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Beware the ides of March!

Out in the forest there are a lot of things that go bump in the night.  I love this about THO!  Being so close to nature is brilliant.  Even so, I have been very nervous about letting my dogs out after dark.  In 2011 our poor little handicapped Phyllis (who died in 2012) had a very close call with a fisher even though I was just a foot away from her.  If you have never heard one here is a little video.  Imagine how scary is was to have that thing screaming outside your house for hours after scooping up a little dog and bringing her in to safety; bloodcurdling!  The creature was mighty mad that it missed the poodle meal!  Despite what the ladies in the video said, it is my experience that these fishers seem to have little fear of humans, I hear them outside very frequently.   This is why I only bring out the dogs individually on a short leash after dark if they ABSOLUTELY have to go.

I purchased a powerful but costly little 12 volt spotlight last year when I was getting the wiring for the house but at the time I did not have a ladder to get up there. Now that it is warm enough and I have a ladder, I got the light into place.  I wish I had the sort of camera that worked well in night conditions so that I could show you how bright the candle is for this little light, but since I don’t I will estimate that it is similar in brightness to a 200 watt bulb.

Poop Garden spot light

It looks terrific and is bright!  In fact, the dog garden lights up like a ball field.  Obviously, I don’t want to light pollute at THO and keep away the fireflies and other wild wonders, but it is great to be able to get the dogs out and feel safely able to see what is out there.  This said, I won’t use it except to let the dogs out and also to help people see to get to their vehicle at night.  Despite the $100 cost it is a very nice safety feature to have.

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A Giggle for the Dog People

I thought I might share a laugh with my readers who love dogs.  If you have one, or multiple fur-babies as I do, I think you will get these wonderful cartoons by Rupert Fawcett.  They are called Off the Leash.385308_425292807546929_1977424414_n 294904_421709491238594_647122248_n 184544_415342995208577_2045200911_n

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Sew Nice!

Okay, so the truth is, I have been holding back on you.  I can sew.  Please don’t tell anyone!  It is a secret because I find that if you tell people that you sew, they always want you to do their mending and hem their pants.  Truthfully, this is not the sort of stuff I like / want to sew and I have a hard time saying no because it really is simple for me… It is just that don’t enjoy it.

What I love to do is projects!  I like picking out fabric, making a pattern and sewing up something from my own imagination when the mood strikes me.

When I was first out of school I worked in a dry cleaner’s as a seamstress, so I was a professional seamstress at one time.  More than this, I can draft patterns,  tailor a man’s suit jacket and sew things as complex as a wedding dress.  I had very accomplished teachers!

Anyway, a while ago, my friend D mentioned that she needed a crate for her dog and on Sunday a rescuer friend L gave me a heads up about a crate for $10 at the Salvation Army, so I skipped down and picked it up.  I decided to pretty it up as a Christmas gift.  I made a cover, a cushion and two matching little blankets.

I think this beats a Christmas gift from the mall, hands down!


As things turned out D did not need it after all, but there was a terrible fire on King Street and a woman named Jen lost everything including her dog crate.  Synchronicity?

I brought it over for her dog Riley.  On the way I stopped at Pet Value on Wilson Street in Hamilton to get a few other things too.  I told them what I was shopping for and they handed me a nice big bag full of treats and food!  Yeah Pet Value!  You really rocked the day for Riley and his mom!

March... Riley is enjoying his grate!

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Arrived at Tiny House Ontario and made great time.  No problems on the 401 today.  Woot!

Cold here when we arrived.  When you arrive in a cold house it takes a long time to warm it up but then once THO gets warm it is easy to keep that way.  It would be great to have a wood stove so it would be faster to get it warm.  It turns out that there is one that might actually work.  I will keep you posted on this.

As soon as I got there, I lit the propane camp stove and lots of candles too.  I wanted to get it toasty warm so that I would be able to leave THO for a couple of hours to attend a farewell event for my cousin and his family who are jumping countries – Canada to Australia.  Turns out we could not get it warm so the dogs came along.  I left the heat on and hope it will be toasty when we all get back.  Wish us luck!


Here it is at THO this afternoon.  Everyone had coats on, including the pack.


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Beware the Ookpik!

When I was a child, one of the symbols for Canada was the Ookpik.  I have one of the old original 1960’s versions made out of seal skin.  I like the silly thing and it seems to me to be the perfect Tiny House Ontario decor addition.  A Tiny thing from slightly simpler times.

This morning I woke with the sound of Rudigrrr Wolf growling.  Apparently he just now noticed the Ookpik and believes that it is very scary!

Who could have guessed that Tiny Wolves have one great fear?  Beware the Ookpik!  

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