Putting Up the Temporary Outdoor Kitchen: Part One

That's it! That's it! I'm outta here. If you've been following our mouse saga, you know I have not yet figured out how to build a better mouse trap to humanely and successfully capture the squatters in our RV. After finding mouse poop IN CELESTE'S BED, I finally admitted defeat and ceded victory to the … Continue reading Putting Up the Temporary Outdoor Kitchen: Part One

Pacing Ourselves: Taking Time to Play

The No-Progress Report: STILL IN THE RV, and not yet in the dome. There's a lot left to do still before we can live in it: build out the sleeping area, put in kitchen facilities, insulate it (dome without insulation or ventilation = greenhouse), put in a wood stove. Part of what's holding us up … Continue reading Pacing Ourselves: Taking Time to Play

How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

The following has been rated PG, Pretty Gross, by the Mainstream Potty Association of America. You've been forewarned. The kids and I slept in sleeping bags in the dome for the first few nights, while Mauricio chose to stay nice and warm in the RV, thank you. From the bay window, the night sky without … Continue reading How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."  —Archimedes With the main structure of the dome up, we worked into the evening on Sunday to put the hoop door in. Some of the struts had to be removed and then replaced with the … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Five

Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Ben Franklin came up with some awesome ideas, but daylight savings is not one of them. With the time change kicking in, Mauricio arrives home right as the darkness does. Eager to get the show on the road, or rather, the dome on the platform, and with the weekend and rain on the way, he … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Four

Putting Up the Dome: Part Three

With the foundation completed, we were ready to lay down the flooring. The plans call for simply laying plywood, but we wanted the floor to be more finished and thought the plywood would have too many gaps to let drafts in. We debated whether to put down insulation first, as we hear it can get … Continue reading Putting Up the Dome: Part Three