Saturday, June 10, 2017

Boston, 2017

New England

Peaceful view in Dover, NH.
Effects thanks to the Waterlogue app.
We had so much fun together! Doesn't Leslie have a great smile?

I got to spend time with my awesome sister and finally see her run a race! I really love how much she's been able to accomplish as a single mom; my nephew, John, is so lovable and I cherish the time I got to spend with him, too.


It was pure heaven spending time in beautiful New England with my sister. :-)

The waterfalls in the White Mountains were spectacular. I love water in any form.


The Conference


I did get to learn a few new things while attending my favorite annual conference. I made some new friends in my work colleagues and I even did karaoke for the first time... it wasn't quite as scary as I'd imagine it to be. Thanks, Lu, for your encouragement! Go to Wild Rover for some great karaoke and dancing!

The director of the group who recently redesigned the City of Boston's website gave a presentation about their process. I am so impressed with them and the efforts they've made to communicate with their residents. Sounds cheesy, I know, but it's so important and a hard task to be a good resource for your community; they've done a great job. Very inspiring!

Nothing's more important than connecting with your colleagues. The relationships I've built over the years with friends in all areas of the country are so invaluable to me. We worked well together, help each other out when it's needed... I really appreciate my work family. <3



Just Boston 

These are just some of my favorite shots while I was out and about the town. I walked the whole city several days and took a lot in—even though I've been there four times now... I truly love that city. The temperatures were regularly in the 40s and 50s, it was drizzly most of the time... I really felt like I was home... even when it was sunny with a high in the 70s. My weather. (I posted many times during the trip on my Facebook page.)
The view from my favorite Boston eatery, The Barking Crab


Driving up to my favorite bridge,
the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge,
at night in the rain.
Effects thanks to the Prisma app.
Google does some really interesting treatments; I really love this one.

It's always about the water. <3
One of my absolute favorite shots—Spot and Phoenix
trotting through the underpass on their way to view a fantastic waterfall.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Three Open Houses! What's next?

After a whirlwind of a week getting to #livetinyextreme, I'm back to work and planning the Next Big Thing and I'm really missing my house. I'm doing some cleanup and saw this photo again... I can't believe it was such a perfect day and I got such a great shot! I took it from my car on my iPhone and I think it really captures the spirit of a THOW: the blue sky, puffy white clouds, countryside and a windy road…


The Little Fish House is parked in a safe place until I have time to move him back to the farm. My next big thing is going out of town for a work conference in my beloved Boston with the added perk of spending some time with my awesome sister, Leslie. After that, I'll be headed for a long-awaited surgery at the end of May; that will keep me out of my tiny until probably mid- or late-June. ::sigh::

I've decided that once I'm back to living tiny full time, I'm starting the clock over. While I've been living tiny off and on, ever since Cloe died I've been crazy busy with work, setting up the farm and getting the new pups all up-to-date on vaccinations, potty training and spays—all of which aren't really conducive to an hour commute, away from vets, work and consistent trips outside.


Open House #1

Earth Day Texas 2017 was a blast and it was wonderful to meet so many people who are building and talk with them about composting toilets and simply living tiny. And, get this: I was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about living tiny, thanks to BA :-). "My 15 minutes!" lol It was a great article and even got a nice write-up on TexasHillCountry.com.

I was surprised that so many people in the area who are building did not know about the DFW Tiny House Enthusiasts. I'm glad we got to introduce those folks to the group. It will be interesting to see how the next year evolves. I hope we have more Meetups and I'm hoping to have more open houses.

I was so happy to see all of my friends and family who came out to see me at Fair Park. They make my life special; and it was good to reconnect with my tiny house companions, too. As much as I'm looking forward to getting set up on the farm, I would love to be in a community. It was cool to have coffee in the mornings with them, problem-solve and share ideas with each other and just be with other tiny house people. (The fact that they are so cool does help a bit!) It was cool to see Renee of TinyOn! fame, too! (I posted many times during the event on my Facebook page.)

Open House #2

Speaking of community, Garland happened so quickly but it was great to represent! The Hon. Douglas Athas invited BA and myself to come and talk about living tiny and what a community would mean to us and to the city. Lucky us, Susan got to come, too! The turnout was great and I think we were well-received. The parking spot was beautiful, too! :-) I hope Garland becomes the trailblazer for tinies in the DFW area!

Loving living tiny!

Open House #3

Then I was off to an open house at none other than my workplace! The wind was really blowing that day; I had to go 45 mph down the highway or the house would start swaying. (Note to self: Must install the anti-sway bar, dang it!) I did make it—first official solo trip, y'all! I didn't like that much, but didn't have much of a choice. A tail car is really needed in traffic, but I found that if I took it slow, folks would filter around me. I only got one honk from some [expletive] in a sports car because he was trying to race me as I was switching lanes. Ugh. However, it was quite funny to pull my house up in the middle of Uptown! A big shout out to the officers at the Fed for their guidance while I pulled my house into the parking lot. It was so great to share my house with my co-workers, supporting Earth Day at work. 

Camping out at work, across the street from the Crescent.

Thanks to everyone who came out to all three events! It was lovely talking with you all.


Shirts with Bob on Them

Lastly, guys, I had t-shirts for sale. I was so focused on presenting my house I didn't get a chance to showcase them. Lauren and Emma came out to try to help sell, but the crowds were really light that day. (Thank you, both! <3 ) If anyone's interested, I have small, medium, large, x-large and xx-large sizes for $15 each. Comment if you're interested. I'll also be re-posting information on them when I get back from Boston.


I need to go pack now but I'm looking forward to writing more "how I did this" posts while I'm recovering in June. I hope I remember the details! :)

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. :)