Day of Thanks for February 9

Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22 “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes in his poem Harlem. “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over – like a syrupy sweet?” As your soul’s cheerleader and coach, Leo, I hope you won’t explore the answer to Hughes’ questions. If you have a dream, don’t defer it. If you have been deferring your dream, take at least one dramatic step to stop deferring it.

I am sure these horoscopes could be trying to give me insight into a number of avenues of my life but the truth be told the only thing that I am concentrating on right now is moving from Toronto to Carnarvon. I don’t really have any other dreams at the moment and I definitely have not been deferring anything in regards to this one. Personally, I think that each week Rob is reconfirming that everything I am doing and the direction I am moving in, is the right one for me!

Yesterday I went up North to remove more snow and dig out my tent. It was like being back in grade 5 in Brandon and I loved every minute.

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Thanks Stanley

poweritI grew up in a ‘normal’ home in the 80s. We had a lot of things that plugged in. Fridge, stove, lights, washer, dryer, microwave, Atari, television, VCR, hair dryer, lawn mower…the list goes on and it completely made sense.

When I left at 20 and spent a decade living with roommates, we too had ‘normal’ apartments. Fridge, stove, lights, microwave, stereo , television, VCR, phone among a few other things.

When I started living alone in my 30s, I prided myself on how few things I had that plugged in. I would say “take out the fridge, stove and lights and I have 5 things that plug in. Alarm clock, computer, stereo, phone and hand mixer.” I instantly liked going lean when I was left to my own space.

Next year I enter my 40s and I have decided to take my relationship with energy one step further. I am going to start the process of shrinking my reliance on the current energy board. I really don’t want to go off the grid. I just want the grid to shift.  I love the little bit of convince and beauty that I live in right now but I believe it could be more intelligent.

The packing list so far – electric tooth brush, hand mixer, computer, cameras, phone and music docker.

 

 

81 is not 100

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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.

Just Broken In – The Power of Trees

When I first walked on my land I could not imagine cutting one tree down, everything was just perfect. Then I experienced black flies, lack of sunlight, missing stars and too damp of air. Now, I can’t wait to get in there and cut out a space to stretch my legs in.

Two times I helped take down a tree.

The first one was the window maker and we had intense tools. jbi-widow3 jbi-widow5 jbi-widow4

jbi-widow6The second one was a random tree too close to the deck that we decided to pull down.

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Both times, amazing .

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!

 

 

Instructables

The biggest challenge I am facing right now is the simple fact that I am not a researcher. Never have been. My life’s choices have been made by my gut and without a lot of thought to ‘what might occur’ or is this the ‘best product on the market’.

The first year of my land I had a friend take the reins on all of the projects; hanging the sign, building the deck and then winterizing the tent. If it was not for her brains and my neighbour’s tools (and generous hearts) not much would have been completed.

Now I have a base camp up there and 6 months of research time down in Toronto.

I have to admit for the first time ever, I am loving the research side to a decision.jbi-july26-22

Just set up an account with this community. Instructables!

Day of Thanks for December 29

bull ridingLeo Jul 23 Aug 22: In Don DeLillo’s novel Underworld, Cotter Martin is a young boy living in New York in the 1950s. The following description is about him. “In school they tell him sometimes to stop looking out the window. This teacher or that teacher. The answer is not out there, they tell him. And he always wants to say that’s exactly where the answer is.” I propose we regard this passage as one of your themes in 2015, Leo. In other words, be skeptical of any authority who tells you where you should or should not be searching for the answers. Follow your own natural inclination, even if at first it seems to be nothing more than looking out the window.

Some people go shopping on boxing day
Some people sit and breath
Others get drunk and ride a bull

What can I say… I am leaving a great paying job, selling a condo, moving out of Toronto to go live in a 100 square foot home with no running water, a wood burning stove, an outhouse and a tub outside. Some might say I have jumped through the window. I have 6 more months of the life I have known for almost 15 years. The only thing I can tell you is that I am more excited than I have been in a very long time. Something beautiful is going to be built in 2015 and I will conduct all of my teaching outdoors.

Blue Sky Beauty

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A friend sent me a few links to various tiny homes which lead me to Blue Sky, another brilliant Canadian company.

Before stumbling here I was thinking of my Ginger Shack as a 100 square foot little home with an outhouse near by and a tub over in another corner. These guys changed everything. I am now going to build a deck, 24 X 20 foot, which will house the bunkie, an outhouse, a rain feed shower, a sauna with lots of living space to enjoy. This honestly just made me feel like I really can go live in 100 square feet and not feel hard done by. Things are looking good for the Ginger Shack!!

 

 

 

 

Just Broken In – The Deck

I built a very simple deck-like bed frame for my futon mattress so I took that knowledge, bought a bunch of wood and headed up North to build a deck. I could not have been more out of my element and unprepared if I tried. A forest floor outside is nothing like a hardwood floor in your apartment. No real surprise there.

The first trip up was all about hauling the wood from where it was delivered to where it needed to be. We laid out the deck area and took stock of what it was that I bought.

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The second trip up was lead by my good friend and mentor, Judy. She renovates houses for a living and has a personal relationship with everyone at her local Home Depot so needless to say the level of knowledge increased 100 fold. In one day, 6 of us, built one really beautiful deck.

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Levelled with some twigs and sticks!

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jbi-july26-25Cost: $1800.00 (I am not good at keeping track of everything but I think that is about right)

NOMAD Brilliance

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This design helped me figure out the stairs in my place and confirmed that the size of windows I was thinking of was definitely correct for me. Take the style of these stairs and add the open cupboard concept of the other stairs and I now have my kitchen cupboards/staircase sorted. Or at least for the moment.

NOMAD Micro Homes is a Canadian company based in BC and this style is right inline with what I have been coming up with. For me, part of the beauty in living in 100 square feet, is living with what you need. Simplicity on all levels. I would go crazy in 100 square feet if there were not a lot of windows showing me wide open space. I cannot wait to come home to a huge piece of land and a little home. The right mix of living space for this woman.

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