Jeffrey Loucks

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since Apr 14, 2015
My wife and I bought a small farm in SW Michigan after my last tour in the U.S. Army. We raised 4 children and now we are enjoying being alone. Don't get me wrong, I love our children, but I am enjoying quality spouse time an awful lot.
Three Rivers, MI
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I am very interested in the book also. Personally I would like to see the book come out no later than mid-summer if possible. That would give a person time to build their heating system prior to cold weather hitting. The knowledge that would be contained in a book would be very helpful to people (like me) new to the idea of rocket stoves. Sincerely, Jeff
3 years ago
Thank you for taking the time to do the video. We've been pretty dry here this spring so hunting is iffy at best. The video was really helpful in explaining about morels to my grandchildren and we had a nice afternoon searching our little forest thanks to you. Sincerely, Jeff
3 years ago
Orland, My wife and I live in Three Rivers, MI. It is about 25 miles south of Kalamazoo in the lower SW corner. I may be able to help you if you are interested in living in our area. I have lived here for 22 years now so I know quite a few people. Please email me at jeffreylouisloucks at gmail.com. BTW, I don't check my email every day so if you email me please be patient. I will respond. Sincerely, Jeff
3 years ago
Paul, I ran across your message today and was wondering how things are going for you. I am also a vet (as is my wife) and I also suffer from long-term PTSD. Fortunately, my case is not extreme. I stay away from war type movies and such so the nightmares don't bother me too often any longer. Also, I suffer from a disease that is similar to CRPS but doesn't quite fit the bill in every way. It's a long story that doesn't matter. What matters is that I am here to listen if you want to talk. I'm hoping that life is going better for you by now but the offer stands. I can definitely relate to how you feel. After my last tour I got let go from the second job I had after getting out of the army. 21 years later, I know that it was the best thing that every happened to me. At the time, I was distraught to say the least. Best Wishes, Jeff
3 years ago
I ran across this site a few days ago but this is the first time I have a free moment to write anything. My wife and I live in SW Michigan, USA. Although she still works I am lucky enough to be what I consider "Semi-Retired". We have a small hobby farm and our children have grown up and flew the coop. I am the import as I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York while my wife grew up 2 miles NE of where we now reside. Our last child graduates from Michigan Tech this semester so we are crossing our fingers that we will have a few dollars to start making improvements on our property from now on. (Probably wishful thinking but we all need dreams...) My current projects are getting two gardens ready for planting and thanks to this site, putting in a hugelkultur bed at the border of one of them. The reason for the bed is that there is a black walnut stump still in the ground that is too large for me to deal with otherwise. I spent the last 3 days cutting up an old burr oak tree to put into it also. Hopefully all the pieces are small enough for me to move into position.
Our interests are simple. We are what we consider "Homebodies" and although we are not survivalists we like the idea of supporting ourselves without having to go into town very often. We have had a large garden for years now and we can most of the things we get from it. We also raise a little livestock here and there so our meat supply is actually good for us. I found this site while researching woodstoves. Our current one is being replaced this fall and I am very interested in the rocket stoves that I'm learning about. Our hope is to install a closed boiler system with old style radiators with the rocket stove helping to "preheat" the water so we don't use much fuel oil to stay warm. I am open to all suggestions as I didn't even know rocket stoves existed 5 days ago.
I was very surprised to find a site like this one. It is really a dream come true in our case. There doesn't seem to be many people around us who want to live this lifestyle. Everyone we know would rather spend their free time being entertained by television shows and game systems. We enjoy reading and being outdoors too much to hook an antenna up to our tv let alone actually spend hours per week glued to a screen. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community. Sincerely, Jeff
3 years ago
Hello Marie. I remember my first tour in Germany. I was only 18 and it was the first time I was away from family and friends. It was very lonely at times. I found that going out away from where I was stationed really made the transition easier for me. I was in Augsburg, Germany for 4 years. On long weekends I would take the train to Switzerland during the winter and the rest of the year I would take short trips to do Volksmarches. Once I got away from the regular grind I began to enjoy myself much more and the time flew by. If at all possible, take this time to learn about the culture where you are. Go out and meet the "locals" and you may find new friends that will last a lifetime. There are so many adventures waiting for you in life. Most of them will become glorious memories in the future. Best Wishes, Jeff
3 years ago