I hope he has a solid left

 

tigger couchMy neighbours told me the red squirrels are bad right now and this might be a summer full of rodents.

That made me think about how many animals Tigger is going to have to contend with.

My best guess is that none of them will actively seek out a cat, but I really don’t know.

Wild turkeys and cats?  Deer, squirrels, owls and cats?

Bears, coyotes, wolves…. you don’t have to read about those combos.

I will have to do a little research.

No cat outside unattended and not after dark.

He has his claws. He has a bell. I really hope he has the ability to hold his own.

 

 

TIMBER!

It is very different looking at a tree and thinking I wonder which way it will fall.

May Long Weekend is being dedicated to cutting down trees.

I need openings to the sky so come July the ground will be dry and workable.

tree clearing 1This is the first area.

I feel like I can handle those trees.

tree clearing 2These ones are huge and when I look up at those trees and imagine them falling I only see a crash.

A crashing down that will be dangerously close to the deck.

These are way outside of my comfort zone.

tree clearing 3This is the campground area.

They are a nice mix of sizes and I have more forgiveness if they don’t fall exactly as planned. I know that I can thin this area out and maybe I will feel solid enough to try the bigger ones in there.

tree clearing 5 tree clearing 4The fallen ones should just be a couple days of easy cutting once I am up there in July.

Slow, steady clean up straight into the fire pit.

tree clearing 6There is one more window maker that needs to come down.

I would like to know the math on this one.

I am guessing a line straight down near the base to a 90 degree angle but then when it falls does it snap up and take off my head.

These are my thoughts right now.

It was a Good Friday

I finally spent a night in my tent and it was amazing.

I would have felt a bit foolish making trips up to shovel out the tent but never stay in the tent.

It was just right in sleeping bags under wool blankets with toques.

 

Beautiful Spring April Day!

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This is my friend Jill.

That is her Ontario Ranger mug from 13 years ago. She was an Outdoor Ed. student.

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She had the -7 degree sleeping bags.
JBI-GOOD FRIDAY 5She cooked us scrambled eggs and Veggie Bacon.

Delish!

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She also used the adjective “calm” to describe my home to a friend of hers.

I really like that adjective. JBI-GOOD FRIDAY 2 JBI-GOOD FRIDAY 7

 

 

 

A Room With A View

Summer in the woods, you can feel very cozy and isolated. In winter you realize how incredibly close you are building to your neighbour and the main road. I have 23 acres and am probably 200 meters from my neighbour. WFT?!? Sorry Jeff, it was just the lay of the land.

I drew out the deck and the Ginger Shack in the snow and took stock of the winter view/exposure from the windows. I liked what I saw.

View from the Living Room. View from the Living Room. View from the Kitchen. View from the Kitchen. View going up the Stairs. View going up the Stairs.

81 is not 100

81 sq feet

I have starting to research how to actually build the the Ginger Shack now that the layout pretty much sorted.

I will need to use 2 X 6 boards for the walls. You can use 2 X 4s but you won’t be as energy efficient.

2 X 6 means I am losing half a foot on each wall. 100 square feet just became 81 square feet.

If you think 100 square feet sounded small it is amazing what losing 19 feet just did.

The countdown begins…

countdownI was approved for my sabbatical yesterday so as of July 1st I am off until October 1st.

For fun today I decided to see how many actual work days I have left – drum roll please ……. counting today I have only 100 days of work left!!

The countdown begins!

 

 

Day of Thanks For August 18 – The week of August 14

leobday5When we are launching any big project, our minds hide from us the full truth about how difficult it will be. If we knew beforehand all of the tests we would eventually face, we might never attempt it. Economist Albert O. Hirschman called this the principle of the “hiding hand.” It frees us to dive innocently into challenging work that will probably take longer than we thought and compel us to access new resources and creativity. To be clear: What’s hidden from us are not only the obstacles but also the unexpected assistance we will get along the way.

The day before this came out was the day that I had calculated that I actually can pack up my life in Toronto and go live in the bush, so to speak. The hiding hand and I meet often and every time I am surrounded by helping hands so it never really seems that scary to try something new.

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