So we’re four days into being married and I’m loving it. It’s our normal life and every once and a while I’ll giggle and announce “I’m your MRS!” Once we were married and made it home (Sean drove the 3 hr drive back to Oregon from Seattle after our dinner celebration was over) and had a good sleep I didn’t feel any sort of stress of “WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NEXT.”
We cleared out our old place downsizing from 1000 sq ft to our old apartment to roughly 500 sq ft total in our new place – 250 sq ft for the ground floor and another 250 sq ft for the top floor. It was a little “whoa!” just donating the amount of our belongings that we donated. I was working full time up till about a month before we moved full time to the little house in Oregon. We took A LITTLE bit of stuff up to our new house on the weekends. I was working full time till September then focused on our move and on our 18 yr old’s move back to her mom’s in Seattle. We made our last day in the apartment the last day of September and we had my Dad coming in from Georgia at about that same time. WOO.
We had been using our Jeep for transporting stuff, but we could only load it up so much. Right in the middle of what I call our MOVE IT month (September) Sean’s work decided that he needed to travel to the other side of the United States for a three day business trip. Through the middle of the week. . UGH. We made that work for us though and I got to do my first extended stay at the little house on my own and I got the internet set up so that was a solid TO DO marked off our list.
My Mom ended up inheriting a bunch of stuff from us which let her upgrade a bit so that was good to see some of our belongings going to a good home. We ended up selling our short bus HULOT as the marina we live at doesn’t allow recreational vehicles to park there full time and HULOT was considered recreational. That’s OK though because we had some really cool times in that little bus and now he’s being put to new use with his new owner.
It felt like a bit of a time crunch so we decided to drive HULOT up to the new house one last time. This time we loaded up the bus with the majority of what we wanted to take with us in our move. It was a drive up drive back mission just before he had to take his flight out. When Sean got back we finished up clearing out the old apt. and I thought we’d have a light load remaining to donate. Ended up taking three more full Jeep loads to the thrift store to donate- THE LAST OF THE LAST of our stuff. We really accumulated more than I thought we had over the years. That stuff sneaks up on ya!
Finishing up the cleaning of the apartment we went back up to Oregon for about three days then drove back to Seattle to pick up my father from the airport. He was coming in from Georgia <3 We then drove BACK to Oregon and spent three days zooming all over Portland showing my dad all the things and feeding him doughnuts LOL!!! He liked Voodoo Doughnuts a LOT,
but fell in love with BLUE STAR doughnuts. We took him to Powell’s
and a slew of Antique Malls and Vintage stores.
Where he lives there are not any Starbucks. You have to dive like a 45 min drive (the town by his place of work) to get to one. He LOVES Starbucks omg HE LOVES THEM. It’s a rare treat for him though since the distance is so far. Over here in the PNW we have a Starbucks ON EVERY CORNER. Every 5 mins “OOOH! ANOTHER STARBUCKS!” *laughs* He also loves all the drive through coffee stands :) I made French Press coffee every morning but by the time we’d hit the road for adventures he was ready with the rest of us for more coffee. It was great :)
Here’s Dad and Sean walking past this A-frame coffee sign I found funny:
THIS is kinda how we all feel about coffee – *LAUGHS*
We drove up to the Seattle area the fourth day he was with us and I got a manicure with my friend Aurica and my Mom in preparation for our courthouse wedding that evening <3
My sister and her family came up from Eastern Washington and Sean’s parents and family came from around Seattle to join us to celebrate our courthouse marriage <3 We piled on over to ZEEK’S PIZZA in Redmond WA for dinner afterward and it was DELICIOUS. It was super relaxed and everyone had a great time. Mom scored with the purchase of our cupcakes from NEW YORK CUPCAKES <3 Those little cupcakes are SO YUMMY. I love them LOVE THEM. The waiters and waitresses at ZEEK’S were AWESOME.
Afterward we regrouped at Moms to pack up, say our goodbyes and took my Dad to his (mine too) cousins house :) They hadn’t seen each other in about 50ish years and I had never met her in person before so Sean and I did a quick stop in and it was nice <3 We kept talking and then realized how late it was getting so we hugged goodbye and got on the road. Sean got us home after 1am. I’m thinking it was probably closer to 2am. About 20 mins from home we got pulled over by the police. The first question was “Have you been drinking tonight?” We couldn’t help it but we said “NO!” and started laughing. Sean and I explained that we had gotten married earlier that evening, had been up since 6am, drove up to Seattle had the courthouse shin dig and pizza and was making our 3+ hr way back home when he stopped us. The cop had a smile in his voice “Well, I can see why you were having trouble driving.” (we were a little swervey not too bad. Completely exhausted. But still. So he didn’t give us a ticket. He advised us to switch drivers if we had to, stay safe and he congratulated us on getting married <3
By the time we got into bed we only had 5 hrs to sleep. Sean had work the next day. Oi VEH. But we’ve rested up since then, got back into our routine and there is no mad rush to “AUGH GOTTA DO THIS”. It feels good.
While out and about it Portland with my Dad we stopped in a Starbucks *smile* I had been wanting an ice coffee brewer of some sort. I didn’t want an electric one as my idea was to keep it stored in the fridge. There’s the $35 one online at Starbucks – the TODDY maker but it seems sorta large and like our tiny home, our fridge is little too. Sean will have an iced coffee if I make one for him but usually he prefers his coffee hot. I’m the one who likes cold drinks. So while at the Starbucks Sean points out the clearance bin and shows me the TWO iced coffee pour over brewers and they were priced at $20! I had just checked a few stores in town and for an iced coffee brewer of similar make and size they were starting at $25. This one was cheaper, half the size of the TODDY brewer I was previously considering and it was calling my name. I started to walk out the store without purchasing one and both Sean and my Dad kept asking “ARE YOU SURRRRRE????” I knew I was going to kick myself in the butt if I didn’t get one. I’m glad I made the purchase. I took pictures because I’m a dork.
This takes a #4 paper filter. I’m sure I can find a mesh one else where so I don’t have to keep buying the paper. After it drained I closed up the top of the filter a little bit to see if I couldn’t squish out a few drops more of coffee LOL.
I filled up the 32 oz pitcher the rest of the way with ice. It took two full ice cube trays perfectly :)
Then I just added the clear top. I really like the lid. It’s just a regular ol pitcher lid but I think it’s the crystalline look that the whole thing has that I like so much.
I’m working on Thank You cards that will go out on Monday. We let everyone know that we weren’t doing gifts/were not asking nor expecting them. Especially since we’ve been together for over 5 years we were in the space of needing to get rid of stuff NOT collect it. Our parents still gifted us and it was timely and good :) Between my Mom and Sean’s Mom we got our cook station up and running. Mom got us the re-purposed rolling IBM desk (I remember seeing similar for the IBM word processor at work back in the day) and Sean’s Mom got us the small oven/range top WOO!
I keep our canned goods, salt, pepper mill and electric water kettle in there. Underneath the rolling table is our wok and the large soup pot. The blue planter that’s in the picture has since been moved outside. That’s going to be for my new rosemary plant when I get one. I keep our cast iron pan on the range top as you can see. It was better than trying to figure out how to hang it. There isn’t much wall space anyways and I was kinda not sure about the weight of it. We also received a few gift cards and we’ve used them to replace our toilet seat (because it’s the soft cushy kind and it’s starting to rip) and a bathroom rug. I picked out a super fluffy one in light teal to match the mermaids I have up on the bathroom wall. :) We also purchased a few cabinet door hooks for our kitchen towels and pot holders and I have a new broom/mop holder that I’m going to install on the outside of our house tomorrow. I’m putting it on the back side of the house so our front entry looks a little better. Not that the current broom we keep out there is cluttering anything…I just think it would be better to put it in the “back yard”.
LOL back yard. It’s interesting having a tiny floating home. We don’t have land we have a floating back porch which is pretty sizable. It’s the same width as the house and we can easily have a table and chairs for five with some room. Right now we have two potted trees back there plus the chest with our small amount of fishing gear. No permanent chairs or tables set up but I’m hoping to find something appropriate in way of a table by next summer. We have three folding chairs that are quite usable but I’d really like to have a table for sure. The floating porch is attached to the back of the house by chains with rubber bumpers between it and the house. It’s pretty cool.
My dad got to experience the house rocking with some big waves that came in. His eyes popped open a bit but he seemed to take it well. Unlike me who woke up out of a dead sleep the first time I felt the big waves and promptly freaked out *LAUGHS* I’m totally OK with it now though. Once and a while I get a little nervous and ask Sean “Is it going to be OK?” and he says “Yes.” smiling and it is.
One of the big things I’ve noticed is TRASH. I thought that living in a smaller space our trash would diminish. NO. Right now I’m using grocery bags to bag it up. We average about a grocery bag a day of garbage. Right now the majority of it is from packaging and I know that’s to be expected as we are flushing out all the little things we realize we need in the new house but still. I have a book about the history of trash and I’m going to start reading that book next. I’m hoping that it will give me both food for thought and also some ideas about making our trash output smaller. Packaged things definitely contribute. I’m guessing maybe switching to mostly fresh foods. I’m wondering if we can have a larger compost bin on the back floating porch. I know sometimes compost piles combust, so I’m not wanting to invite a fire on the water (or near my house)…I need to look into that. We have coffee grind output as well and it’s substantial. If we had gotten a house on land no problem – I would have made a compost pile in the back yard. We’re on the water though so again..gotta do some research and put some thought into it.
So that is the wrap up of what’s been going on through this past week <3 I wish I could have seen everyone for longer and I’m also happy to be settling back down. It felt like non stop activity for HELLA days. It’s all about some down time now.