Rosie, the Airstream

Posted by Rebecca

Tiny House Blog  posted an article this morning about a Canadian couple who have downsized, and are downsizing again.  And they are ready to sell their 1983 Airstream Excella, affectionately named Rosie. 

Rosie offers 232 square feet, and is in great condition.  Check out those floors!!  Read more about her here

Have you caught the bug yet?  All the cool kids are doing it….  Maybe it’s time for you to downsize and simplify too….

Rebecca Knabe

Buckingham Palace, Tradesman’s Entrance

Posted by Rebecca

It’s funny the things you remember.  I moved out of my childhood home more than 21 years ago, but I still remember the plaque my dad posted on our back door with the words:  Buckingham Palace, Tradesman’s Entrance. 

The door to your home is the barrier between the world you have created and the world that you haven’t.  If home is where the heart is, the entrance to it is the landing pad of your thoughts, inspirations, dreams and comfort.  It’s important to feel welcomed by your home, and the front door is what gives the first impression. 

All that being said, my front door situation is a bummer.

When I first moved into the pink trailer, the entryway drove me nuts.  I have a slider which is technically the front door, as it’s closest to the front of the trailer, and the first entrance that you stumble upon; but rather than it being locked with a key, it’s locked with a stick.  Classy.  I can use it to let others in, or let the pup in and out, but I have to enter through the back door if my home is locked.  And the back door spits you directly into my bedroom.

I had gotten over it, though.  I no longer thought about my awkward entryway, leading into my serene bedroom.  My quirky, inefficient front door/slider, with its high-security stick and remnants of several attempts of insulating plastic stuck to the window no longer bothered me, or even came to mind.

Forgotten, that is, until February 9th.  You see, I have this app on my iPhone that is called Instagram.  It’s a photo-sharing site, and I am doing this February challenge thing, that invites one to post pictures of a particular subject on each day in the month.  February 9th was Front Door day.  Back to square one. 

My actual front door is a single pane slider, so this time of year is usually covered in frost or condensation in the morning.  My actual back door is scarred, and suffers from a previous attempt to insert a doggie-door into it.  And because trailers are made from unknown and unusual materials, the doggie-door attempt left the back door cracked and mangled.  Sigh. 

So now the wheels are turning once again for a solution to my door dilemma.  Maybe someday my little trailer won’t have what appears to be less of an entryway and more of a tradesman’s entrance.

This is my front door/slider.  It looks really pretty in the summer with the pots teeming with flowers.

This is my back door, but my usual entry.  Notice the professional job done on the doggie-door.  😉

This is inside my livingroom, looking out, and the picture I posted on Front Door day on Instagram.  If you have that app, and want to follow me, I’m @rebeccaknabe (I know, very creative).

Rebecca Knabe

Endings and Beginnings

Posted by: Tanille

This year, so far, has been about things falling apart and new beginnings.    A few weeks ago our one and only work van was totaled and we have been basically unemployed, scrambling to get back in business.   And about 2 weeks ago one of my dear friends, also my next-door-neighbor moved away.  Not just to the other side of town, but to China.

It’s been a struggle, it’s been heartbreaking.  But as I write our new work van is headed home.  From what I hear, it’s a whole lot better than the old one.  And we will be back in business by next week with fresh ideas and a new business plan- we’ve had some time to re-group.  And by next week we will be happy that all of this has happened to give us that fresh start that we so needed.

As for the new neighbor, I’m not sure yet who that will be.  It will never be the same and I feel a little sad every time I look over and see the empty trailer next door.  But it will be ok, maybe it will be a new friend or hopefully just someone who can tolerate my barking Chaos.:)

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you learn to appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself…and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Author: Marilyn Monroe
 
-Tanille Leal

A Box of Fun!

Posted by Rebecca

I am the first to throw out the “White Trash” label when referring to myself.  No, I don’t think I’m white trash, but I know that occasionally I will be mistaken for white trash for the simple fact that I live in a trailer park.  However, I don’t have a Confederate flag; I have all my teeth; there are no ‘yard cars,’ chickens, or dirty children on my property; I don’t have a mullet, a fondness for Nascar, or a gun; and I’m not into huntin’, muddin’, noodlin’, smokin’, or ungodly quantities of fast food. 

Yet, there is one aspect of my life that is a little trashy….  My penchant for box wine.  There is nothing quite like peeling open a $15 box of chard or cab sauv that makes me feel like a wise and frugal princess. 

Growing up, box wine was for people who weren’t into wine, but felt it necessary to make it available for guests.  So their box of Franzia sat in the pantry, usually for months at a time, waiting for some sorry sap to say, when offered, “Oh yes please, I’d love a glass of burgundy.”  Yuck.

Fast-forward 20 years and much to my delight there are some great labels out there – box wine is no longer as shameful as it once was.  In fact, Forbes stated last year in an on-line article, “Stereotypes exist for a reason. Mainly, they are rooted in some level of truthiness: However, here’s a bit of stereotypical truthiness that is no longer valid.  Box wines don’t suck.”

And they really don’t suck.  Labels like Black Box, Pepperwood Grove and Wine Cube, produce some pretty quaffable boxes of wine that can be found at many ‘foodie’ grocery and boozy stores like Whole Foods, World Market, or Total Wine.  And there are now many other tempting varietals available besides good ol’ “pink” wine.

Besides being gleefully affordable, these wines come in 4-bottle-size boxes that hold a plastic bladder which is able to prevent oxidation or any cork taint.  For someone like me, who lives alone (the dog quit drinking years ago) and doesn’t feel the need to polish off an entire bottle in one night (at least not usually), a box of wine in the cupboard or fridge is a great little filling station with no worry of the remaining wine going vinegar-y or weird.  Genius!  And Forbes agrees:  “Convenient packaging and shelf-life, along with high quality varietal wine and vintage dating, re-igniting the possibility that schlepping box wine home from the store didn’t require a pair of sunglasses, a downward gaze and a preconceived caveat.”

If you haven’t tried the new and improved box wine, do!  It can also be a great way to simplify and go green.  In short thedailygreen.com put it this way, “You can transport more boxed wine with less fuel because cardboard boxes are lighter than glass bottles, and because you can stack more square boxes with less wasted space in the same truck. Boxed wine packaging amounts to just 4% of its total weight, compared to 70% for traditional bottles. That all adds up to a smaller carbon footprint.”

With that kind of economically and environmentally savvy reasoning, I know I can’t possibly be white trash; but it’s still a fun and seemingly appropriate moniker to place on myself when I’m in the trailer park, lounging on the deck, pouring myself a nice glass of wine right out of the chilled cardboard box.

A glass of cabernet, fresh flowers, a delightful puzzle….  Trashy?  Hardly.

Rebecca Knabe

40 Inspiring Small Space Interiors

Posted by Rebecca

I just came across a blog this morning that I haven’t seen before – 1 Kind Design – written by a transplanted Canadian interior designer who now lives in San Diego. 

That’s where I found the article with the above title.  It has some wonderful tips on planning the decorating and functionality of a small space, as well as tonnes (I’m guessing 40) of awesome photos of enviable designs.  Check it out:

40 Inspiring Small Space Interiors

Rebecca Knabe

Trailer Pick of the Day – A Dog’s Life

Posted by Rebecca

I have to post this picture today, because I can’t stop laughing about it.  I have re-applied my eye makeup 3 times today because of falling into a convulsive laughter again and again, just thinking about it. 

I don’t know where this picture is from, and I think it’s been out there for a while, but I saw it for the first time when my friend, Kara, shared it with me on Pinterest just 2 nights ago.  It turned out to be a bit of a premonition because I had this conversation with my dog, Cassi, last night when I got home . 

Fortunately my trailer has laminate flooring; and fortunately Tanille, and her hubby, James, own a carpet cleaning business and can rescue my rugs; and fortunately Costco sells beautiful cedar-chip filled dog beds for $17.99; because somebody must have gotten a bad stomach ache while I was at work and didn’t poop only in the hallway.

Rebecca Knabe