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Winter wonderland... wish I were there!  

http://images.fabulously40.com/uploadedimage/4379/thumbx250/blanca-snow-08.jpg!

Isn’t this just the most beautiful scene? This will be the view from our bedroom & living room windows!  I wish SO much that we could be there this winter to enjoy the snow, the wildlife, our friends... and most of all ~ our cabin!  The temps out there have been warmer than here in Nebraska (they get over 300 days of sunshine there!)... but they’ve had MUCH more snow there... close to 4’ from what I hear!  

I guess for now we’ll make the best / most of our time here in Nebraska...I need to do some more downsizing.  I’ve done this quite a bit these past two years... but looking around the house we‘re renting - I know I need to get rid of MORE!  While we‘re here we’ll also be making sure our plans are all in order to get everything completed at the cabin to get us to an off-grid, living-green, self-sufficient life: insulating & interior finish, exterior siding, solar panels/batteries, energy efficient windows, woodburning stove, a garden plot, composting pile, flower beds & grass, and chicken coop (condo) for starters.  

There is SO much to get done before we can live in the cabin.  When we were there this summer we worked outside when it wasn’t raining or too windy... and spent time reading up on construction, solar power, off-grid living, looking for resources when it was raining or too windy to work.  When our financial resources were depleted toward the end of each month we’d spend a day or so on our lot in Forbes Park cutting dead trees.   There are so many dead standing & fallen trees on that lot that cutting wood is fairly simple.  We would then load the cut firewood (or sometimes 6 ft. pieces), hauling it back to the cabin (cutting it if we brought BIG pieces) then stacking it.  We actually enjoyed that a lot & have quite a bit of wood seasoning for next winter!  It was good exercise as the FP lot has quite a bit of an incline & we’d have to walk up into the trees to cut.  It was nice to be away from the cabin for a while... but also knowing that what we were doing in FP was going to benefit us later.  That strategy worked well before so I guess we’ll that plan into action again.  We‘re planning to be out of this house by Memorial weekend.  We should be able to have the cabin “done” enough that we can live in IT instead of the camper by mid-summer and completely finished inside & out before the first snow next fall.  That’s optimistic, eh?

I just re-loaded pictures in an album called BUILDING PHASES on MySpace that shows a play-by-play of the cabin going up.  Check it out if you’d like:  [Link Removed]

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      UK Girl wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • You really are going to be living your dream ....
      Good for you and I’m sure it will all be worth it



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • What an ambitious endeavor! I really admire your commitment to your new life! Let us know what green materials you choose for those of us making green improvements to our homes!



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      Marcy wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • The upstairs floor is made from rough sawn wood that was milled at a local saw mill.  They use only beetle kill or dead standing trees.  The wood was nailed to the upstairs floor joists and was exposed to the elements - so even tho it has been stained, the nails have rusted giving it a rather authentic rustic cabin look.  We plan to use this same type of lumber on the upstairs walls & possibly the walls of the main floor.  The outside will be board & batten siding - again, made from this rough sawn wood.  We‘re still looking for insulation that is “green” and not terribly expensive.  The main floor flooring is still up for grabs... one option is to use 1/4” or 1/2” plywood that we would “groove” in random widths to make it look like “wood floor“... it would be stained & varnished.  Another... the most appealing to me... is to find a house that is being torn down & use reclaimed wood floor from that house (if we can find it!).  But we may have to put in a laminate floor if the other options don’t work out... who knows.
      The kitchen stove has been reclaimed from a camper that someone was scrapping.  And the fridge (a dorm size) was given to us by a gentleman who said the tenant had left behind in a rental house.  We have a dry sink we‘re planning to use either in the kitchen or bathroom.  Still working out details!



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • Marcy, this is really amazing.  Such beautiful scenery and the home is going to be beautiful when you are done.  Organic and green sure does make a long and healthier life.

      I love it..



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      Lillin3 wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • I feel  what you are going through . We‘re also building what started out to be a cabin but  it has ended up in being a 32×40 three story house. We‘re living in the basement for the third winter. We have another house that my son is living in. He’s going through a breakup I think, you know on again off again. I have to stick it out one more winter but next year I’m going to be upstairs some how. Building is very expensive. Best of luck to you



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      Marcy wrote Dec 29, 2008
    • We were VERY fortunate to find a 5 acre lot for about $11,000 and the building supplies (not including the generator & some misc. tools or the dirtwork) was in the neighborhood of $6500.  The metal roof was $2500.  I’m thinking for less than $20,000 we’ve put into it so far we‘re doing quite well.  We’ve estimated that the insulation, siding & interior finish of the walls & floors will probably be another $2500. Of course getting the solar stuff together will be a big expense but we can’t really get around that!

       The same gentleman we got the stove & fridge from told us he’ll keep his eye out for a stainless steel kitchen sink & a small bathroom sink.  The best part is he never wants any money... he disassembles the trailers & campers for the scrap metal!  His place looks like “Sanford & Son” (remember that?).

       What is truly amazing to me that we did all this by ourselves since neither of us have any construction experience!  And the best part of all... there is NO MORTGAGE...  no debt attached to it at all!!  That in itself is worth a lot!



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      Marcy wrote Jan 2, 2009
    • Argh!  Hubby just stumbled thru the dining room saying that we need to get LOTS of stuff listed on eBay and/or Craigslist... or maybe Free-cycle...or just donate to Goodwill.  He said he’s hoping we can go to Colorado in March - and take another load of stuff to put in storage... and wants us to keep ONLY the furniture we‘re planning on having in the cabin left in the house here.  That means I still have to find a home for my piano.  :o(  That makes me SO sad!!  I wish he could see things my way & just build an addition to the cabin so my piano could stay with me!
      I suppose I should “rear in gear” & start digging stuff out to get rid of.  Oi!  :o/



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      Maria Louise Van Deuson wrote Jan 2, 2009
    • Beautiful! I’m so happy for you. I’ve just started to talk to my husband about a long-term plan of down-sizing and simplifying. Life is too stressful and complicated. I want to focus on what’s the most important in life...and it’s not the things that we own.

      Blessings!

      Maria



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