Elderberries and Wood Floors

Posted By digging roots on Sep 26, 2018 in Herbal Medicine, Tiny House | 4 comments


I have a habit of gawking at plants as I drive. It’s probably not super safe, but this time it was beneficial.

I was driving along a major road when all of a sudden I saw an elderberry bush just dripping with berries in someone’s front yard. I had a quick debate with myself:

Turn around and go ask those people if you can have the berries.

No, that sounds scary and I need to get home for nap time.

Come on. You never do stuff like this and you regret you have lost a lot of cool opportunities. 

OK. I guess the worst they can say is no…

So I turned the car around and bumped down the driveway. Come to find out, it was a elderly lady who was happy to let me have them. She just asked that I leave her a few bunches because she liked them for flower arrangements. I felt like I had won the lottery.

I picked about 25 lbs of elderberries. This picture shows my stash after I had frozen and given away some:



I was able to give lots away and dry some for coming years. I’m not sure we’ll have access to a bush next summer as we move, so it will be nice to have a stash for that coming winter.

As you can see below, they were in huge bunches. Lucia can hardly hold that bundle up!



Wood Floors

This week we installed the wood floor in the tiny house. It felt very satisfying to see the floor transformed so fast. There are a lot of projects in the tiny house build that require a lot of work but don’t really make the place look pretty (like electrical), but this was not one of those projects. Thank goodness.



We were able to get solid hickory floor from Home Depot for about $1.25 per square foot. It was on sale about 75% off. It was such a blessing!



Trent has worked tirelessly on this house and I really admire him for it. But we are both feeling tired. It’s been about 2 years since we ordered our trailer. We are trying hard to not lose heart because we are nearly done now. We estimate he still has about 9 months of work to do.



Above is looking into the kitchen, which is where Trent is going to work next. Time for kitchen cabinets!



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  1. Don’t get discouraged! You are finally in the home run! Your HOME is starting to look like a home! Continue to imagine and plan and organize and daydream…….all those things are part of the memories you’ll treasure later. I’m excited for your wonderful family!

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    • Thank you! That is very encouraging.

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  2. I ran across your blog and I am so impressed with your journey and I can understand how you might be getting tired but don’t give up! It’s such a huge undertaking but it will so worth it when you are finished! It is encouraging for those of us planning our own DIY tiny house journey. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your struggles and triumphs! It helps all of us along the way!!!

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    • Wow thank you Susie!! I’m glad you found my blog and I hope you stick around! I really appreciate your encouragement. I wish you all the best in your tiny house adventure also!

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