Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Do You See What I See?
Look closely, and tell me what you see. Take your time. And be honest.
Does this idea of living thrill you or traumatize you?
This is a photo of almost half of The Shack. It is an off-grid, dry cabin. And I use the word "cabin" very loosely. As you can see, it is little more than a frame and plywood. I believe it was built in two sections. The top section (on the other side of the blanket curtain) appears to have been built first. And appears to be more solid - as solid as 2x4s and plywood can be. The bottom section, the section you see, seems to have been thrown together. There is not one thing that is square or level. Not one section of the frame is "on center" and goodness, I won't even point out the so-called rafters.
What do you see?
I camp here now, when I can. And I'll have to decide how to build or remodel. I plan to retire here and homestead; living off-grid if possible. I will eventually put a sewer in. But hope to never hook up to county electricity.
What do you see?
I have friends who make a face while they ask questions about bathroom facilities, cooking, cutting wood, and etc. I have other friends who excitedly ask when they can come along. They see it differently.
I see hope And a future.
It is definitely along the lines of trash versus treasure. And beauty in the eye of the beholder. Some of my friends are a bit horrified about my camping adventures. About how quickly I'd live there if I could. With the Shack in that condition, if I had local employment.
I see hard work and happiness.
Speaking of hard work, I need to get busy and start that list like Tracey and Craig have for their simple living homestead. I recently found their blog and was excited to see that A) someone has a list very similar to mine and B) it's possible to check things off that list as complete!
I see a long to-do list and a sense of pride as I check off things as simple as adding to the wood pile all by myself. I see a dream slowly coming true.
Wednesday With Words - The big changes that occurred in 2015 - which had something to do with my decision to purchase the land and The Shack.
My Renogy Solar Panel Review - I found that one of my first needs, during my trips to The Shack, was just a little bit of electricity. One of my Christmas gifts was this wonderful solar panel kit. I am not a solar power expert, but this panel works great for my needs.
My blog is a mish-mash of personal things (from my dogs, to product reviews, to rambling stories). But my homesteading-related adventures and photographs can be found under the label: The Shack.