Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Favorite Things: Dogs, Gardens, and Tiny Houses

Taxes are done, but not submitted.  I'll finish up next weekend and move on to filling out my nephew's financial aid paperwork.  It will be so nice to get both of those over with.  It was another lovely weekend.  Sunny on Saturday with a little rain on Sunday.

I have a new foster dog.  He was picked up by animal control with a gash across his eye.  The eye couldn't be saved so they sewed him up and he should be ready for adoption in a few weeks.  He's a friendly dog and housebroken, that's always a plus.  In a few days he will get the cone off his head and then he can meet my other dogs.  For now he stays in his puppy pen which is attached to each side of the door and I let him out in the side yard twice a day.

Besides taxes, I pulled more of the never-ending weeds and started cleaning up my garden.  It's going to be a little bit bigger this time so that I can move around in it without crushing plants.  I still need to buy top soil to cover the plant clippings, horse manure (from a friend) and pine kitty litter.  I would love to buy more bark mulch too to make things look pretty but that's not really a priority right now.  Then I will hook up a drip system and my garden will be so much easier to maintain than last year, at least, that's the idea.  If I end up moving to my property during the week so my nephew can ride the school bus then at least the garden will get watered.  My nephew has until April to decide where he is going to school next school year so I am still planning for either possibility.

I finally heard back from my handyman, the one who had an appendectomy, and he is back to work and going to call me to meet out at my mobile home sometime next week.  I was thinking about why I like my mobile home.  First of all, I like it because it is there.  It already exists and is taxed at a really low rate of around $100 a year as personal property.  I've heard that it would be taxes even less if it was legally 'attached' to the property.  Second, I can remodel it without worrying about bringing down the value or having to hire a professional to match the architecture.  I guess those are the 2 biggest reasons.

I found this blog last week about a tiny house on an island off of Washington.  Scott's Tiny House  I like his little house.  It would be too small for me with dogs but it is simple and reminds me of a really cool playhouse for big kids.  This is the kind of thing that would make my co-workers cringe but surprisingly, my boss would think it was cool too although he wouldn't want to live in it.  I already have an 8'x10' shed on the property, maybe I can turn it in to my guest house?

Ok, enough dreaming.  On Tuesday I am taking the afternoon off to go visit my dad for his birthday and have lunch with my mom.  I think that is the only interesting event of the week besides looking forward to another weekend.  Each day I work is another day closer to my semi-early retirement so I will happily get out of bed every morning and make the most out of every day.


Lizzie@her MFW Homeworld said...

I love Scotts house but where would all the kittens fit in :)

Daizy said...

Ahhh...kitties would go in the screened in porch with tunnels and climbing shelves.