Early spring?

Early spring?

Early spring?

It’s sure looking like an early spring.  I hope it stays.

I even cooked my lunch on the porch.

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Nothing fancy.  Just cream of celery soup and crackers cooked on my propane heater/cooker.

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I even brought my car up beside the cabin.

Car problems

I had a wreck caused by dehydration causing me to black out. (syncope) I was in a parking lot so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  I’ll cover a problem I discovered with too much pine needle tea.  I’ll cover that later.  I have done some repairs so the car is drivable.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Writing online off the grid?


Some of you may wonder how I write and post pictures “off the grid”.  I cheat. I am off the wired grid but I still have cell service and a generator.  Cell service is sporadic and I usually need to go outside to connect.  But for writing I have these.

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That is an 8 inch Ellipses tablet and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard.  And behind that is a paper notebook and a couple of pens.  I can also watch downloaded episodes of Grizzly Adams on the tablet.

Outdoor Workshop

The very basic start of my outdoor workshop.

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Porch deck finally finished

The weather held out long enough to finally finish the porch deck.

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Next up.  The porch roof.

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The Homestead

Now that I know the old shed has tranformed into an insulated, heated cabin that can withstand the winter weather, I can officially call it a homestead.  Lot’s of things to do such as building a greenhouse and preparing to put in a garden.  Maybe even some livestock.  Chickens or rabbits most likely but not cows.  We’ll see.  The goal is turn the place into a self-sufficient homestead.

But this January thaw and heavy rain has brought up another problem.

Lake Pithole

Lake Pithole

Lake Pithole

Lake Pithole

I need to dig a drainage ditch.  With the amount of ground water I may actually start a spring.

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Finishing the porch deck

Finally a break in the weather so I could get the porch deck finished.  Almost.

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Home again, home again, diggity dog

I’m back from Chicago.  Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  I’m spending New Years tonight in the cabin.

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First day of Winter

Cabin all secured for Christmas.

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Imagining the porch deck

This is kind of like what the porch will look like halfway.  Most boards are not attached yet.

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Actually only half the framing is done.  But it is solid.

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