Bright Orange Mushrooms!

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While walking around my property, I saw these bright orange colors. At first I thought they were flowers, but closer inspection showed they were growing right out of the ground with no stems or leaves. I checked with a friend and she said they actually are mushrooms! How cool is that? My friend says sometimes she has neon blue mushrooms on her property, and bright yellow ones with an orange spot in the center.

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Here are some more mushrooms I saw on my property.

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Morning Sky, Morning Thoughts

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The sky was so beautiful this morning I just had to take a photo. The stars at night are incredible, but the night time photos do not turn out well.

There is one thing the Tiny House articles do not talk about. Some of your friends and relatives will not understand your life choices. I lost a good friend because of my decision to live tiny without electricity and water. My friend was so upset, she won’t speak to me anymore. I told her I will keep my children and doggies warm. But she couldn’t handle it, and she walked away. It hurt a lot.

My “camping” situation won’t be for too long. I am hoping to have electricity and water before wintertime. I am hoping to build a small cabin next summer, and hook it to a septic system. To me, living for a while without all the modern conveniences, is totally worth it to become mortgage-free. But the Tiny House homesteaders should be aware that some people will not understand.

Bummer: The Laundromat

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Well, Laundry Happens! LOL. It has been a long time since I had to use a laundromat to do my laundy. I found out that prices to wash clothes have doubled since then. It will be very sweet when I have a new small home with electricity and water, and a WASHING MACHINE.

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Speaking of building my new small home, I enrolled in a Tiny House building workshop with Jay Shafer of Four Lights Tiny Houses! (One of his designs is pictured above.)(www.fourlightshouses.com) Jay wrote The Small House Book and is considered by many to be the “father” of the Tiny House Movement.┬áIt will be November 7 and 8 in Santa Cruz, California. My Mom, step Dad and my oldest son live in Santa Cruz, so it will be really fun to see them. I will write up a blog about it after I attend the workshop!

Digging A Ditch For My Electric Power Line!

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OK, I am a wimp! Living here for 2 weeks without electricity and I was crying for electric power. Someday I do want a Solar Power set up, but right now I am buying A LOT of batteries, and driving to other places to charge up batteries. I don’t see how what I am doing right now is helping the environment. It is a big project because my driveway is about 600 feet long!

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The weather has been beautiful and warm in the daytime. At night it has been chilly, but the propane heaters are keeping us nice and warm. Wow, the stars are amazing! There are no city lights, and the night sky is an ever changing canvas.