Running out of room!

The final piece of the puzzle arrived today in the form of three (very heavy) canvas sacks. All the pieces of the tipi are here and ready for spring. I’m running out of room for all this “stuff”. I’ve been ordering so much online that the UPS driver calls me her “ordering King.” I’ve had deliveries literally every day for the past week… but hey, these are things I NEED πŸ™‚

I took advantage of the wonderful break in cold to do some ice fishing. I went with my Cousin and fished my parents lake, as well as lake Bemidji… Bemidji was a bust, but my parents lake was full of beautiful sunfish (and a few small northerns and pesky perch) [featured photo above courtesy of Dave Wagner]. I made the mistake of leavingΒ  my fish on the ground when my Mom came out with the dogs… needless to say, that Big Bastard of a Tibetan Mastiff ran off with one of them… scooped it up off the ground and went running across the lake with it’s fin sticking out of its mouth. When we started yelling for him to “drop it” he only ran faster. He ate the damn thing and I don’t think he felt the least bit guilty for doing so. Here is a picture of the culprit:

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Gene and I also went fishing and that’s where I caught that beautiful Walleye that I posted previously. It tasted AMAZING… Gene wasn’t a fan of the Cajun shore lunch I breaded it in, he’s got a stomach like an old lady and the first bite elicited a run for the jar of Tums. I know how to get all the fish to myself now… hehe

Also this week, Gene and I became members of the local snowmobile club. Yeah for social networking. It was nice to get out and meet some of the locals. I was quite surprised that the majority of club members are, for lack of a better word, much older. That’s okay, I like the ambiance of an older crowd… quiet and laid back. There is a totally different “vibe” up here in the woods… time goes by in a different fashion than what I’m used to with city life. I like that there is never a need to “hurry” up here… the pace is slow, but steady. If something needs to get done and doesn’t, well… there is always tomorrow.

Gene introduced me to a new t.v. show, “Shameless.” I’ve been staying up late trying to catch up on the older episodes. I got the DVD’s of the first three seasons and will be passing it along to my Mom when I’m finished… it’s no Breaking Bad, but it’s pretty damn good and I’m a big fan of William H. Macy… I’m from Minnesota and all, you know… we all love the movie Fargo up here!!

Not much else is new. I haven’t butchered the rabbits yet. I still have a week to get it done and I’m hoping for another spell of warm weather. I prefer to butcher in the garage, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate I may need to utilize the basement. I’ll just have to keep the dogs locked upstairs so they don’t see how evil Daddy is. They are unwise to my wicked ways πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Here are some fishing pictures for your viewing enjoyment. Stay warm!

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Tipi poles arrive… and more!

And excitement filled the air as the semi carrying 15 27′ tipi poles came roaring up the drive to the cabin. FINALLY the moment I’ve waited for has arrived! With this also comes some more work- I’ve got to get these things cleaned up and coated with polyurethane. It’s a good thing we took out the old furnace and wood burning stove, they take up quite a bit of room! After I get them all ready for summer we will put them under the crawlspace in the cabin. I was fine just putting them in the shed, but Gene insisted that they should come inside… he’s so thoughtful and I’m not sure many people would be so willing to have this sitting in the way (thanks Gene!)

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There were also a few more deliveries to note: my stove and on-demand hot water heater also arrived!

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And to keep up with the happy mood of this post… we finished installing the new furnace in the cabin! Talk about a great week… the new furnace was installed just in time and has kept the nasty cold weather outside where it belongs- this new furnace runs like a dream, is whisper quiet and has no trouble keeping us toasty warm… best of all… no more worrying about loading the wood stove.

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Today we went to town and did some shopping… that’s always a 5-6 hour adventure. This weekend I’m heading over to my parents to do some ice fishing with my cousin… I hear we are going to be having a heatwave πŸ™‚ Next weeks scheduled activities include butchering the last litter rabbits… hopefully the weather will cooperate as I’m not a fan of butchering in the cold. I’m not going to re-breed again until March because it is an absolute headache having to clean cages in the cold and when I have a rabbit with a litter it’s an “every week” chore due to the large amounts of poop from the babies. When they don’t have litters it’s quite possible to go 2-3 weeks without having to clean them. I’ve decided that in the summer I will build a lean to next to the barn with an open pit under the cages to make cleaning more advantageous. Right now they have litter pans under the cages and that’s just a pain to have to remove and clean all the time, especially in the cold.

I’m also in the process of reaching out to a fellow blogger who lives in a tipi in Canada. He started living in his tipi last October (great timing Connor!) and I’ve learned quite a few things by reading his blog. I’ve got a ton of questions for him and hopefully he can help steer me in the right direction and avoid some of the complications that he has encountered. If you are curious to see what he’s been going through you can check out his blog at: http://connor.ghostify.io/

Hopefully everyone stayed warm this past week and hopefully the worst is over… doubtful. Take care and talk to you soon πŸ™‚

Welcome the new year

Hello fellow readers! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’ve been seriously neglecting the blog lately… sorry. Christmas this year was a pretty quiet one. Gene and I spent the Holiday all by our lonesome (because that is the way it is up here) and I made a pretty decent stir fry in lieu of a roast for our Christmas dinner. It was a similar situation with New Years, although we did rent a hotel room in town so we could go swimming. I decided not to decorate for the Holidays this year, can’t say that I’d ever not decorated before. It was kind of nice not having to deal with hauling out all the tinsel, lights and decorations (I’ve amassed quite a lot “Holiday stuff” over the years- which turned out to be the majority of boxes that I moved up here). It was also nice not having to cook and clean for a bunch of people. Christmas isn’t supposed to be about all that stuff anyway, right?

Things are moving along. I’ve been busy ordering tipi supplies for summer. The tipi will arrive on Tuesday. I’ve got a small camper style propane stove/oven for cooking on order, a propane on demand hot water heater, a 1800W wind power generator (I’m going to start with wind power first, the unit I bought is expandable and I can add solar panels later if the wind generator isn’t cutting it), a small fridge/freezer… and a cast iron stove for heating the tipi next winter. I’m still not sure if I want to go with a composting toilet, or save some cash and dig an outhouse. The only other significant financial investment will be in the solar powered electric fence… around $200-$300. I’m pretty much set for spring. Oh, and I got a hand mill for grinding my grain into flour πŸ™‚ I splurged on a fancy one after reading the reviews on amazon… A friend who owns a resort down the road is giving me a new log bed frame and a rocking chair that will look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in the tipi. I’m currently trying to talk him out of a bear skin rug (wish me luck on that one)!

We are still in the process of fixing up the cabin. I got a good start on the tile floor in the kitchen. I’m waiting for them to hook up the new gas line for the stove and get that moved out of the way so I can finish it. The wood floor in the main A-frame area still needs to be laid and the ceiling fan in the living room is still sitting on the floor- it’s about 20′ in the air to connect the fan to the junction box; neither of us has been daring enough to hook it up! The new furnace is almost installed- in fact it’s being worked on right now and I just got conformation that it just “fired up for the first time.” The new furnace is a significant improvement from the old one that was used in conjunction with wood heat. No more splitting logs this winter. I’m all for wood heat and will be using it in the tipi, but it’s just not practical for use in this big cabin.

Gene left this morning for a 6 hour ride on the snowmobile… I stayed behind because I’m smart and like to be warm πŸ™‚ I tell you this cold sure does ruin a nice day. What’s up with this crazy cold weather? I’m wondering if the “global climate change doesn’t exist” people are singing a different tune yet? On a positive note… all the chickens and the duck are laying eggs again! I guess they really do like the new living arrangements.

Remember the deer the neighbor shot that I complained about… the ones hanging in the tree… Yep, still there!
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2013 will be the year I woke up and started living life on my terms… and what an awesome life it is turning out to be! Stay warm πŸ™‚