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A couple of weeks ago Larry and I drove north on California Highway 101 to escape the wildfire smoke. Just after Leggett, we started entering the redwoods and stopped at a place called One Log House. It’s basically a gift and snack shop, but it also has a house made from one redwood tree.
Because our new tiny home is only 300 square feet, we needed a stove that was small enough for our tiny house. But there was also another problem. The oven had to be big enough to hold my 12” x 18” half-sheet baking pan that I use for roasting vegetables and other baking and roasting.
We began looking, but of course, in the pandemic shopping environment, there are no apartment size ovens in the typical mass market stores, and even if you can get someone to help you find one in one of their catalogs, you can’t see them before you buy and you have to wait a month for delivery. And it turned out that not all apartment-sized stoves have the same-size ovens. Some would not hold my 12” x 18” pan….
It’s been really smokey here—30 days of hazardous air alerts just ended about a week ago—so Larry and I spent a lot of time driving to the coast, which is about 30 minutes away. We go to a little town called Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchccoak’s movie “The Birds” was filmed.
We happened to go one Sunday a few weeks ago to escape the hazardous air and they were having their weekly farmers market, so we stopped to take a loo because we always stop when there is a sign that says “farmers market.”
Back in June Larry and I decided that it was time to buy the new refrigerator and stove that we would eventually install in our tiny house.
Our current kitchen , as you know, is in a corner of my office is so small that we have a very small refrigerator and I do all my cooking with one induction cooktop and a toaster oven.
We very much needed a larger refrigerator and once I started Wholefood Cuisine, I really needed a stove.
So we went shopping for both.
So we’ve made some decisions, which actually has led to some progress.
One thing I know about life is that once you decide you want something to happen in a certain way it will follow your lead. Uncertainty leads to nothing or some default.
So having made decisions, Larry is at this very moment out working on the motorhome. Yay!
As I think I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been practicing cooking in a tiny kitchen before we build one for our tiny house.
When I started my Wholefood Cuisine blog a few weeks ago, I was cooking more and needed more countertop space. So Larry and I started looking at how we could rearrange things in the space we had.
One space that wasn’t being well-utilized was a two-foot wide space between the refrigerator and the wall (you can see the space to the right of the refrigerator in the photo at My Tiny Kitchen).
This past week I’ve been doing a lot of work on my kitchen, since I’ve now started a new food blog Wholefood Cuisine.
Here are a couple of posts from that blog about our kitchen:
In 2016, a singer and her filmmaker boyfriend set off on a trip across Canada, through Alaska, and drove down the Pacific Highway to the southern tip of Mexico. She had her piano and guitar on board “made it possible to write songs literally in the middle of nowhere.”
But first, they converted a school bus into a tiny house in only three months! All by themselves. And it’s beautiful.
Back in March, Larry and I were invited to participate in the Healthy Home Summit. We loved this interview so much that we had it transcribed (see below). When you click on the video, if it asks you to subscribe, go ahead. You can always cancel if you want to after you watch it.
A few days ago I found myself working in our nontoxic tiny home while it was rainy off and on for a few days.
I was finishing up with sanding and putting 3 coats of nontoxic finish on a spice rack that I had built for Debra. Normally, I would be doing these activities outside, except that was not workable because of the wet weather.
So I was doing this inside our tiny home. It was quite pleasant working there, creating what would eventually be a part of our new tiny home.
Since blogs typically give most recent posts first, it can be difficult to read a chronological story from the beginning on a blog. So here is a list of the blog posts starting with the first post and moving forward in time: