A Garden and an Orchard!


I found a flat sunny spot and paid a guy to build a 6 foot tall garden fence! The fenced area is 55 feet long and about 25 feet wide. I hope it will keep the deer out of my garden and orchard.


Then I built a raised garden bed box in the corner of the fenced area. It is 10 x 4 feet, and built from old fencing, pipes, and lumber I found around my homestead. It is all held together with tie wire. So I up-cycled some junk into something useful.


I bought seeds for cherry tomatoes, carrots, sugar peas and spinach. I started my cherry tomato seeds inside in pots.


Then I ordered 9 fruit trees for my little orchard from Raintree Nursery in Morton, Washington. (www.raintreenursery.com) These “Home Orchard Packages” have trees that grow well in our climate and will pollinate each other. I ordered five “dwarf” fruit trees that will grow to about 8 or 9 feet tall:

#A581D Queen Cox Self Fertile Apple/M26
#B110    Harrow Delight European Pear/OHxF87
#B175   Onward European Pear OHxF87
#C180   Methley Plum/St Julian A
#C181A Mount Royal Plum/St Julian A

Plus four “mini-dwarf” apple trees that will be about 5 feet tall:

#A280T Evereste Crabapple/M27
#A700T William’s Pride Apple/M27
#A385T Greensleeves Apple/M27
#A185T Cherry Cox Apple/M27

 I can’t wait for the fruit trees to arrive!

Mortgage Freedom, Environmental Responsibility, and Love of Nature


I saw this on Facebook. It is not just the Mortgage Freedom that makes Tiny House living attractive, it is knowing that you did not kill more trees than you needed to. You did not over-consume the world’s dwindling Natural Resources.


Tiny, simple living means having time to enjoy the glow of a sunrise through the bare winter tree branches. Having time to listen to the sound of wind in the trees, the song of birds, the chatter of squirrels. Having time to notice the moon and the stars.









Finished Tiny House!!! We Live Here!!!


Dining Room window with my stained glass hummingbird artwork!


My handmade “Cabin by a Lake” quilt on the wall above the stairs.


I bought an antique secretary desk to fit in the corner of my Tiny House.


Peel and stick vinyl flooring throughout house.


Tile Bird Mural in kitchen!


Finished kitchen!


Upper kitchen cupboards with Tile Bird Mural!


This is my daughter, Rachel, watching a DVD movie in her new downstairs Tiny House bedroom!

8 Inch Wide Cedar Siding On Our Tiny House!!!


Ryan has started putting up the cedar siding!!! We are using Ace Wood Royal Waterproofing & Protector Deck & Siding Toner Transparent Oil Lightly Toned “Natural.”


Back of house:



Ends of house:




I bought “Cranberry Red” paint for the front door for just the right amount of kick-in-the-pants attitude!!!


We still need to take the blue painter’s tape off the window…..