I have issues, like lots of folks, keeping my blog fresh. I have the best intentions, but at the end of the day it doesn't always seem to get done! So, I'm going to try and bring you up to date on a few projects, and answer a couple questions.

A question I get asked often is "How in the world did you get the name Otter Hollow?". It's actually the name we gave our cabin when we bought it in Winter of 2013. A lady had lived in the cabin for over 15 years, and with it being fairly off the beaten path, she had become rather reclusive. We have a small pond (actually a lake, as it is fed by an active stream). When we were looking at the property, I asked if there were fish in the pond. She gave a rather lengthy account of how she had stocked the pond a couple of times, and each time otters had come up stream and eaten all the fish within 48 hours! We were pretty stoked at the prospect of getting to see some otters, and with our cabin being nestled in a valley, we decided Otter Hollow was the perfect name. 

Fast forward to a couple of months after we bought the place, and I'm out on the dock...and see some fish. Each day that spring, more and more fish arrived. They weren't huge, but they were plentiful. Soon we were feeding them, they spawned, and have come back each year. We haven't seen ONE otter...

I knocked out an item on the tiny house "to do" list this past weekend between the raindrops: putting up handrail on the deck. We hated the idea of anything obstructing the view, but safety is a priority. I matched the design I built for our cabin, using a steel grid fence material sandwiched between 2x4s. It does what it needs to, and doesn't mess the view up too much. I'll stain it once we get a few days of sunshine.

I bought Shannon a couple of pygmy goats for her birthday a few weeks ago. We put them in our old chicken coop area...because our chicken lives on our porch...like chickens are supposed to...Anyway, goats need shelter, so I converted the old coop into a mini barn. I love using left over/salvaged materials, and this job was perfect for them. I made it a little more airtight, as goats don't like drafts, put on some newer roofing, and built a little deck.  Below is a before and after:

Chicken coop.

Goat barn.

Roscoe gives the goat barn two hooves up!...I've learned that goats can watch humans work for hours...

Some exciting news: I was contacted last week by a couple of guys creating a YouTube channel for a tiny house show. They are in Georgia, so are looking at local tiny house builders. Apparently, they put our house on their Twitter feed back in August and it got rave reviews. We are tentatively scheduled to film next Monday. I really don't know much more than that, at this time. I will try and update this blog as more details become available.