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I hope everyone is enjoying ‘nothing time’; that span of time from Christmas to the first working day in the new year. It’s nothing time because pretty much nothing gets done. There are occupations for which there is no ‘nothing time’ and I appreciate the sacrifices made to be sure everything in the country works when we need it. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to breathe a little after the chaos of Christmas and to actually enjoy all the work we’ve put into the holiday.

I was thinking about when Christmas goes away and the real world descends again and having to put the beloved Christmas decorations away for another year. Which lead me to think about my home. Which lead me to think about ‘home’ and what that looks like today. The American dream has always been owning one’s own home and a lot of people do. What is changing, however, is the idea of what that home should look like. I grew up in New York – most homes there are brick, some stone, a few frame. When the pioneers crossed the country, they took that idea of brick homes with them. Depending on where they decided to stay, a lot of the architecture of the midwest and west is very much similar to the homes of the east. Then regional changes had an impact on the design and construction of homes. Technology and innovation changed the layout of houses and how they could be used differently than our grandparents and great grandparents used their houses.

Today, I’m very much interested in ‘tiny houses’. I am both charmed by and fascinated with them. I live in a house that’s 1800 sq. ft under cover. How much of it do we use? Probably around 1000 sq. ft. As long as my tiny house has a fully functional bathroom with a flush toilet, I’m good to go.

Our children are grown, live out of state; we don’t entertain anymore. A family could use this house to its full potential. The only time the foyer gets used is when Amazon drops off a package; the dining room is lovely but unused, the spare bedroom very rarely gets used. A tiny house makes much more sense for two people or someone living single.

YouTube is filled with tiny house videos. I thought this was brilliant – I’d love this house

We don’t need any more room than that. If I have room for my computer set up, I’m happy. Another option, depending on what you’re looking for is the dome – it’s been around since the 1980s, if not before, and it, too, has been improved. Take a look at these

With the space problems Japan has, they, too, are going tiny. Some are no more than a coffin with a hot plate but some are very clever and airy. Once you’ve gotten over the need to impress people with what you have – which is our tendency when we’re young – you realize it doesn’t really take much to make you happy. There’s a lot to be said for simplicity and freedom from ‘stuff’. It seems to be human nature to fill the spaces we have; the less space, the less stuff. Additionally, I’d a whole lot rather mop 1000 sq. ft than 1800 or 2500 or 5000. It just makes sense to me, those tiny houses. I think I could be perfectly comfortable in one. I have a dream – it’s silly, really – a dream of building a tiny house on a corner of the land my son owns. Far enough away for personal privacy but close enough for coffee and cake of an afternoon. Yes; I’m ready for tiny.

40 Responses to Home

  1. Scoop says:

    Well, Audre, your dream just may be coming soon; minus the freedom of movement and niceties of a privately owned “tiny home”. It may just be a cell in a public housing facility for deplorables.

    Things are moving rapidly already before the Imposter in Chief even takes his pretend throne: Twitter is bleeding customers, deplorables are losing jobs, Fox, OAN and Newsmax are under fire and now the conservative radio stations are under attack: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/talk-radio-owner-threatens-to-fire-hosts-who-dispute-election-results/

    My prediction is that even with Tech doing away with Parler as they run from Twitter the other haven, Gab, will also find themselves without a platform. No free speech for you, comrade.

    Liked by 3 people

    • audremyers says:

      I’d make an excellent prisoner; I’m quiet, I don’t eat much, and I mind my own business. I’d never be let out of the gulag – I have a rather iffy memory so re-education may be a problem.

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    • the unit says:

      Seems like I remember a couple of years ago I read that older couples were being moved out of larger homes in UK and the house given to “Asian” immigrants. Rumor?
      Maybe should ask question on Parler? P.S. I know, but my nextdoor neighborhood is recommending all to sign on to YouTube TV. 🙂

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      • audremyers says:

        Maybe some of our English cousins know the answer to that.

        I’m holding off doing anything rash – want to see what the fallout is from everyone making these changes. I don’t want to do anything rash – I hate rashes. (wink)

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        • the unit says:

          Likely a fluke conservative spill/. Certainly didn’t read it on MSM.
          As far rashes, neared nearly having stevens johnson syndrome a few years ago from Septra.
          When severe, can put one in a burn ICU. Mine resolved thankfully stopping the meds.
          Haven’t yet, but may get a new one with this administration. Stopping it? 🙂

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  2. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Hi, Audre. Back from my 5/6 day stint away from the news and the scaremongering, though I wondered why I bothered, and how nice to spot another lovely article from you.

    That period after New Year is always a dull period for us. Tina calls January one long Monday and it’s not helped by having her birthday slap bang in the middle of it – now we’re under lockdown and we don’t even have the luxury of going out so any ill feeling about this month has not lightened for her.

    As for homes, Tina and I (who have never owned our own homes) would like a country pile, with a beautiful estate in the heart of the English countryside that we can use for events, like a CW event – something we’ve been talking about for an awful long time. We love history and we adore the old houses so we wait until the day when either one of 3 things happen – me producing an outstanding bestseller, Tina selling her artwork or winning the lottery – before that occurs. That said, home for me is wherever Tina is. The place we’re living at the moment is small but we have what we need and most importantly, we have each other. That’s all that matters.

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    • Alys Williams says:

      Nicely put 39. You know what is important in life and it’s not the bling house with the hot tub, games room and parking for your Porsch.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Indeed.

        I’ve just found out Birt has been banned from TCW and have sent not an angry but informative email to Kathy explaining that I’d rather see Birt than tele on there. If TCW aren’t careful, they’ll lose a lot of respected posters and the only ones left on there will be tele and his ilk.

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      • audremyers says:

        39 has a Porsch??? (wink)

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    • audremyers says:

      So happy to see you again! Give my ‘January baby’ a hug from this January baby.

      Alys and I have many times looked at property and homes in the English countryside on YT; some of them are incredibly charming. Of course, the price of some of them would make your eyes water.

      Does Tina have a site where she sells her art? I’d be interested.

      Of course you’re right – home is where the heart is and that’s always where our loved ones are.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Tina says thanks and offers great big hugs back. She also wanted to know when your birthday was – a happy belated birthday from the both of us, by the way. 🙂

        Tina hasn’t been well for some time and hasn’t created any new art since the piece she painted a while ago and which proudly hangs in our living room – she hates it but I love it. Once I coax the creative genie out of her – and that may be sooner than even she thinks – not only will we see a return of Tina to her art but we’ll start to write together as well. We have a few ideas.

        Anyway, I really must attend to the car before it gets dark and hope that when we return from the shops, I don’t have a snotty email from TCW telling me to mind my own business. Later, peeps. 🙂

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        • audremyers says:

          Mine it the 6th – 12th day of Christmas, or, for certain folks, 3 Kings Day. Epiphany for Anglicans and many of the Protestant sects.

          I love your idea of tandem writing!

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  3. Alys Williams says:

    Audre, I am right with you on this one. I have a teeny flat although I still have too much stuff in it but I am slowly sorting that out. I think a little house near your son would be wonderful for all concerned. One day cariad, one day.

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  4. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Audre:

    ‘(trying to make light of the situation) Who will Birtwistle flirt with if he’s not allowed on TCW???’

    He has been allowed back but under observation. Considering the freedoms trolls like tele are given, it makes me rather annoyed.

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    • audremyers says:

      I can certainly see your point. Let’s just hope it’s one time issue.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Your birthday is the same date as Tina’s mother. Tina, through some weird idea, thinks that probably explains why you are so alike and have so much in common.

        It’s a small world.

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        • audremyers says:

          I don’t, of course, put any belief in ‘zodiac signs’, but when reading about Capricorns, one tends to nod one’s head, lol! So Tina’s idea is not so weird.

          It is, indeed, a VERY small world.

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  5. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    We’ve just found our dream property and if our dream becomes a reality, you are all welcome to stay over! 🙂

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/86696293#/

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  6. Excellent post, Audre! I lived in a 525-sq. ft. apartment for seven years and it was perfectly adequately for my needs in my mid-twenties/early-thirties—and cheap! Rent was $450 a month, and my landlords deducted $25 from the rent in July (for Independence Day) and December (for Christmas). The husband was a contractor and fixed anything that went wrong. I only left because it flooded twice—and because I found my home in Lamar!

    My current house is around 1000-1100 square feet. It’s just right. I have a den where I spend most of my time, as well as a kitchen, a guest bedroom, a foyer/living room (that I use as my music room) and the master bedroom, with a small bathroom. I also have a mudroom/laundry room that I love. There is a big shed/detached garage on the premises, which is nice for storage and parking, but I’m perfectly content with this little place. It’s very cozy and comfortable, and tight as a drum.

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  7. audremyers says:

    the unit – Wow! I’ve never heard of Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

    Liked by 1 person

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