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Composting to extreme!

Hello friends!  I have a really exciting “invention” that I want to share with you all today.  I’m fascinated by composting.  The whole process just intrigues me. I mean, you put a whole bowl full of organic food waste into a compost bin and a few weeks later, there’s nothing but dirt! I just find that amazing..anyone else?

Anyway, I found a crazy suped up composter on Kickstarter.  This thing looks kinda ridiculous and it’s not on the market yet but when it does become available….it’s gonna be a game changer. Check this puppy out!

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Amazon has everything now!

Hello hello!  Happy Monday!  Hope your all doing well!  gosh, I’ve been a bit absent lately as I just had a bunch of other things going on and this little blog took a back burner.  Hopefully all my deadlines are over and I can get back to my normal routine. =)

That being said:  While I was absent from the blog, I did find a bunch of interesting articles/information on the tiny house movement.  In fact, I even watched a documentary on building tiny houses.  Stay tuned for that post. =)  The first topic I wanted to share was that Amazon, yeah that online retailer, is now in the tiny house business.  Yes, you read that correctly, Amazon sells tiny houses now.

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Handy Heater

Hello and welcome back!  Hope your week is going well.  Mine is flying right by.

This past weekend I was out running errands and ran into TjMaxx to check out what they had.  I wasn’t searching for anything but just like to go there to kill time if I am in town and need to kill 30 minutes or so.  Anyways, I’m just snooping around in their clearance area and stumbled upon a Handy Heater for $15.  What’s a Handy Heater you ask?  Oh just a portable little plug in heater. and when I say little…I mean little.

Plug in heater

 

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Try out a tiny house

Hello…elloooo….elloooo….(that was to mimic my voice echoing in a canyon since I’ve been a absent the past few days) but I’m back and at ’em now. =)  Hope you all are doing well.  Obviously, I’ve been a bit busy lately..but still enjoying my new front porch.  And no, I haven’t re-arranged it or anything.  It’s still in the original set up (and probably will be for a bit)

So I found an interesting article on Mindbodygreen.com – it’s a website on how to live more mindful and organically.  Some of the articles are pretty loopy but some are interesting.  Check it out if you are into that sort of thing.  Anyways, one day a few weeks ago, this article was posted about tiny houses on Air B&B.  This would be a great way to check out the tiny lifestyle (although the design might not fit your lifestyle and it might actually be a bad representation) but it would give you an idea of the size and possibilities.

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Safe entry

Hello friends!  How are you?  Did you have a great weekend?  Was it relaxing or did you get a bunch of work done.  Me, I was busy busy busy.  One of my tasks was putting together my front porch!  That’s right, my porch arrived last Wednesday to the FedEx hub in “the city” about 1.5 hours away.  Since the hub is only open (to the public) on Monday through Fridays I had to arrange to get the porch before the weekend because I actually had time to put it up during the weekend.

My plan: I got out of work a little early Friday and drove to The City to get my package and would make it a night out – or meaning I would go to Target and Whole Foods since we don’t have either of those in the town I’m currently living in.  Yes, I do realize how lame that makes me sound but roll with it.  When you live without amenities like this you realize how important such things are and get excited when you get a chance to visit them. =)

Anyways, back to Friday night….

a porch in a car
my car is loaded down

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Tesla tiny house

Hello!  Welcome back!  And yes, you read that title correctly.  Tesla has a tiny house!

I couldn’t find much information about it (ok I’m running out of time and just didn’t look into it) other than this website .   Anyways, check it out and let me know what you think.  I think it’d be pretty darn awesome to have a Tesla battery pack and reliable solar power for your whole house, if it was affordable.  there was no mention of price on this bad boy but I’m betting it’s pretty high – specially given the small size of the unit.  Here’s the details copied directly from their website:

  • Weight – 2 tonnes
  • Dimensions – 6m x 2.2m x 4m
  • Solar generation – 2kW PV system of 6 panels
  • Solar storage – 1 x Tesla Powerwall
  • Exterior – Clad in locally sourced, chemical-free, sustainable timber

Give the size of: 20′ – 0″ x 7′-0″ x 13′-0″ (I also grabbed the converted dims over from their website too) it’s a pretty small tiny house.  I’m assuming its 20′-0″ long and 7′-0 wide. In comparison my tiny house is 24′-0″ long and 8′-6″ wide with a max height of 13′-6″ to be road legal.

Let’s hope Tesla gets some good press out of this and makes some attainable solar panels and batteries for us more common folk to afford. =)

 

 

 

 

 

Worms…

Hello, hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  I hope your great!  I’m doing well and finally feeling caught up with things…at least for the moment. =)

So last week we were getting some fall weather.  It was glorious! Temperatures were in the 70’s and cool at night.  It was GREAT!!!  (*seriously, I hate being hot and sweating!) I was so hopeful that the amazing weather would stick around I decided to order some little redworms to help my compost pile!  These little guys are a huge help in breaking down the compost fast but they are also a little picky with temperatures – as they can get a over heated or freeze if it’s cold.

I think I jumped the gun and purchased my little friends a bit early because the temps went back up into the 100’s right after I received my little guys in the mail.

worms!

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Solar WINDOWS!

Friends, today’s post is short and sweet. =)  Look what I found…. Solar Windows!  

This is such a great idea for tiny houses….well for anyone but specifically for tiny houses since they are mobile dwelling units.  If the windows were solar panels then that’s one less thing a tiny house would have to think about before loading up and moving locations.  I think it’s a win-win!  Only negative is that they stick out from the house profile so keeping the travel size within legal limit might be an issue.  Road legal tiny houses max sizes must be below 8′-6″ W, 13′-6″ H, and less than 45′-0″.

What do you think???

 

 

Detroit has it going on!

Hello Hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  Me, I’m good other than being so ready for fall and the cooler temperatures that come with it but will wait out another month or so before that happens.  ARG!  Anyways, I found another great article about how tiny homes are doing good for the homeless and low income population in Detroit.  You can read the article here. or click below to read my comments on it. =)

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