At times, all we have to do in life is show up, be present, and allow the magic to unfold

Small Miracles, Extraordinary Coincidences from Everyday Life by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal

In 2011 friends helped me purchase my first tiny home. Selecting a model recreational park model with upgrades, I moved in with my cats and dogs in March of that year. I called it my cabin-on-wheels. The fragrance of the cedar and wood paneling permeated every room.

A futon served as a couch by day and bed at night. Two armoires, a writing desk with a pull out for my laptop and a small table rounded out my essential furnishings. The dogs and I lived in the front room and my 10 cats occupied the back bedroom.

A year later with help from the same couple, I purchased the 5.5 acres on which the cabin sat. At that time there were two unsightly older mobiles on either side of my tiny home. The newer of the mobiles required repairs to the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems before it could be rented anew. Only when the tenant from the older mobile moved did I discover it was in such poor condition, it would be difficult to give away. But eventually, after 14 months, a man showed up one rainy day with his tractor and he pulled it away.

After six years I decided to order a new tiny home with a floor plan better suited to house my now 12 cats and three dogs. In October 2017, when all the systems were installed, we moved in. Not until my tenant of seven years gave notice and moved, did it seem possible to realize my dream of selling the first tiny home with an acre. When my tenant of two years, who resided in the 2011 cabin, said he was trading in country living for the suburbs the process began. The 1995 mobile was sold. With it gone, my first cabin was moved from the center of the lot to the southern border. New septic field lines were created with a survey done this year. Now the cabin-on-wheels awaits its new owner.

For you have need of endurance

so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.  Hebrews 10:36 NKJV

After living in my cabin-on-wheels for 10 months, my option to buy the land beneath my tiny house was nearly exhausted. Then the couple who had privately financed my cabin agreed to carry a mortgage on the land. The mostly treed 5.88 acres included two mobile homes on either side of me. Both were occupied with long-term tenants.

A month after the purchase one of the tenants moved. It was then I learned the furnace was not operational and there were electrical and plumbing issues which needed repairs. Once the repairs were completed, back-to-back families lived in the home and moved out. Finally, the third couple to move in turned out to be great neighbors and tenants, and now there is a baby too.

The home on the north side of me was vacated last March by a tenant who had resided there for almost two decades. After his departure, I discovered so much was needed to make it tenant-ready, it would be better to sell the mobile and have it moved off. A new tiny cabin, already designed, will go in its place once the damaged mobile is sold and moved. The story behind selling follows:

It had been 26 years since I had been back to my birthplace, Seattle, and God opened the doors wide to make my visit possible. In September, with the help of four families who volunteered to take care of my critter crew, I spent 10 days in the Northwest seeing family and good friends, taking in the sights and sounds of tides and waterfowl.BeachInn4bright13

God informed me this was not simply a trip to be with loved ones or to read my poetry open mic night and display my artwork. My instruction was to photograph nature, and being compliant I obliged posting here and elsewhere the beauty all around me.

Just as the Apostle Paul said, I count all as blessings, the gifts and the tribulations. Before my trip to Seattle the cabin’s “on demand” water heater failed. The “on demand” heater rarely delivered “hot” water. I could anticipate lukewarm during summer; but winter, well it was too cold to dip even my toes.

Upon my return, I purchased a 30 gallon hot water heater and had the cabin cleaned and stained.

Northside full view stainedEventually my current tiny house, or cabin-on-wheels, will be moved to the south side of the property and sold with an acre of ground. My projects list includes putting up a few sections of a privacy fence, getting the land surveyed to split out the acre creating two lots and adding a new tiny cabin for me and mine to move into on the north side.

Recently, I picked up the banner for the “As Is” mobile for sale and hung it yesterday. In God’s time, I expect it to sell. My assignment is to be patient and wait, keeping the faith. Broadmore for Sale CU

 

Rejoice always

pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

1 Thes. 5:16-18 NKJVNorthside with porch stained

The staining is complete and the cabin-on-wheels has a new look.Southside stained

 

Living simply

and simply living

Brahma bull and Lineback dun

With the cabin behind them up on the hill Sonny and Bebe share a meal

This weekend is filled with joy and sunshine. Our move completed by day’s end Friday all tasks ahead seem lightweight by comparison.

Palomino paint

Jack

Oh there is a creosote post to place, some wire to tighten, contents of plastic containers to sort, writing, photography and advertisers to obtain to sustain us.

Charolais-Angus heifer

Holly at her new home

Most importantly all 18 pals are safe and becoming acquainted with their new surroundings.

Palomino paint, Lineback dun, Charolais-Angus bull

Jack and Bebe with Buff in background

Life is simple, and we are simply living.

Nikki is learning the window sill is off limits

kittens

Tiger stripes Ty, Mimi, Nikki and orange tabby Gordy inside the cabin

Thanks to you, God, for peace now.

Placed and ready

for tie-down

Placed and ready for tie-down

 

After eight days of waiting for the ground to dry my cabin-on-wheels that has been sitting in the circular drive now awaits tomorrow’s tie-down. A crew of five took several hours pulling up old stablizers, placing tracking pads, spotting, backing up, pulling out, re-aligning and making another attempt at the tight space to get the unit to fit like a glove facing the woods.

Happy talk, keep talking happy talk

from South Pacific repeats and repeats

Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics and Richard Rodgers’ melody have been repeating and repeating in mind ever since learning that my cabin-on-wheels is being delivered this week: “You got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”

So what is my dream? To write and do photography from our new 400 square foot home while caring for my large and small pals on the farm, as well as listen to Spirit and follow as guided.