Tiny House of Dreams....................
I never would have believed I would be happy living in town again.
I went from a 7 acre homestead with everything from Jersey milk
cows and Shetland sheep to a small cottage only two blocks from
the town square, with a stop off-grid in the woods in between. Yet,
I am determined to be as self reliant as possible. I believe that it is
small thinking can save our world.
After nearly two years of living off grid in the woods, I came to the
conclusion that it is definitely not an energy efficient or
sustainable way to live. Everything had to be brought in and I was
completely dependent on a truck that worked and enough money
to fill its tank with fuel. Having my vehicle break down would have
been a disaster. As I watched fuel prices begin to rise after New
Years and listened to predictions of 5 dollars a gallon by summer, I
came to realize that I was more dependent out there than I would
be in town.
So I began my search for a new home and WeeHavyn came into my
life. She is a 488 square foot older cottage that was newly moved
to a three lot property. I get the charm of an old house with the
advantages of new foundation, wiring, and plumbing. The price
was right and I belong to her now. She has given me
independence from my vehicle, a snug home, and the means to
pursue many of my dreams. I no longer work just to put fuel in the
My dream is to take all of the things I learned from the farm and
apply them to urban life. I still want to be self reliant. I still want
fresh eggs, vegetables, milk, and cheese. I just need to learn to do
it on a much smaller scale. My time out in the woods made me
realize that living sustainably does not mean carving a homestead
out of the little wilderness left to us. Rather, it is living within your
means wherever you are.
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