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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)

Got a ‘comment’.  The sender telling a bit on his childhood days.  A fun read.  He mentioned KITE FLYING….now THERE’S something I know of!
I belong to the Kite Flyers Association.  Got ALOT of ‘em.  “Trains” (several on one line) / Controlled / Regular / Etc.

Sky and grandma like to go out in spring’s breeze and fly ‘em.  Seems there’s no age limit to the joy of “just dinging around in the breeze” with ‘em.

Some daring souls use ‘em to do some fantastic “shots” using a camera….HIGH UP shots of the “Below and All Around”.  See for yourself…visit KITE PHOTOGRAPHY on internet search.  Even tell how to rig up your camera.  COOL! (Some go ‘house-to-house’ and people pay ‘em for pics of their land / place “from Above”).

My VERY FAVORITE is KITE FISHING!  Gotta teach Sky this one yet.
I’ve used a tiny kite to “slide” my lure down the ‘wind shoot’ of the Yakima river…after trout along too bushy areas to fish from immediate shore.  VERY Effective!  Used this to go almost a 4th of a mile away shore on ponds nearby.  Flew to the other side, released my rigged hook, and slowly troll back.  No need for a boat.  EQUALLY Successful!
To get the kite past YOUR shoreline can be a hassle….so I use 2 poles.  One for kite (and leave That up)…#2 for fishing.  This way I don’t have to constantly try to launch the kite…just pull Kite Line in to rehook (enough string beyond that to keep the kite still up).

Another way of fishing is By FAR my most enjoyable way :  Face Mask / Snorkel / Fins / Innertube with bait line and Fish “Keep” line tied to me….and LAMINATED Fishing License….CARRIED WITH ME (This has saved me TWICE from ‘illegal’ fishing).
Swim out, look below for the fish AND SIZE you want….lower your OLD rod (and OLD Reel), baited, to the fish.  Tease ‘em / Anger ‘em…and WHAM…”FISH ON!”   Really LARGE(er) ones CAN GIVE YOU A “Nantookit” Sleigh Ride!
When I do this type fishing, I’ve YET to come back “skunked” and ALWAYS WITH MY FULL LIMIT! (Much to the anger of jealous others, fishing)
Don’t forget to put a DIVER’S Flag on your tube if in a lake with boats about.  Aho?

I’ve done unusual things in my life.  If its not dangerous and looks like fun and looks like I’m capable of trying things out…I GIVE IT A GO!

Hope this “whets” some appetites.  Boys / Girls / Moms / Dads or Grandparents : GO HAVE SOME FUN!

Life is Too SHORT to be just filled with “worries”.  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

Life can be hard.  Even for us here.  But, I’ve learned to LAUGH AT IT!

Being a Heyoka (clown), well, just for fun, I’m now keeping my eyes open for a 4-legger WALKER…..Got the rest needed : Small bike wheels, an Umbrella , and a Porta Pot.
Wanna build a WHEELED “walker”, WITH Toilet ….that way, If I lose EVERYTHING, at least I’ll have a Moveable Porta Pot to set on / and to “do my “Duty” “.  I may end up homeless, but I’ll  STILL HAVE A POT TO PISS IN!   ( :    re

(WS)

Money Stretcher “Dirt Poor” Toys

Money Stretcher “Dirt Poor” TOYS

Guess I’m still like that. All my life I’ve never had an over abundance of money…And an OVER ABUNDANCE of WANTS.

With a tiny house , mom, dad and 5 kids, dad the “town drunk: and mom over-worked…their never was “fancy stuff” come Christmas. Lucky to have a place to sleep.
Still, KIDS NEED THINGS TO PLAY WITH.

How? NO MONEY!

Well, CREATE your OWN entertainment!

A big box = a FORT / HOUSE / TRAIN

STICKS can become SMALL DOME HOMES when you get to MY age

A Pop Straw = a BLOW GUN…or SPIT BALL “shooter”

Draw or cut from Funny Page Strips “people”, a bent heavy paper “tab” glued at base helps them Stand

PAPER DOLLS = DRAW “Clothing” / cut with TABS to hold /fold to DRESS THEM

Nut Shell boats…with SAILS

Block of thin wood = RUBBER BAND Paddle Wheeler Boats

Hand Puppets Paper Maca’ Marreninetts

And On and ON

ALL MADE BY KIDS!

Paper / Sticks / String / Rubber Bands / Steak Knife serrated knife for saw /
+ IMAGINATION = HOURS OF T O Y S!

Why BUY a toy THAT PLAYS WITH THEMSELVES!? When NATURE / Cheap ‘on hand’ “tools” / and a KID, can BRING TOYS TO LIFE…all on their OWN! ????

WHY ROB your CHILD of the PLEASURE of “I MADE IT!”?

GIVE THEM BACK their BRAIN!

re

TV and Characters

My wife and I are watching a TV show:TALKING TO HEAVEN, with Ted Danson as main character.

FASCINATING!

About a man who sees “dead”…since a boy. Catholic up-bringing…”of the DEVIL.”

As a Medicine Man AND a Christian One at that…I can easily identify with the whole show.

Add to this yet another TV show: Psychic Kids.

“Been there, Done that.” Since 10. Hard at first, but you get use to it.

Found many bodies and some missing (still alive). I’ve learned to help via this “doing.” Accepted it as not “of the devil,” but OF THE CREATOR!

It’s not at all unusual for me to see single to whole Villages…via Dead OR Time Travels. Some of the Time Travels NOT deliberate. Just…”there.”

I could write a BOOK on these happenings!

Gee, the things I see…AND seen. Years of these.

I keep silent when “seeing.” At least in general. Some I tell “on the spot,” but most simply would think they’re with a “maniac” (Can you blame them?).

Many are like those on this show…AND as I…(“quiet”).

Perhaps YOU are one? If so, know its a GIFT. You are NOT “nuts.” To some, it’s as natural as breathing. This makes it all the MORE…”scary.”

Folks, if YOU are one who “sees” OR KNOWS A PERSON (Family member?), who does…think on this, ARE you/they “nuts?” or…GIFTED!

re

Getting DAYS of dishes done…then C was called to a SKY Meeting at school (he’s failing)…then to home and dome clearing.

Sky is NOT “failing,” to ME…..has ALL the SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE he needs.  PASSING THE SPIRITUAL THO!!!

I HATE School “teaching”.  Quit when I was 15  (he’ll be that next month).  Can ALWAYS improve via GED, as I…WHEN HE’S READY (as I did).

I’m quite aware my spelling is SUPER BAD…BIG DEAL!  You can READ it…that’s ALL that matters. (Alot is caused by SHAKES and No Going Back Over what I type.  NO TIME!  TOO many to answer DAILY).

WS doing a SUPER Job of repairing before my writings go on the Blog / Etc..  a VOLUNTEER!!! I’m am so THANKFUL FOR WHAT SHE DOES!  HO!

Takes a GIANT load off Heather’s work (book) and YOUR’S.

I want to Home School Sky…his mom and Meachelle (my wife) won’t allow it.  C (daughter) was…and did FANTASTIC!  (Got her GED too).

In today’s world, it WILL BE RARE to GET a JOB!  Even “Fast Foods”.  Still, I understand “proper” schooling.  Why I want to continue on…in HOME Schooling.  Aho?

No, what people NEED to know is HOW TO “CONNECT” / How to LIVE withIN Nature.  THAT will FEED YOU!  Otherwise : WELFARE…and THAT will go “down the tube” too….in time.

Sky know how to build his own abode….fish….some snaring….go “without”.  Things MANY DON’T.  He’s far better ‘prepared’ then ALOT of the ‘Sheeple’ of most of “civilized” man.

How many KIDS do YOU Know who can cook?  Sew?  Etc. ???  LIFE stuff!  WHO THEN IS THE “SMART” ONE”?   re

(WS – who’s kinda blushing right now! 😀 )

We lived in Rose Valley, Wa.  A suburb of Longview and Kelso, Wa.  WELL within the range of Mt. St. Helens when she blew.

Here was I, knowing much of the plant life (and thus: uses) of all that area.  Within hours, only the trees were (more or less) free from ash.  I COULD FIND NOTHING!  Years of learning….gone.

It was heart breaking to me.

But the ASH!  So DEEP…so VERY HEAVY!  Unbelievable!

Car’s Air Filters filled in just a few short hours (often sooner).  People (wisely) putting on Women’s Nylon Stocking over their filters…AND removing / shaking clear, VERY often.

Driving conditions were TERRIFICALLY Terrible.  Ash acting like Snot….SLUG snot!  You didn’t DARE go fast!

(Talk about SLICK!)

Our eyes, hand shielded, were still invaded by this FINE “GLASS” ash.  For MANY days after.  Faces covered at nose / mouth, just to BREATH!  Days of this!

We lost friends in this…and I know of over 30 illegal Mexicans still buried up there.  Unreported by the big Company that were using them.  Their fate unknown by their families even to today.

THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AGAIN!   Both at Mt. St. Helens and others.  SOME NOT EVEN KNOWN (or reported?) by the “heads” who keep much “hidden”.

NOT WANTING PANIC and MASS EXODUS of these areas.  “Shooting Down “THE ECONOMY”!

I tell you true :  MOST OF Wa. State’s COASTLINE would LEAVE….To, WELL, inland.

Just about ALL our FULL WEST COASTS…even into Canada!

“When”…I DO NOT KNOW!  SHOWN but NEVER TOLD.

Might be years away…or in the next few months.

All I know, is WE (family) HERE…right HERE, where I type this…….. Are NOT going to be immune.

(93 miles inland from Seattle).

Mt. RAINIER will be “doing its thing”,  EVERY DAY is ONE MORE Ticking Time Bomb un”-ringing”.  All I can say is I’M FEELING “ANTSY”.

STAY TUNED….not with ME, but with “HIM”!

I do not know WHY I’m telling this.    re

(WS)

As I’ve told, we here are no strangers to being financially poor.  That does NOT mean, tho, we ARE “poor”.

Knowledge and Creator are the key to this family’s RICHNESS!

For instance, our (then 9 yr old) daughter was badly kicked by a horse.  We were without means to take her to a doctor…nor were we on welfare.  What to do?  PRAY!  ASK !

I did so.  “Saw” here fractured lower right leg.

OK…time for the OLD WAYS KNOWLEDGE…..knowledge almost no NA seems to have any more.

No $$ even for ASPIRIN (to help in her pain and swelling).  INNER WILLOW BARK CHEWING!  The REAL Aspirin whiteman has learned to ALMOST duplicate  (CAN’T put the plant’s “Spirit” into their’s).

So did so and had her chew and swallow the spit.

Next : Setting the bone.

Tore my only T-shirt into strips and started “binding” there.  Being on the Thick Side, it could “breathe” next to the skin.  We had a Stretchable “band-aid” and finished with that.

Have no supply of blood to coat all (dries HARD), we had to let it go “as that”.

More bark chewing as her temperature would rise.

Cold water on all now and then.

And plenty of “down” time.

Meanwhile, CONTINUED PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING.  Aho?

Called in The “Doc” Angels for a FAST HEALING.  They did so.  HO!

After a few days, time to be “up and about”….no money for crutches….but : KNOWLEDGE.  Aho?

Went out and cut a small green tree…with under-arm “branch”.  Cut just shorter then under-arm height.  Pressed AGAINST the arm pit pinches a vital blood vein…..causing EXTREME Danger to the BRAIN.

JUST “RIGHT” and worked like a charm.

She was able to go back to school “dressed” in this manner.

After only about 3 + wks, was able to stand / walk without her NATURE Crutch.

She was a “living” testimony to ALL at school AND THE SMALL COMMUNITY.

Finally healed completely.  PTL!

ALL our ancestors once know these “How-Tos”….yes, even those Not N.A.

Time to learn, friends.       MAY save MANY, in time.   Aho?  GB   re

(WS)