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Ever hear of POTATO TOWERS?  Interesting.  Check it out on SEARCH (Google – WS).   re

Been thinking…HARD…on making my “Wind Washer.”  Got a strong pole I can cement “set” 3-4 ft into the ground.  Put a “T” at pole top, Hook on each end of that…Heavy spring on that and rope on other end of spring (got ’em, but even a strong Bungee Cord would do).  Then to THAT an “A” Frame (angled apart at bottom).  That in turn to hook onto, say, a 30 gal. barrel PAINTED BLACK (heats water). This laying on side.  Wide-ish slot at upper part of barrel to load/unload. Perhaps 2 windcatching “paddles” towards top of “A” rope.
Spring = BOUNCE.  Paddles = Wind SPIN/TWIST and UNtwist.  So this “Bobs and Waves” about.  One on each end of crosspole.
A drain in bottom end…that drains into a Straw and Sand “filter” (to trap soap in water).  From the filter to garden, etc.  Let the WIND do the washing.
YOU get the general idea.
I’d consider DOG Toy Balls with “Bumps” on ’em.  Toss those in with washing, to help agitate.  Aho?  Hummmmm  GB   re


A number of you do this, at least to an extent. “Seeing” our relationship with all around us.  Not just Humans, but All.
I’m happy to say ONE is as “deep” as me.  RARE for ANY, even to my “kind.”

Scripures tell we are “made of the earth.”  We and NATURE are VERY Similar.  Just different “skins,” basically.

Let’s look at Us verses our Earth planet:

“Mother” Sweats (evaporation) as too do we.

“Mother” shudders and shakes.  Shows she’s Cold or Ill.  As do we.

“She” Vomits (volcanoes).  As we.

“She” gets sunburned (deserts), just as we do.

Basks in the sun (tropical islands).  As we.

She too Walks and “dances”….Rotation around the sun and spinning.  As we.

“Her” skin is as ours…Lumps and Bumps, Wet and dry…Growths…and too, Bug Bit.

“She” has an INNER “Fire”…we have that too, our “Spirit” and “Zest of Life.”

One thing only makes us different.  SHE OBEYS THE GREAT CREATOR…ALWAYS!  We, on the other hand, DON’T!





The following may not be one any here can use, but its still worth “brain filing”.  This is on a LADDER.  The “whites” have a tendency to build their’s Straight.  NA, tho, on a TILT.  Sides TILTED Inward towards the top.  We had no nails or screws.
This inward-towards-top allows one to TIE the top and bottom rungs on…then rungs between as needed.  Each rung well lashed.
With this method, the rungs will slip a bit as you step on it BUT THE WIDER BOTTOM “locks” the lashings on tightly.  Slipping stops and your all set to climb.  Aho?

If a WIDE ladder is needed, a straight-up MIDDLE “leg” is then added and lashed.  Supporting the wider rungs.  Aho?

I’ve used this “Tilted” ladder many, many times.  For ladders and even a “rack” to dry clothes on in the house.

You can do a fruit picking ladder by having a SWING OUT 3rd leg as well.

Like I’ve said: might not be useful info but still worth “filing.”  Aho?

FIREWOOD GATHERING:   As many know, dead limbs on trees are often abundant.  Many who camp go out and snap ’em off.  Then the ones above, bigger and dead too, are out of reach.  Climbing can be dangerous.

To get those, simply take a long, dead branch,  knock off all its side branches FROM SMALL END of main branch on towards its thicker end….BUT DO NOT SNAP OFF THE LAST Side Branch at the “top”.
THIS HOOKS OVER THE LARGER BRANCHES YOU CAN’T REACH.  Pull down and these will snap off (This is the “By Hook or By Crook” you hear about).

GB    re


Been thinking on Small and SPACE SAVING places.  How, for instance, DOORS.  In tiny houses they swing In or Out.  “Hitters.”  Yet a door that Slides into the wall (or one cut in half to slide into walls on both sides)…Or FOLDING doors, take out the “hit” problem.  Walls?  Folders too, perhaps AND can be of Japanese style: paper or cardboard.  Couch/Bed, hard to beat a Futon AND has storage under.

One can spend $$ and still SAVE $$ over a “standard” style house.

In “tiny” the trick is to make it Look as big as possible and have HIDEAWAYS that aren’t seen ’til NEEDED to be seen.  Hidden storage, that, when hidden, gives more floor room inside.  An abode filled with Surprises.  Aho?

In old China they were taxed on CLOSETS.  So they built their stairs to upper loft in 1 – 2 – 3 – plus STACKING “Stairs”.  Steps lifted to store within.  SMART!   Others had front “drawers” that pulled out.  These bypassed the Closet(s).  Smart, right?

I tell you, RESEARCH of OLD WAYS around the world can pay off….filling your pocket book…or at least not robbing it to nudity.

In-floor or in-ground “hidey holes” with lifting lid/floor panel another way to have alot out-of-the way.  So MUCH can be done!  SAVING BUILDING COSTS AND TAXES.

I’ve Often thought a metal culvert can be the Center Support for all the roof rafters on a round roof (some of our Native Americans had these type roofs).  This can hold a cooking fire/heat place AND be the Chimney, all at the same time.  With such one can insert a HOT SMOKE metal oven and ABOVE THAT, as the smoke continues rising, a SMOKER for meats.  All one unit. Wouldn’t THAT be cool?

Gee, I LIKE thinking.  LIKE knowing different ways and things of the ancient past.  Then See if it could be incorporated…Combined!…today.

Man’s past holds “secrets” that we could use today.  Things that don’t put one in debt (“slavery”) to a bank or Companies.

To use “white” is good, used wisely.

To learn more NATURAL ways are a $$  AND EARTH Saving way too.

You don’t need alot of money…you need alot of KNOWLEDGE.  Its FUN, folks!    GB    re


Gettin’ the Chill Out

Report:    Water Pressure Release Valve replaced.  Despite 17°F, no FREEZE!  We have water again.  PRAISE THE LORD!  Found & Fixed another leak as well.   MinI Dome: took out inner pipe spark arrester and put on outside on top of exit hole.  2 now there.  Built a BIG fire, as usual; some smoke at first but have cut an exit hole (very small) at apex of main room.  Didn’t take long and smoke cleared (wasn’t much), and ‘draw’ took effect.  WORKING FINE now.  Still….???  That top hole will be about an 8 inch circle when fully done…”coning” to about 4 inches on top.  Using a tomato stand (aka cage – WS)enclosed in vinyl tarp…fastened to the net.  Sure hope all this will do the job, finally.  Been a hassle.
BIG uncovered rear “window” hole in back that yet has to be finished….so fire only able to raise enough heat to take off the inside chill ’til then.

Think that’s all I’ll do on the dome 2day….gotta prepare under the house (insulate pipes, etc.) during the next few days.  Far more important than the dome at this time.  Aho?

ALOT better today then 2-3 days ago.  A REAL “downer” then.  EVERYTHING went wrong.  U  G  H !!!        PTL    GB   re