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–WS

Beautiful out.  Going to “broom off” the domes and shovel snow off porch.  14 to maybe 16 inches and still coming down.  “Brooming” is using a broom to push upward from inside.  Did this when in my TiPi.  All snows fall to base and goes up-ward.  INSULATING the whole.  FAR WARMER inside, then.  LOVE IT!

The whites kept their roof nails sticking above the shingles, to CATCH snow.  Today we put out Big Bucks to insulate the daylights in the attic.  Just another way to make someone rich.  Aho?

The common man is so STUPID (in my eyes).

My domes have old blankets over the frame (Sweat Lodge way), with tarp over those.  Snowfall is “broomed” off from INSIDE (push against the inside).  It then slides down and slowly collects all around.  Insulating the ALL.      I LOVE THE STUFF!  (Guess you can call this “Snow Berming”)

Folks, why FIGHT winter?  USE IT and be COMPATABLE with it.  Aho?

Gonna get our snowshoes out and take Sky for a Walk-About.  Get him used to these.

If any are interested, I’ve owned / used a number of styles.  I WON’T USE BUT THE “OJIBWAY” STYLE now.

FANTASTIC “All Around” design.  IVENS SNOWSHOE Co. is where I get ours (3 or 4 pairs).

Decided best to make Tire Rubber “Chaps” instead of full Mukluks.  High enough to strap above the knees.  LESS SWEAT PROBLEMS.  Aho?

Plenty of good SNOW ICE CREAM makings, right outside our door.  (  :

Also got out my Converted Water Ski.  LOVE THIS like you wouldn’t believe!  I took off the skeg and foot “step-in”.  Screwed in good metal “eyes” at top sides.  Drilled a hole at tip (pull rope) AND the BACK.

(Going downhill I walk behind it and hold it back / steer)

I load this with my winter camping gear (AND Fire Wood).  Keeping the load VERY low.  Try to go 10 inches high.  Never above 16 inches.  Use the “eyes” to crisscross rope over the load.

This sled FOLLOWS LIKE A PUPPY!

My NA Ancestors did this.  Theirs tho were often 20 ft. long.  Steam Bent the tip.  Glides behind like a breeze.  10 to 15 inch width.  THIN single board.  UNDULATE as you go along….”fitting” the contour of the land.  Aho?

Bought my ski at a ‘cheap shop’.  $5.00.  “Eyes” another $4.00.

Used a Like Ski to make a DOG SLED.  Used an old Lawn Mower Handle.  Ran Cocker Spaniels with our daughter aboard. Gave it to a ‘cheap shop’ after I got malamutes and a freight sled.  THEY SOLD IT IN 4 DAYS!  $25.00 !!!

I’ve taught a number how to make DOG HARNESSES out of old jeans.  Each leg does one dog.  This “doing” from the way the Eskimo in Greenland did, long ago.

Other then having CRAZY coast livers pass by (freeway)…Winter CAN BE FUN!

Why not try it?  GB    re

(WS)

A sister wrote:

Saw the new pics today.  Wonderful.  How in the world did you do that entry way?  What is that?  Can’t quite make it out in the photo?  Boy, is that place looking sharp or what?!!!!!

Good job.  Re, please get some rest though, ok?   Want you around for a while.  love you

That entry EXTENSION are 2 LATTICE “Wind Breaks” any can buy at lumber yards and many bigger “all around” stores (Costco / Bi-Mart / Fred Myers / Etc. I got those at Habitat For Humanity ($4.00 for 2 big ones (those) and 2 smaller ones. 8 ft. long by 5 ft. high.  Just turned on end and bent ‘em over a bit to create a better “gnome” entry.  To the right side (inside) is a large space I call “the mud room.”  Simply a place to leave your boots / etc. there and not mess the floor inside.  There is a larg(ish) opening there, next to the right side of the main doorway.  That allows even more light inside.  Will cover that in clear Shower Curtain plastic.

At the top of both lattices I have a thick branch connecting the two at the top.  (This not well defined in the photo).  Bent at the top outside end.  Looks good and adds an “outdoorsy” (Gnome-Like) look.

I intend to line outside with LARGE stones around the whole dome…then toss dirt berming from those, up.

I’ve now got all I need to complete the inside (I THINK).  Just a matter of doing, now.  Putting on linseed oil on all wooden furniture / etc.  Spray paint the small round galvanized “shower tub”….seat the flagstone tiles and other general small things needed.  Will add 1 shelf to the side and above the kitchen shelf…another at the head of the bed.

In short, VERY close to done INside.  Still to clean up OUTside and start rocking / berming.

I will seed the berm with grass and wild flower seeds as I do this.

This dome is DOUBLE Trenched.  INSIDE along wall and OUTSIDE along wall.

So, as you can tell, still much to do to be what I “see” as totally complete.

The only thing I wish I had is a chimney through the top.  Even with double insulated chimney pipe, it doesn’t stop the excessive heat that passes by.  Melting my pvc pipe and willows that meet up there.  So …. SMOKEY Inside when fire is started AND DYING.  Between…FINE.

Any similar done I will use the frame of an “Apartment Trampoline”.  Setting the pvc and willows at its EDGE.  Leaving plenty of space at the top there.  Double Insulated Chimney will then be a safe option.  Either do THAT or build up the frame like a giant inverted “funnel”.  An African Hut “way”.  Our BIG dome (other property) is on that “line”.  Heat rises…and SMOKE is HEAT…the inverted “funnel” will catch this and guide the smoke out.  Trapped and “guided” to smoke exit opening.

You learn by mistakes.  Always improving on the next being built.  Aho?    re

From one of the brothers who worked:

More work was done on Sky’s dome. This little dome home is really taking shape. The doorway was expanded and now has wind and snow protection. A second tarp was added to make the dome weather tight. There is more work needed to secure the tarp from blowing off but we used sand bags and rocks to hold it down for now. A hole was added to the new tarp so the side window is working.  Some tile work was done on the in side.

SkyDome Adam John Red Elk - 7 Nov 2010

Sky's Side window - 7 Nov 2010

SkyDome Front Door - 7 Nov 2010

SkyDome Tile Work - 7 Nov 2010

The other parts are here.

–WS

THIS REMINDS ME OF YOU. WOW!
Red Elk, M and I just watched this YouTube video about a man who builds houses and teaches others…out of scraps, and other people’s throw aways. I got tears in my eyes and lump in my throat. It’s wonderful. You gotta see his “windows” made out of flat clear glass salad plates, and the broken mirrors, and broken tiles. YOU WILL LOVE THIS.
Titled “Recycled Houses” posted by Texas Country Reporter

You’re RIGHT ! Guy on the “right track”….in GIVING.
May not be my “style” but CERTAINLY in my CORNER!

Good to know Ghost and I are not alone. HO!

Adam and Canada John are here. Will have THEM watch as well….then put this on my Blog 4 others to see.
THANKS!
re

Well folks, still “going at it” at SkyDome.  GOT HIS BED “set” TODAY!  A BIG “need to”!   Some leveling yet to do there.  Hopefully tomorrow.

Getting MORE AND MORE “EYE POPPING” daily.  Help due tomorrow and Friday, Creator willing…MIGHT EVEN GET THE FINAL TARP OVER IT !

I WANT ONE UP AT THE OTHER PLACE!

Am at NEARLY $350.00 on this so far (less gas).  Should NOT be over $400.00!  THAT’S CHEAP for a Place of your OWN!  (Remember tho…most is of “Scrounged” material).  I suspect perhaps 3 times…maybe 4, if I had to BUY everything.

Still, it gives you an idea of just what IS possible IF you think “outside the box” and with Eyes OPEN.  Aho?    re

(WS)

To any wanting a place that doesn’t cost “an arm and a Leg”….go to SEARCH on internet.  Type in :  THATCH HUT BUILDING.

This leads to GOBS of OTHER Sites…NOT just THATCH.  An UNBELIEVABLE amount of Eco (and CHEAP / FAST) Building ways!

EXPECT TO SPEND ALOT OF TIME!

May be “just up your alley.”

re

(WS)

Problems here at our house,  a VERY OLD trailer house.  Needs COMPLETE REWIRING….Most (all) new WINDOWS….BIG Over-Roof ROOF NOW LEAKING….Water problems.  HIGH Electrical bills.

I will NOT spend ANOTHER CENT ON IT!

IT APPEARS OUR “FATHER” is FORCING US to get OUT TO OUR SAFE AREA DOME!

No $$ to get up there and finish it YET!  BUT, HE’S POINTING More and MORE to THAT DIRECTION!

PREPARING US TO MOVE!

I’m telling this to have YOU look at YOUR situation.  Is He doing SIMILAR, to YOU?!

Are YOU getting “signs” of similar?

HE WANTS HIS CHILDREN TO BE SAFE.  Be PREPARED…so PAY ATTENTION!

There ARE Those in EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE… Their “Safe Area”.  KNOW THAT!

You may be one of those.  Ho.

Ok, WATCH for “nudgings” / “hints” / Etc..  GB   re

(WS)

When planning for our future…always keep your children in mind.  Being (at any time now) our electricity bills will go ether sky high, or even non-existent.  At best, intermittent.

Consider kids “bore” so easily…prepare for this eventuality by buying  NON ELECTRONIC GAMES!

Like: Playing Cards / Board Games / Marbles / Etc., AND INSTRUMENTS.  NA type Drum / Harmonica / Simple Flute / Didgeridoo / Pick-Up Jacks / Jump Rope / Crayons / Puzzles / Etc.  AS WELL AS BOOKS!

Keep these simple, as well as easy to store.

To them, And for YOUR “sanity”….DON’T FORGET THEM!   Aho?   re

(WS)