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Austerity

austerity

Now you guys might have thought I just wanted to show off when I put up those pictures of my little house, and yeah, I was a little bit, but I also had a broader vision in mind. I wanted to show first hand what a person can do with a small amount of cash and a boatload of initiative and effort. Basically my message is the same as always. . . . The times are changing, don’t fear them, but prepare yourselves to live through them.

I honestly think Obama  tried, but soon after taking the oath I believe he was summoned to a meeting where he learned he was merely the new figurehead of a silent coup that ended long before he entered office. His duty is to do what he is told and he has no chance at all of succeeding without ‘their’ approval. He talks, and that is in essence, the only job requirement left to the visible president of the United States of America. (more…)

Small House Living

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The way of life in this country is changing, of that I have no doubt. Personally I am broke most of the time. The things we used to do we no longer can. It costs too much to drive our vehicles, grocery shop and heat the house for us to go on even a real day trip. I’ve been saving for six weeks just to get enough money together to buy materials to roof my dojo.

Ok, I’m retired on a fixed income, I have enough to eat, a roof over my head and I live in a nice little valley with tree covered hills surrounding it. I shouldn’t complain, right? I should be content, but am I? . . . you’re damn right I am!

I’m happy as a deer in springtime. I’m happy as my pitbull who just stole a bone from my Rottweiler . . . I’m so damn happy most of the time that I often wonder why the rest of the folks I know are complaining so much.

My goal to help them be as happy and content as me WITHOUT their cash and credit cards. Since we are spending more time these days at home, I feel it is imperative we make the place as warm and cozy as possible. Of course those words mean different things to different folks. I’ll tell you what my wife and I did to assure that feeling for ourselves, and then perhaps you can figure out your own way within your own parameters. (more…)

Tiny House

I have gotten so many hits on this tiny house that I have decided to soon draw up some computer plans along with a materials list for anybody that wants to download them. If anybody is interested in purchasing the download for about 5.00 bucks let me know and I will make a decision pro or con depending on the interest level. (Hard prints would be more of course, but I don’t see why anybody would need a set as this house is pretty simple to build.)

I built the structure for about 600.00 but I used left over materials from my main cabin to frame it and planned for an outhouse (or sawdust toilet) as well as an outside cooking area similar to one I once had in Alaska. It will cost much more using new materials though depending on how fancy you need to have it as to electric/plumbing, etc. . . as well as being within code if you happen to be in a place where there is one.

I am not personally big on all the regular large home amenities like toilets, etc inside a small dwelling for obvious reasons as well as the fact that they take up way too much room. These places are IMO basically either for camping or a SHTF situation. I once built a shower house for a family in Big Lake Alaska who lived in a smaller sized cabin and they loved it. (I will also design one for download here.)

My guess is that in the future many will be living without a lot of things we take for granted today so I am advocating buying a few acres of land in a fairly remote area and building a squared up structure similar to those common in rural America back in the thirties. Tiny houses on wheels make great campers but are extremely limited for long term use, IMO.

Following are some photos of the cabin in question:
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