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Interior Shots Update, 2013

I had an MPAC person stop by my project, Tiny House Ontario a few days ago.  If you don’t know, these are the tax assessors that ensure that the people of Ontario pay their fair share of taxes.

I am not opposed to paying my fair share of tax, what I oppose is the way that building codes do not allow people to build as they wish.  I absolutely understand and agree that they need to be put in place so that people don’t just build unsafe, cardboard dwellings in which they, their family and guests could easily burn to death.  What I don’t get is the part where we all have to build 2400 square foot McMansions which are totally disconnected from the planet around them.

I don’t get why I should have to worry about my tiny house being somehow unlawful.  It seems every new house I pass is not facing in the right direction to benefit from the sun and wind.  There is no effort for these homes to be environmental except of course, the compulsory level of insulation.  The codes need to be revisited, deconstructed and rewritten in order to reflect a more modern age in building technology and realistic resource consumption.  At the very least, in a country were the seasons change passive solar should be considered in every single new structure that is built.  Too size limits need to drastically decrease, both in terms of lot size and the footprint of these homes.  I took all this into my mind and more, and believe me THO has as tiny a carbon footprint as she does a physical one!

The woman, who came was very pleasant and I think she liked the tiny house which she referred to as a cabin.  I disclosed everything to her about the house.  No point in omission or in lying.  We wait now to see if all will remain okay with respect to the house in the township where it is located.  So far, while they knew what I was planning because I called them multiple times, I am unsure if they really know about me being there.

For those of you who are just joining me here, you should know that as with most houses, Tiny House Ontario (or any tiny house) is in constant flux.  I am not sure how it happens here.  I very rarely buy new stuff, but I guess, I add more blankets as the weather gets cold and move the mats.  This year, the big addition to the house was the stone patio and I also bought some horizontal blinds for some of the windows, when there was a sale on.  It was not that I was trying to gain privacy from peeping chipmunks.  Rather I thought it would be good to block out the sun in those windows that allow too much heat in during the summer months.  Both of these improvements were felt and I am happy with them.

The house is not finished, there is still no kitchen, no running water, no furnace and no modern bathroom facilities.  There is much to be done in order to make it livable beyond the summer months.  As it is, when I am here, I live in a sort of constant state of “glamping” – a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.  Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t mind this.  I actually love THO with all its little unrefined bits too.  Even so, I do envision a few more comforts in my tiny house.

What I mean to say is now MPAC has been here, so we will find out if the powers that be will allow this little sugar shack to stand and her vision be fulfilled.

A cute antique dresser to put away clothes in.  I am sure a high dresser would offer more practical storage, but it would not be nearly as cute as this.

A reclaimed antique dresser to put away clothes in. I am sure a high dresser would offer more practical storage, but it would not be nearly as cute as this.

I have a king sized bed in the loft.  Actually it is two twins put together in the German style.

I have a king sized bed in the loft. Actually it is two twins put together in the German style.  This makes for a more comfortable sleep even on nights when one of us fidgets.

This is the East side of the house.  Do you see?  There is rain barrel out there.  This window gives me easy access to the spout.

This is the East side of the house. Do you see? There is rain barrel out there. This window gives me easy access to the spout.  The curtained area is the closet, should you just now be looking at my the house for the first time.

The doors to the cloth porch are here in this corner. I bought these doors second hand on kijiji for $100.  They work fine but are not very air tight.  If I was building again, I would buy the doors new.  Or at the very least I would be sure they were better made.

The doors to the cloth porch are here in this corner. I bought these doors second hand on kijiji for $100. They work fine but are not very air tight. If I was building again, I would buy the doors new. Or at the very least I would be sure they were better made.  I read the Lord of the Rinds trilogy this summer.  I have had the quote on a board for many years and have long been a wanderer, so I thought it was time.  “Not all those who wander are lost”

Dishes are drying inside. Due to the rain outside, they won't dry on the porch.

Dishes are drying inside. Due to the rain outside, they won’t dry on the porch.  I did not get the kitchen put in this summer.  I hoped I would earn a little more than I did with my art at the market, but this is the way that the cookie crumbles.  When you are trying to support yourself and build a home using only creative earned budget, you can only do a little at a time.  No debt gained, and I do have a wonderful now patio too!

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This green chair is where Hj likes to sit.  I would like to pitch this chair because he love to tilt back in it.  This blocks the way to the upstairs, the entry, and the bathroom.  A tilting chair (recovered from the road side) is not the best solution for a tiny house, in my opinion.

This green chair is where Hj likes to sit. I don’t want to air our dirty laundry… BUT in the spirit of sharing what works and what does not… I would like to pitch this chair because he consitantly tilts back in it. This blocks the way to the upstairs, the entry, and the bathroom. A tilting chair (recovered from the road side) is not the best solution for a tiny house, in my opinion.   At least NOT in the “route” corner…  Still, I like the chair, it has a funkiness about it and it is dead comfy.

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Standing at the Crossroads…

My cousin, a journalist in Toronto shared this last evening.  It is such an interesting film I thought I would also share it with you.  It is not directly connected to Tiny Houses, Food, Art, Music, Nature, Animal Rights, Consumerism or any of the other topics that are important to me.  Yet this film has everything to do with all of these topics.

It is a full length documentary of one hour and once it starts you will want to watch the entire thing, so give yourself the time to sit down and think about it.

The paradoxes within this film are so huge but never directly mentioned… Do you see them as well?

This is a tree back at the foot of the escarpment.  I must have walked right past it a hundred times and never noticed it.  Even though life is slow paced sometimes I don't see the trees, for the forest.  I share this today because I found this film to be the same sort of paradox.

This is a tree back at the foot of the escarpment. I must have walked right past it a hundred times and never noticed it. Even though life is slow paced sometimes I don’t see the trees, for the forest. I share this today because I found this film to be the same sort of paradox.

 

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Jump in!

My thumb is now nearly healed but still does not bend all the way and I can’t pick stuff up very easily with it either.  It feels detached from what I want to do still, slow to respond, sluggish and very weak.  It is sort of like another person’s thumb accidentally got sewn on.

I am keeping busy painting while I am here which is about the only thing I can do.  Thankfully it was not my painting hand that was injured.

My latest work is a little more cutesy than my typical paintings.  The reason I chose to paint this is because my cousin’s baby (painted here) seemed to be dropping everything just to jump into the natural world.  I strongly identified with this.  I thought many readers here also would.

Your Little Girl

If interested, prints of this work are available here.

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The Sadies

Thursday night (still in Hamilton with my newly handicapped thumb) I checked out “The Sadies”.  They are an indie band that has been getting a lot of press here in Canada.   Despite the press, I listed to a few if the examples of their work on YouTube and did not find anything that remarkable about them.   Still, I LOVE live music and thought I would splurge on an $18 ticket.

I gotta say, I was LUCKY!  No one will be seeing The Sadies with an $18 ticket soon.  They gave the most powerful performance I have seen since catching Jeff Healey in the early 1990’s.  They are brilliant!

I tried finding some more video of them so that I could give them another listen and I found a video which (in my opinion) does not justice (to their profound greatness).  Even so it is applicable to the tiny house movement and its anti consumer message so I thought I would share it with you.  Note the part when Blue Rodeo is speaking about this song’s ideology… but then, basically they laughingly display that money does not trickle down.  Interesting I thought…

Nothing to do with the tiny house movement but rather just a great video… Here is their Juno Award winning film of a song that will be on their new album (soon being released).  Also this is the sound and at least in part, captures them.

Unfortunately, there is a lack of video that shows the energy of this band.  Each of the four musicians personality and love of music is diverse.  If these guys are coming within a few hundred kilometres of you, run… and I mean run to get tickets!IMG_0461 IMG_0460 IMG_0459 IMG_0458

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Tiny House in a Landscape

Nearly a year later, I finally finished this huge canvas.  It is 3×4 feet.Tiny House in a Landscape

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