This weekend marked the first day of autumn for 2013. Like many people, I love this time of year. As you probably know from reading Tiny House Talk, I live in a tiny house that we built in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville North Carolina. As you might imagine this is a majestic place for leaves and other fun fall activities. I thought I might share some of the reasons I love my tiny house in the fall.
1. The Leaves. We didn’t build our house at the top of the mountain ridge. Instead, we chose a small clearing nestled in the middle of our 15 acres that is surrounded by all kinds of amazing trees. Our fall starts with the unexciting Tulip Poplars common in the region. Their leaves simply turn brown and fall off with very little fanfare. But once the Tulip Poplars are out of the way there is room for the rest of the Appalachian trees to shine. It is truly gorgeous.
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2. The weather. We built our home to take advantage of the natural mountain breezes. The way we situated the front door is in the direct path of the cool air that rolls down from the ridge. It stays reasonably cool in the summer but we need a little help from fans. But once fall sweeps across the region the temperatures are perfect for sleeping at night. We get out the warm comforter and can snuggle in without any extra heating or cooling.
3. Fall recipes. We love to cook. I know there are often a lot of questions about our very modest indoor kitchen without an oven or a refrigerator. We have chosen to approach meal preparation in a very different way. This is why we built the outdoor kitchen. In the fall we can cook a lot with pumpkins and squash and other fall favorites. The farmer’s markets are bursting at the seams with their autumn harvest. We can be very creative with some of the dishes we make this time of year.
4. Fall beers. Okay, okay – I totally understand that this has nothing to do with living in a tiny house. Except that it does! We chose Asheville in part because of the amazing beer culture in the area. We built this tiny house so we could spend time doing more of the things we love. We find that we have much more time and more money to enjoy the local beer scene. And Asheville has some amazing seasonal beers.
5. Halloween decorations. As September winds down and we flip the calendar to October we are preparing to get our minimal Halloween decorations out and spookily deck the halls to enjoy the holiday. Trick-or-Treaters are entirely non-existent here on the mountain but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the holiday anyway.
As I really think about all the things that our tiny house has allowed us to accomplish I am so aware of how little the size of the house matters. The more I consider the tiny house movement the more I realize that we are in a position to be an example for real intentional living. What kinds of things can you do to live your life to the fullest and enjoy the season?