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I started that tradition with my two boys when they were 7 and 5.  I hope my grand daughter will sing along this year.  
7 months ago
Folsom field Colorado 1980.
Was a fan for a few years prior but the live experience completely change my views and taste in music.

I am sure they contributed to my crunchy factor that made me enjoy this site so much. How ever it was my DIY and think out side the box attitude that led me here. I was doing a web search on earth tubes while in the planing stage for my tiny house. About 10 years ago.

Thanks for posting that version of Ripple Pearl!   I haven't listened to that for a while. Really a great video.
8 months ago
A fast and easy fix would be a bar of hand soap rubbed on all the the moving parts then clean up with a clean dry rag or paper towel.
A better fix would be to make up a batch of your own furniture polish.
All you need is a bottle of mineral oil and some bees wax. Maybe some essential oils if you want to add a little personal touch.
Use a double boiler to warm the mineral oil to the point it will dissolve the wax. Stir it up to mix the two and your done.
One ounce of wax to a 12 ounce bottle makes a thin gel. I prefer around 2 ounces of wax.  After the mix cools it is a thick gel. Now you have a long lasting fix for lubricating wooden moving parts and a very good water resistant polish for all your furniture.
Put on thick where you have moving parts, then polish the whole chair and any thing else that needs it.
Works very well on wooden butcher blocks as well. All the ingredients are food safe.
9 months ago
Lots of good things mentioned so far.

I have built a tiny home were I plan to retire. I built it in my driveway and moved it to a few acres that I plan to retire on. I have had it in place for 3 years now.  A month is my longest stay, most of my visits are 2 weeks at a time. So I cant give long term advise. My home is 144 sq ft with the ability to easily add on should I so decide.

Building anything is all about compromise. My reason for building tiny was based on  cost. Not just the cost of building but heating, cooling and maintaining the building on a limited income as I age.

Nichol mentioned that a larger space can give the appearance of less mess. I would some what  agree. A larger area can contain more clutter and still have usable space. A good example in my life is the dinning room and dining table in my 1900 sq ft  home. I don't use my formal dinning room so that table becomes a catch all. Coats on the back of chairs, motorcycle helmets emptying pockets etc. etc. So my 12 x 14 foot dining room is a very large hallway with lots of surface space to fill without ever really being in the way. I still have to heat and cool all that area plus walk past it all to get any where in the house.

Joshua mentioned a well thought out space. I feel that's is the key to going smaller. Volume of space can easily compensate for poor design. A poorly designed kitchen with lots of counter space can still function but at the cost of more travel time between functions. And more space to heat cool and clean.

I have a background in woodworking and construction. I spent 7 years from planing stage to parking the house at its permanent home. I custom built pretty much  everything. I knew this would be a major undertaking and I wanted to get it right. My first step was to really be honest with myself about how I use the space I live in. Where I spend the most time and what can I remove from that space without feeling like I am sacrificing a thing. I used a floor planing app I found on line and started measuring the space I use in my large home and arranged my needs in virtual space just see how much space I need. As it turns out that space can fit on a 8 x 18 trailer with a few bump outs. I am thrilled with the results, It feels like a warm hug every time I enter or just sit and enjoy it. It works well with 1 guest for short term stays. It would not be enough for a partner or one of my sons to be a permanent resident that's why I built with the plan for expansion. For my personal comfort level even if I had a partner I wanted to spend most of my time directly on top of I think I would want at least twice the space of my little home. More space if it were one of my sons.

All this just to say, If this is something you want to be permanent take a very close look at how both of you use your space. And build to that size. Rather than trying to squeeze your needs into what will fit on a trailer. If this is a short term solution, I would cut lots of corners to save for a more permanent solution. And make sure everyone involved knows its temporary and working towards a goal.

 Just my opinion.
1 year ago