"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quinzee/snowhut part 2

Well I made it, didn't sleep in it though. The warmth of the cabin woodstove kept me in but I did go out at night and took a pic of the glow from the candle. It felt like I was in the North Pole.

I had to take several breaks letting the snow set for the final dig. I got in it and thought this is great, what a good place to camp out in the elements. But still concerned about the top coming down. So I didn't sleep in it. I needed to see what this dome does before I go into la la land. Besides sleeping in the cabin I dreamt about fly fishing and I doubt I would have such a good dream or even sleep in the snow hut

Here I am sitting in the cave , a bit cold and thinking I'll need to make the opening smaller. Or maybe running inside to the wood stove.

Notice the roof next to my nog'n, I didn't duck low enough coming in and gave myself a brain freeze on the outside of my forehead , so I bundled up good.

Now I couldn't wait tell the grandkiddies came over to check this cool playhouse out and sure enough they came over yesterday. I wanted to get all five of them in there but as they were heading in they were coming out of the thing fast. They said there was no room. What no room!, yeah I knew it was not big enough for hand ball but I knew there was plenty of room for all of them. So I checked

Oh no the roof had dropped to the size of a uncomfortable size , I could no longer sit in it. Oh I could have rolled up in a ball and slept but no this was not good.

My DD , mother of five crawled in and she thought it was great, maybe thinking a little break form all the kids, not sure.

My little 7 yr old granddaughter liked it to, the others headed to the cabin fast so didn't get there pic's quick enough .

So all and all I could have done the same thing digging out a snow drift. My next one will be done so different, and I will recruit others to help build a big one. I may add some water spray to make it more solid. And if I sleep over night in one I will make sure my hubby is standing guard outside to dig me out just in case.

I only wish I made these when I was a kid and even with my own kids. My mind didn't go further then a snow fort that was open and toss snow balls. This would have been a hoot to make with all the kid energy I use to have. We would have made a warehouse size Quinzee. Big enough for a handball game maybe even tennis.

Thanks all for following along my winter fun. I learn some things to do a better job next time. I also didn't freeze to death and thats always a good thing. Good news cabin fever is over with : )

tc linda

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fighting Cabin Fever

More wonderful snow and I haven't been to the store since last month. It's ok cuz I don't care to shop and like being in the woods but I still get cabin fever. I want to do so much and I just stay close to the wood burner and think. I do a little in my workshop and theres much to do in there, do a little knitting, little reading and planning the seeds but still its really about getting out in the snow. Not just bringing in firewood all day but getting out and playing in the snow. So I did it.

I'm working on a snow shelter called a Quinzee . I first learned about them from a true outdoors nature writer and adventurer . She has a wonderful site that is full of interesting outdoor experiences. You can kick the winter blues reading her pages. Very inspiring lady and ready to help those that would like to get into writing as well.

If you like to walk the woods and forage she has much to share! Bird watchers ,theres some cool videos that she has taken. Also an encounter with a bear. Check her site out, a very gifted lady. http://www.writerbynature.com/

So with 7" of new snow and more to come this weekend I had all the right stuff to make the shelter. I layered up on clothing and while piling up snow I had to shed them quick. I got a few pic of my progress and later today I will be hollowing the Quinzee out.

I went away from the cabin , didn't want to make a mess in the front yard. I like snow with no human footprints. I building the dome next to the creek out back.

This pic is the start, I used a old broken lawn mower and a cooler for my filler. These will be pulled out as I hollow out the shelter. Makes for less digging. If out in the woods and you needed to do this , using your backpacks would be good and just pull them out at the door opening.

Next is just start piling snow on it. Hubby took the snow shovel so I used a milk crate. Worked great until I got that shovel when he got home from work, Wow I wish I had the shovel in the first place.

The temp was in the lower teens and I would take breaks and come in for some coffee. This is such a different kind of workout and I was huffing and puffing. Here the pile is about 3 ft high

I got it to almost 5 ft and letting it set, this setting is needed and called “sintering” the snow crystals adhere to one another and help in bonding the structure together.

This pic is hard to see , the sun was setting so called it a night.

So today I'll be out and work on my project. Will I sleep in it? Oh I just don't know but I will sit in it and have some cocoa, maybe light up the Sterno and cook some soup. See how really warm it will get. Now providing it does not collapse, well see.

I'll need to put foot long sticks in it from the outside , these will be guiding sticks as I dig inside the dome. When I hit or see the end of the stick it means to stop, that way the walls will keep an even 12 inches thick. Oh I got a lot to do, cabin fever over

I'll get back later with pic of success or failure. See ya

Thanks again for stopping by. I was hoping to get seeds ordered and a list of them as will. I will do that after this project this weekend.

Plant Camp, will be coming up to and I'll share about how that two year long Poinsettia fared.

tc linda

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Enjoying A Winter Birthday

Today is by hubbies birthday. We don't go all out on birthdays on us ol folks , we like the laid back time on a snowy cold day at home. I do like to say things like "what do you think it is, Your Birthday" when we need to get a load of wood inside for the stove. But the ol timer appears to be sleeping and it looks like I'll need to bring in the wood. I'll make it noisy though : ).

I have been cabin bound for a time and stay out of the stores for over a month after Christmas. I don't think of birthday cakes for January in Dec. My bad, so I made hubby some pancakes, no candles so I cooked up some link sausages , a stack of pancakes with a link sausage on top, well it work, food always does.

Making some bread, grill some Cornish hens outside and peach cobbler for later tonight, along with a good movie. Hey I think it will work,lol.

Our plans for a 3 mile hike almost happen but we lazied out, but the day isn't over yet and there's that wood workout to bring in, helps with that pancake I had.

The grandkiddies called with a birthday song and that's always a wonderful gift. Our oldest granddaughter's birthday is tomorrow, she'll be nine and what a wonderful birthday gift she was for hubby just a few years ago and such a joy everyday sense, along with all our grandkiddies. An overflow of Blessings for sure.

So whats been up with me, CABIN FEVER, yep even happens when you love not going anywhere and being snow bound, happens to the best of us. I really think its more anxious to get my garden seeds going. I need to get over at the other homestead and get my coffee can containers, get lots of potting soil and get rock'n on Winter Sowing http://www.wintersown.org/ Check this site out, great way to help with garden fever early.

Later this week I'll have a list of my seeds that I'll have ordered, get the little green house ready, work up some newspaper pots and kick this cabin fever to the curb or in our case the roadside ditch.

Getting back into knitting, not much just those easy and fast dishcloths, making coasters too.

I need to get the yarn store b/c I want to make socks again. Actually knitting is a great way to past the winter time, its peaceful and rewarding plus keeps your hands out of the snack bowl, well sorta. Yes I would like to lose a few pounds, so off colas and lots of fattening stuff. I gotta cuz I need to fit in that kayak and not sink it : (.

Still lots of snow on the ground so here's some pic's around here.

Our driveway

This Christmas popcorn canister is full of bird seed, time to knock that snow off

The ol willow chair is topped with snow too

Along with the rockers , won't be long I'll be rock'n with ice tea and a good book, but not today!

Looks like will have snow for some time with more added later this week, continued snow bound but all is well with the thoughts of spring on down the road.

Oh the birthday boy is snoring away , time to bring in that wood, I'll try and be quiet, not!

Take good care and so glad you dropped by.

tc linda

Monday, January 10, 2011

Kayak Ice Fishing

Well I guess for some ol gals sis and I are pretty tough. Well sort of. On Dec 30, 2010 we took our kayaks out on our last fishing trip of the year. It was a beautiful day, warm even, so we thought we would not have any problems with the lake being iced up. Wrong O.

When we got to the lake we just stared and wonder if kayak sledding was in store instead : )

Looks like someone else must of wanted to go fishing to cuz they tossed in a few big rocks to see how thick that ice was, and also tossed in their cigarette butts (bottom of pic) gave up and went home. But we stayed , oh are we tough gals, our Mom calls it nutting ol women :/

Over at the launching area it was iced over but along the edge there was an opening, yeah!

So loaded up and ready to go

Most the ice I had to break with my paddle, even tossed in my anchor and draw it back in, some ice I was able to paddle through. Go nutty women , i'm mov'n now!

As the morning grew warmer the lake would open more areas to fish in so we got a good spot to throw in our lines. Notice the line of ice, this is where sis caught an ice fish, yep she reeled in her line and a chuck of ice shape like a fish was on her hook . I should have took a pic , it was a catch and release.

We didn't use live bait but I used a Christmas gift from sis, this little rubber fish lure is almost to cute to fish with but I gave it a shot, no bites

In fact no fish or bites at all, but I got to do some ice fishing. After all these years of talking about breaking ice and fishing I did it ;).

Toward the end of trip we were able to be out in the middle of the lake and the wind was up, there was even white caps and getting colder. We had a good work out getting back to shore paddling against the wind but we made it.

We got back to shore loaded up our yaks and ate cheese and Ritz's crackers in the heated truck. Did I say we were tough :/.

I stored my kayak for the winter and quite satisfied with watching kayak fishing on Dish Network and waiting for the nice spring days that fishing will begin for us again. Unless we get a wild hair to give it another try but I think we are good to go and will wait. The thing is I/we did it.

I like to make this New Year a year of doing things I talk about doing, take on those challenges that I set up for myself. Oh they may be little simple challenges in the big picture of things but if it gets me out and about I think it will be good for body and soul. Have you heard the saying "Move least ye rust". Well winter can do that to ya, its hard to get out in that cold, easy to stay by the fire and drink hot cocoa, watch a movie or play on the computer.

So I'm looking out the window as the snow is falling in the woods and thinking about snow camping, well I make that debris hut that I tried a couple of years ago and really sleep in it, maybe make a igloo quinzee, snow shelter and spend the night in it. Well the snow be deep enough, will I give it another shot! Well I cook again in the snow using the Dutch Ovens and make some camp coffee. Go for a hike and check out tracks in the snow.

These are things I like/want to do but right now I'm warm , I can see far into the woods and watch for wildlife, they can't see or smell me and may come up close to the cabin. The birds are gathering from plants in the woods and from plants in my garden. When the snow quits I'll toss out the bird seed and fill up the bird feeders. I only think of going out in the snow for now.

When I bundled up I'll take some pictures of our snow in the woods. The next few months will be a black and white look for awhile outside , maybe a glow of a firepit for a splash of color. A fuzzy red squirrel running up a tree. The brown colors of split wood and the green wagon I pull the wood in. Many arm loads a day into the cabin for wonderful heat.

The color inside the cabin are many with warm throws, the fire going, the looks of hot veggie soup and homemade bread and soft yellow butter. Drinking a cup of amber color hot tea over a spread of colorful seed catalogs and hopes of spring someday with all the beauty it brings and gardening.

I love these days where I can reflect, pray , hope , grow and most important love.

The snow is still falling and there's more wood to bring in. But before I head out, theres a seed company that i'll be featuring this month, I have a list of wish seeds that i'll be ordering from them. So stay tune soon for my next blog , I'll share which seeds I'll be planting . Time for getting set up for starting those seeds next month, winter sowing and getting Plant Camp started up again too!

Have a wonderful blessed week.

Thank you for stopping by.

tc linda
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...