Tiny House in a Wind Storm

by Tammy Strobel on November 21, 2012

On Sunday afternoon, Logan and I cycled from Yreka to the ranch because I was itching to get on my bike. I’d just spent a wonderful weekend with my mom, but I wanted to be outside in the fresh air.

By the time we cycled outside of Yreka, the wind starting picking up from the south. Since the wind was so strong, the journey home was a long two hour bike ride. Normally the ride from town to the ranch is just over an hour, but I’m not a very fast cyclist in the wind. Luckily, I had enough clothes with me and I was nice and toasty on the ride home.

Logan often quotes writer Joe “the metal cowboy” Kurmaskie by saying: “There is no such this as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” I don’t agree with that assessment anymore. Riding my bike in winds that are over 30 MPH is not fun or safe.

When we arrived at the ranch, I told Logan we made it home just in time because the wind really started howling and it didn’t stop until early Tuesday morning. The gusts were between 65-70 MPH and the tiny house held up really well in the storm. When strong wind gusts hit the house, I felt like we were on a boat. We weren’t in danger of blowing away or tipping over, but the house did shake and rock. I’m grateful that Dee and Katy designed and built such a sturdy little house. If I had built our little house, I’m sure it would have blown away in the storm.

After a few days of high winds the rain finally arrived on Tuesday morning. We were house bound, so I did a lot of work, reading, and I took a lot of photos. I’m grateful that I have such a cozy and safe home.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Be well,
Tammy

1 Cynthia November 21, 2012

I love the third photo; very dramatic! Some people here ride their bikes year-round, even with heavy snowfall, but I find it much too dangerous, especially in the city where you can slip and end up under the wheel of a car.

2 Tammy Strobel November 21, 2012

Thanks Cynthia. Bike riding in bad weather can be tricky. I don’t mind the rain, snow, or super cold weather. But strong winds really scare me.

3 Maria Northcutt November 21, 2012

After reading your blog everyday for a month or so I feel that we have a lot in common. I too feel an itching inside of me to go outside no matter the weather, after being indoors for a while.

Your pictures are always very good but today they were amazing! We have similair weather here in Auburn.

Have a great day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Maria

4 Anne-Marie November 21, 2012

This was a big storm – actually several big ones – and where you live I can imagine it was very windy. Also in Weed it was very windy. Wonderful that your little house held up so well in this really strong wind gusts.
You probably had less rain than we did in Weed. Yesterday it was pouring and I had big puddles outside my house. Great pictures and you can really see how dramatic these storms were. Happy Thanksgiving!

5 Tammy Strobel November 21, 2012

@Anne-Marie – Yes it was! My mother in-law works in Weed and she was telling me about all the rain that came down. It rained here, but it wasn’t very heavy. I’m happy that the winds have calmed down. Happy Turkey Day!

6 Sandra Pawula November 21, 2012

I’m glad you are safe and cozy at home too! The unexpected can really catch us off-guard and it seems like you gained important insight from this trip. I’m grateful for you and Rowdy Kittens!

7 Tammy Strobel November 21, 2012

I sure did. :) I’m grateful for all your sweet comments on the blog. I hope you have a lovely holiday. xo.

8 Ramona November 21, 2012

Hi Tammy,

Beautiful photos! May I ask what precautions did you and Logan take to secure your Tiny House? Is it tied down at any point? What does keep it from tipping over or blowing away. I am really curious.

Thank you for your wonderful work!

9 Logan November 24, 2012

Hi Ramona, some mobile homes in tornado country (Midwest USA) use guy wires to anchor the home in place. However, our little home was designed to withstand winds and vibration of transit on the freeway so we weren’t too worried about the 70 mph gusts. We only had stabilizer jacks in place to level the house in addition to the wheels on the ground. It also seems our house has a small enough surface area that prevents enough force to tip the house over. Cheers! L

10 Ramona November 27, 2012

Hi Logan, Thank you for the explanation. VERY INTERESTING!! :) One more question about the tires…won’t the tires rot if you keep them on the ground? Thanks again!

11 Logan November 28, 2012

Hi Ramona,

Tires, like everything else, degrade over time. The main precaution we take with the tires is minimizing sun exposure. UV radiation from the sun can cause cracking and accelerate the decay. We haven’t heard anything about “tire rot” on the ground. We are on an asphalt pad so we don’t have to worry too much… :^)

12 Sabe Majeen November 22, 2012

I’m glad you made it home safely. The wind at the end of a long ride, if you are already tired, can be a challenge.

On another note, uour last picture is spectacular! The range of colors and light tones on the remaining leaves on the trees and grass to the dark sky in the center is just outstanding. Having the sun at your back at just the right moment is being in the right place at the right time. I’m wondering if you have pictured this shot in your mind before having this remarkable storm and sun combination come into place.

13 Phoe November 24, 2012

Gorgeous photos. Glad your little house stood up to the wind.

14 notebooksandteacups November 26, 2012

Hi Tammy,

I think your blog is wonderful, and am a long-time faithful reader. (I generally read blogs on my RSS feed reader, so that’s why you haven’t seen me around previously… rest assured, I’ve been here!) I was recently nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, and have listed you as one of the blogs that I am nominating for the award in turn. Please visit http://notebooksandteacups.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/extra-blog-award-incites-fear-in-new-bloggers-heart/ in order to see my post which outlines the questions that you will need to answer, and note that the “rules” of the award stipulate that you should nominate between 10 and 12 blogs for the award yourself.

I know that you’re not likely going to accept this blogging award, mainly because the administrative work required to accept it is hardly minimalist, and that’s totally okay with me – no offense taken whatsoever – BUT I wanted to nominate you regardless in case I can point other readers out there to your blog because I believe that more people should be reading what you’re writing.

Thanks for the great gift that you give to the world through your writing and willingness to share your journey!

NotebooksandTeacups (on Wordpress)

P.S. I’ve purchased your ebooks and your print book and think they’re all fabulous! Smalltopia and You Can Buy Happiness impacted me a great deal. :)

15 Jane Bloss November 26, 2012

Tammy,

I clicked on the link for your gallery and your pictures are VERY good! My suggestion would be to put a watermark on them because someone can just go and click on the image and copy and save it without your knowledge. Just a safety precaution from one artist to another. And I love your tiny house stories!

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