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

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

Flipping the 30-Year Mortgage the Bird

Speaking of birds, check out this dude who was strutting his stuff outside yesterday. Anyway, about the 30-year mortgage. When we bought our first home, we walked willingly, even giddily, into the 30-year mortgage trap. We assumed that was what we were supposed to do. Why? Because it’s what every Responsible Adult around us was … Continue reading Flipping the 30-Year Mortgage the Bird

How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

Okay, so it's not all birds and flowers and springtime over here. In the interest of sharing a more honest picture of life out in the sticks, I figured you ought to know about our mouse situation. The cold weather over the winter prompted some yet-to-be-identified field mouse species to seek refuge in our RV. … Continue reading How to Build a Better Mousetrap. (I don’t have the answer.)

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