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

One Year In

Well, this week, it's been a year since we sold Someone Else's American Dream and moved to the sticks. Been quite a year. Among the hardest of my life, in fact, in spite of what the idyllic pictures may lead you to believe. Right up there with the year I went into the Peace Corps … Continue reading One Year In

How to Empty a Composting Toilet: TMI Alert

We built the most awesome composting toilet, based on the Humanure Handbook, with some of our own mods. At first, we were skeptical that it would a) not reek, and b) not be disgusting to manage. But because we're working on the permaculture principle of starting with simple, slow, cheap solutions, it was a good … Continue reading How to Empty a Composting Toilet: TMI Alert

My Outhouse is Better Than Your Bathroom: The Shouthouse Completed

I am about to totally change what you think about outhouses. The backstory: We put up a geodesic dome. We need a few basic things to be able to move into it. One of those is bathroom facilities. Hence the Shouthouse (shower + outhouse). After breaking our heads for months on the design/build, the Shouthouse … Continue reading My Outhouse is Better Than Your Bathroom: The Shouthouse Completed

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 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