Monday, February 15, 2016

Tiny cabin update: caught in an ice storm!

Tiny house in Missouri
     It had unfortunately been 2 months since our last visit to the cabin. The last time we were their was a week before Christmas. Afterwards, life got very busy and Christmas bills had to be paid. Our anticipation to get to the cabin and get out of the city grew stronger and stronger every week until finally, valentines weekend came around. Charles and I both had a 3 day weekend and a little extra cash, there was no better way to spend it than traveling up to our secluded little hide-a-way!
     This was a productive little trip!We Weren't   going to build anything this visit or mess with any electrical (death by electrocution doesn't sound to good on valentines day). But instead, we were taking some new furniture and decor to make the cabin look more like home. Our family had gotten us some cabin pillows and nic-nac's on christmas and we also purchased a cute little couch that would work perfectley for the space. 
tiny house husky, tiny house interiorThats Frostbite enjoying the new cabin couch. Its finished off with a deer hide and a curious deer pillow that goes perfectly with the couch material. The pillow was thanks to grandma knowing that we were looking for something with country flair. She did good!
     My mom got us two matching pillows that feature white fleece polar bears on a plaid flannel background. They worked out perfectly as our sleep pillows in the loft, as shown below. 
tiny house loftTheres currently no electric wired up to the loft so I got the lighting from two flashlights pointing to each pillow and the LED lanterns on either side (for picture purposes only). 
     We also got a cherokee indian and wolf statue along with a neat little TP from canada. 
tiny house
     Along with these, we also brought a really funky gun holder made out of deer hoofs. Its kind of twisted but works perfectley for a cabin setting. 
tiny house interior deer huff gun rackPretty cool right?
     So obviously, even though we didnt do any construction on this trip, we still got a lot done! Its amazing what a couch and some small decorations can do for such as small space! (How small???) If you haven't read any of our other posts, Its 8 feet wide and 12 feet long. Counting the loft, were at 116 square feet. We will also be building an add-on from the porch for an interior bathroom. And if you would like to see a video walk-through of the space, we have it at this link

     We had a wonderful stay for the weekend and even survived and ice storm while living off grid!!! 
tiny house off grid
     The photograph above shows the cabins roof covered in about a half an inch of ice, with all the pretty ice cycles hanging off the sides. It wasnt like this when we arrived, it happened as I was waking up the next morning. I woke to the mysterious sound of sleet and ice rain hitting the tin roof, a really weird but cool sound! Obviously it was freezing cold outside, but we managed to keep the inside at a comfortable 65-70 degrees. And we did this off grid! How? We used a propane mr heater buddy heater and a oil radiator running off the generator. With both running together, it was easy to geep the cabin comfy and warm even with the ceiling not yet finished and the skirting incomplete. 
tiny house heating, Mr heater buddy heaterThis picture above shows the buddy heater glowing in red hot action. I've also done a full review and how-to article on the heater here
     How we spent the day
We started the morning off right with a hot cup of coffee (or 5) using a coffee percolator and an awesome alcohol burning stove that we found at a local thrift store. 
tiny house interior, coffee percolatorWe listened to music and watched a movie on the mac computer, charged off our solar power. 
     I took frostbite for a walk down the mountain , which wasnt very easy because of all the ice. Me and Frostbite took a picture of a really cool rock covered in ice that still had living moss on its surface. 
     After we made our way back up to the cabin, I let frosty inside and ventured back out into the ice and snow to get a couple more good photographs of our property and the cabin. 
tiny house missouri
I hate to admit, I like the selfie stick!
tiny house with solar power
You cant really tell from the picture but that solar panel was a solid sheet of ice and was still pulling amps!!!
We also have two bird houses that we mounted to the front of the cabin and were pleased to discover that one was occupied by a finch and she had already laid her eggs. 
If you look inside the hole in the moss and twigs, you can see the brown speckled eggs inside. Im crossing my fingers the eggs will hatch fine with this weather. 
     Soon, it was getting late and their was only a few hours of sun light left. We decided that we needed to leave that day because we may have not had enough propane for another heated night. But first, we needed a bite to eat. I filled up the alcohol stove and cooked our soup inside. 
     In all, we spent 2 days and 1 night at our cabin, in an ice storm and completely off the grid! I couldn't have asked for a better weekend vacation, spending valentines day with Charles and Frostbite, surrounded  with love and hundreds of miles away from hectic city life!
     Its successful weekends like these that show me its possible to live off grid, its possible to put down the phone (except to take pictures), and its possible to share a small space comfortably with the ones you love. 
     I know this was a longer article but hopefully it reflects the fun we had and gives you a glimpse into our tiny cabin project. If you enjoyed this, please hit the follow button and take a quick look through our other posts! Feel free to also share this with your friends, it may inspire them to get out in the country, go small, and live big!
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