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Gary O
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2018 20:32
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Quoting: Borrego
that's a lot of wood for an old fart

took a lot of brand new farts to keep these ol' bones on that pile

Gary O
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2018 20:34
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Quoting: bushbunkie
Looking forward to the pics!


they'll be comin'

cheers, bush

Gary O
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2018 00:35
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I need to stop these projects and take a few pics

anyway, our bear is still in the neighborhood



he looked bigger when I saw him hunkered over the dumped garbage can

gettin' old, my friends
but
maybe a tad wiser...maybe
savoring things (it's what old folks do);



Just
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2018 09:29
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don't get too friendly the black ones are the worst neighbours.

Gary O
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2018 23:10 - Edited by: Gary O
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Quoting: Just
don't get too friendly the black ones are the worst neighbours

Yessir
considered popping a couple 357 rounds into Mr Bear

then considered how a pissed black bear could shred my onion paper Irish skin into cole slaw with just a couple swipes

Gary O
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# Posted: 12 Jul 2018 23:15 - Edited by: Gary O
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Moving along…

Water conveyance

Most off gridders out this way use some sort of large container on a stout stand for gravity fed, ready water, filling that ever so often

That works in summer

But

Even in summer, when the livin’ is easy, water sits awhile, it gets warm to hot
Heat breeds germs
And, well, who likes drinking warm water

Winter causes the obvious when storing in large containers

Gave it much thought before hauling in a 30-50 gal thing and propping it up

Decided to go small
Like half gal (2 liter) small
In wooden crates

Inherited a few crates
Put ‘em to work

Liked the mobility and freshness
Only, those crates were not made to fit 10 half gal jugs

So, I made some crates outa cedar fence boards


Fits 10 jugs rather nicely
Easy to heft


Water gets warm? Go run a couple fresh, ice cold (38°F/33.3°C) jugs for evening

I built ten crates
Yeah, that’s 100 jugs (a lot of Langer's juice)


Don’t need near that many in summer
But winter?
Ohhhh, yeahhh
Stored inside the cabin

Summer, we actually do the wash with a washing machine behind the shop
Little Panda (look it up)
Theyyyyy
ROCK!
And, yeah, I did get one 30 gal (113 liter) container to gravity feed the washer


In winter we (my lady) does the wash by hand…ever day
And puts it on a rack I built, behind the wood stove

This all works for two seniors
The trek to the well, 100 paces north, is part of my exercise program


Three cases fit rather nicely on our little carts


Two fit quite well on our toboggan in winter

We do use smaller jugs for sipping (I hate Gatorade, but took one for the team, drank two)


This is what old people do in the woods

Drove to the big city today
Large signs everwhere about conserving water...don't keep it running when brushing teeth, etc

I remember those easy livin' days in town

skootamattaschmidty
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 02:57
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Gary, i always love reading your thread and your words of wisdom! As well as your easy going attitude! Always a pleasure to hear from you and your way of life! Im about 5 years off from living the dream the way you do! Keep being an isnspiration for the rest of us!

Gary O
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 09:20
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You guys make it an easy pleasure, skoot

Borrego
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 09:28
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Nice crates! I have some old pallets laying around...think I'll knock together some crates myself. Did you stain or clearcoat them?

Gary O
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 09:58
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Quoting: Borrego
Did you stain or clearcoat them?

No, they started as cedar fence boards

Pallets, heh, they're now gold. Especially the gnarly oak ones.

Borrego
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 10:38
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I get a lot of pallets in the construction biz, love 'em! Just built some firepit furniture, couple chairs, a table and a bench...can't wait to try 'em out next fall......
Getting them 'de-nailed' is the hardest part

But they make great shelves, wineracks, etc....

Gary O
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# Posted: 13 Jul 2018 10:51
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Quoting: Borrego
Getting them 'de-nailed' is the hardest part

Yeah, it's easy to get impatient with that

but

even the nail holes become part of the character, somewhat like wormwood barn boards...of which have become cost prohibitive

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2018 19:03
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LOL, just read what I presume is your review of the Crater Lake Junction travel center. Chicken strip review is classic, and I concur. But their fries are the best in the county. Employees aren't always very sunny with their dispositions though!

Gary O
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# Posted: 16 Jul 2018 22:19
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
Employees aren't always very sunny with their dispositions though!


I'd written the management (in the back chat) on that;

Just a note;
You guys, for the most part, rock.
I’m just a local resident, so what I say here prolly doesn’t hold much water.
In any event, I believe in supporting my community, and get all my fuel here, including propane.
I’ve only eaten at the little deli/café (that seems to specialize in Mexican dishes) just a couple times, even though my neighbors have told me it’s good food.
The reason I’m a bit shy to grab a bite there is the incredibly poor service.
Price is OK, I mean, its whatcha pay for convenience.
The food ain’t bad, and the chicken strips, turns out, are quite good. But Dang it, guys, that ‘service’….sheeeesh.

Gave it a 2nd shot. Thought maybe the first time was an off day. People have those. Asked what (1) and (2) meant in regard to the chicken strips.

‘1 means you get one 2 means you get two’
‘How big are they?’
Shrug ‘I don’t know’
‘Really? You don’t know the size of yer chicken strips?’
‘ I don’t know’, shrug
The older gal moseyed a couple steps and showed me one with a tong.
‘I’d like two orders of two’

The younger gal rang it up. I sat down.
A good twenty minutes later, I got my orders.
Only it was for one order of two.
The older gal, looking at the ticket, said, ‘oh, this is only one order of two’
I said, ‘PLEASE, I’d not like to wait, just give me the one order’
She said ‘it’s already done’ and added it

Got to the car, never got the ranch dressing for the 2nd order. Moseyed back in, waited the 20 minutes to get recognition (no other customers), and told the older gal I was missing the ranch.

Here’s what’s kinda funny; The older gal, a smirk on her face, sez , ‘so you didn’t have time to wait for the 2nd order, but you had the time to come back in for the dressing’

She was rather proud of sharing her view of the irony I so wanted to share with her how ironic it seemed she picked up on that, but missing the 2nd order, then missing the ranch dressing, let alone the time spent waiting, was of no concern.

Sorry for taking YOUR time with all this dialogue, but maybe a word to the ladies about how good customer service will, in the end, make them work even harder for the same pay….

Wait…

Never mind

Cheers

Gary O’



the service did, however, improve

sometimes a little nudge can motivate...if only for a few days

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 17 Jul 2018 00:48
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That is funny. Quite a hotel they are building down there too. I think your bear was visiting my side of the park too. The neighbors were all panicked because one got into their bird feeder. They were going to have ODFW set a trap to relocate. We were like, you chose to live in the woods, right? It isn't Disneyland.

Gary O
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# Posted: 17 Jul 2018 00:55
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Yeah, just don't know who'd stay there
That casino is a joke
Their dining facility is a bad joke

The general contractor's philosophy is to work a couple men short...nobody lingers on the job

I'll take a look see when they open

as far as our furry resident;

Hope ODFW leaves our fauna alone
I do like yer stance
I need more pics

Gary O
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# Posted: 23 Jul 2018 00:42
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Since we installed our fence and gate, we moved our bathing facility from the meadow to a closer spot behind the wood ricks near to the cabin
A cool dip around 3 or 4p is quite refreshing on these 90° days



then sun dry on the homebuilt lounges


Keeping a cabin cool in the day requires knowledge of the golden hour
Right now that’s 8a
Temps early this morn dipped to 31°
Decision to tough it out, or build a tiny fire to take that chill off
Letting the few sticks of kindling and a couple small limbs go out at 7a gives us a cool cabin after 8a…when we shut windows and doors

The screen house and screened containers are doing their jobs




We have one remaining, tiny, blossom in the meadow


Getting our usual variation of feathered friends
of which I have yet to find a label for this redheaded guy…


The chippies are reluctantly feeding on the cracked corn








S/be finishing up my lady’s hobby shack in a few days



…but company coming tomorrow
gotta grill chikin

summer time

and the currants are ripe


Borrego
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# Posted: 23 Jul 2018 11:10
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Good stuff GO !
always look forward to yer posts......like the soaking tub, we are thinking about getting one for our desert place, but thinking it might get too hot....

Gary O
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# Posted: 23 Jul 2018 21:41
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Quoting: Borrego
like the soaking tub, we are thinking about getting one for our desert place, but thinking it might get too hot....

The metal trough was a bit of a challenge

Metal in the midday sun gets hot

Too hot to touch, even when the water is just warm

Discovered that with the back of my neck

I now swish the water around the tub rim before laying back to relax

Keeps me from flopping around, jumping up, scaring the wildlife

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 23 Jul 2018 23:52
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Do you do anything with the currants? We have something called bearberry over by our ponds. I think its also called kinnikinnick. The natives used to smoke it I think.

Gary O
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# Posted: 24 Jul 2018 00:09
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
Do you do anything with the currants? We have something called bearberry over by our ponds. I think its also called kinnikinnick. The natives used to smoke it I think.

Looked it up, haven’t seen the bearberry here

Our wild currants here are rife
Considered them a huckleberry or salmonberry

Nada, they have the remarkable taste of…nothing

Boil ’em down and they look and taste just like red glop

However, add equal sugar and they taste exactly like sweet red glop

We give the sweet glop out to our friends for Christmas, in fancy little jars

How many would you like?

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 24 Jul 2018 02:08
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I'll pass. There's huckleberries that we target over by Lemolo Lake.

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 24 Jul 2018 02:19
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Looks like you are able to grow some plants/veggies there? I've not tried planting anything on my parcel yet. Have you tried grass at all? I'd like to green up a little spot and I have a well that is barely being used so have the water. I just don't know if it will take in our climate of such contrast. My neighbor says he had a lawn for a bit, but got sick of feeding the chipmunks.

Gary O
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# Posted: 24 Jul 2018 02:27
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
Have you tried grass at all?

Not tried it, it just grew
quite lush
right beside the trough (tub) when we had it in the meadow

used to just tip it and dump the water out

got a real nice carpet right beside the tub

quite nice

that was last year...it's still there

hattie
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 00:36
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
I think its also called kinnikinnick. The natives used to smoke it I think.


You are right! Kinnikinnick is an evergreen creeping plant with brilliant red berries. Sometimes the berries were used as sugar and the leaves were dried and smoked.

hattie
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 00:42
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Your place is looking great GaryO and cabingal3!

We've got a little squirrel hanging around our place (she spent the winter in our courtyard). We call her Stubby because she's missing part of her tail. She's more entertaining to watch than tv. I bought her a squirrel house and put a little blanket in there (she's yet to take up residence). In the winter I was making her peanut butter balls with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, bacon fat and cracked wheat. She loved them. During the summer she gets peanuts and peanut butter granola bars.
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Gary O
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 00:53
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Quoting: hattie
In the winter I was making her peanut butter balls with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, bacon fat and cracked wheat. She loved them. During the summer she gets peanuts and peanut butter granola bars.

I somehow have the immediate compulsion to don a large squirrel suit and head up to BC

NorthRick
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 17:12 - Edited by: NorthRick
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Quoting: Gary O
Getting our usual variation of feathered friends of which I have yet to find a label for this redheaded guy…


Pine grosbeak would be my guess.
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hattie
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 20:47
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Quoting: Gary O
I somehow have the immediate compulsion to don a large squirrel suit and head up to BC




Gary O
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# Posted: 25 Jul 2018 23:26
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Quoting: NorthRick
Pine grosbeak would be my guess.

Boy, if it ain't, it's doin' a great imitation.
Thanks, NR

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