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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Akhu's Bootcamp Journey  RSS feed

 
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-Day 25-

• Library/Pantry shelving projects continue
• Azure food order came through today, food reserves restocked.
+ Major Bonus to be able to buy bulk, high quality organic food.
(Boots have the option to add to order with their own $, bought some quality vegan protein powder)
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Last day of February, time is flying by
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Resident squirrel, sorry for blurry picture had to super zoom. This tenacious lil dude seriously prepared for winter. Mountains of pinecone scales everywhere.
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Wild mullein in the winter sun
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This spider caught my eye while I was cutting boards. The birds and insects are coming back to life, another sign Spring is nearning
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Pantry shelving project continues
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Close up of top shelf
 
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-Day 26-

• FRIDAY!!!
• Got off early today (used time from fixing washer)
• Laundry Day
• Assembled mobile miter saw cart
• Helped out fellow Ant Brother Jeremy stock his wood supply
• Worked on pantry/storage shelving in Library
• Nest labor, stocked Fisher Price house wood supply
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Without trees, we cannot inhabit the earth. ―Bill Mollison
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Everyday is a gift. Thanks to Paul & Jocelyn, Fred and MANY others hard work the Lab continues to evolve and grow.
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Storing camping supplies on the new shelving
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Deer track
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-Day 27- Sabbath

• Rest Day / No Work
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View of my Boot bunk. Lots of reading, researching and relaxation today.
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Fellow Boot Brother Robbie made another gourmet dinner. Super tasty and healthy.
 
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-Day 28-

• Phase III Shop Restoration continues
• +5 hours overtime
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Sun is shining, the weather is sweet Make you want to move your dancing feet –Bob Marley
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Zone II (Powertools, Tool boxes) // before
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Zone III (Carpentry station) // before
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Shop // before
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Pulled all wood scraps out to be sorted by size, length. This insures they are accessible and we can make sure to use the wood we have instead of buying more.
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These boots are made for walking And that's just what they'll do –Nancy Sinatra
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Zone I (metal working, workspace) // RESTORED
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The Shop Zones I, II & III // RESTORED // Zone IV (screw, assorted parts, cement) will be next, then Zone V (large bulk materials, machines)
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Zone II (powertools, assorted tools, band saw, grinders) // RESTORED
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Zone III Carpentry assorted wood organized
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Zone III Carpentry / RESTORED
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The Lab Shop truly is a beautiful shop. This work is very cathartic to me, I enjoy working hard, producing results, and finishing what I set out to do.
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Chef Robbie made pancakes and hashbrowns for dinner. Work hard eat well!
 
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Akhu, I am so impressed! Having a clean, organized shop is so important to getting things done...I know, because I my husband usually doesn't put things away, resulting in a disorganized mess that's really hard to get things accomplished in. A clean work area is a place that inspires and feeds creativity and productivity.

What are your tips for helping others to learn where things are and to clean up when they've used them?
 
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THANK YOU Nicole!

My biggest tip would be big easy to read labels, and keeping related items together
this was my original idea behind the zones/station/workspaces
i.e. Zone 4, Carpentry would contain everything relating to woodworking

The labels will be especially important for top shelves where some items cannot be seen,
and for people unfamiliar to the Shop. I am trying to maintain the original setup but after
cleaning up a zone there is usually A LOT more space so some items will be moved to new locations.
 
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-Day 29-

• Commenced rolling shelf project.
• Dismantled half of the old garage shelves
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It was actually cold today ;)
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Father Sky shining upon vast snowscapes. The air is crisp, clear and invigorating.
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Rocket Mass Heater in The Shop built by Uncle Mud.
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Rolling shelf deconstructed, shelves being prepped
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Attaching supports to shelves
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The Willow Bank, compost toilet.
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His and Her toilets. Comfortable, no smell, the deposits made here will eventually feed willow trees.
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Garage rolling shelf version 1.0 complete
 
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-Day 30!!!-

Time has flown by here at the Lab.
Feb/March have been great learning experience.
There have been ups and downs, but such is life.
As an introvert I have had to adapt to communal living,
but when you are in good company it is rather easy.

My skills in carpentry and appliance repair have improved greatly,
and I can see myself building structures and fixing many things in the near future.
I have fully acclimatized to the weather here, and then some.
A truly cold day is in the minus, a regular day is in the teens.
A hot day is 20+.

I&I body is much stronger, and eating nothing but high quality organic food has increased
overall health. The well water here is also very good.

Winter in Montana is amazing, nothing like what I was used to in California.
Winter restricts many projects on the Lab, but the anticipation, new ideas, and motivation
to start building a permaculture homestead are constantly expanding.
The projects we are completing add to the overall functionality of the Lab, so thats a big plus.

It's a blessing to have a Tribe. I give thanks to all my Brothers, Chris, Jeremy, Robbie
and Paul. I especially give thanks for Jocelyn, she makes the Tribe whole, she is the anchor
and completes the synergy of the Tribe. I innerstand why many of my indigenous Ancestors were matriarchal.
She makes sure everyone is well-fed, healthy, and content.

There is so much to learn and so much to do. All in good time.
Looking forward to the next coming months.
I eagerly await Spring and the thaw, but
respect and honor the lessons Winter teaches.

• 'ShelfMania' continues...finished another two rolling shelves
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Spotted a beautiful doe while eating breakfast. She came around at night too. Such a peaceful spirit.
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More shelf building
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Icicle that formed on one strand of tarp blowing in the wind. The power of Nature and Time.
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The Shop got a new Double Bevel Sliding Compound DeWalt Miter Saw. Big thanks to Paul
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Two rolling shelves up, third one under construction
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TACO TUESDAY!
 
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-Day 31-

• Finished third rolling shelf, added planks to pantry shelves, started library shelving
• Added final touches to roundwood stairs in Auditorium
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Rounded & sanded corners
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Library
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Library shelf under construction
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Found a gigantic icicle
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Adding planks to pantry shelving
 
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-Day 32-

• Snow started melting today, sun was shining bright all day
• You can probably guess what we did today...MO' SHELVES
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Winter sun rising, beautiful mist over the mountains
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I&I give thanks to Great Spirit for another day
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Straw bales stored temporarily in the Auditorium, to be used for insulation and cob projects
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Leveled the new Miter saw with workbench
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Learned how to use the benchtop wood planer today
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Feast after work
 
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