395 square feet of living .Thoughts on mortgage free America .

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As I sit in my 395 square feet of air conditioned furnished mobile living space I ponder long term living here. At a fraction of the space I am used to living in its very efficient use space just a whole lot less. Can I fit everything in here I want to keep with me? I really feel like the bigger house is a waste of space for us now cost of maintaining and heating as well as payments and taxes insurance. What am I really housing here anyway? A lot of stuff I don’t use daily ,weekly or even monthly. I will save lots of money if I’m in an rv park I can live for $4000 to $5000 a year that’s $10 to $14 dollars a day! Compared to $55 a day now.not counting repairs.

My new address will be 30 seconds from the beach! I like that! There will be lots to do kayaking, sailing, diving, biking, hiking, clamming, fishing and campfires on the beach. I could buy a lot about a mile from the water and set up camp more permanently. With a yard and more privacy it would pay for its self in 6 or 7 years. I could spread out more and have some indoor out door living. Now the kids and grand kids can visit easier. Overall I’ll be debt free and my cost of living will be a fraction of what it was leaving me with a lot more time and money in an area I can explore for years to come. Eventually I can build a small cottage (400 square feet or so) and keep the RV for a guest house.

I am not telling you all this to brag but to show what’s possible if your interested in a change.

Thanks for listening I hope this inspires you to take action for yourself. Get out of the rat race and as always this brought to you from the people for a mortgage free America.



Purging 15 plus years of stuff …Where to start the liberation?





So I started the overwhelming task of purging my possessions.

15 years of living in one place allows for a lot of stuff to build up. I have stuff I don’t even know I have!

I have stuff I bought and never even opened!

I have stuff I haven’t seen touched or used in years!

WHY!!

Because it’s just easy to buy and pack into a house, shop, garage, basement or closet and forget about.

Have you ever seen a show where they open up a closet and an avalanche of stuff falls out on top of the person?

I think I have one of those some where.

Scary you never know if that bowling ball on the shelf is going to take you out!

The good news is I found about $300.00 worth of stuff I can take back unopened so far! It’s kind of a weird sort of savings program.

I also threw out a lot of odd ball stuff that was pieces or parts to things long gone.

I found expired food and medications, empty containers, old magazines and books that no longer appeal to me as well as shoes and jackets I havent worn in years.

The real problem is a lot of the stuff I paid good money for and it’s hard to get rid of.

The other problem is we attach feelings and emotions to things.

Inanimate objects.

I got that in Maui, or my kid gave that to me, or my wife. How about that was uncle/aunt so and sos favorite. How do you part with it?

My wife and I are struggling with that very dilemma.

So we talked it over and we are going to take it in stages.

First we are going thru the house and finding the easy things to part with. The junk, out dated stuff, broken things or things with missing parts. Old books, clothes, shoes and magazines. Next we sort the stuff we can put in a yard sale. Another stack will be donated items. Then the things we can put on Craigslist.

I gotta tell ya it’s been pretty liberating so far just the little bit We have unloaded.

There is still a lot of mixed feelings about the process but other people I have talked to or read about that are on the other side of this process are so happy and wished they had done it sooner than they did.

We are excited about progressing into this new chapter of our lives.

Simply less stuff.

Less stuff to deal with. Less to maintain. Less to worry about and less to drag around on our new adventure.

This will be one of the hardest best things we have ever gone thru.

How about you? Could you live with less? How would it change your life? Can you see yourself starting the process of lightening your load?

Think about the possibilities.



On living with nothing as a way of life.





The day I metTrevor I knew there was an interesting fellow.

I am like a cat always curious about things and people in particular.

I was just in Sint Martin in the south-east Caribbean and that’s where I met Trevor. Trevor is a captain he holds a 200 ton licence. You can sail a big boat with a licence like that but he is sailing a 54 ft vagabond blue water capable ketch as a charter boat on the coast. Trevor is originally from the U.K. by way of south africa 25 years worth and a family raised. Having been a sailor most of his life he has made a living at it which brings me around to the title of this post.

The skill set Trevor possesses makes living on nothing not only possible but practical. He has spent large amounts of time at sea and needs to keep very little to get along (as a matter of fact he told me that he currently has no shoes or socks) I never saw him other than barefoot tee-shirt and shorts. He lives in paradise! Warm all year. Long hair reportedly he never combs and a very capable 61 years young!

Trevor owns and lives on a 32 ft sail boat I have not seen. He refers to it as his shed this has been home for the last 17 years. He has sailed it across the atlantic more than a few times with and without an engine. Trevor’s typical day as I have seen it is to rise with the sun. Dingy over to the random wind his place of employment and fart around on the deck a little then grab a cup of coffee and lounge on the back of the boat untill the guest arrive. He helps everyone aboard and then at around 10 am we sail down the coast make a couple of stops to play in the water eat lunch. He does a few flips and stunts off a swing into the water and back to the bay by 3 pm.

After sending the guest back to the dock and having a coldy (coors lite) he then farts around on deck and lounges in the rear of the boat again. Trevor’s cost of living is slight. His job is easy and routine. He wants for nothing. He told me his retirement plan is keep working. The reason he can live like this is he owns and needs little or nothing and keeps it that way. He owns a micro home on the water and can park it any where he likes free. I envy Trevor and his lifestyle it is very idyllic simple and straight forward.

I look forward to spending more time with him and like him. Its island time.



Micro houses update .

Yes it’s about time! I have been remiss in my posting .I have been side tracked by health concerns I lost over 30 lbs in 8 weeks yea! but it has captivated much of my time. So the good news is I lowered my blood pressure ,I’m breathing better no more sleep apnea.No snoring,more energy,walking over45 miles a week and less back pain.

I also started another micro house project! What like I need 2. This was a side project and it is a certified green (by me) home zero cost made by all salvaged materials from other projects.It is extra micro tiny house footprint and carbon neutral.

 

This is the kid cube 4x4x4 for my grand kids. Agreat place and space to keep kids and toys contained.It will fit thru the french doors so it can be an indoor outdoor home so plenty of flex space .

 

So a little fun project for my 3 grandys when they come to visit Papa and Gagas house.

 

More progress on the first micro house working on the roof again.We had a minor set back the wind whipped up the other day and a large sheet of tar paper whet flying by my window the other day and I looked out to see the wind shred one side of the roof  BOO!

 

So I thought I better get out there and get er done! Started assembling the front eave and drip edge so we could get the metal on .

 

I cut 2×6 material on it’s edge to create an overhang to keep the weather off the front face of the house.Then I toe nailed it to the face even with the roof line .

After I installed that I cut and installed metal drip edge so water would shed away from the wood edge.

 

Here are the materials I used to create this overhang. and to start the roof the ridge cap and metal cut and ready to install on the first slope.

 

Ran out of day light so back at it in the morning .The snow has come and gone again warming back up again spring? Hope so not that this winter has been a bad one but looking forward to warmer weather and getting the garden going. and finishing up the micro house to use this year.

 

More updates soon progress progress looking forward to the next phases and spending more time on the project .Enjoy the photos . 

Mortgage free …the death of a 30 year commitment




I see the writing on the wall don’t you? The banks have gone to far! The construction industry has gone to far! Realtors have stepped across the line! There are big changes coming for all three of them. There has been a collusion for too long forcing people into spending more and more money for housing out of nothing more than pure greed!

What if we just don’t play their game anymore? Stop buying overpriced, undervalued, poorly built houses. Stop paying 20, 25 and 30 year loans and spending all your time working to pay for them. This is not an investment. It’s an enslavement. An enslavement that you don’t have any control over. We don’t set the prices or the values on these “investments” other entity decide if the house you just bought will go up or down in value and when. But your still responsible either way.

What if you pay cash for a house and never owe a payment to a bank again?

Now what would you do with all that extra time/money you would other wise be spending on a mortgage?

Well first off you would not have to work full time. Your boss won’t be able to hang your job over your head any more because he/she knows you have bills to pay and can’t afford to lose your income. With your time back in your hands you can pursue interests that have been side lined or put on the back burner of life. Family time to spend with them now that hustle and bustle are a thing of the past. Self, where did the time to take care of you go?

What would you do if you had TIME? You can sell your time but you can’t buy it and you only have so much…

Now if you live closer to work and the grocery store you may not even need a car?!

Wait just a minute Here!!

Am I saying no car and no house payment/rent!?! YES!

I just eliminated the two biggest things in life you spend money on 😉  Or maybe an inexpensive one as it is not a daily driver any more.

Well go ahead ask me. How am I going to do that?

I’m glad you asked. Build a tiny house. Place it near where you work and shop then ride a bike or walk to get around. You will have the time to walk/ride because your cost of living will be a fraction of it’s former self and the dreaded 40 hour work week will be a thing of the past.

You will no longer need the bank because you will pay cash for everything. You no longer need credit cards.  Money the stuff we seem to never have enough of (because we spend over half of what we make on housing and transportation) will suddenly be available. If you save it by putting away the same amount you were spending on a house and car you could retire at 35 instead of 65+!

I think the best thing you could do with your spare time is learn to build that tiny house and get out or avoid the current housing trap designed to make you work till you drop while others make huge profits off your hard work.

Slow down and ride a bike down to the farmers market and get some fresh ingredients for a slow home cooked meal with your friends and family.



Tiny house build on video





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The daily micro farm report





Overcast and 75 today afternoon showers. It’s warm and humid here in the Pacific northwest.  

Today we started breeding up the rabbits. In about a week all three will be bred. Two months from now hopefully we will have 15 to 20 or more fryers ready for the freezer. I built nest boxes for all three of the does today.

brand new bunny boxes

    The boxes are 9.5 x 11 x 18 long with a top on the back half for mom to get away from the kids when she needs to.

view number 2

I finished cleaning up the greenhouse site reclaiming it back from the grass and weeds. Now I need to start framing it up.

cleaned up green house site

The front will be a lot of recycled glass doors framed in on the south side Ive been saving for a new to me project 😉

storm door, french door, and sliding glass doors

One of my helpers on the farm is working on a project cleaning up the pig pen of grass and weeds.

using goat power to clear out the pig pen

The pen is 16 x 32 plenty for two hog’s to be happy. The pen is built of 16 ft cattle panels and lined with railroad ties. The secret to keeping these bulldozers in the pen is give them what they want. Plenty of food and water, a place to get out of the sun and a buddy to hang out with.

pig pen is 16 x 32

When they get done in about 5 months that pen will be completely rotated, manured and not a weed in site.

Well that’s about all for now I need to get things put away before it rains anymore.

Great day on the home stead ;)





I got up this morning partly cloudy partly sunny. Went down grabbed a cup of coffee and made a veggie omelette.

Out the door I went and into the garden for the day.

There are many projects in and around the garden. Probably the biggest project is rebuilding the green house It was crushed 2 years ago in winter. That year we got 8 ft of snow. Way more than my lite frame plastic panel 10×20 building could take.

Just cleaning up the site for the rebuild. Mowing, weeding in and around the foundation and planning the new and improved space.

mother nature wastes no time taking over

Then there are fencing repairs and chores keeping live stock in and wild life out of areas of the garden and pasture. Getting ready for some new additions. Looking at a jersey cow maybe with a calf.

I am designing a one acre self sufficient micro farm to produce food for my family and income as well. This will be an experiment to see if it can be done. There will be chickens of course, ducks and geese for eggs and meat. A couple of pigs they need a buddy;)

Half of the acre will be grass pasture and the other half gardens and orchard. I have had all of this before over the last 25 plus years of living in the county but not in this planned and finite space. The cow will produce a calf each year and much needed milk and manure for the gardens.

The pigs will also produce manure for the gardens and drink milk and eat garden waste. They will help till the garden and pasture as I rotate them around. There will be chops, bacon, roast oh and sausage too. The chickens, ducks and geese will work in the garden and pasture scratching for bugs and eating grass and weeds they will be on the fertilization committee as well. There will be baby birds and eggs galore. I will probably have to play hide and seek for the eggs.

You can produce a tremendous amount of fruit and veggies on a half acre. It will be a lot of work to keep up but the work has multiple benefits and rewards. The work will keep me outside in the fresh air and sunshine much of the day. The excercise will be good healthy movement at a steady pace. And the fresh organic food will be the icing on the cake. Not to mention the savings on the food bill.

I have had a satisfying day cleaning up the garden. Mowing, weeding, fencing and organizing supplies. You would think my ADD comes in handy running from one thing to the next a little here and a little there. Farming is a jack of all trades operation what with all the variety of tasks animal husbandry, horticulture, carpentry, mechanic ect… 😉

The sun was great and the breeze kept me cool most of the day while I kept at my chores on this little project and the next. After mowing I fed the rabbits a double hand full of fresh mown grass.

Tomorrow is looking like another great day supposed to be hotter so I’ll need to get an early start maybe I’ll start framing up the front wall of the new green house and get the pig pen ready.




How small an income can you thrive on ??





I was recently visiting a friend in Gig Harbor and we were talking about people in other country’s and how little money they make annually. The conversation turned to home and how little we actually live on when you really get to thinking about it.

If you look at our lives inside our lives we really don’t need that much money to thrive.

Let me explain.

My wife and I were realizing if you take away all the debt we were supporting house payments, credit cards, car loans, various auto payments for sat t.v., gym memberships, cell phones ect… What do we have left?

Well you work all week come home and so you buy gas and groceries pay the power bill go do something fun on the weekend to treat your self after a long week at WORK and that’s about it right?  Most weeks anyway so what are you really spending? Not much. The rest is just supporting debt!

WELL what if we were not paying a big fat house payment? We were never there that much anyway what with work, commuting, out playing on the weekends we just eat sleep and watch a little t.v there at night. 

Do we really need car payments? Well I guess we do just to move back and forth to work and park all day there then park in the drive way all night.

REALLY!!

How did we get duped into that?

So on went the conversation what if we down sized and pay cash for those big ticket items? More expensive cars and houses need more expensive repairs and maintenance and more expensive insurance.  If you have these things you worry about some one stealing them. But your cost of living drops drastically if you own them out right.

Okay I’m ranting a little. Maybe a lot but bare with me.

I am driving to a point in my rambling 😉 

We found many conversations later that getting out from under the debt of big ticket items and all the consumer debt we could live on a fraction of the current income we were currently living on. Like less than 30k a year! Not just live on it THRIVE on it! We also found out it would not take but a fraction of the time to earn it like 2 or 3 months out of the year!

Wow!!

So we got to work selling off the stuff we owned and paying off the things we would keep and down sizing to a smaller dwelling (300 sq ft). Paid for a used RV and we can park it any where (almost) for free or very little. We now have semi retired (mostly) and in our forties. Kids are grown. The grand kids are arriving and we have the time to enjoy them.

The point is I guess anyone that really wants to can do this.

It wasn’t easy. We are still working on it. I’ll be frank it was painful but the trade-off was freedom. Freedom from debt. Freedom from THINGS and freedom from wage slavery.

Let me hit this home.

Every day I wake up to no alarm. When I get up I decide what I want to wear that day. I ask myself what do you want to do today?

Today I’m taking my grandson to the zoop that is what he calls the zoo he’s 3.

I don’t wear a watch. It doesn’t matter any more. My time is mine.

Can you live on less that 30k a year and do whatever you want? That depends on what you want.

If I need more I can create the income doing projects that I like when and where I want to because it’s my choice not my obligation. I think I’ll take a walk now it’s raining lightly and a little foggy.

Then off to the ZOOP.;)



tiny refridgerator for tiny living





So I want to show you what is available in all aspects of micro living for comfort and style as well as real practical everyday items made in scale for small space living. I have found and am still finding just how well you can live in a small space with all the creature comforts at a fraction of the cost and space that has become the normal standard of living in the US. That same standard that keeps most of us working the majority of our lives to maintain without the time to actually enjoy it.