Do you really believe that tossing your trash out of your car window into the brush of our country road hides it?
It might be out of sight and out of mind for you, but it isn’t for us.
Sometimes it isn’t hard to find at all, like the balloons you release in town that land in the middle of the road. Unless, of course, a bird or other wildlife finds it first and either chokes because it tried to eat it or gets itself tangled in the colorful strings. Believe me when I say when you release these in memoriam of someone, they don’t end up in heaven, but they do help spoil paradise when they return to earth.
Did you know helium balloons can even cause house fires? There was one in Lodi, Calif. not too long ago.
And what about you, the inconsiderate smoker who tosses out butts onto the ground: Have you never seen the heartbreaking photos of wildfires? We would just as soon not lose Our Little House, our lives or that of our animals because of your negligence.
I'm celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the Living Large blog with an announcement!
The book based on our experiences downsizing to a small house, along with tips from me and other Living Largers is one step closer to reality.
My agent and I have agreed on a working title, Living Large in our Little House: Thriving in 480-Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote and How you Can, too.
The book will tell the story of how we came to live in Our Little House, but will also have never-before published stories about our downsizing, as well as stories of others who have done the same.
It will be about Living Large by actual Living Largers!
The book will also give tips on how to complete your own Living Large dream!
How many of you would like to read this book and what tips would you like to see in it?
With cameras on most of our cell phones, it isn’t very often that many of us don’t have one available.
But why is it when I don’t have a camera with me that a great photo opportunity always comes up?
I had just placed a fresh bottle of homemade hummingbird food out the other morning and was standing on the deck waiting for Dakota to do her business when one of the little buggers hovered and then landed on the feeder for at least two minutes, not more than 3 feet away. Of course, I didn't even have my cell phone with me. Darn!
Photographing wildlife, lizards and cool insects is just one of the many rewards I’ve found of living in the country.
A couple of weeks ago, I was startled by a really high pitched screeching sound. It was night and again, I was out with Dakota. We both scurried back in pretty fast and the next morning, I asked my friends on social media what it could be.
We’re having our hottest weather of the summer right now, so it is very counterintuitive of me to write about wood stoves.
But the reality is that it will not stay hot or even warm for very much longer and we’re starting to think about where we will source our wood and also getting the stove pipe cleaned out for the upcoming season.
Heating with a wood stove is a lot more work than turning on the thermostat, but it provides that deep warmth only a fire can provide and also saves us money on our electric bill during the winter months.
I was reading the Little Yellow Door blog and Ella’s post about her tiny wood stove. Her Kimberly wood stove is beautiful and quite perfect for a tiny house, but as she points out, it is quite expensive.
I have to put a word in for Regency. We purchased ours F1100 in 2003 and it is very small.