Category : dome home

Like all of you, we have been concerned about Red Elk’s health so decided to take a visit on Valentines Day evening in between livestreaming a Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle. It turned out to be quite the romantic Valentines Day working together all day, driving across the mountains listening to George Nori on Coast to Coast interview someone and arriving in the middle of the night to borrow Adam’s Dome home, make a fire, and find bedding in Red Elk’s truck waiting for us. We brought our own wood and it couldn’t have been more cozy. The stars were beautiful and I felt like I could pick them off of a tree, and it reminded me how long it had been since we had been camping and outside away from the city lights.

We wake up at 10:00 and call inside to Red Elk’s home, because we are not sure if he is or is not up and about and do not want to disturb him. He doesn’t answer the phone but calls right back and tells us to come on in. His wife is hauling water from the neighbors and we all go inside.

Red Elk looked heavier, and that was a bit of a relief, because I envisioned him “diminished” but instead I saw he had some weight to work with. He and Meachelle visited with Tenzing and I for a good hour and a half before they had to head to town with their daughter to go to get an MRI at the hospital and we had to return to Seattle to livestream the conference again.

Here’s the gist: Red Elk looks like he has a handle on what is wrong, and it is mainly his diabetes. He and Meachelle realized that even during that night we arrived his numbers fell way to low and could cause a Diabetic coma. They are going to have to regulate his blood sugar, when he gets his shots and his food. He couldn’t raise his hands to far up, not even to wash down all the pills he was taking.

His eyes were angelic though! He had a lot of spirit and life in them, and they were illuminating so much that I knew he was doing good. The light in his eyes gave me a lot of hope. Tenzing and I think if he gets his diabetes under control that he could live another 20 normal years and recover.

Red Elk during this time though had to use a walker, and his wife Meachelle was a real trooper doing everything she could for him, and he said that made him want to cry how hard she is working.

He told me I could post the pictures on the blog and he said to tell everyone, “For those of you who prayed for me I thank you, and for those of you who stopped praying for me and started praising God, I really thank you!”

~h & t

and then we end up back at the conference….

Well, went to our Safe Land / Dome. Shared expenses with Adam.
I wanted and DIDN’T want to go. Seemed OK but somehow not quite right.

Warned Adam about HUGE amount of deer and to go slow. He dropped to 39 mph. Slow to him but 30 would have been better. Hit a big doe. His Pick Up fixable. Deer limped off to die (broken leg dangling). Sigh.

His trailer brakes acted up…he adjusted them OK though…My neck “went out” during the night and HIS tailbone…Ate chili with what I’m allergic to, right lip and hand still swollen…couldn’t locate my allergy pills (forgot to add to my small “Walk-Away” kit)…So weak I fell 3 times and then ALMOST twice into the camp-fire…Adam stopped a fourth fall while I was water dowsing for a friend.
And I’m gonna RUN!????

Adam feels the same way about himself…

Shoot, I couldn’t even run to take a Pee! Yup, WET MY PANTS before I could stand from a sit-down position.! EVERY DROP!

Nothing I could do about it…no spare clothing…

BUT WE HAD A FUN TIME!

I slid to the bottom of my sleeping bag and rolled off its side onto Adam.

“WHY?” asked a sleepy Adam.

Well Adam, you took the only FLAT spot! (True, too).

First night I layed on a good size stone. Adam said “I cleared the area…there’s no stones”.

He was right…it was a petrified pine cone.

Must of been 400 ft round! Damn…

After hiring a Back Ho and a Crane it was finally dug out and removed. By then I was dead tired and placed my bag over the hole. Immediately folded and slipped into a fetal position. Slept like a baby….till I had to pee again.

Was like climbing out of a GRAVE!

Did “my thing” and headed back. The bag was GONE! Deep below all the dirt that caved in on my climb up.

Laid on top…till the red ants found me. Then crawled over to the big pine-cone. Slept there…bent kinda funny. (Sleep on my back).

Yup, we was CAMPING…and Having FUN!

The dome now needs some major repair. Can Do though. IF I can stay on a ladder and IF I can LIFT a ladder!

Well, despite all Adam and I met and shared with a fellow “hillbilly”.

That alone was worth the WHOLE TRIP.

On the way home (a day earlier than intended) Adam top off his fuel tank. “We’ll make it to AM/PM in Thorp on this, and fill up there”.

I told him he should stop before and get 5 more gallons first.

“Nope, well make it”.

Pride goes before a fall.

Three towns from his targeted station we ran outta gas. LESS THEN A FOURTH OF A MILE FROM A STATION!

He had a gas can, full, so pulled that out. Then I heard some mumbling. Then some more searching. He came up with a gas transfer hand pup.

“I’m ALWAYS PREPARED!” he said.

“Wheres the nozzle to your can?”

Adam said, “I forgot it…”

Then the hand pump broke. Brand New too! But pumped enough to get us to the station. PTL!

Adam wants to learn, but not wanting to Hear. ALWAYS learns the Hard Way….and a deers life was a strong lesson to him (I HOPE).

So…we talked about a “Run Kit” for the elderly during this adventure: DUAL SURVIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY

A card with phone #s for UROLOGIST, SURGEON, 911, Lawyer, Next of kin, Boy Scouts of America, Heart Specialist, “Catheters R Us”, Cell Phone Service, etc., and A match. ( :

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I’m building to please my wife…thus: “BIG”.

Frankly I don’t know if it can be afforded, HER way. All I can do to get to town anymore…let alone get to the property AND HAVE the materials needed. (Looks rather bleak).

Still, DO have whats needed to TENT (cover) it…IF and WHEN I can get back up there.

Meachelle (“M”) does like what I’ve done with “Sky’s Dome”. Sees it as a SPARE Liveable “home”. At $450.00. (the amount to get / stay a week / return and refill the Pick Up)…it’s DONE (but clean-up). Furnished and all.

THAT is a LIVABLE ABODE Most CAN afford.

Knowing her, shed pack it full of “must have” “STUFF”. So…a simple dome (like Adams) that cost 10 CENTS, can hold THAT ‘crap’.

YOU CAN DO THE SAME!

Even one to hold Fire Wood. AHO.

This ‘life’ is a KISS doing. Even the “small ones” CAN BE MADE BY 10 YR OLDS (under adult supervision)!

Yes…10!

A FAMILY Affair. Aho?

In my three minis, we have Electric via an extension cord to the house. This, for HER. I can do quite well without.

ANYTIME YOU “NEED” ELECTRIC, be it from On Line to a Generator / etc., YOU FACE BREAKDOWNS AND FUEL, etc., Problems. MORE MONEY as we ADVANCE” INTO “THIS TIME”.

Friends, this is NOT yesterday…it’s NOW time..AND WILL GET WORSE!

There WILL be a “Yesterday” “come back”. This will give people a FALSE sense of “security”. Yet will be only a TEMPORARY “breather”.

OK, a serious of Mini Domes verses Government Subsidized (tax $$) motel rooms, etc. THESE WILL BE ONLY FOR a LIMITED TIME. Eventually you’ll be Out on the Streets again.

PAY ATTENTION!

Oh, and don’t RENT land…at least LEASE IT
(7 to 10 years if you can). OR OWN!

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I too lack construction knowledge but NOT common Sense.
I’ve three MINNY domes here, and still the still incomplete BIG one on our other property. That is 30 diameter INSIDE x 19 1/2 High.
It’s a combo of Eskimo Igloo (long entryway overhang) / ONION shaped (but “cut” on the FLAT base (near center). A Loft with Bed Room there AND below it.
“2 bedrooms” this way. A flat topped Wood stove for heat and cooking In the CENTER. Seating with Storage around all but Bedroom and Doorway.

One BIG off-shaped (gnome) widow and on 1/2 the BIG doorway (again; Gnome odd-ball shape).

As you enter the Half Door you can turn left (via the OPEN half of full door…this to the Bathroom…n to the kitchen Proper”. It has a storage shelf across the upper back.
THIS part is a long DOG PEN RUN. Cyclone pen…6 ft tall. Exit door (#2) at far end.

Cooking area at front side.
U can cook there or at dome center one.
All-in-All, the whole has Space Galore. Other the the dome sections roundness being broken up by the small bed.rm. All else there wide open (less stove). Guests can sleep on the storage seats or floor. 5? 6-7?.

I used cut cedar to pound into the soil. Then put PVC PIPES onto each, as the Studs. 2 inches

Built like a Sweat Lodge (Plains style). 3 pvc piping incinerated these up-rights (which are gathered towards wards the top).
“Tied” together at the studs via Zip Locks and brass wires.

I held the framing up with a nailed together 2×4 with “cross” board near the top.
Then rolled on CHICKEN WIRE over the whole DOME part and locked this onto all the framing.

Once that was done I then kicked loose the 2×4 “holder”.

As expected (and HOPED) the whole dome SHRANK DOWNWARD n EXPANDED OUTWARD. Tightening the whole into a STRONG Structure! The dome measurements were AFTER this support “kick”. Aho? (The BASE Diameter remained the same). Thus it has an “onion-like”shape (but NOT severe). Rather attractive, to be honest.

The dog pen was a ‘kick’ to do. 10×20. Done in about an hour by my (then) 14 year old grandson and myself. Once the fencing was all connected we simply took at end each, picked it up and placed it where we wanted it. With a slight “bend “between and side and backside of the dome. This left a “gap”. More pvc framing and wire filling that gap and allowing plenty of room for toilet / sink / TUB and a bit of cabinet space.
Not crowded, but still on the small side. Aho?

We are looking toward a cement mixed with dirt flooring. Flat stones set in as part. White Sand to fill gaps and keep all “airy” and Light. IE; White sand Grouting. Aho ?

By the way, I may raise the LOFT Ladder to give more main floor room.. Swing up via a pulley and line.

The Dog Pen section will have a SHED Roof…PLANTED with grass and flowers (Alaska Trapperson Style Cabin). Bending and BLENDING a Square to a Round (dome) side. Thus not look ‘out-of-place’ at all. Aho?

At this time…less Cat Work, I’ve less then $1300.00 into this…INCLUDING A GIANT HEAVY WHITE TARP that will cover all. VINYL.

Will then be a Fancy TENT till we can get proper material together to “permanent” it all. Also have rolls of thick insulation to put on before the tarp.
With the stove we have all should be comfortable during are extreme winters there. (12 to 14 foot snowfalls).

“CAT work” included a deep cut-in to hill side. This to cover with dirt. Only the Dog Pen will show its ‘shape’…and remember That TOO will have a Dirt Roof…planted. Aho?

I’m one who likes to bring the OUTSIDE…IN.
Keeping all GNOME Simple.

Go to “SHOESTRING CABIN” and see my 3 minny domes. This will give you an idea of what I mean. Its a HUB, by “Ghost”.

Scroll down a bit to see ours.

Also look up “THE GNOME HOME IN WALES”.

This gave my wife the ‘push’ I needed to do the big one.

So, basically, by more salvage and thinking Out-Side-The-Box, our MOVE TO Dome shouldn’t cost us more then 5 to 6,000.00.

It’s a long way from complete. So far from our house here the gas is prohibitive. Went up twice to work on it. Planned a 1 wk per ‘doing’. LIGHTNING STORMS EACH WEEK…Day AND Night. Had to call it a useless trip and come home.

Basically most was me doing. 3 times my grandson came and helped. Once 3 others as well.

Its set there, framed and cover ready, for 4 + yrs now. Standing firm and ready throughout the winters/ Etc. To date, I’m quit pleased. Aho?

Good Luck.

In HIM…re

First Gnome Home Pictures
Cost $350

Home Among the Trees

Here’s a ‘goody’ that may interest a number :  type in (search)  WATERBOXX  (2 Xs).  Rather fascinating Grow Plants / TREES “way”.
Not only that, but Side Bar related info a WORTHY look too.
One on Homes from Living Trees.  Something I’ve done in the ’60s.  Still there as far as I know.  Made from growing bent willows.  Made it for Christy as her own ‘private cabin In The Woods’.
Even given thought to doing “ditto” on our safe land…using very tall White Birch trees in a grove there.

Anyway, check these places out if you’re interested.

Remember, Willows and willow-related trees (Birch being one) means : SURFACE WATER.

IE ‘ SHALLOW WELL’ WATER!  Aho?  Re

(WS)

Most across the USA are snowed in….or, in general, in Cold.

Wanna see what YOU CAN DO if “homeless”?  Now’s a GREAT TIME to go BACK YARD CAMPING!  Yup, with a tent (or tarp).  A big bundle of Fire Wood….Sleeping bag or several Blankets.

In short : GO TRY IT!

The house is but yards away.  You won’t die if “too much” for you.

A GREAT Time to PRACTICE!

Sky likes to put a “footprint” (cover on the ground and tent set up there, ON IT).  Then put a tarp over the whole (tent is only for 3 seasons).  Once couldn’t get his fire going…so STILL Camped, WITHOUT Fire.

Kid has guts.

There have been a couple of times he a buddy(s) slept in one dome.  TO “MUCH” FOR THE FRIEND(s)!  So ended up coming in. SKY did NOT want too.  If it wasn’t for his buddy(s) “crying” he would have stayed out.

Like I said : “Guts”.

The “safety” of a warm house just yards away helps “newbies”.  Nothing to cringe about “running”.  At least you’ll get a TASTE of HOW PREPARED YOU ARE!
Best to find out NOW, than when Suddenly FORCED too!

With even this SLIGHT try….it can sure give you Insight!

Seriously, GIVE THIS A TRY.  The opportunity is Here ….NOW.   GB   re

(WS)

Hi sister ;  tho Im unable to receive ANY Emails, i can still SEND.
Hope u had a realy good Xmas.  And that uve FINILY been able to try out ur Snowshoes!

Here, pleanty of snow…somewher over 4 feet.

Snowmobils used as safe transpertation (illegely).  My shoes in storage n snowed in.
We drive r 4wd rigs over the parking / driveway area n pack it down to get in / out.  Works fine.
Even with rds cleard by Country trucks (in time), its still hard to see…”white Outs” at certin area.  4wd driveing only, n SUCKS gas! 4 trips to town n the PU has only enough gas to GET gas. Over $70.00 to fill each time. 2 1/2 fillings a wk. on mine n 1 1/2 fillings on Ms car.  LOTS of Money just to get about.  Aho? Our earning streached to the exstrame limit…n Elect. bill due any time now. Then too, Land Taxes.

The 3 doomes r looking “good” right now.  (  :   one undamaged, otker 2 still quit useabel, tho bent in in places with the snow + ice.

Yesterday i had mt eldest grandson circel each dome with his snowmobile (a # of times).  I can now (?) get out to them n get at least Some snow off. (Mite, today).  A real tireing hassel geting to them other-wise. (Im not geting any younger). (  :

As u know, life is an Adventure! Can be FUN….or a Problem.  Its all as one looks at it Ive found.
“Problems” just there to help u overcome.  Usaly with a VERY Simple salution.

I live in “2 worlds”….SALUITION “worlds”.  This house (and ALL it takes for its constent up-keep), and the “World” of SIMPLCITY.  The last, FAR cheaper!
Admittiably, less “Comfortabel” tho.  Little rm. for exspensive “add ons”.  This makes “Small” rather “Cabin Feaver(ish)”.  U and about 4 others) have learned to overcome alot of that by going out and gardening n “hunting”.  Not as easy when one has 3 OTHERS…and so many PETS, tho.  U have another advantage as well ; Shorter trips.  Here a “short” trip is 8 1/2 miles (to Skys school).  10 1/2 to one town n 16 1/2 to another.  ALL are on some ruff hills.  WIND allways, on way back.  Bikes not feasabel (ok if uve the time to do so tho).  When liveing far  closer to town, n i used the bike, it took me 40 minits to n hr. to get to town….and ALWAYS at about 3 HOURS to get back (wind).  Never a pleasent doing.  Today Im ALOT older n these hills ALONE can “kill” me.
Frankly, I prefer useing one of our Foot Scooters.  Takes even longer, but FAR MORE relaxeing.

Ive a small Back Pack on the handel bars of my main one, and carry a biger one on my back.  Good enough for grocery runs.
My bike has so many bags they act as “STOP Sails” when rideing home. REAL Work!  (To the point Ive often wanted to camp out overnite and doing a 2 DAYER on each trip)! (Searisly).

Car is best, but gas….n UPKEEP….UGH!

Cant “car pool” easily. Most in our area ‘stock up” n make far less trips.  We’ve not the rm. nore enough money to do so.  Tho I call others to tell “Im headed to town. Need anything?”….none dos so with us. sigh.

These same people all will be asking US “how do u DO it?” b4 much more time.   Seems no one WANTS till its JUST TOO LATE…then, “Panic”.  And wanting ME to do the work, as well!

I feel like Noah as he built his God Orderd boat!  Musta MADE himself “hard hearted” to be able to hear the pleads and screems for HELP, as he floated away.  Many from those he knew.  FAMILYS.  All pounding on his hull. ALL ; SCOFFERS and NON-HELPERS…..screaming as they cling to anything that would float.
People watching thier own children n loved ones slide away n slowly sink.
Now ALONE and clinging to servive themselves.  For what?

No boat to rest in, no stocked clean water….not enough food…AND NO PLACE TO LAND.
(NA USED to “be ready”…till the “civilized” SAVAGES slowly made them dependednt on THEM).

Now again we ALL “Face the Seas”.  At least you and a few others are gardening and stocking up. Naturely.  NATURE(ly).
Still, u cant feed every “pleader”.  U TOO witll have to become “hard Hearted” i guess. U will be NEEDED, “After”.  THEN, u can HELP.  (Same here).  sigh.    (Least, if WE “make it”).  Aho?

Yup, Im seeing THIS faimily cought between many deccissions.  SIMPLE…or “As Is”.

It looks like only “Dad” will be able to show us (my family) it “AINT GONNA BE “YOUR’ ” WAY”.  M and all here will be FORCED to the SIMPLE Domes…or parked, sleeping, in a car like so MANY r now needing to.
RIPED into a deccession.

At least Ive a “small boat”…n You ur own.
GB    re

Friends, it is one thing to Read….this at least Helps.  Quite another to EXPERIENCE.  IE : Practice.

IE : TEST.
As long as it hurt none, as long as it’s morally right….never JUST read….go out and DO IT.    re
(WS)

For any wanting to Downsize (or need to)….there is no reason (NOW) to be extremely “primitive”.

I have thought for a long time, to FIRST have the Abode built AROUND the Interior’s “needs”.

Designing the INTERIOR FIRST…and building the abode to SUIT THOSE NEEDS.

In this, I have done a “search” on Internet.  Under :  SMALL SPACE LIVING

The sites there are EYE-POPPING!

No need to be Hardcore Primitive to live QUITE COMFORTABLY.

See for yourself.   Re

(WS)

Readers : my wife and I are ‘spatting’…..over WATER!   She’s “gone white” on me…I’m a ‘savage’ to her (at the moment).  Buster water pipes….Frozen water source.  “I WANT MY MORNING SHOWER!!!!!”

That and this:  “and YOU want to move up to even WORSE (conditions)!”

Yes, I do.  “WORSE” will look DARN GOOD before to long.  “Savage” will look DARN GOOD soon, too.

We two are VANGUARDS…running AHEAD of the masses.  ALWAYS ‘In Front’.

This is just ‘another case’.  Aho?

Water will be the least of the problems, but one worthy of being told about (family disagreement).

THINGS LIKE THIS WILL BE THINGS YOU WILL BE FACING!

So, 3 against 1 in this house.  Sky (Grandson) ‘half n half’…so maybe more like 2 1/2 against one.  ALL over WATER “WANTS”.

Many (reading) have teens…or a mate who DONT WANT  A  N  Y  HARDSHIPS. Want the ‘sweet SOFT life’.  THIS WILL CREATE HEAVY STRIFE In Your Marriage / Etc.

Will  I   “fold”?  Nope, I intend to get as ready as I can.  ALL here will NEED what I’m striving for…..A PLACE TO LIVE.  That’s IT!!!  An ABODE to keep warm in.

Showers be Damned.  BIRD BATHS and DRINKING WATER,  THAT WILL BE A BLESSING, in time.

I will continue on the ‘path’ given…and those here will be THANKFUL I DID SO…..LATER!

SOMEONE MUST BE “SMART”.

Will it be YOU?

Well, expect “disagreements”.  DONT “Push”.  Simply grit your teeth and go on GETTING THINGS READY.

You are NOT alone!      re

“Downsizing”?  Yes, but more like STRIPPING!

(WS)