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Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm


Did I wake you up? I have a feeling you are going to sleep up on this couch aren’t you? is that what you’re planning You are going through a lot of food today Cali That’s fair. Two thirds for me one-third
for you, okay? I’m done I’m having mine you’ve been very patient. That’s a good
girl Ready for dinner are you? Don’t you be getting up there. You know
better than that. Okay not the table though. Go to your dish
please Go to your dish. That’s a lot give you too
much you almost as much as me you Do you deserve that? Do you deserve all this all? Give me five girl okay go ahead go ahead,
Yeah it’s true it’s all yours good girl
You’re welcome stay out of the way okay. It’s my
turn to eat Give it a second to cool down okay high five
good girl okay careful that’s hot All right thank you Cali. Leave it Thank you. Are we going for a
walk want your backpack on she just chose to go out and sleep
outside by her itself on the front porch and watch for squirrels. Let’s see if
I can get her to come back in Sleep inside instead? Or stay outside in the rain? Are you staying there or coming in? okay Hungry? Cali get up. Okay good girl One more time. You smell good girl double
check a good girl yeah yeah you’re right Alright one more okay. Give me five…give
me five nice warm bed in here it’s the beginning of this cabin build and I
had a lot of funny questions people being sarcastic but asking how many
slivers I got or injuries that I got during this cabin build and there was
one incident when I was lifting the ridge beams up on to the roof into
position. I was climbing up this ladder with the heavy 6×6
hemlock beam and it just shifted on me and it came down on my thigh and gave me
a bruise but I kept working. It wasn’t enough to stop me so it
wasn’t that bad but that was literally the only minor injury I’ve had in the last
nine months working on this cabin little slivers no black nails from hitting with
a hammer no ladder falls no roof falls and I think the reason for that is a
couple of reasons I think one of them is that it’s not a job so I’m able to take
my time. It’s one thing about our not being in the work force and trying to make money’s is that
you need to do things quickly that certainly not the case here I think the
other thing is that I’m just in the moment when I’m working here you listen
to the lack of noise listen to the silence outside and the fresh air I
think maybe makes a difference too I’m just able to really really focus on what
I’m doing no distractions team what I’m deep in thought okay and what when I’m
working with them right now still doesn’t just distract you from the work
itself I’m able to pay attention now I do have a cellphone here with me and I
have a first aid kit and answering other questions with safety I do have a carbon
monoxide alarm and also a fire extinguisher so that’s screws later once I get to a
hardware store yeah it’s gonna be favorable la mode here clearing the snow off and
getting trucking out more materials to finish that bench and put some shelves
and stuff in visible answer a couple of your questions since so many new people
came to the channel as a result of that viral video last week but noticed on
some of the bigger social media pages like lad Bible and NBC Good Morning
America and the dot do I live here full-time answer’s no not yet
I don’t have the place righty first of all for my wife and I and because I am
married my kids are still with us but they’re just about to move out and move
on with their lives so just just gonna be my wife and I and my dog our dog so
once the cabin rolled in his homestead is ready she and I can move up here at
least for a year and see what it’s like there’s just too many things I need to
add to make this place comfortable for a couple rather than just for myself
including a bathhouse in addition to this a house somewhere to clean
year-round just like laundry facilities somewhere to do wash clothing the
outdoor kitchen something out to cook in there all the time and we can bake bread
and stuff out here in the oven a workshop I can’t keep working inside
doing construction inside the building you need a woodshed and I need to keep
cutting wood and have that in at least a year or two ahead now before moving in
here full-time and needing to heat it full-time sauna like I said more
bathhouse storage for food is probably my biggest challenge now if I lived
alone if I was single 100% I’d be here right now this is more
than comfortable enough for me if you want to stay tuned near the end of
almost all of my videos I have a section I call myself reflections where I talk
about my feelings for the week and some habits and things that I use to live my
life in just observations on people and events
stuff like that so if you want to stick around to that for help talk about in
this episode hypocrisy and how I’m a hypocrite but just about everybody’s a
hypocrite and you need to just decide at what level we want to be and Cali don’t
knock that tripod over something yeah just in this day and age it’s hard to be
one of any one thing so even though I’m building this wilderness off-grid
homestead there’s things that I have to compromise on which leads me to another
question and that’s the roof boards and the floorboards no I did not mill those
myself I don’t have a mill and I don’t have power equipment or generator up
here to do that I have a chicken chainsaw mill that I’ve never used
before maybe that’s my compromise I start doing that that’s the one power
equipment or power process that I use to build the rest of the things up here at
the cabin so I did get these things milled locally though extremely cheaply
the rough sawn lumber not from a lumber store but it fit into my model into my
plan my plan was to build this thing as cheaply as possible I wanted to see if I
could build a place free essentially and almost live for free that’s not quite
possible I’m doing my best to accomplish that but there’s compromises at every
turn lighting for example now that’s one of the other main questions I get is at
the end of that short time lapse video and then the longer video I show me up
in the loft with lights in behind me of course that’s my wife’s touch not mine
this little twinkling lights and the in the loft in the bedroom but actually
they’re functional so I’ll turn those on at night before going to bed and that’s
enough light to get ready for bed by those are powered by little just
double-a batteries that I recharged using this goal zero solar charger I
because again this is a mix of modern and and old traditional whatever you
want to deemed traditional if you can call anything traditional and when you
call something traditional what period and you referring back to but you know I
have to run these batteries the camera run the lighting for the
camera and I need some kind of lighting even if it wasn’t for camera which would
mean either bringing it fuel or finding a place that I can collect enough
beeswax I guess to make my own candles which is not really practical I’ve never
found anything like that in fact honeybees aren’t even native to to
Canada and that would not have been a traditional method of use of lighting
anyway I digress but basically the point is that everything’s a compromise I need
power here so it means I’m probably gonna have to install a solar system
which answers another question that a lot of people have what am I going to do
for power right now I have to go back and charge my batteries back in my truck
at the roads I’ve got to hike out of here right now
plug my batteries in keep the truck on I need to bring materials up from the road
anyway so that’s going to take some time and while that’s happening the batteries
are charging but that’s just not practical I need to get a charging
station close to the cabin that I can you know charge a couple of deep-cycle
batteries full-size a car battery size and I can charge everything off of that
and then we got address the things like Wi-Fi right now it’s just cellular and
surprisingly I have cellular service here right here at the higher part of
the property if I go down even to the back of the cabin sometimes or down into
the valley certainly or on most of the property I have no cell service so
it’s expensive of course to just keep doing cellular so I need a satellite
Wi-Fi system here eventually again completely against the grain of
completely being off-grid but that’s the compromise and I’m just going I’m going
to continue doing this that I’m going to continue sharing all my experiences up
here with you guys so I need to have that Wi-Fi to be able to do that right
now most the time I have to run into town even though I’m not up here
full-time like I said my Internet’s not much better at my house so I need to run
into town to a library or a Starbucks or something like that what you get is just
so opposite of what I’m doing here it feels odd to sit there Starbucks
watching uh listen to the sounds well while I upload a video of this
tranquillity here but those again that’s the compromises that’s the hypocrisy of
the age that we live in and what I’m doing here so am i 100% off grid you
know doing something that hasn’t been done in 50 years 400 years no I would
love to do that but the practicality isn’t probably not going to because I’m
going to have to have some modern conveniences I will have to continue to
bring in batteries or you know even kerosene or lamp oil trying to reduce my
inputs as much as possible if is that dedicated very serious about reducing my
living expenses to as close to zero as possible and that was my dream twenty
six seven years ago and when I was a teenager I’m getting back to that now
and I want to try to fulfill that now that I’m almost 48 I want to be able to
get to that point in my life where I could be totally self-reliant or as
close to self-reliance as is possible in this day and age yeah and in the past
that wasn’t really possible either typically communities helped each other
there’s always barter there’s always a importing and trading I mean break down
to the spices that I use for my cooking I can’t draw those locally so they’re
traded in and they would have been for the last thousand years or more we
are in a global with globalization things are easier to get they’re cheaper
but my goal is to reduce my footprint ecologically as well live a more
sustainable lifestyle which means trying to limit the inputs or the imports I
guess from you know far off and that includes things like soybeans that are
just not growing and corn for that matter not growing organically or
sustainably and we have to import a lot of that stuff here so I’m trying to
reduce that as much as possible while also having a clean healthy diet so a
lot of compromises and a lot of contradictions and a lot of hypocrisy
that’s uh that’s the way it is that’s the channel that’s who I am so what I’m
setting out to do here is there just reduce that hypocrisy as much as
possible so if you are new to the videos this is typically the way they’re
structured that I’ll build or do no fishing or
something productive at the beginning of the video most of the time it’s silent
because I’m not a big talker I’d rather just go do my stuff in the outdoors and
and enjoy the peace and quiet and the solitude the serenity and then at the
end of the videos I tend to talk and ramble on because it’s so quiet for so
long so this is what I’m doing right now so thanks everybody for watching this
video I really appreciate it look forward to seeing up the cabin next week
take care and have a great week

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