Cool cloud formation

Saturday, May 11, 2019

I tried

Yep, I said I would try to post every other day and I tried, lol. It's been raining this week and couldn't get much done. So, I will post when I can. Today, it's pouring rain and I have been watching tv and dozing off various times during the day. Breakfast this morning.
Asian salad with chicken, cashews and wonton strips.
As you can see, the majority of snow has disappeared. Quite a difference, eh?
Actually, the snow you see is gone.
Beautiful day? Nah!

I bought this fuel container, it holds 30 gal. I got tired of taking a bunch of 5 gal. containers to get gas. It cost $98 to fill. It should last for quite a while.

I got very lazy this Winter and just putting stuff in my shop any place and it got crammed so much I couldn't walk in there. It was time to clean it up.

A very long time ago, I posted about how I like to sleep on a hard surface. I've had people ask where is my bed in this small cabin, I decided to show you how I sleep. Mind you, this is not for everyone. This is a very comfortable chair and my bed. I know some are going HUH? and others are scratching their heads. Stand by for the rest of the story.
You add 3 plastic milk crates
Add Cushions
Then, a blanket
and the main blanket and you have a comfortable bed, for me at least, LOL.
There you go, my bed.

In Alaska, when you are living simply, offgrid or remote, one has to use their imagination when living in a small cabin. I have been doing it for so many years, it just comes to me naturally. I will close for now.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Things are looking up

 Hi everyone, it's been a week since my last post and I didn't get a whole lot done. I had a few doctors appt. nothing  wrong, in order to keep my VA benefits I have to get an exam twice a year to keep my benefits. This morning, I had a nice breakfast, 2 eggs, sausage and english muffin.I haven't had English Muffins in a very long time. I forgot how good they taste.

 For dinner was a Chef's salad with cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, olives, 1/2 boiled egg and chunks of chicken with a Korean BBQ sauce and an Avocado Dressing.
 Yesterday's breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, sourdough toast and coffee.
 I decided to make life a little easier again so, Saturday I went to Lowes in Wasilla and bought a 25 ton log splitter. My reasoning is that I can split the wood faster giving me more time to myself. All the wood there, I split in 20 minutes. Would have taken me longer than that by hand.
 I know some people are thinking, is John going modern? I am a little bit. There is a good reason I am doing these things. I plan to buy a propane/electric refrigerator. My reason for the refrigerator is, to keep the refrigerator going so I can spend more time at the remote cabin working on it during the Winter. I plan to spend more time out there this Winter. I bought a drip oil stove so I can keep the town cabin warm and keep canned and jarred food from freezing.

 I've been collecting building materials to put a small addition on the remote cabin and add a shower and a couple of bunk beds for company. I want to get work done out there so I can spend most of my time out there or all of my time. I really miss living the remote lifestyle and need to get back to it.

 This Summer, I plan to spend more time fishing, camping and traveling the backroads. I should have enough experiences coming up to keep you entertained. I will close for now and get some sleep.

                                         Take care

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Good Morning

It's 10:45 a.m. I got up this morning and made coffee and sat at the window looking out thinking of what to do today. My first thought was breakfast. My idea of Egg salad, Asian salad, mushrooms, chunks of chicken with an egg on top and avocado sauce mixed in the salad. It was actually good.
Still haven't figured what to do so, I will tell you what I have been doing. I added another solar panel and bought a new charge controller to manage the increase in watts. It works great. 
My new charge controller
The left number is volts and the right is amps. With just one panel, I didn't get anywhere near these numbers. Now, I can run everything all day long. Refrigerator, freezer, lights, tv and so on.
I found this mini washing machine on Ebay, it measures 2'Hx2'w, 1'.15"d, this washer is great. It has a washer part and a part that spin dries.
Washer on the left and spin dry on the right. It also has a hose on the side to drain the water.
$70+$24 expedited shipping
This machine will save me time and money. The nearest laundromat is 30 miles making it a 60 mile round trip, $12 to wash and $3 to dry and my day is wasted.

Because of the weather, rain and snow, I put up a temporary clothesline inside.

As you can see, the snow is starting to melt, at least in the front.

Sunset last night
Dinner last night, Rigatoni with Hot Italian sausage and bell peppers.

OK, that's it for now. When I had asked about doing videos {VLOGS}, I didn't quite get the response I thought I would from those who commented. So, here's what I decided to do. I will attempt to do a post every other day about the day before and throw in a short video now and then. There should be a lot to talk about.

Spring, Summer and Fall is a very important time for people who live off grid and/or remote. This is when all the work needs to be done including gardening and Fall is when we prepare for the Winter months.

I hope I can entertain everyone with my posts. I plan to go fishing more and taking some road travels. As usual


Friday, April 5, 2019

An apology

I have to apologize to all of you but, I had mistakenly deleted your comments. I feel really bad and tried to put them back but, I couldn't.  Again, I am very sorry.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hi everyone

Well, I've been very neglectful in in posting and I apologize for doing so. I have been really depressed about a lot of things and have not been very active. During the course of Winter, I have been staying indoors and watching tv and had quite a few of my friends who served in Vietnam passing on, which kinda made me think when it would be my time. I have been seeing a couple of people who have been helping me with my PTSD and for the most part, it helps. I still have a long way to go. The VA has finally admitted to my exposure to Agent Orange and I am now taking more medication. I am still receiving Acupuncture for my depression and tremors.

I have decided on my own to change my lifestyle. I gave up watching tv, I changed my diet and snacking, no more candy or soda. I have not watched tv in a week so far. I took down my antenna so I would not have the temptation to watch. Now, I just do movies and Youtube. I find Youtube to be more productive and interesting. Which brings me to my next thought. I want to ask all of you what you think of me, doing only videos, posting or maybe both?

                            This mornings breakfast
Dinner tonight, Burgers and boiled potatoes
with just salt and pepper
I don't really care to put much on my food, as I like the natural taste. I do use salt and pepper. I find, I like grinding my own so, I use these. 
They grind very course, the black pepper is good and the Mediterranean Sea salt tastes very good but, one grind is enough, for me anyway.

I had a ton of snow this year and due to my laziness, I let it get away from me and my small snowblower couldn't handle it. So, I just let it go and a neighbor of mine came down with his loader and helped me out.
My shop
My little greenhouse

My shop again
Generator shed and outhouse
My older snowmachine, lol
Everyone laughs at me because, I am usually in a tshirt outside.
I had to shovel snow to get to the generator shed and outhouse {which is very important, lol}
My driveway
Driveway again
My driveway gate is in there somewhere, lol
My brand new $1034 Craftsman snowblower I got at Lowes. I also got a 10% military discount. Wished I bought it before Winter.
This has everything, 3 wheel tracks, auto shute mover, finger trigger turns, headlight and heated handles.

Well, I think that should do it for now, I will have a lot more posts and interesting things next. I hope everyone enjoys.


Please, don't forget March 29, which is National Vietnam Veterans Day.

Thank a Veteran