Saturday, May 3, 2014

(39)The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

The Big Tiny

Pages: 304

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: April 22, 2014

There is an increasingly popular movement where people are giving up their apartments, their 2000 square foot homes for a home that leaves a smaller carbon footprint and fits on a flat bed trailer.

Dee William is one such person.  She owned her own home in Seattle and spent a good deal of her spare time on the upkeep and maintenance of her home.  It was when Dee had a pretty serious health scare that she started to think about downsizing to a smaller home and a simpler life.  It all starts with a trip to Iowa where she meets people already living the "Tiny Life" movement.  When she returns home she receives house plans in the mail from a man she met.  She starts by picking out her trailer and with the help of friends, neighbors, and random strangers she builds her new home. In a truly fascinating memoir Dee Williams shares her fears, her excitement, and the blood, sweat and tears that goes into building her new home.

The "Tiny House" movement has become increasingly appealing to me over the years. It would awesome to own my own house and be debt free, a house that can easily be moved or anchored down depending on my whims.   Realistically I know right now it is is not possible with two kids, two dogs, a cat, and more books than would ever fit in a tiny house.  But I have had my eye on a few different blogs and Facebook pages, keeping my eyes open for a floor plan or style that would best suit my husband and I in the future. Maybe retirement?  

Bottom line, the "Tiny" lifestyle is definitely not for everyone, but if you are interested in knowing more you can check out the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the Tiny House Blog, and The Big Tiny to get you started.


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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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