Tiny House, Big Questions

The “Gothic Castle” tiny house that was featured on Tiny House Nation in 2015 is up for sale. It was only a few months ago that we found the house. It wasn’t exactly hiding, it just isn’t in a neighborhood where one might expect to find a tiny house. The asking price is $99,900, which includes the lot, a beautiful privacy fence, and a nice storage shed. I haven’t toured the house but from the video, it looks quite nice…if you’re into the medieval vibe. Take a look…

What you can’t see in the video though is that this gorgeous little house is in an awful neighborhood. I sincerely apologize if I offend anyone who lives in this neighborhood but seriously, this is at the end of the street…

All of the windows look like this and people actually live here.

And this is the house to the left of the Gothic Castle…

The tiny house is right next to the City’s recycling drop-off center. We go there every week and never knew the tiny house was there until a former police officer told us about it. He was just as surprised as we were that it was located in such a run-down part of town.

So I got to thinking…maybe the land was cheap. I looked at the tax records and the lot was purchased in 2014 for $9,000. To me, that’s not all that cheap. Maybe they put it there because it’s close to the bypass to Nashville. Maybe they thought the neighborhood would improve if they built there. Who knows! Whatever the reason, I’m now find myself pondering, what happened to the family who was so excited to build this tiny dream castle? Did they simply decide to upsize again? Or did the neighborhood get the best of them?

And better yet, who will be next to buy this semi-famous piece of real estate?

I’ve always heard that it’s better to buy the worst house in the best neighborhood than the best house in the worst neighborhood. What do you think? Would you build your dream home in the worst neighborhood in town if the price was right?


Food Waste Update

The grocery store next door is still under construction so once again, we have a week with no dumpster finds (though we did check twice). 

  • Wasted Food this week: 0 ounces
  • Total Wasted Food in 2018: 38 ounces
  • Rescued Food this week:   0 US pounds
  • Total Food Rescued this year:  184.39 US pounds

Keep up with our food finds in real time by viewing our Food Find Gallery.

September Recap

Fall is my favorite time of year. There’s something about the cool crisp air that makes me feel alive and I want to spend every possible moment out there enjoying it. I want to hike. I want to camp. I want to sit around a bonfire with all my favorite people. I want to decorate pumpkins and get lost in a corn maze. I even want to rake leaves. Oh yes, I love Fall.

As much as I try to relish every day of this magical season, it also seems that Fall is the time of year that flies by fastest for me. October is just around the corner and I’m still wondering where September went. What did we do with our month?

We celebrated Caesar’s 15th birthday with a trip to the vet for his booster shots. He got a clean bill of health and the new vet couldn’t believe he’s a senior.

We started thinking about a tiny house again. 

We walked/hiked 41 miles and enjoyed 5 picnics.

We found 2 ride-on toys in the dumpster and repaired them for Ticky to enjoy.

We took Ticky to a kid’s festival in our community. She and Angie even made the newspaper! This was Ticky’s first time to ride a pony and she did not want to get off when the ride was over. The entire festival – food, rides, and prizes – all FREE! We had a blast.

We decluttered 21 items from the front hall closet.

We earned $65.65 from Easy Shift, made $30 selling on OfferUp, and $160 from extra grant work.

I think this was the first month this year that we’ve actually felt unhurried. Summer was a blur of food. Between gardening and picking up 2 CSA baskets a week, it seemed we were always up to our eyeballs in preparing or preserving fruits and vegetables. It was fun but exhausting and the result is probably more than what we can actually eat by next Spring. The lesson learned for next year – just one basket and a few tomato plants in the garden (not 32 of them!).

On Sunday, we set off for our road trip/camping adventure in Canada, followed by a 7-day cruise along the New England/Canadian coast. We are very much looking forward to this time away, unplugged, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t somewhat worried about being away from home for 1/2 of the month. My niece is still homeless (for more details on thatsee the I am grateful section of this post) and my mom is still nursing a new fracture in her spine. I know deep down that foregoing this trip would not fix either of those things but the thought did cross my mind…as did taking Ticky with us.

The thing that we’ve struggled with all year (and what prompted our Happiness Project in the first place) is this vortex called “family drama” that we continually get sucked into. If you’ve ever been there then you know how hard it is to break free, even when breaking free is what’s best for everyone. When we sat down to write out what a year of happiness would look like, travel was a priority for both of us. So this trip is important. My mom is tough. The fractures are a recurring condition that she has lived with for years now and she assures me that she will stay off of ladders and out from under things while I’m gone. My niece, well…she doesn’t think homelessness is a problem in the first place and whether we are here or in Canada, that is not likely to change.

So we’re going to go and have fun. We’re going to keep worry in its proper place and we’re going to return all the better for having stayed true to ourselves and our goals for happiness this year.

Happy October!