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Day 25
Apparently my post didn't go up last night. There must have been an error...
Saturday was a bright and shiny day, perfect for a hike. The Sun was crying out to give you a well needed dose of vitamin D.
Fred was heading up to the Cooper Cabin so I decided to tag along. You could see the history of activity crossing the road as we hiked up. There were mostly moose tracks in the beginning and deer tracks traced along a wheel rut as we got higher up.
Two new boots are scheduled to arrive tomorrow (Sunday), should be exciting...
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Big tracks
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Moose poo
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Willow Wanka
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Destination Cooper Cabin
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The saw mill we would like to use
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Appropriate technology
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Helping start a fire in the RMH bofore I head back to FPH
 
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Day 26
Sunday was a more laid back day. Some house cleaning to prepare the house for the new boot Logan, who has arrived safely this evening. The house is ready to stay along the lines of the rule of 15 as well as keeping up with the list while Becca is gone. She cleans house when Paul and Jocelyn are here.
I'm excited for a fun productive week with a new boot.
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Elaine explaing spreadsheets for documentation
 
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Day 27
Last night the 5th boot Dillon arrived safely shortly after the last post.
Today was a solid day, with extra hands you can get a lot done. There wasn't a time where more then two of us finished a task at the same time, and whenever someone did, Fred had something ready for us to work on. All while taking the time to teach us along the way.
Tonight after dinner Chris took the time to show Logan how to start up the rocket mass heater. When it heated up Dillon was asking about these (TEG) Pad fans that were running on top of the barrel. Jeremy explained in great detail about how Thermoelectric generators work. Pretty interesting stuff.
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Library shelf complete
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Logan and Dillon jumping right in
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Spider in the wood pile
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TEG Pad fans on the RMH
 
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Day 28
More shelving business and it snowed today. It didn't stick to bare ground though.
We split up, some were in the library, some in the shop. The shop made cubbies for students and the library made a shelf above a window and a tool rack by the door. We ended the day installing a workbench at the back of the workshop.
We seem to be moving right along, hopefully the snow melts soon so we have access to more projects and start planting.
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Cubbies
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We still need more cubbies
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Logan and I fixed another snow shovel
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More cubbies
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Made a washer for it too
 
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Those are some really nice shelves! I'm rather envious, because I've never really built anything. It's cool to see that you're becoming really adept at woodworking. I'm sure you're all itching for the snow to melt, though! Mine melts almost enough to see a garden bed and a dandelion...only to have it snow again! My ducks haven't had grass to forage on in over a month, which is a phenomenon I've never before experienced on my property. This has been a weird year!
 
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Thank you Nicole, this is an enjoyable hands on learning experience. I feel myself absorbing these useful skills that I can apply to future endeavors.
I could say I'm envious about your ducks. I look forward to working with animals one day.
It has been a weird year. This part of Montana hasn't had snow like this in 30 years.
 
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Day 28
Logan and I set up some lights this morning in the shop under the couch patio. We also replaced a light fixture with an outlet to plug in the lights. Sounds simple writing this out but electricity is nothing to mess with. It was neat learning about all the different types of outlets you can buy, along with a little history of outlets before they required a ground or different sized holes for two pronged plug ins.
Unfortunately it was Chris's last day working with us. He'll be going back to his wife and kids back home in Cali tomorrow. It was a pleasure getting to know him and wish safe travels back home to a new chapter
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Lights under the patio
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Shelf makin machines
 
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Day 30
Feeling focused moving towards the goal of a regenerative lifestyle. It could take a lifetime to get there but it's better to die trying then sit around tellin everybody your doing it wrong. What can happen when someone needs your help to transition their lifestyle and all you can do is suggest some books and youtube videos of people doing big things? It's good to enjoy the little steps towards doing big things.
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Made an outlet shelter
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Fell a tree
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Logan droppin one
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Learned about a timber tool
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Dylan droppin one
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Logan and Dylan asselbled this shelf today
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Day 31
A beautiful Friday that hit a cookin 57 degrees. There was about a 40 degree difference from morning to afternoon.
We spent the day in the shop cuttin wood and throwin up shelves. We cleaned up and organized for the last hour and things are lookin good.
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Learned about shapening drill bits
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Dylan and I put this cubbie together
 
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Day 32
Had a wonderful relaxing day off here at base camp. Put in some nest labor choppin some wood but the rest was all recharging.
Even took a little cat nap.
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Assessing organisms this morning
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Hugels are starting to show
 
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