This evening I noticed a small worm in the Tiny House, brown with antennas, winding slowly across the floor. I caught him a piece of tissue and set him outside despite the rain and cold. I think that the chance of survival is better in the natural conditions that it left. I realized when I let him out that it is my first evening since building Tiny House Ontario with circumstances the way they are.
It is different because it is cold enough that I had to turn on the tiny camp stove to heat the place. And I was curled up under the 12v light and reading when I noticed the peaceful travelling worm.
This year the cold left early in spring and seems to be starting early too. Last year, I was here at this time but did not need the heat. I left THO when it got cold and I visited here, during the colder weather only when my husband was able to come along with me. We used the heater last year too of course. Still, it was so dark, we just sat here with the dogs by candlelight. The half light always forced us to to either talk or to go to bed because the darkness does not allow much in the way of entertainment. In our case, reading or a game would be the favorite pass-time in the non computerized world of off grid Ontario. After dark, cold or rain light is a requirement for us and now we have it. Frankly, the light makes it so much more pleasant here.
Even so, the heater is a reminder that winter is coming and this Tiny heater will not do the job. Sadly, the time approaches when it is time to close up. I hope that a Dickinson falls from the sky!