Living Small is beautiful ~ in its own way

A Mantell

Pondering: small as a lifestyle…

In my widowhood, after I had moved to northeast coastal Florida with Sophie the Wonder Dog and my mischievous cats, I rented a small, two-bedroom house while I searched for a permanent place.

A Green Tree Xmas 12.20

Then I found a two bedroom condo I’m extremely fond of where I’m truly blessed and happy. It’s small and cozy. My living room has a nonworking fireplace. When I put up my two Christmas trees, it was remarked that it looked like a doll house. I enjoy my doll house. My faux green tree has all the traditional ornaments I brought down with me from Brooklyn (NYC).  That’s my 14 year-old cat Scooter under the tree. Scooter had a stroke right before Christmas and walks with his hind quarters swaying, but he’s doing fine, living his life.

Bookcase Wht Tree Xmas FL 12.20

It’s my firm belief that every Florida home must have either a white, pink, or blue Christmas tree. That’s simply part of Florida culture, in my opinion and it’s so fun. I chose a small white tree, and it has all of my pet and animal ornaments on it.

Yes, I ‘went small’ after my husband passed, and I came to Florida. I moved my furniture south by truck because I knew my budget would not allow for me to buy all new furniture.

She watches over the activities of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. ~ Proverbs 31:27, New American Standard Bible [NASB]

wodd tiny house

Since I relocating to Florida, I’ve become fascinated with videos, pictures, and stories about people who have chosen to leave their apartments and/or big houses behind and move into tiny houses. They’re kind of a new pioneer breed, and they are interesting. I enjoy looking at their tiny homes. This eclectic wooden planked tiny house is so cheerful and fitting to its forest environment. Instead of a foundation, it’s on wheels. So cute.

A tiny house inter

I’m not talking about a tiny vacation home, but of people who have chosen to live their lives full-time in a tiny house. It’s a new way of thinking as well as living. I imagine, they would first have to change their mind-set from living large to living small. That was something I did quickly. Where do I want to live? Florida. How do I want to live? In a space that requires a lot less maintenance than my house in Brooklyn. That had a lot to do with the fact that I’m a senior citizen. This was the main reason I chose to live in a condo, where the ‘association’ maintains the outside of the buildings and does the landscaping. In terms of a tiny house, it would also take a lot less energy and effort to maintain than a regular sized house. ~ Here is the interior of a rustic yet modern tiny house.


A blue tiny house


I’m not advocating for tiny house living, not even for small or scaled down living. Each person has their own needs. Each season of life has its own needs. And I’m not even sure why tiny houses fascinate me, but they do.

ribbon blue

Harmful Intent 400 P Private Detective Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels escapes Brooklyn (NYC) and her cheating husband. She finds herself in a small town in Texas suspected of murder where she is living in a small room above a small diner. HARMFUL INTENT.

wodd tiny house


6 thoughts on “Living Small is beautiful ~ in its own way

  1. Tiny houses are so appealing. Most of them are too small for me. I’m fascinated by the young or younger people who are into the “tiny house craze.” Most of the seniors I know have downsized in some way. They either moved to a smaller house or condo, or they got rid of a lot of clutter.


  2. I think tiny things appeal to the child inside each of us. Matchbox cars. Polly pocket dolls. But in reality, tiny isn’t usually so awesome. I have that “wide open spaces” gene from living my whole life on the west side (less populated) of America. I don’t even like to be in an elevator for a couple minutes. Living in a house that size would definitely be seriously uncomfortable. But they are cute:)


    1. Barbara, I think tiny houses are for the young, the first years of marriage and maybe when the first baby isn’t of school age (little). But I’ve seen shows where families of three and four are living in these tiny spaces. When I was in Brooklyn (NYC) I had a three-bedroom house with large rooms. The land was tiny. A matchbox front yard and a double-wide matchbox backyard. That was considered living large in Gotham. I looked at three bedroom condos when I moved to Florida, but thought, “What do I need that for? Who wants to clean three bedrooms?” So, I chose a two-bedroom condo and am overjoyed.


  3. My wife and I have been fascinated with tiny living for sometime. We sold our three bedroom townhome in Raleigh, NC and moved to the coast three years ago. We went tiny at first and have since moved into a 1930’s two bedroom bungalow. The process of downsizing and becoming more minimal(it is a process) has been very rewarding and healthy for us both!


    1. Congrats on your bungalow. I love preserving the old. I have a great many pieces going back to the 1940s in my small condo. I have a mantle clock that goes back to the early 1900s. When I left Brooklyn (NYC), it was relatively easy to leave/give away modern furniture. I had to take all the antiques. Best wishes on an exciting ‘no guy year’.


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