Friday, February 26, 2010


Tiny for Two.2 is now also on facebook.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Living space

I spent a little time last night condensing boxes and organizing our box pile into a more usable living space.

Since we don't yet have any built-in furniture, we've been improvising with the things we currently have in the little house.

I used a few banana boxes filled with books to make a sort-of couch… For a little while now, I've been wanting to have another place to sit, other than my office. The only seating we had was in our offices, and there's a wall between them, making it difficult to be comfortably social.

The bookshelves are still a bit of a cluster-mess, but this is a start. It's starting to feel a bit more livable, and less like a storage closet.

That's my office—where I spend most of my days, while I work from home. It's cozy. I'm often moving things around to use table space, and try to find better ways to work with what I have. There are still boxes and clutter that I'm working on finding a better way to store… but it's workable, and I think it has a nice, homey feel to it.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Relocation time - Austin, TX

We've moved our house from the flat-lands of the DFW area to the lovely hill-country west of Austin. The difference is astounding. I will have to take some pictures the next time we go out biking... the views from the hills are just amazing at times. Doesn't even feel like Texas anymore.

We were lucky enough to find the rare sort of RV park that actually has some trees and privacy, instead of just a big row of RVs lined up. It's a semi-permanent environment with a lot of permanent residents. Took some pictures of our immediate surroundings... and here they are!

First, let me just say, this is February. Woo! Felt like a tropical island in the sun. (A lot cooler in the shade though.)

We have a tiny little shade nook under some cedar trees in one corner:

And a sweet little storage shed, which is VEEEERRRRRRY important right now, because it will give me a place to move stuff so that I can build some furniture:

Took this shot the first night we arrived:

When we pulled up I noticed a three-set of stairs off to the side of our lot... shrugged it off, figuring they belonged to someone. However, shortly after, the manager asked if we had any stairs for our place. We told him we had our little one-step platform, and he mentioned that someone had left these stairs here and that we could feel free to use them. They are a perfect fit:

We're lucky enough to be in a spot that is on the edge of the park, so one whole side of our lot is bordered by woods:

And this.. this little fellow... :) is our lawn:

I am glad to be in an area that has some trees and some hills, instead of endless flat fields. It's a nice change of pace. We are also very close to a lot of stores, which is very nice for the convenience factor.

I've also devised a ridiculously simple solution for how to add a urine diverter to our loveable loo. If there's anyone out there in need of this info, let me know and I will provide.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow… REAL snow this time.

I can't help but see the irony in this—there is about a foot of snow outside. The Dallas area got hammered with snow yesterday. It snowed all day, those big hefty size flakes—the ones that come in sideways.

It is rather beautiful, but I hope it doesn't put a damper on the move to Austin we had planned for this weekend. There's a lot of yard to drive over to get our little house out of the pasture it's in. The drive south might be delayed until the snow melts some. ::shrug::

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Moving to Austin

Looks like we are packing up next week and heading down to Austin, where we found a sweet campground RV park with lots of trees. The air is fresh, the rolling hills of the area offer magnificient views, and the people are supposed to be a lot friendlier in Austin. Overall, I believe this will be a good change for us.

We even got the biggest lot on the site (presumably they mean other than the manager's, since he had a pretty sweet setup) and it has a storage shed included on our lot. This will give us space to move most of our junk out of the house and finally get some work done. I may have to stick to hand saws to avoid disturbing the neighbors, and I may have to do my cutting inside, so the cats might be spending extra time locked in the bathroom, but I think I can finally build some rudimentary furniture.

I can't wait to get away from the cement plants in this town. If there is one thing wrong with Midlothian, TX, it is the cement plants polluting the air.

I also believe that the change in atmosphere should make it easier for us to stick to our preferred diets of raw foods. The warm weather should also help a lot, as I need to stay pretty active when eating raw. It sounds like we might even have some 'lawn space' of some sort, so maybe we can set up a little fire pit or at least a place for some outdoor chairs and a yoga mat or two.

Now now, don't want to get too optimistic yet... cross your fingers for us.