All posts by osualana

Patio!

Hello everyone!  Happy humpty-dumpty day!   How’s your week going to far?  Me, I’m back into the swing of things….it’s a busy busy time of the year when classes start back up and all the students move back to campus.  There’s a lot of planning and prepping that get done in this last week before class.  I can now say, “summer is officially over”.  It absolutely flew by!  It sure was a fun one though. =)

I know I mentioned something about a front porch/deck quite awhile ago and never really followed through with the end of the blog post….anyone recall that?  Let’s hope not because I hate to leave things unfinished but I think it slipped my mind to finish the post then I traveled (did I mentioned that I had the amazing opportunity to teach a two week class in Taos, New Mexico???  It’s a really fun place if you get the chance to visit.) Anyways, today I’m going to discuss my next big purchase – a front porch with stairs that are actually code compliant.  The stairs I have now are those metal pull out RV stairs and definitely not code compliant.

 

these are, of course,attached to the house!

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Tiny House Trend

Hello friends!  TGIF!  It’s FRIDAY! woohoo!  Do you have a fun weekend planned?  I hope so!

Today I’m going to share another article I read about tiny houses just being another fad or trend or will they actually be around for awhile?  Those of you that know me personally know how trendy I am. =)  (that was sarcasm for those that don’t know me).  Anyway, bad jokes aside, read here and see for yourself.

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Tiny House Hotels

Hello!!!  Happy happy hump day!  How’s your week going so far?  I hope it’s going good!  So I mentioned the other day (it was actually last Friday) about the Pacific Northwest being amazing because they embrace tiny house and alternative living situations.  Well, this statement is still true BUT I want to add some other locations to that list BECAUSE I was on Tumbleweed Tiny House company’s website and found other locations all throughout the US that have tiny house communities set up as hotels….

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Tiny house class

TGIF!  Woohoo!  Fun plans for the weekend???  Me, I’m just trying to stay cool.  Is anyone else ready for Fall?  Anyways, as you all know – or if you are just stopping in – I LOVE the Pacific Northwest.  Not only is this part of the country absolutely beautiful because of the AMAZING (most of the time) weather but it has so many fun outdoor activities that you can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon then stop by a locally sourced and organic brewery that also composts and recycles as a practice.   Win, Win, Win in my books!  I was fortunate to live in the area for 3 years and have many friends still located there so I get the opportunity to visit/stay quite often.  What does that have to do with tiny houses???  Well…. Continue reading Tiny house class

Sun Protection

Helllllllooooooooo!  How are you?!  I’m good!  I missed posting on Monday, which I said I wouldn’t do anymore, ooops!  Things just got busy and I honestly forgot.  Yup, I forgot about this little blog.  =(  To the 5 readers out there, I will be back to a regular schedule once school starts at the end of the month.  Can you believe it’s already that time of the year to think about back to school items?  Fastest.summer.ever!

Ok, now that my rant is over, today I’ll be discussing some exterior sun protection on the West side of my house.

West Side

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Sustainable Travel

Hello!!! Happy FRIDAY!  How are you all doing?  I hope your great.  Can you believe this is the last weekend of July?  Seriously, where did summer go???  I can’t believe we’re going to be starting classes in just a few short weeks.  I got a lot to do before then and I best get cracking on it!  Maybe it’s best I don’t look at the calendar. =)

So today, let’s talk some more about my adventures overseas.  I was fortunate enough to stay on a University campus in a good part of London so I had the opportunity to travel to other locations throughout my 2 week stay.  I must say that the United States NEEDS a reliable national train service such as the high speed ones in Europe.  I know that we have Amtrack but it’s not really cost effective for the amount of time.  I looked into taking the train from Oregon to the East Coast a few summers ago.  It was going to cost way over $1,000, (I can’t remember the exact amount but I was shocked!) require me to change trains in the midwest, AND, here’s the kicker!, it would’ve taken 9 – 12 DAYS!!!  I can get a plane ticket from Portland to Ohio for around $400 and it takes about 4-5 hours direct flight.  So yeah, Amtrack isn’t really good for cross country travel.  However, I did ride it once on a one way trip from Oregon to Washington to start a backpacking trip.  It was perfect for this because I didn’t have to worry about how to get my car back after I hiked home. =) Also I will put in this as a disclaimer that countries in Europe are smaller and closer together so even if we had a high speed train in the US it wouldn’t be nearly as fast as traveling between some countries. Anyways…back to my recent train travel in England…

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England Energy

Hello, hello!  Happy Hump Day!  Hope your week is going great!  I’m trying to get back into a regular routine to get over the jet lag and catch up on things that happened while I was away. =)

As mentioned Monday, today I’m going to be discussing some items that I noticed (and relate to tiny house living) during my time spent in the UK.  First, I spent most of my time in London but was able to get away from the city for a few days to explore other parts of England.

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Welcome back!!!

Hello long lost friends!!! How are you all doing?  Sorry for my absence….I was off enjoying my time overseas!  I have a ton of great topics to share with you from my trip and (promise this time!) that I will be back to my regular *summer* schedule soon.  I just have to get my circadian system back into the correct time zone.  My body thinks it’s 8:00 pm and dinner time while the time zone says it’s 11:30 AM and not quite lunch yet.  =)  Check back in Wednesday and I’ll share some stories with you.  In the meantime, check out some photos of my trip.

Adventures