or how to feel secure in a tiny house
Albert Einstein once said; ” If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. ” I can say I’ve worked hard enough to discipline my mind that way. My greatest joys have been, not just reaching the goals I set, but then in setting the next one. Looking for the next mountain, the next adventure. This not only keeps me going, but gives me excitement in the journey.
And I have noticed something else, my adventures seem to almost follow the seasons, come winter I tend to hibernate, lay low, store up energy, and recharge the batteries. I do a lot of reading and surfing the web for new ideas, new sparks of insights for the coming spring, just as a seed lies below the snow, my mind is gathering up data and energy for the next great adventure.
A few nights ago, I was reading in the loft of the Wildflower, and noticed that the wind was starting to howl and whistle around the roof eves. In the midst of reading, I felt the cabin shake. It sits on temporary supports, so it is not tied or anchored to the earth. Then I remembered last fall and how one night, we had a front move through with high winds and we had lost power. It was after dark and someone texted me and as I was texting back an answer, the wind picked up velocity and lifted the cabin. Not a lot, and yet it was unnerving. I remarked that in a text to my friend and she texted, “mean, you are going to get blown away!”
I never did get blown away that night, however I spent a restless night as the wind calmed and then ratcheted up for another cabin tipping moment. In a brief glimmer, it occurred to me that maybe a tiny house needs a way to anchor it, even if on wheels. Then I forgot about it.
Until two nights ago when it happened again; the answer started to surface. People tie their dogs out with a corkscrew in the ground, maybe, just maybe, something like that would work. So, I searched the web and found that mobile home use a similar device for anchoring them down. My first thoughts were, “curses, foiled again…I thought I had a new idea” and wondered if tiny house builders use them. I searched and did not see of find anyone that did, and knew that Tiny Green Cabins needed to include them with each tiny house. It would be easy to weld a hook to the trailer and supply the tie downs for people to feel a little more secure in a tiny house.