Full Speed Ahead…

Well, I quit my job so, like the title says full speed ahead. Being on this journey over the past few years has made me discover that I love and live for liberty and freedom. Those two things were being stripped from me every morning I woke for work. It got to the point where my levels of stress had reached the peak of their crest and I needed out.

Stuck within the walls of a severely cramped, unorganized, unhealthy structure where you are only permitted to drink water ( I always made sure to drink my water out of a tin cup to make a statement). Get reprimanded for talking to other coworkers, or mentioning taking a day off, basically being told that making boxes is more important than your health and well being even though your doctor ordered you out of work for an elbow issue…all things not copacetic with my way of life and I had enough.

Now our tiny house build will be treated like my full time job and our TH should be livable if not complete by the end of June. So pumped and nervous at the same time! Before I go full bore on the on the build I decided to take a week or so to wrap up some small projects that have been lingering and to get some spring cleaning addressed.

Now that spring has rolled in there is so much to do around here. In the last week I have been able to get a good deal accomplished, I have so many little projects other than the TH. Like micro greens, the garden, wind power, truck/car maintenance. Not to mention its hiking/fishing/paddling season!

Jenny’s Dad had scheduled a tree service to come in and take down 4 trees that were total widow makers overhanging the Mallard. They would sway and creek ominously just waiting to fall on our temporary TH so they had to go. To take them down we had to first move the Mallard, which resides on blocks and hadn’t been moved since last summer. We also had a huge stack of pallets and plywood in the way that had to get moved. Just moving everything took a day in itself to check that task off of our list.

There were so many pallets I had scored and stored. Finally, they are stripped down and cleaned of nails. I figured since they were getting moved why not break them down while I was at it! They were made out of knotty and clear pine. It blows my mind that companies make pallets out of wood that would cost you $3 per board foot at the local lumber yards.

Anyhow, the tree guy showed up raring to go and he was nuts! He was a one man show climbing these 60+ft trees with spikes, a harness and a chain saw strapped to his belt. It was a ton of work for one person so Dale and I gave him a hand. Dale got a deal on the price and with the 3 of us working we got it done fast. It was pretty fun too!

For the last couple months I have also been testing out growing some micro greens as a potential small business, selling at farmers markets. I mean, it makes sense to me tiny house, tiny veg… The garden is going to be a big focus of mine too. I was able to get it tilled (by hand), amended with some super compost, and treated with some lime. It will get tilled in once more before the seeds get sowed. My goal is to get some stared this weekend so I better get to work on that. Still have to put the finishing touches on my wind mill. Am I forgetting anything…yeah probably.

This year is going to be the most epic Mrs Transition ToTiny and I will have yet to experience together. Time to make our dreams come true!

For the love of tiny…

Hello fellow tiny house enthusiasts! Again, it has been far too long since our last post. We have had quite a winter and it feels like Spring is actually almost here!

When we last updated you, we had just finished a good amount of work on the trailer. Shortly after that post our progress basically came to a screeching halt. The temperatures started to plummet and foot after foot of snow began piling up. That’s when we realized we were in for a rough stretch living tiny in the R/V. Everything in the Mallard started freezing. The on board tank, the water tank, even the windows were freezing overnight.  This was our second winter living in our RV so we figured we had this right?! We toughed it out for most of it but, after the mercury reached -25 degrees with the wind chill we knew we had to go.

Our first option would have been Jenny’s dad’s house, seeing how we are in his back yard. However, they have a cat in the house that does not get along with Benny so, that idea went out the window. Lucky for us her grandmother (GB) lives right here in town and has plenty of room for us there. It was nice to be able to live a little “larger” for a little while. We had a nice warm house to stay in, Benny had a more room to hang around in, running water, we could shower whenever we wanted and we had a little extra company with GB.

Most of the people we told that we were staying at GB’s house thought it was the best thing for us. I mean our friends and family were just worried about us freezing and all, but we are on this journey for the love of tiny! Don’t get us wrong, we were happy to have a warm place to stay and to have some things we weren’t used to, but it wasn’t home. Believe it or not, we decided we would rather be in the somewhat frigid Mallard than a cozy house. We have become accustomed to having our own home and our own tiny space. It might not seem like a lot but it’s ours.  So after the coldest temps passed, even with more cold in the forecast, after a couple weeks we decided to head home. It was still pretty cold in here for a while but it was more bearable.

Now that the bitter New England winter and its bone chilling temps have passed we will soon be back on track with our build. This winter was real tough and we are utterly elated to feel the warming sun of the Spring. There are some big moves happening in the very near future here for the Tiny Transisitoners (Sneak peek at the bottom…) Keep posted for some up coming awesomeness. And as always, stay classy tiny housers!




Well hello! So its been a while and a lot has been going on. Winter and Fall have been in a vicious battle over which season will take hold. One day it is 30 and snowing the next its 60 without a cloud in the sky. The temperamental state of mother nature can put a damper on certain aspects of our build, but the Tiny Transitioners prevail!

The trailer is coming along slowly but surely and it is looking AWESOME! As she currently sits, about 2/3rds of the frame has been stripped to bare metal, primed, and painted. We still have a bit more cutting and welding to do, new wiring to run, a new 5th wheel pin to weld up, wrapping up the prep and paint …and some stuff I know I am forgetting.

At this point in our journey the trailer is not the only  piece of the big picture. We have been pretty busy researching THs as  always (been pumped for the Tiny House Chat pod casts), trying to track down a new truck, materials for the build, winterizing our temporary tiny house, not to mention working 40+ hours a week. NUTS!

Jenny ran into a friend of her old mans twice in a week. She was talking to him about our build and he was all about tiny houses! He happens to be the owner of a construction company and by chance is in the process of cleaning out his shop.  Yeah, he hooked us up. New 9 lite pre hung  entry door, Anderson window, skylight, plywood, cabinet bases. And he said he is telling all of his friends about us and there will be more to come.

Before we wrap it up we want to thank the incredible tiny house community. The positivity and kindness that we receive is amazing. From kind words to offering of materials, knowledge, or help with the build. It helps drive us to our goal and you are all awesome! Until next time tiny housers…