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Moist Spots: an in-depth view

Did someone request a video about flooding? A fact finding mission from topography maps to IRL walk-through before, during, & after the rains. The entire property is a basin that drains from the road towards the creek but the creek has been banked up to prevent flooding towards the road creating a bowl effect in the center of the place. Towards the last quarter of the video It started another downpour that dropped roughly 1.5-2 inches per hour with a tornado spotted a half mile away and the threat of hail and gusting winds. The sky was a strange yellow so some parts of the walk were a bit interesting as the camera tried to adjust the color for "normal" conditions - but - WOW! how this place flooded!!! The entire center of the property drained from the perimeter down towards the center and the focal point of that collection is roughly 400 feet from my front door... I walked the trails to show the aftermath this morning to show just how deep it gets after the higher
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Did Corbett Report actually debunk the "JFK Silver Certificate Myth"?

I disagree with the idea that Kennedy was pro federal reserve. With paper notes, be they federal reserve notes or silver certificates the U.S. citizen or human individual was unable to hold, stockpile, and/or collect the silver personally by his/her own will. When the bill became law (pleasing the fed) Kennedy saw that enabling silver coinage gave the US populace, as human individuals, the ability to play both sides of the currency game for leveraging personal wealth gains as a natural born person without need for others' approval. If I exchanged all my federal reserve notes for silver coins I could still leverage their value as I would a silver certificate however, if those coins made of silver were in my possession I could see if either the value of the federal reserve note or the value of silver metal was worth more without need to exchange under permission at a bank or mint. This gave the average citizenry the ability to stockpile fungible silver rather than d

DIY Tree Trunk Table & a Light

The previous day I extended my Ryobi sawzall to cut down a tree that was overtaking my house but was left with a stump. What to do? A table for guests and the ability to have a relaxing seat outside during the cool temps seems to fit the bill nicely. There was plenty of scrap pressure treated lumber up in the yurt opening from junk collected off of Craig's List from the prior year. Thankfully I'd already disassembled the majority of it to clear the open space and segregated it by type and size. Starting off with the existing trunk I got a mid trunk from the tree that was shaved down around ten feet away to stand in as the second support for the table section. From there I used two pieces of left-over 1x2 from trimming the inside of my tinyhouse to string together the remainder of the table surface. Any good picnic style table needs legs but the ground is very uneven where the table resides so I opted to creation of a fixed bench see-saw style seating arrangement in simil

Forging a Way Through Shae's Opening

Way back in late August / early September I stumbled upon "Shae's opening" while forging the perimeter trail. I found his gloves next to the axe and road signs nearby... This will definitely be an area to explore further after tick season :) Tags: #offGrid, #DIY, #howTo, #frugal, #free, #nature, #natural, #landscaping, #livinmicro, #briars, #path, #hiking, #trail

18v Ryobi Blue SawZall Mod (Cone of Safety)

Today, with leaves fallen allowing a better view of the size and girth of their parents, I explored the surrounding trees to maintain I was still within a cone of safety. After finding a few instances where trees had doubled in size over the past 6-7 months I decided to remove a few that were choking each other out due to over-competition & top a few of the taller ones that were beginning to overtake my house. It amazes me just how quickly some of these trees grew! Two of the trees I removed that were growing next to my house were baby saplings in May just months past when I began building but by mid-october they were already more than twice as tall as my home and close enough to hurt the structure if they were to fall upon it... Nature is alive and well on this property! In order to cut the trees I weighed purchase of a pole saw but found it would be just as easy, if not more effective, to to simply add to and modify my 25+ year old blue Ryobi 18 volt sawzall. Thi

Morning Project (Front Step)

During our Friendship Rendezvous, at Care Collective in Goldsboro, a few weeks ago one of the guests placed a "RED MARKER" upon my front entry. After inquiry it was explained to me that the front door required a step because it was too tall for most there to handle comfortably. I made it into a morning project a few days later and here are the results :) Tags: #tinyHouse, tiny House, #offGrid, off-Grid, #DIY, #howTo, how-To, #frugal, #free, #natural, #construction, #landscaping, #livinmicro, #doorStep, door Step, #doorMat, door Mat, #request

Forced-Air Wood Stove Surround

With only a short order of time remaining before my open house I had to finish the main interior of my tiny house as quickly as possible. I decided today's one day build would be comprised of creation of a forced air surround for my wood stove that not only protected the wooded interior walls behind the firebox but that would create both a natural convection current to fill the room with slow moving warmth but to inject some forced air to ensure circulation of the cold floor and under cabinets air pockets into the whole of the room to maintain my under bed and food storage areas would not freeze in the cold winter nights. I used the same extra thick sign metal sheeting materials as I did on the roof to not only ensure durability and heat separation but to also retain some of the stove's heat once the embers began to cool down. Over-all the project was a quick but successful venture. What do you think? Tags: #woodStove #convection #forcedAir #heating #tinyHouse #offGri