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Cloth Porch Closure

Every year Hj and I close the cloth porch at the end of fall.  This year is no exception to the rule, though we did find it difficult to do it this year because of the rain!  As my friend Colleen points out, we girls with curly hair could expand so much that we will take flight if the wind hits us!  HA!

The problem with the rain though is that I don’t want to capture water in the porch before I close it up tight, because it is then difficult to get rid of the dampness, and it turns into a sort of green house.  YUCK!

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Photo stolen from Colleen Murphy (who is not the only one with Moxie)

Though it does not look like a big deal, every year the job of closing up the porch is massive!  Up and down the ladder getting everything perfect and closed so that the tarps do not billow, takes some head work as well at time.  It is not a physically difficult job with the exception of moving and climbing up and down the ladder; just annoying.

So when Hj and I were fixing the porch this year, I was also executing a plan to use a new system for this as well.

What I wanted is a UV protected (to keep algae from growing), clear, reinforced, cover that can can be easily rolled up in the spring and then rolled down in the fall.  For this I needed to purchase some items:

3x clear polyethylene 10×12 tarps @ $15.99 each =$32

1x box of 3 1/2 coated screws @ $9.99 = $10

10x 8 foot long 2×2 pressure treated boards @4.43 =$45

2x 12 foot long 2×2 pressure treated boards @ 2.00 (heavily discounted) =4

60x large heavy duty washers (already had these)

50 feet of nylon rope @$3.38 = $4

1x clear tarp tape @10.  = $10

TOTAL $105.

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Should any of you also be considering closing your porch I will share my method.  Over the door, I simply removed the panel that has the cloth in it and covered it with tarp, then Hj put it back in place.  This was done with the remnant of the side tarps that had to be cut to size folded at the edge and taped using special UV and weather resistant tarp tape.

Once they were cut to fit over the existing boards (longer at the bottom and top, they were rolled onto the new 2×2 header boards and stapled on.  Then the header board was screwed in place, paying attention to put the nylon ropes up that will tie them in place in the warm months.

After the header board and ropes are up then a base board is attached to the bottom being careful to roll this up on the OUTSIDE so that the tarp is against the wall tight, the bottom is then stapled on and rolled up then secured with large washers and screws when the tarp is both: tight against the wall, AND down all the way to the bottom board.

After the top and bottom are done, it is just a matter of cutting the 2×2’s to the right size for vertical edges, then use a screw with a large washer to secure these down.  The washers are to keep the screws from going in too far and to create a larger surface tension to hold the boards so that the tarps will stay.  We also put the screws through the grommets where these were available to us.

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In the spring, the vertical boards will be removed and numbered… and the tarps will be rolled up tight against the roofline.

Next fall, they will simply be unrolled and screwed down again at the bottom, and the side boards will be put back in place.  I estimate that opening and closing the porch now will be a half hour job instead of a two day ordeal.

With the cloth of the porch and the reinforcement lines of the tarps the porch is not really clear enough to see through (unfortunately); however, the porch is bright and wind free. In the sunny days it will be really warm out there as well.  We don’t heat the cloth porch, but use it for cooking, and doing dishes year around.  We also store our snow shoes there and use the  room to take off our boots and winter clothing.  It is a sort of “mud” room in the winter.

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The only unfortunate thing is that I did not think of making roll up tarps much sooner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video Tour 2015

THO with the risers to support the stone patio.

THO with the risers to support the stone patio.

Finally at long last I have made a video tour of Tiny House Ontario.  I did this on my cell phone so it is wiggly and may give you a little motion sickness… but none the less it will give you a much clearer picture of how the house is laid out than photos have.

I did this on August 10th in the oppressive heat and humidity.  You will notice a couple of things that I did not explain so well.  One is that I have left the tarp up on the south east side of the cloth porch.  This is because it keeps the kitchen dry so I can work there easily even when it is raining.

You will see that the stone risers are now completed so that the East part of the stone patio will no longer slide.

You will also see why I should really have a shed there.  My motorcycle, ladder, wheelbarrow extra lumber and propane cylinders would make me happier if I could tuck them away when not in use.  You will notice that near the motorcycle on the east side of the house there is a tarped area.  This is covering lumber which is for a small shed.

You will also be introduced to the dogs ❤

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In and Around My House: Fall 2014

After moving everything from the most Southern cupboard on the West wall of Tiny House Ontario, I tidied the house up a bit and took a look around.  You know, like most houses things are somewhat fluid in a tiny house too.  Things move, and sometimes things are even replaced.  This year, I have not been there too much but even so there are changes.  I thought it was time to update the images from home.

The West Window is the most decorated in THO. also it is where I put things like the little flower pot heater and candles and even the small propane heater from time to time.  Recently, my son did a dumpster dive for me at the countertop manufacturer and got this great piece of 1.5 inch thick marble so now the window sill won't get damaged by damp and wax.

The West Window is the most decorated in THO. also it is where I put things like the little flower pot heater and candles and even the small propane heater from time to time. Recently, my son did a dumpster dive for me at the countertop manufacturer and got this great piece of 1.5 inch thick marble so now the window sill won’t get damaged by damp and wax.  The little heater, is by the way, great at this time of year to keep the place warm after it is already heated up.  The Pumpkin is a size appropriate holiday decoration and thanks Guillaume for putting that out for us!  ❤

Out the North Window Guillaume's house is being built.

Out the North Window Guillaume’s house is being built.  A little candle holder in the window casts nice light, and adds a little warmth too.  This is not new.  My son won it with a bunch of other things in a raffle at a fund raiser, about ten years ago and gave it to us. 

The chair got a hand made afghan from my cousin Nora.  I love hand made things and think this looks and feels wonderful on the old chair.

The chair got moved and it also got a hand made afghan from my cousin Nora. I love hand made things and think this looks and feels wonderful on the old chair.   You will also notice that I have a new butane cook top.  It works well, but unfortunately it sets off my fire alarm, so… I have to use it outside which kind of defeats the purpose.  It will be nice to have a wood stove so that during the cold months I can use this to cook on.   *** See the orbs in this photo?

Another wonderful and appreciated hand made afghan from cousin Nora.  They cover the sofa nicely to keep dirtily little paw prints at bay and they can also be used as a cover.  Please note the beautiful work of art in the corner, by the Australian artist Asta Lander.  I grew up with swans and really love this piece.

The sofa is in a new spot and it has a wonderful and appreciated hand made afghan from cousin Nora. These cover the furniture nicely, and to keep dirtily little paw prints at bay.   Too, they can also be used as a cover. Please note the beautiful work of art in the corner, by the Australian artist Asta Lander. I grew up with swans and really love this piece.  The shelves are slightly more full because the shelves on the other side have been removed.

The door to the stone patio at the North and the door to the in-house.

The door to the stone patio at the North and the door to the in-house.  Also the stairs going up.  This is a busy corner with a lot of functions!

A bit of a rainy day here - I left the ground level  rain barrel connected so that Guillaume can use the water until it gets too cold.  He will soon have to drain it and tip the barrel for the winter.  Still hoping he gets his roof on before freeze.

A bit of a rainy day here – I left the ground level rain barrel connected so that Guillaume can use the water until it gets too cold. He will soon have to drain it and tip the barrel for the winter. Still hoping he gets his roof on before freeze.

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EEEEEEEEK! SQUEEEEEEEEEK! WORK!

This past weekend I removed and relocated 19 very cute but very messy little mice from Tiny House Ontario.  I thought I had them all at 14 because I did not hear any noise but on the last day, I lifted the toilet and there was a  wonderful plastic bag and toilet paper home.  It was a mom with four tiny pink babies.

I removed her and her family easily right in the bag.  Since I know this is the access point for them, I then covered the area under the sink and toilet with a cup of cayenne pepper, a cup of cloves, and several types of essential oil which I understand they dislike the smell of.  Lavender, peppermint and clove oil was what I used.  I have to tell you, the bathroom smells heavenly to me.  Clearly, I am NOT a mouse because I could sit in there all day and sniff.

The mice made one hell of a mess.  It was seriously awful what they did in a five week period.  They found a five pound bag of niger seed which I use to feed the song birds and this was absolutely everywhere.  Further to this, they peed all over everything.  The entire house had to be emptied and washed.  All food, paper, tissues, towels, tea and coffee had to be disposed of.  They got into everything.  It took me hours to clean the place and it still smells of urine.

Mouse urine does not seem to be like urine from other animals.  I think it has a lot of oil in it because it was never dry in the area where they peed.  I normally don’t use a lot of chemicals when I clean but this time I bleached and then used oil soap to clean up the mess.

I the house still smells when I get back I will rub the wood and floors with pine essential oil but for now, after three days of work the house looks reasonable again.

Lets hope it stays that way.

mom and baby with niger seeds baby Male in trap

 

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Winter End Check up

The sky is crying because it knows that THO is sad to see me go

The sky is crying because it knows that THO is sad to see me go

I was at Tiny House Ontario last week, but had a medical crisis and thus headed back early to Hamilton.  We had intended to stay until Wednesday afternoon, but due to my health, my husband had to pack everything up on Monday evening for us to rush back.  It was raining like crazy when Hj, the dogs and I pulled out.  Unfortunately, the medical stuff was serious enough that I was unable to fly to Memphis; but fortunately it is nothing terminal – just painful and annoying.  More than that though, it was a sad disappointment for me to miss my first ever tiny house event.  I strongly hope that any of you who had tickets were not even slightly disappointed by my absence.  The nice thing is that Deek (http://relaxshacks.blogspot.ca) has another iron in the fire, so hopefully I will be able to meet the community later this year and perhaps some of you as well.

I am sure that there won’t be a bit of snow left when I return but of course, there should not be anyway.  The area where the house is is under flood threat and a few people have asked me if the house is at risk, but it is not.  I am way up on a hill and because I am on well faulted limestone bedrock, the drainage is excellent.  I am 100% sure that THO is a dry.  The only weather condition that ever gives me any pause is wind.  This is because I have so many trees large surrounding me there and the ground is shallow above the rocks.

Now that I am feeling slightly better, I will head back up on Easter Saturday and stay there for ten days until my next medical appointment.  I really want to spend the Spring Equinox, Ostara, and Earth Day there in my woods.

Here is a painting that invites me to enjoy this season, I look it up at this time, year after year.

 

Also, I do have an other little update… During the three days I had at the house, I noticed that there were a couple of tiny problems that happened this winter.  You can read about this at Tiny House Listings.

 

 

 

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