we decided to make dinner and enjoy it out on the Folk N' Ale. We built a fire - as you can see above - and enjoyed the entire evening out doors.

Our meal was very simple. We through some chicken in a pan and cooked it in an Indian simmer sauce. The sauce of choice - Tikka Masala. Yum. We also made a pot of basmati rice. Oh, and we enjoyed a pumpkin beer - which I will write about here but I haven't gotten to it yet so check back soon!

After the sun went down we made s'mores over the camp fire. We used peanut butter cups instead of plain chocolate. Also yum.

Later we watched an episode of my current favorite TV show, Supernatural, and went to bed.

Saturday was also full of fun. Well, I can say that now since it is over. There was nothing overly traumatic but I was pretty exhausted.

We drove up to Hot Springs, a town north of Asheville that isn't too far from the tiny house. On the recommendation of a friend who use to be a river guide in that area we stopped at a trail that followed the Laurel River for three and a half miles until it met up to the French Broad River. That part was fine. However, if you hike 3.5 miles, you have to hike the same 3.5 miles back to the car. This was where I had enough. I like to hike but 7 miles was a lot. In hindsight, though, I am glad I did it.

After the hike we slowly limped into the town of Hot Springs for a couple of drinks and dinner.

It was a wonderful weekend. I am really glad we have opportunities like this because of the tiny house and because of Western North Carolina. We couldn't love a place more than we love this part of the Appalachians.

And, just for fun here is a photo of Piglet enjoying her platforms in the tiny house.