Home Sweet Home

by Tammy Strobel on October 31, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I finally arrived at my little house. I’ve been away for twelve days and it feels so good to be back home. I missed Logan, the tiny house, and my kittens. I also missed the epic sunrises that I get to see every morning here on the ranch. And this morning was especially amazing.

When I woke up, I looked out the loft window and was blown away by the colors. I’ve never seen such beautiful clouds and deep pinks, purples, and blue tones in a sunrise before. So I quickly climbed down the loft ladder, put on some warm clothes, grabbed my camera and went outside. The kittens were right on my heels while I took pictures. But soon they headed back into the house because of the strong wind.

As I snapped photos this morning, I thought I was going to get blown over. The wind gusts — both last night and this morning — were between 20 to 40 miles an hour. The wind reminded me of hurricane Sandy. I can’t imagine what the winds must have felt like on the east coast in the last days.

I’m incredibly grateful to have my little house as shelter and my heart goes out to all the folks who have been displaced by the hurricane. Donate to the relief effort here and read this post about preparing for emergencies.

Be well,
Tammy

P.S. I was interviewed by the awesome Srinivas Rao, for BlogCast FM, last month. The interview is finally up! Listen in here.

1 Alicia October 31, 2012

These pictures are stunning, Tammy.

I live in CT. The winds gusted between 70 and 80 mph. Though CT did not get hit as bad as NJ and NYC, the storm left devastation in its wake along the shore and places inland.

I remember loud cracking sounds; large branches, trees, and utility poles were falling during the night. I was at my client’s house. We did not sleep much Monday night. My cat hid under my sheets – a shaking, breathing lump.

I woke up at 5:00 am to a stunning full moon and starry sky.

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2 Tammy Strobel October 31, 2012

@Alicia – I’m glad you are safe! Sending you hugs.

3 Alicia November 3, 2012

@Tammy – thanks!!! We’re doing okay. Flooding too. But no one died. That is what matters…

4 Claire/Just a little less October 31, 2012

Such beauty and yet such devastation in nature. Thinking of those who’ve suffered through this hurricane x

5 Martha October 31, 2012

Awesome photos!

So, about that wind… How does your tiny house fare in situations like that?

6 Tammy Strobel October 31, 2012

@Martha – The tiny house spent a very rainy winter in Portland and it’s traveled down the highway going 60 to 70 miles per hour. It did great in the high winds. No problems.

7 Maria Northcutt October 31, 2012

Beautiful pictures! I found your site today and it made me so happy! Just wanted to let you know :)

8 Tammy Strobel October 31, 2012

Thanks Maria!

9 Mopsa October 31, 2012

I just finished listening to your interview at Blogcast FM. It was very inspiring to hear about your creative process and the story behind the writing of your book :)
And I’ve never seen a sky like that – breathtaking!

10 JI October 31, 2012

SO beautiful clouds. I find your blog yesterday, and will enjoy your blog in the future.

11 Karen Marston November 1, 2012

Beautiful. Yours is the only blog I leave Google Reader to come visit! I just love your photos. Thanks for sharing them.

12 Karen November 1, 2012

How beautiful!! This really has been a week of Mother Nature’s shock and awe.

13 Anne-Marie November 1, 2012

We had some incredible incredible colors, didn’t we. :) The mountain also lit up yesterday afternoon for a few minutes when the sun came out. The winds were actually “nothing” yesterday compared to what they can be. 70 to 80 miles per hour are not at all unheard of in this area. You will have many windy days where you are – it will be windy in Weed also. Great pics of the sky colors. Thanks for your reply. I am sure I will sign up for your course.

14 Hillary November 2, 2012

I found your website the other day, and as a fellow cat loving photographer writer wannabe, who secretly wants to live in a tiny home, I am in LOVE with your site! You have gained a loyal follower in me!

15 Brenda Maglich November 5, 2012

Hi Tammy,

Reconnecting to you after a year or so. I live near NYC and many of my friends lost homes, all possessions, everything after the storm. I have been helping in every way I can: cooking for people, putting kids up in our big house. I thought of you though when I saw (please no one take this as a criticism of my friends….I am the same) the massive amount of garbage that we all have (including me). It’s mostly the same stuff too: cds, tvs, toys, electronics, videos, dvds. Mother Nature can’t take it. She shook her fist hard at us and screamed, “Stop buying so much stuff and throwing it all over me. Getting me all heated up!” We have a Noreaster coming in two days. I would love to hear your thoughts/comments on the connection between all these material possessions, over-filled landfills and the earth warming/extreme weather. You still inspire me and today, I am giving away hats, gloves and other things to the Salvation Army. Not throwing it out, passing it on and NOT buying more! Thanks for your blog Tammy.

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