Spring has Sprung!

Though winter was kind of rough for us in the tiny house, spring came early! We have enjoyed a major thaw the past month or so with warmer temperatures and happier living. We no longer are in fear of our water freezing or quite as concerned with our heat sources. We've already packed away our winter coats (though it may still be a bit premature for that) and are looking forward to a season of enjoying tiny living without constantly being in survival mode.

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Nurturing Nature: Changing our thoughts

Today I'm starting what I want to be a recurring segment on A Terracotta Life. Every month I want to write on the importance of Nurturing Nature. I think it is our most important responsibility as humans to care for the world around us. That includes the earth: water, soil, plants, and air. It includes animals of all kinds (even annoying insects!). And it definitely includes the people around us, especially ourselves. It is so easy to not think about all of these things or how they affect each other. We need each and every part of these ecosystems for nature and the world to function. We can't poison one part, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, and think that that won't have a chain-reaction. 

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Our Water Headache

The biggest difficulty and the hardest transition for us living tiny has been our constant challenge of getting water. Our house is hook-up ready which means we have a spigot on the outside of the house that we can connect a hose to in order to have instantly running water. However, where we are parked, there is no water source to connect to in that way. We knew this when we decided to park here and realized that that would be a big learning curve to work through.

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Tiny House Christmas Tree (Felt Tree Tutorial)

I made a few different things to use for my Christmas decorations this year. The easiest and most fun was my felt tree that I hung on our curtains. I thought I took more pictures of the process than I actually did...but I will post what I did do and hopefully that will help anyone who wants to make their own.

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Frosty Farm

We have had such a warm start to winter here in Iowa, it's basically been a long long fall. Which has been nice and kind of a relief as we are nervous for tiny house living and what that entails during a rough and cold winter. Even though we have enjoyed the warmth and greenery, I was longing for a white Christmas and was certain it was not going to happen. Then we woke up on Christmas Eve day to the perfect big-flake snowfall and a couple of inches covering the ground. It was gorgeous! 

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Dreary Beautiful Day

Today is a dreary, gray, December day. It's been beautiful and unseasonably warm here all fall and winter so far. The fog never lifted today and it has felt cozy inside Lil Blue. The farm is still and quiet. I couldn't resist a walk with the hubs out into the pastures to see the animals. Some of the cats followed us around as we said hello to the chickens, were startled by the old-man-cough of a goat, watched the sheep bury their heads in hay, marveled at the always beautiful horses, and laughed at the huge boogers coming out of the cows' noses.

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Tiny House Impressions

I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I live in a tiny house. I still need to go through the history and journey that led us to this life but I will wait until another day for that. This blog isn’t going to be only about our tiny house, though that will obviously be a lot of what I write about. It’s our life, and it’s strange and new and different and exciting for us so it’s often on my mind to share with others.

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Christmas!!! (Part 1)

OK peeps, I can’t keep putting it off. The thing I have most dreaded writing has been what is supposed to be the “first” blog post---the “let me introduce you to me and my blog” post. I have been dreading it just because I haven’t been sure how to write it or what to write in it. I’ve even Googled “how to write your first blog post” and it still hasn’t helped me! So, instead of putting it off and thus putting off the things I really want to write about, I guess I will just oblige already.

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My Pearl

Well, my “tomorrow” came and went and I still couldn’t conquer my second bird. Here I am, two weeks later, after sweating over drafts and drafts, still not sure how to start this thing. But, instead of trying to craft the perfect real “first post” of this blog, I’ve just decided to hell with it all, skip the rules of blog-land, and just keep writing something that may not be exactly introductory. So, here is bird number two. (If you aren’t sure what birds I am referring to, check out my first blog post here).

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