Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Headed South!

Okay, so it was just back to Big D.

But it was fun to take photos on such an awesome day. I kept thinking, "It better rain, having to move!" Mark took the entire day to help me. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and made for some great photo ops along the way.

I loved that the sky was all Toy Story on us and we even stopped to get a photo with the Texas bluebonnets on the side of the road. There wasn't any traffic. Country driving!

Closer to the city, I took a quick video of traveling along the road. The clicking you hear is my flashers and I would have taken it in a horizontal frame but I was also trying to drive and not wreck. lol I've never gotten any attitude from others on the road, which is nice.

Going under any bridge and being passed by an 18-wheeler are always hold-your-breath moments; I got some good shots. I must admit, I found myself not so freaked out by the whole thing this time. I cried the first time an 18-wheeler went by while I was driving! And going under a really low bridge at 60 mph? That was enough to give me a heart attack. Not literally, thank goodness, but it was extremely stressful. Luckily, there weren't any low bridges on our route.

We got everything settled by late afternoon, just in time for the rains to hit yesterday. Blue Ridge gauged over an inch of rain according to my weather app, so I'm really glad we got out when we did!

Where I'm parked, I was able to see the roof a better and saw the full extent of the hail damage to my sky light from the two rounds of golf-ball-sized hail that came through a week ago. Luckily, my tiny house sky light just got dinged up pretty good. I think the rain sensor is out, though. I'll be checking that in the next week.

Sky light on my tiny house. Dings all over, but the solar panel is good!
Sky light and roof on my cargo trailer took a few hits!

Finally, this is one of my favorites shots! I got the windy road, the landscape, puffy clouds, blue sky, no traffic and a Blue Ridge sign! Beautiful day. :)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Little Fish House on the move!

It's springtime in North Texas and that usually means lots of storm systems coming through the area. While I absolutely adore the rain, it's been making for a very muddy situation out at the farm. In light of the forecast for the next two-weeks (the blue area), I'm moving my house today. Getting either the truck or the house or both stuck is not an option!

From Blue Ridge, I'll be moving to a temporary holding spot in North Dallas. It doesn't get muddy and it's protected, so I'm very happy about that.

I've been also talking with my workplace to line up a little open house while I'm "in town" so I may be going over there before or after Earth Day. That will be so fun!

I'll be moving to Fair Park for Earth Day Texas—where I'll get to live while I'm there for five days. I'll be posting more about that in the next week or so.

Then I'm heading over to a nearby North Texas city to participate in an open house for the mayor there.

It's going to be a crazy three weeks, but it's so incredible. I've been more places and met more people in other communities in the past year than I had in previous decades of living here. Most folks spend their days in their own little world, living, shopping and socializing within their neighborhoods—which I did before going tiny.

The tiny house has afforded me the opportunity to get out in the community!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Catching My Breath

The last several months have been mind-blowing.

After the move, my pace at work picked up and that was all I did through December. I barely had time to pay bills!

That's all over now; things are steady. My project—designing and building my company's website, dallasfed.org—launched with great reviews. I stayed at Mark's because I just didn't have time for the commute back and forth.

The Puppies

Soon after that, I got two new puppies! After a few trials, they've settled into a nice routine. They are absolutely a crazy pair! Keko's the red heeler; she's five months old now. Katy's the blue heeler/Australian Shepherd mix; she's three months old. They absolutely love it out on the farm!

And the farm! 

It's so cool out there. Troubles just melt away as I get closer to home. It's quiet and the breezes are heavenly. Mark's working with me to plan driveways, wind breaks and other spaces. It's a clean canvas!

I have space to work on my projects now, too; I have so many! I'm planning to post details about what I've done and what I'll be doing so stay tuned. :-)


There are more adventures to come! I'll be exhibiting again—yes, again—at Earth Day Texas! It'll be good to see old friends and make some new ones, too.