December 4, 2013 § 2 Comments
This is not a cohesive update at all, I am back at my ‘better to post something than nothing’ post though. I do have some very cool miscellaneous updates though, long over due of course! I have a plan in action that will hopefully get me on a better track for keeping up with my updates! I am going to try my hand at just setting a schedule to post my updates ,that way it doesn’t all just build up and become a daunting thing to approach! So, after this update I will be shooting for Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a Sunday post, each day posting on one topic, be it my family/pregnancy/Denny, my tiny house, my current craft projects or my miscellaneous day, that is what I am hoping for, if I can stay disciplined it would be awesome . But for now there is a little of everything!
So, Denny is getting neutered this weekend, he’s excited . I think he thinks I say ‘tutored’ though, he loves learning! Terrible joke! It’s time, I feel bad for kids when I take him on walks, Great Danes are big dogs… any way you look at it… we are also going to go to our first Great Dane Meet-up, I am excited to see how he does with other danes, when we go to the park he mostly loves hanging out with the littlest pups there, I think it will be good for him to meet other big dogs! I am excited to meet new friends too, it seems that dog parks are really great places to meet people in general! He is pretty funny at night, when I let him out before bed he does a perimeter check around the house, its always a counter clockwise motion, he circles the whole thing, then does his business then comes in ready to zonk out, in the morning though the last thing he wants is to get out of bed, turns out if a hundred pound dog doesn’t want to do something then there is not very much I can do to change his mind… fortunately James is usually around to let him potty a little later in the mornings…
My pregnancy update, this is fun, I am back on track with my weight gain, I am not sick as a dog all the time, I am perpetually uncomfortable with my lady parts apparently being the size of a soccer ball right now. Turns out that makes me hunch over which isn’t good for a newly broken back, I got a sling thing though and it seems to help… if I can just find out where Denver hid it… I definitely look pregnant now, there is no mistaking it! She is SUPER active still and her kicks are getting stronger and stronger, I guess the calcium is hitting her bones and making her less like rubber, so that’s good! Yesterday I was working on my laptop and it was just barely against my stomach and she kicked it and it moved… not real impressive of a story but I was alone in the house and it freaked me out! When my midwife measured me I was bigger than ‘normal’ by 5 centimeters (they measure from the top of my pubic bone to my belly button), so apparently that means she had her growth spurt early, even though I think she hit her growth spurt just after the appointment, I will be excited at my next one to see if my midwife agrees. I have gained a total of 15 pounds even. That is right on track with where I ‘should be’. MiniMiller’s heartbeat is right on point and she measures right around 14 inches long and comes in just under 2 pounds. The most shocking part is that technically she is able to survive, with help, outside of me right now, that blows my mind. I will go ahead and try to keep her in there as long as possible though, it’s probably best for everyone . In the following weeks we will be working on putting some body fat on her! Other than all that, it still sucks to be pregnant, some girls just rock this, it is NOT my ‘thing’! oye! I think I should have been born a guy, it seems so much easier! I’m sure I’ll get on with the whole ‘miracle of life’ thing after MiniMiller comes but for now oye! BTW, Hazel Annabelle is the name that is sticking the hardest… Stays with Greg’s astute observation of her initials being H.A.M. too!
Tiny house update! My water froze last night! Oh noes! thankfully it happened AFTER the hard piping and nothing broke! When I went and checked this morning it looked like in one of Denver’s perimeter checks he may have bumped a panel of my skirting apparatus… there was a big hole in the insulated portion so I am pretty sure that is what went wrong. Still, it’s going to get a lot colder (down to 9 degrees tonight!) so I am going to have to figure out something else… For now, because its dark when I get up for work and its dark when I get home (I hate daylight savings, even though it really isn’t what’s to blame for the short days) I just shut off the water and I will figure it out this weekend when I have some daylight to work by. These are those cold weather things that you folks down south don’t have to work with Lucky! Other than that the house is doing awesome! The radiant floor heat is NOT enough to keep things heated but with my small supplemental heater it’s not a problem.
So this evening I am in the process of transferring my website (paying WordPress to transfer it since I have had a few difficulties with how the site transfers) to a hosted site so if anything goes awry that is why, I wish I could stay on the free WordPress site but I have enough pictures and data to use up my allotted space, so I must move on!
A couple quick things, Ryan and I are doing another Tiny House Chat on Tuesday night, log in if you can! We have Hari and Karl from TinyHouseFamily.com and Ms. Kristie Wolfe from TinyHouseOnThePrairie.net, we are going to talk about tiny houses for the holidays, get some awesome creative ideas from Kristie and some family advice from Hari and Karl, it’s just going to be a fun one. I nice end to wrap up a great year of Chats!
Ryan has been organizing the first annual Tiny House Conference which is coming up at the beginning of April 2014. There are going to be some great opportunities to meet some neat people and learn more than you want to know about tiny houses and tinyhousers! I am stoked to get to go, and MiniMiller will be making her way so long as all goes as planned! For a little while Ryan is offering $50.00 off if you use the code MM2013, so if you can’t think of what to get the minimalist in your life it could be a good option… , experiences are always better than ‘things’ (well, that is just opinion I guess).
I think that that is all I have for now, below are a couple other things including a tremendous act of kindness I was the lucky recipient of, my interview on Aljezeera with Christopher and Merete a co-sleeper mini-update and some misc. stuff, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
November 12, 2013 § 23 Comments
It was magic! My shower has been working and functional for a long long time but without having the greywater system hooked up I didn’t want to use it and flood under the house. I have been using friends’ and families showers for a while, it feels AWESOME to get to shower in my own house! My Eccotemp FVI 12 does a wonderful job! I do have to turn it all the way up to hot hot and then back down to temp for it to keep heated, if I just turn it half-way it seems like the heater really doesn’t kick on strongly. It is awesome though, I had a nice, long, hot shower with even heat, no flash hot or flash cold. I have to also say I am pretty dang impressed with how far a tank of propane has gone. I’ve been living in my house full time since mid June and started with a little over a half of a tank of propane and I haven’t had to fill it yet. My stove and water heater are both running off of propane. I admit I haven’t been cooking up a storm but I haven’t really been shy about it either… I probably use a couple of my burners at least a couple times a week… hot water every day basically to do dishes and wash hands etc. I’m expecting I will have to fill my little five gallon tank soon but getting pretty close to 6 months out of about 3 gallons of propane is pretty cool. We will see how much having regular showers out here will affect that.
Another quick review… My heating! I had planned on using my radiant floor heat as my main heating source which works well down to about 50 degrees. Any lower than that and it doesn’t quite cut it. I have been using my radiant heater as a supplement, the same one I used during construction. I have it on the lowest possible setting and it works really well. I should also note, I tend to leave the bedroom window cracked a couple inches throughout the day and night. I do this for a couple reasons, if I don’t at night the body heat builds up in the house and it actually gets too warm by the time I wake up, second, throughout the day it allows things to vent. It’s pretty tight ventilation wise and I have a large dog who smells… like a dog. I used to come home and leave the doors open for a while to air it out but I have realized it’s better if I just crack a window and then I don’t have to walk in the door to a wall of dog smell. I think it helps keep things balanced inside too, not to stale of air. So it’s a trade off, it’s the best balance I’ve found though between heat and freshness. The floor MIGHT be enough without the cracked window, but I doubt it. That being said, I LOVE that I have the radiant heat floors. My feet stay warm and cozy, it will be great for MiniMiller too so she won’t have a cold floor to crawl around on. It really makes the space super comfortable even though I have to supplement the heat a tad.
Third, I get to do other projects now! That’s pretty cool. Sunday evening I was feeling like a bum just sitting down and watching TV so I decided to sew a little at least while I watched, then I didn’t feel SO lazy . Before I knew it I made a skirt! Not a bad one either! I haven’t sewed in years, happy to know I have some skill still.
I loosely based it on another skirt I have but I added a belly band for my pregger self. I have discovered that leggings are my new best friend. I LOVE them, they are cozy and don’t cut across my belly all uncomfortably like pants. So, I think my wardrobe will be consisting a lot of insulated leggings and skirts! Also, I started my prenatal yoga class last night. I have been really concerned about my back since I broke it just over a year ago. It has been hurting me quite a bit lately with the shifting center of gravity of my body, it’s passed the pain of my foot now (which has also never healed correctly), I’ve got a permanent ‘gangster limp’ I think… both of those injuries are concerning to me as the next months roll on. I started yoga to hopefully mitigate some of the issues along the way, it was a good class with other pregnant ladies. My body is surprisingly sore from all the low impact stuff that happened , sore in a good way. I am planning on keeping that up a couple days a week until MiniMiller makes her debut! I also got a back support band that seems to help as well. The last tidbit is that Ms. MiniMiller is getting a little routine, that is a weird thing to realize. She’s her own person with her own schedule. I notice she gets real active every morning first thing, right after breakfast and then again in the afternoon right around 2pm until 4 or so and then again around 8pm. until after I fall asleep. It’s getting pretty routine, it makes me wonder if that will be her active times after she’s born, if so I am ok with that, I hope she isn’t a morning person .
One LAST thing I want to mention… in getting prepared for after baby is here I have decided to invest in an upright freezer and some tupperware to make some big meals in bulk and freeze them for easy meals later. This will let me have some nutritious meals and be able to focus on baby without running to a food store or eating crappy. In looking at the cost of things tupperware is just crazy, it occurred to me to try a restaurant supply store and looking at some of the take-out stuff they have.
A lot of the time those things are microwave and dishwasher safe, they have decent seals and seem like they would be ok to separate out a meal and freeze. Oh, ad they are WAY cheaper! Any thoughts? I will probably post a few recipes I find for crock pot meals to stick in a bag and freeze or for delicious looking food stuffs that would freeze well, if anyone has any particularly good resources or ideas on this I would love to hear them!
The next thing to look into is also going to be insurance for MiniMiller… I don’t need to get into that debacle right now though, I’ll save that rant for later . Hope everyone is well!
September 23, 2013 § 6 Comments
I have actually been pretty busy working on fixing all of the things on my ‘to-do’ list before the photos are taken in exactly 1 week and certainly before the TV crew gets here in just under two weeks from London. There has been a lot accomplished and even though its stressful to have this deadline it’s actually great because it means I am actually going to finish all this crap, not just let it sit on my to-do list for months to come! I am getting very excited to be done, there is one major project that will wait until after the crew has gone, that is winterizing my grey-water set-up but that is OK. The rest will be done. The great big awesome accomplishment from this weekend is that I have heat! I finished hooking up my radiant floor heat and boy, it’s awesome! The tiles were getting really chilly to walk across in the morning but now I actually get excited to get up and walk across the house . Of course if you ask James the big accomplishment is that the shower is cleaned! He had to step up and finish that because I can’t be playing with the acid if I intend to make a baby with ten fingers and ten toes… he did a great job, that was a pretty big deal to get that cleaned and it probably took him a good 10 hours of scrubbing and spraying…. moral of the story, do a better job than me at grouting, I am pretty sure I am never allowed to grout again. Last weekend I also got the weeds pulled from the yard and with the help of my brother, who gave me manual labor for my birthday this year, what I guy, right, the lawn was rototiller and planted, I even have little sprouts poking up. Mom says that fall grass is the best grass, I am hoping so, my spring grass was all burned off with out unusually hot summer! Maybe this can get in and get started and get strong before summer hits again. Those are the three big ones, here are some pictures of the other parts, like my electrical closet doors, my trim, cleaning up the paint parts and fixing the dog food drawer that was just a tad too big to work well. In not particular order here are some pictures:
September 10, 2013 § 6 Comments
I was able to get some work done on my house this last weekend! Checked a couple things off. I am trying to hurry and tie up all the loose ends by the time the film crew comes from London, I want to do a quick update on the steps I built and then I have a punch-list of sorts to get done in the next two weeks at which point I have hired a photographer to come take some images for a friends project! I want to get some pretty documentation before things turn into a disaster zone too! Without further ado, here is my update!
August 24, 2013 § 2 Comments
I am going to start separating out my posts, you ought to be able to tell what it is relating to by the title (novel, I know). I figure that not all of you want pregnancy updates and to hear the details of how that ‘adventure’ is going but some of you may. I have found it to be an enlightening if terrifying experience to go through and I want to share the process and helpful tips I have for those that may want to know. I ill try not to get too detailed, but weirder stuff has happened! So, with that, THIS is tiny house update .
I have had lots of random stuff in the works, today I got the heavy lifting done on my grey-water system. I have made the electric door panels but have yet to mount them, they are fitted though, I just need a little more energy to do the fastening… and I’m wiped! Dad also got the vent put on the composter. I have just a couple interior updates too but I don’t have photos yet so that will have to wait!
I have been contacted by Extreme Homes UK as well, they will be flying over from London next month and will be filming my house as well as the castle house shown in a previous post, I think it is pretty awesome to have both sides of the size spectrum in one town . I think that is all for this update, I hope everyone is doing well!