K Rawlings

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Leatherworker, rigger, slow tv enthusiast, jill-of-many-trades
Ontario / Nova Scotia, Canada
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I've been looking for anything - books, courses, whatever - that might help familiarise the owner-builder with the NS Building Code and whatever other legal necessities are out there for anyone wanting to build their own house in NS. So far, I've come up with zilch. I know there's material for BC and Ontario, but the Maritimes are a black hole of information. To compound things, we're building with cordwood, so I figured on weeding through the info that assumes a stick build anyway. But there must be something for the amateur which is specific to NS.
Any ideas, anyone?
4 months ago

Jennifer Richardson wrote:I’ll play! The brutally honest version:

First and most crucially, I want a man whose company I don’t feel relieved to be rid of/actually look forward to being around. There are lots of really great men who, through no fault of their own, do not meet this criteria. I am an introvert and a loner, so it is extremely rare for me to not think, after any given social engagement, including virtually all dates, “Thank god, now I can take off all my clothes and sprawl out and read about rope splicing or whatever in BLESSED SILENCE without anyone existing near me. YAY.” And then, if he wants to see me again, I am like, “Ugh, but I was going to lie in the bathtub with my tea and think about trees, I will tell him I already have plans.” This filter is honestly kind of a problem for me, and is probably 98% of the reason I’m still single. Things that help him along include him liking to read, liking his alone time, being an interesting and wide-ranging conversationalist, being able to hang out without having to socialize or be entertained constantly, and generally having other interests he can go pursue without hanging on me all the time. Things that kill it include coming on too strong, being “charming” or flattering (this just makes me uncomfortable), being too puppyish, being a go-go-go-let’s-party-let’s-go-do-something excessively energetic type, generally being demanding or pushy or critical (as a personality trait or pattern of behavior), or being a boring dude with no significant interests or opinions (if his main hobbies are watching TV and sports, RUN).

I want to be physically attracted to the guy. I don’t have a single “type”; I can fall for tall/dark/exotic, or kind of delicate/pale & interesting/scholarly type, or urbane and gentlemanly, or outdoorsy in a particular way, but I must confess that the beer-gutted, balding, doughy-torso-shirtless-lawn-mowing good ol’ boys of my hometown don’t generally do it for me. All that being said, there was one guy I had a totally mysterious crush on in my early twenties; he was about my height (5’6”), pale in a kind of dead fish way, borderline obese, had a bushy black beard (I don’t like facial hair), and had these goofy round rosy cheeks and a general resemblance to a garden gnome. He literally lived in his parents’ basement and lived off Mountain Dew and played video games in all his free time. I tried to seduce him with tabletop gaming and long discussions about our favorite fantasy novels, but he never would take the bait. Point being, sometimes you feel it, sometimes you don’t, often it makes no sense, but there’s gotta be a spark.

I can go for a pretty wide age range, from about 19 to mid/late 40s (I’m 30), maybe even a bit older if they carry it with panache, but my preference is someone about my own age.

I really prefer to be in charge of things, in terms of general life plans and how things are done. Like, I am not a control freak and do not at ALL want to micromanage anyone ever, but if I decide there is something significant I want to be doing or somewhere I choose to go, or a project I want to take on, I am not happy being thwarted, although I can just about tolerate having to discuss it with someone first, and can maybe compromise? I would almost always rather give up the relationship than give up whatever thing it is I have decided to do. This is an especially hard row to hoe, in that I often want to do non-mainstream things (homesteading, long-distance hiking, living in my vehicle or aboard a boat, etc.) and there are not an enormous number of guys who are willing to just shrug and go along with that. Even fewer of them who are not spineless deadbeats or excessively woo-woo hipsterish sensitive artist/musician types (not really my thing, especially if they use drugs, and regular/heavy drinking/drugs are a no). He doesn’t necessarily have to join in with all my projects, just not hassle me about doing what I want and/or be willing to tag along when necessary, but it would be cool if we could partner up on some of my weird enthusiasms. I would be willing to go along with some of his stuff too...unless I think it’s dumb or boring.

Obviously I would eventually need to be in love with the man and be certain that he loved me back, as a complete person of whom he actually has some understanding. I need to trust the guy and be trusted. Mutual respect and admiration. Intellectual rapport. Compatible senses of humor. We can’t stress each other out all the time or make each other miserable on an ongoing basis. The basics.

...pretty sure I’m going to be single forever, but luckily I don’t mind.

Holy Frog, J! I hear you. Ten thumbs up!
It isn't impossible though. I met someone who isn't too far off of do-able. We've been together now for 23 years.

5 months ago
Every year (unless it's been a particularly busy year) we make calendars for friends and family. It takes a goodly chunk of time, but because it's digital, it means we can do it once and print off however many are needed. One big effort, and everyone can be crossed off the to-do list. And just about everyone uses calendars. Also, we can include lots of tidbits about things we've learned that year. I started doing it many moons ago, with the cut & paste method. Remember that? Scissors and glue, not cntl-c / cmd-c...

Here's an example. Um, some months are less jolly than others. Depends on how we're feeling at the time, and what the news disgorges. But spring is always good for including stuff about permaculture, in an attempt to infiltrate my family's gardening habits.
7 months ago
We shot this for a couple of reasons.  One, we are big halloween fans ourselves, but find the exaggeration and glorification of gore often associated with it to be a bit much at times.  And two, the range of pumpkin artistry is awesome, astounding and inspiring!

This is for everyone who finds themselves trapped in a creaky old house, unable to escape, and craving a halloween experience that doesn't involve multiple eviscerations, dismemberments and decapitations!  If you like it, please share quickly!

8 months ago
It may not be possible for many situations, but if you can drop your ceiling, it'll be warmer. Like putting on storm windows every fall, install a dropped ceiling of insulation panels in key rooms. On the boat we line the walls / hull with foil-backed insulation. Of course, that's easy to accomplish if you live in a small space. Be a bit pricy in a large home. But foil strategically placed should help with the microheating.

And the box around the bed idea is not dissimilar to the medieval technique of installing drapery around the bed and closing it once inside. Worked for them.
9 months ago
If you're not familiar with it already, here's the article from the BBC:

It looks amazing. Has anyone tried this elsewhere? If so, how'd it go? Have to say, looks like a great use for those bloody invasives.

Oops, didn't mean to post this in roundwood. No idea how to change forums. Is it too late?
10 months ago
Nice, Jay. Lots of good advice here already, so I'll keep this brief. If you're going to spend cash on sound equipment, you could do worse than getting a basic Rode shotgun for your main camera, i.e. the one you're pointing at the person / animal you're featuring, so it's a good bet you'll get their sound at least. And if you can afford it, pick up a Zoom H6. They're good quality, easy to use, and have several removable mic heads, so you can choose one for more ambient stereo sound, one for targeted shotgun style, and a versatile XY that you can tweak really easily for more targeted ambient sound, like kettles and sheep. And a decent pair of headphones, of course, so you can hear what you're supposed to be recording, and can tweak appropriately. The H6 would also enable you to plug in on its own track a cheap wired lav mic, which is a lot cheaper than the wireless types, and would work together with your shotgun, each being the backup for the other.

Put your H6 ambient-ish one near the action. Start everything recording. Do your clap (on camera, nice and loudly and cleanly) and announce what the heck you're filming, so you can quickly identify your sound files later. Like Jay said, it's a quick easy way to sync everything up. Recognise that whatever is in front of your mic will include whatever's beyond your immediate subjects, so a simple shift of angle for your ambient mic may make the difference between a frustrating edit and a 'good enough' edit.

If you just keep recording, instead of lots of start and stops, then you only need to deal with the initial sync and you're good to go. The downside is that you'd be increasing file sizes with stuff you don't necessarily want.

If you find you don't really want to keep doing it after a year, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to sell the H6 and Rode for not much less than you paid for it, since they're known to be reliable, good quality gear, especially if you pick them up used to begin with.

And finally, learn to listen consciously.

Good luck!
10 months ago
Very exciting, Ron!

We're also building a house (cordwood) in a wooded area. Our problem, besides limited $, is that for the present time we're in a different province from where our land is, so we've had to rethink the 'temporary' shelter idea. I'll tell you what we're doing, and maybe some part of it could be useful for you.

Everyone kept telling us to 'get a trailer', but trailers are not actually that cheap. Plus they're rotten to live in. Elongated rectangles are the least efficient space to utilise. Instead, and to avoid the whole permit problem for our temporary dwelling, we're making it a skiddable structure. We're creating quick and cheap 4'x8' panels, complete with outside sheathing, basic insulation, and inside sheathing. It's all made to be as light as possible. Ditto for the roof and floor. All 4'x8' panels. This was a suggestion made by a theatre rigger friend. So we can make them right where we are. They're easy to stack and transport (relatively), and super quick to assemble. We're keeping it small to avoid permitting requirements, and because it doesn't need to be big. It's temporary, right?

People have got into the habit of thinking bigger is better. We've been living on a 33' sailboat for the past eight years. Trust me, the space you think you need is massively excessive. Think nautical. Every cubic inch is useable, so use it. Save your time and money for the permanent home. We're planning on a 12'x 16' temp structure, and compared to what we've been living with, it'll be positively roomy. But every inch (or centimetre for the metric folks) will be used. And it's easier to come across free / unwanted materials in the quantity suitable for a tiny home than for larger structures. We've also got space in our little skiddable for a pebble-style RMH, so free abundant heat that'll be relatively quick to assemble (and disassemble). I'm not remotely concerned about our cheap low R-value walls with that thing pumping out the heat in that small space.

At the end, we can still use it as a guest house/ brew shed/ workshop. I guess the moral here is, build small and cheap. You have far more useable space than you think.

As for water, think about rain catchment. Build your roof to suit. Get a couple of those 1,000L totes, and you're set. Search on Lonny Grafman, 'To Catch the Rain'. He has a free pdf which shows how people have done it in many different climates. Oh, and our little skiddable shed will have room for 3,000L water storage inside. And we'll still have room to do yoga. What more could one want ; ) ?

My husband has had odd floaters going on for a while, but never really thought much of it, because he's very stoic like that.  Then he started getting flashing lights spinning at the edge of his vision, especially when looking from side to side, and more noticeably at night. My mother had the same thing some years back, and in her case, what was happening was her retina was detaching.  She was lucky to catch it in time, or she could have permanently lost her vision.  It can go quickly, like hours.  So, we packed him off to the eye clinic at a big local hospital, here in Toronto, and he came back with the scoop on floaters and flashes.  I'll put him on!

Hi everyone! So. Floaters are caused when the vitreous jelly in the eyeball starts to thicken and pull away from the inside wall of the eye.  They're inside the eyeball, so I can't see (ha!) how eyewash would make them go away.  They're actually the shadow cast on the retina by clumps of vitreous matter within the eye  They're usually not harmful, and have a variety of causes, mostly (but not always) aging.  Flashes are caused by bits of vitreous rubbing on the retina and again, are usually not harmful.  If you've had them for a while, you're probably fine, but if they star to change or increase, or you get shadows across your vision, see a doctor immediately.   Those are symptoms of a detaching retina, and you have a limited amount of time to fix it.  Honey on the eyelid is not a cure for this, and the guy in the link says the same thing, so it's not just me... Hope this helps.

1 year ago

Sonja Draven wrote:This touches on some things from this thread and has been true for me.

Geez, too true. I've wasted the best years of my life with that attitude, delaying everything else for 'later' when I'd have time to indulge it. Oh, if I could live my life over again...
But there's always tomorrow. Cheesy but true. Been slowly incorporating some of the suggestions people have come up with, and slowly enriching my life. Encouragement is key.

So here's to everyone who is building themselves healthy! Keep it up! You're doing well! We're all behind you!
1 year ago