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Archive for June, 2009

I a fiddling, once again, with house plans … what is the final product of my bus going to look like? What is the floor plan? How big of a kitchen do I need? etc …

I do know that I am very much in love with the feel of this housetruck:
http://www.intothehermitage.blogspot.com/

You will have to scroll down through the entries to see the pictures. I find it very beautiful being surrounded by all that wood and the rustic authenticity.


I was out in the camper today, looking at the kitchen in there. I think it is far too big for my needs. I don’t want a 6′ kitchen. I am thinking more on the lines of the dresser I used in the past with a free standing sink next to it. A little table top stove. The stove in the camper can be outside in a summer kitchen. I want more room for living and looking out the windows rather than cooking.

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Hooks

I have discovered I love to hang things on hooks. Maybe there is some Shaker mentality in me somewhere?

When I was using my bow saw to make kindling out of some very well seasoned maple I started saving pieces that would make great hooks. This is one that I have finished. Basically it is a “Y” from a branch, then I cut part of the back off so it will fit to the wall, drill two pilot holes and hang it with some sheet rock screws. Free, except for the screws.
This is for my towel and laundry bag.

Pretty cool for a first effort, if I do say so myself.

There will be more handcrafted items coming … I have been dabbling in some wood working. Very simple stuff, but all in the same.

hook

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5 Photos 13 June 2009

Lets see how this turns out. I miss posting pictures, I think that blogs like mine are very bland with out them.

Here are a few of my critters.

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THIS is a house made with Shipping containers:

container after

This is my favorite quote from the article, because I live in a bus:

“But you get a steel home instead of a wood home,” he said. “So, it’s more durable and has a lower carbon footprint. It’s also water resistant and termite resistant.” – engineer Steve Armstrong

Read the whole article at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/06/12/recycled.homes/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

(crossing fingers that picture will post)
(someday I’ll learn how to embed links via email)

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Blocking Freejit

Freejit is that pesky little program that allows your location to be seen on other people’s blogs (usually with blogspot) and then posts it at the blog and then links all the blogs in your area together.

My friend Wretha figured out how to block it using cookies in your browser.
If you are interested here is her blog

http://wretha.blogspot.com/2009/03/privacy-and-feedjit-rant-and-request.html

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I am beyond thrilled to find this article.
One of my goals is to get as many wild plants growing here as I can to help cut down on food costs.
I was driving along and stopped one day and picked a cattail that was mostly seed. It has been sitting in my linen drawer *laughs* since earlier this spring.  Now I know how to plant it.  The kind I got was flourishing in direct sunlight.  I have a couple of areas that would do well with cattail, but protecting it from the animals is another matter altogether.  There was cattail growing in the swampy pond for years but the cattle and sheep ate it down.  

I am intrigued about using the roots for flour since I my body does not tolerate grains.  

Here is the info:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2099915_grow-cattails.html

by eHow Home & Garden Editor
Introduction
Cattails grow in shaded wetlands. You can often find them in marshes, swamps and other areas of stagnant water. Cattail stems are delicious and highly nutritious. They can be peeled and eaten in salads, stir frys or soups. Stems are best when harvested before the flower develops.
Instructions
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need

    * Small cardboard containers
    * Sand
    * Large container with no holes
    * Pots

Steps
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Step One
Gather seeds from cattail flowers when they burst open in late spring or early summer. The seeds are the white fuzzy things that you will see coming out of the pod-shaped flower at the top of the cattail stem.
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Step Two
Fill small cardboard boxes or other porous containers with sand and water the sand well. Cardboard egg containers work well for starting cattail seeds.
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Step Three
Place the seeds on top of the sand in the containers. Do not bury the seeds, just push them gently into the surface.
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Step Four
Put your small cardboard containers inside of a larger container that does not have any holes in it. Fill the bottom container with approximately 1/2-inch of water.
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Step Five
Wait 1 month for the seeds to sprout. Keep the sand wet the entire time. After the seeds sprout, place the container in a sunny area until the seedlings grow to 2-inches tall.
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Step Six
Transplant the seedlings into larger pots that are filled with soil. Allow them to grow in the pots until the plants reach a height of 1 foot.
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Step Seven
Plant your cattail plants in a shaded wet area. They grow well in swamps and can grow in any stagnant water up to 6-inches deep.

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