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Thursday, February 14, 2008

More Pix

More Pix

I took more pix today, here they are:

This is the hole that Bob dug, it's about 6 feet deep and 6 feet across, the bucket you see in the hole is a standard 5 gallon bucket, the caption "My Hole Has A Bucket In It" is a play on words, the first person who can tell me why that is funny and where I got it from wins an award. ;)


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This is me, I am standing in the "bathroom" corner of the cabin looking into the medicine cabinet.


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This is the humanure toilet, complete with the obligatory reading material, the orange bucket on the left has the cover material, the smaller red container on the right is my pee bucket, this gets dumped outside on the compost pile.


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This is the inside portion of the power plant, there are 4 deep cycle batteries on the bottom, on the top, from left to right is the on-off switch, on top of that is the small charge controller, to the right is the big charge controller, the red thing on the right is the inverter. This is all sitting on top of a chest of drawers. I know it looks like a rats nest of wires, and for the most part it is, but it works and quite well and is more organized than it looks.


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This is the heat and water heating and sometimes cooking area, you can see the stock pot on top, it is about half full with water, it stays warm for hours after the fire goes out. This is what I use to wash myself and the dishes with.


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This is the food pantry, we have mostly canned goods here, I also have food stores in other places in the cabin. We are eating out of cans a lot, I do try to get creative with what we have, and on a semi-regular basis, I get to town and get some fresh food (salad, greens, cheese, bread...) to add to the mix. We had salad a few days ago, I'm not a big salad eater, but I loved eating the crunchy greens, it made for a different meal and I know it was good for us too. I can't wait to start growing a garden, we will have lots of good stuff to eat then! :)


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This is the bed that Bob built. It's not much to look at, but it is off the ground and sturdy. You can see my pink PJs on my pillow.


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This is my sink, complete with pot and pan storage, a shelf over the top for various things, and lots of room under it for storing our junk.


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02-13-08

This evening, close to sundown, I sat outside on a big rock, out behind my cabin, this is where the deer walk through, they seem to follow the sun, they walk toward sun up in the morning, and walk toward sundown in the evening. I was not disappointed, I heard then saw the small herd of our deer, the young male spike, the several does and the baby, there used to be two babies, but we found one of them on a trail on the west side of our property, it had been partially eaten, and it was stinking pretty bad, poor thing, but that is the way it is out here. I am starting to recognize individual deer, the most aggressive one is a doe with a notched ear, she will kick the bigger males out of her way if I throw a few crackers down for them to eat. It seems that they like crackers, I have been throwing crackers to them in the evening, and they do like them. The other day I had been feeding them when Bob got home, he stayed near on the street side of property (on the south side of the dry creek) and worked on the Bug, I made hot dogs and took them down to Bob, the deer with the notched ear followed me all the way down to the creek, she wouldn't follow me down the bank until well after I had crossed, she stayed about 10-15 feet behind me, every time I turned to face her, she would stop and just look at me, my hands were full, I had 2 plates of hot dogs in one hand and two drinks (of tea) in the other hand, I tried kicking a bit of dirt at her to scare her off, but she just looked around to see if I was throwing more crackers. Each time I turned my back to start walking again, I could hear her following me, I'm not afraid of the deer, but I do respect them, and if startled, they may react toward me with aggression, they can kick to beat all thunder, and I would not want to be on the receiving end of one of those hoofs! This evening, while I was sitting in the place where the deer usually gather behind our cabin, I purposely didn't take any food for them, I only feed them from the safety of my cabin, or very near the cabin, as long as I have something between them and me. I don't want them thinking I always have food, only when it's safe for me to do so, and only from one place, that way I will be safer when I am out away from the cabin, at least that is my plan, we will see how well it works. :).
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG i love your blog, you and Bob. How do you'll do coffee? And what about the wind generator? Lots of pics and blogs please.
jealous, Elevator

February 15, 2008 9:33 AM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Hi Big D, miss you much! Coffee is easy, we keep a water heating on the wood stove all the time, or in a pinch, we have propane, but try not to use it much, gotta save it as long as possible. The windmill is on hold for now, we have more concrete to pour and we can't do concrete work when it is too cold. Hopefully we will be able to work on it more as spring gets closer.

Wretha

February 15, 2008 8:29 PM

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see some pictures!

February 17, 2008 10:58 AM

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Anonymous Oldman in the boonies said...

Your Adventure is wonderful. I am in the hinterlands of the great white north ( especially today). I am curious about your 12 volt water pump. Can I ask where you got it and how much it cost Please

February 17, 2008 3:11 PM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Thanks oldman in the boonies, the pump was given to us, I was told it came from a RV, do a search for 12 volt water pump and you should find lots to choose from. I like the fact that it's 12 volt, it works directly from our batteries, and the way it's hooked up, it pumps water as soon as I turn the faucet, the biggest drawback is the noise, it is noisy, but I will deal with that to have running water.

If you have any other questions, or want clarification about anything, just ask, I am happy to talk about our systems! :)

Wretha

February 17, 2008 8:02 PM

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Anonymous lindy said...

I can't believe I am the first one to get your "Bucket in a hole" question! If we ever meet, I play this song on my ocarina lol (poorly, but all the same!)

There's a hole in my bucket... dear liza ... dear liza

There's a hole in my bucket... dear liza ... a hole!

Well, fix it dear Henry... dear Henry... dear Henry.

Well, fix it Dear Henry... Dear Henry... FIX IT!

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lovin' your blog!!!

Lindy :) the off-grid bus dweller

February 23, 2008 11:13 AM

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Blogger lindy said...

Wreatha
Have you thought about starting sprouts? I eat A LOT of sprouts in the winter.. mung (bean), alfalfa, etc. It really helps with the "I need something green and crunchy" cravings I get in the wintertime.

February 25, 2008 4:52 PM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Hi Lindy, yes, I have considered sprouts, and will probably do it later, and you do "win" the "contest" for the song, I am working on your "award"... notice all the quotes, I hope you have a good sense of humor... ;) you may need it to appreciate your award.

Wretha

February 26, 2008 10:12 PM

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Blogger lindy said...

:) I do have a good sense of humor! :) and I really love your blog.

March 3, 2008 7:05 PM

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Blogger Annie said...

Shucks
I knew that song immed--only I am later getin here boo hoo. My dad always used to sing it with his accordian.
With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza
with what shall I fix it, with what
With a rock dear henry, dear henry dear henry
with a rock dear henry, dear henry, with a rock etc yada yada
Love your blog wreatha--wil have to show my hubby your power sys--cool--we have an rv, so maybe we could double up on the water pump when in the hunter's cabin, and put it back in rv when it's warmer and the cabin isn't needed!!! hmmmm annie

March 8, 2008 6:31 PM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Thanks Annie! I'm glad you like reading this, I enjoy writing it and I appreciate all the comments...

Wretha

March 8, 2008 6:52 PM

11 comments:

  1. OMG i love your blog, you and Bob. How do you'll do coffee? And what about the wind generator? Lots of pics and blogs please.
    jealous, Elevator

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Big D, miss you much! Coffee is easy, we keep a water heating on the wood stove all the time, or in a pinch, we have propane, but try not to use it much, gotta save it as long as possible. The windmill is on hold for now, we have more concrete to pour and we can't do concrete work when it is too cold. Hopefully we will be able to work on it more as spring gets closer.

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your Adventure is wonderful. I am in the hinterlands of the great white north ( especially today). I am curious about your 12 volt water pump. Can I ask where you got it and how much it cost Please

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks oldman in the boonies, the pump was given to us, I was told it came from a RV, do a search for 12 volt water pump and you should find lots to choose from. I like the fact that it's 12 volt, it works directly from our batteries, and the way it's hooked up, it pumps water as soon as I turn the faucet, the biggest drawback is the noise, it is noisy, but I will deal with that to have running water.

    If you have any other questions, or want clarification about anything, just ask, I am happy to talk about our systems! :)

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete
  5. I can't believe I am the first one to get your "Bucket in a hole" question! If we ever meet, I play this song on my ocarina lol (poorly, but all the same!)

    There's a hole in my bucket... dear liza ... dear liza

    There's a hole in my bucket... dear liza ... a hole!

    Well, fix it dear Henry... dear Henry... dear Henry.

    Well, fix it Dear Henry... Dear Henry... FIX IT!

    ---

    lovin' your blog!!!

    Lindy :) the off-grid bus dweller

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wreatha
    Have you thought about starting sprouts? I eat A LOT of sprouts in the winter.. mung (bean), alfalfa, etc. It really helps with the "I need something green and crunchy" cravings I get in the wintertime.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Lindy, yes, I have considered sprouts, and will probably do it later, and you do "win" the "contest" for the song, I am working on your "award"... notice all the quotes, I hope you have a good sense of humor... ;) you may need it to appreciate your award.

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete
  8. :) I do have a good sense of humor! :) and I really love your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Shucks
    I knew that song immed--only I am later getin here boo hoo. My dad always used to sing it with his accordian.
    With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza
    with what shall I fix it, with what
    With a rock dear henry, dear henry dear henry
    with a rock dear henry, dear henry, with a rock etc yada yada
    Love your blog wreatha--wil have to show my hubby your power sys--cool--we have an rv, so maybe we could double up on the water pump when in the hunter's cabin, and put it back in rv when it's warmer and the cabin isn't needed!!! hmmmm annie

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks Annie! I'm glad you like reading this, I enjoy writing it and I appreciate all the comments...

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete

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