A few weeks ago, I had a lovely dinner with Logan and my friend Dee. It was a perfect spring day for a tiny house dinner party. Logan brought our folding table outside and we created a small buffet. We had bread, cheese, hummus, salad, rice, buffalo steak, stir-fried vegetables, and beer too. It was a big feast for three people. We talked about Dee’s upcoming road trip as well as tiny house living. Dee noted, “people ask me all the time what I like about my house and I’m curious to ask you after your first six months, what do you love about this little house?” There’s a lot to love about the tiny house. In this post, I’ll share a few tiny house highlights with you.
1. Tiny House Happy Hour. I adore living in K & S’s backyard. They are incredibly kind people and I’m in love with their dogs, Gnetty and Nola. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see why. We’ve been trying to coordinate a dinner with them for months, but our schedules never seemed to coincide. A few weeks ago we finally had them over for tiny house happy hour. It was a perfect day. The french doors were open and we had all kinds of snacks - dried fruit, chips, salami, and cheese - and the puppies even came inside too.
2. Front porch dining & relaxing. Sitting on my front porch relaxing and dining is part of my tiny house dream. Being able to watch the sunset from my house is an amazing feeling. It’s so simple, but it makes me happy.
3. The french doors. On nice days we open up all the windows in the house, the front door and the french doors too. I’m so glad we opted to include the french doors in the design. Open or closed, they make the house feel spacious.
4. Changing seasons. Living in the little house has put me in touch with nature. I know that sounds cheesy, but I’m spending more time outside and I now have a greater awareness of the changing weather patterns, the blooming flowers, and they way the natural light changes throughout the day.
5. Kitten exploration. I thought the cats would be scoping out the entire neighborhood but they stay close to the house and in the yard. Typically, I spend the morning writing at home and they hang out with me. Christie watches birds from the window and is totally entranced by their movements but seems to be too scared to try and hunt anything. Elaina spends her days in the loft, under the covers. When I leave the house, the bathroom window is open so that they can come and go freely. Of course, I don’t know what kind of trouble they get into while I’m out. But when I get home, they are usually in the same location, sleeping. Our cats aren’t very rowdy and the irony isn’t lost on us. They are lazy creatures who sleep in sunbeams and stick by Logan and I, whether we are inside or outside.
6. Reading in the loft. The sleeping loft is one of my favorite areas in the house. It’s perfect for sleeping, reading, relaxing and listening to the rain.
7. You don’t need a refrigerator to eat well. We opted not to have a refrigerator in the little house and it’s worked out really well. A hanging fruit basket outside acts as our refrigerator during the cooler months. The hanging basket holds fresh fruit, vegetables, potatoes, and milk for our morning coffee. When the season turns warm, we use a small cooler for beer and dairy products. Not having a refrigerator has forced us to eat whole foods. For more on this topic read, How to Cook Yummy Food without a Refrigerator.
What do you love about your abode? Share your thoughts in the comments section.