Friday, 20 September 2019

Last Weekend Of Running Water

It is that time of year and this year the event at the RV Dealership that I bought Wanda from has its winterizing special next Saturday (as in a week from tomorrow).

So, since I don’t want to do it myself, and it is cheaper to get them to do it (winterize Wanda) I will be saying bye-bye to running water until . . . May.

It is not all that much of an inconvenience as I use the running water for two things 1) washing my hands, 2) flushing the toilet.

I can do both things with the water that I pack in on my back. I can still use my Grey and Black Water Tanks until the cold weather really starts.

So, I will enjoy this last weekend and week of running water, and get ready for the coming of Fall. As that is what this winterizing means to me, the true end of summer.

Ah well, I will adapt and change what I am doing in order to not only survive but thrive. It’s what I do.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive and keep moving forward.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Water Is Life

So, it is that time of year again when the weather can turn cold, as in darn cold and become so on a dime.

So it is also that time of year when I have to be ready to deal with the eventualities of what to do about water . . . it freezes.

Something to remember is that first of all, the water (or liquid rather) that is in my Grey and Black Water Tanks can and will freeze. 

When they freeze they can and will cause a great deal of damage. Which is why when it look like it will go below zero, (nearing or dipping below -10C) I will dump my tanks.

This year I may go more of a wuss and dump my tanks at -5C, just to avoid trying to thaw out my Grey and Black Water Tanks enough to dump them (like last year). 

The other thing to think of is fresh water, and how to keep it liquid. What I do is to keep it in two litre soda bottles that I have rinsed out.

Those bottles are about the right size and weight to use an handle, yet I can also put them in my bed to keep them warm and prevent them from freezing.

Another trick to help prevent these bottles from freezing is to fill them right up to the tipy-top with water. 

The less air space there is, the less likely they will start freezing. That’s what I’ve found anyways.

Again, figuring out where you will get water, how you will store it and how you will keep it liquid are vital things to know BEFORE the cold of winter hits.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Mild Winter Expected

So, the weather prognosticators predict a mild winter in the part of the country that I am in. 

That’s a good thing, but given that I have been in my trailer through some cold and bitter winters, the weather doesn’t scare me.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love cold weather, I hate it, but I can manage with it, I can survive, and thrive all while still saving money.

So, no matter what happens this winter, I will be okay, because I know that I can handle just about anything that comes my way.

I also have the confidence in my abilities, experience, and resourcefulness that I can even handle the stuff that I haven’t seen yet. (Famous last words, I know.)

So, I will do what I always do: Keep trudging onwards.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Indoor Towel Drying

Okay, so one of the issues I have is how to dry my towels when I’m at work. Sometimes just putting it back on the towel rack doesn’t quite do the job.

They need to be aired out, rather than bunched up on the towel rack. As for the tea towel, it hangs through the refrigerator door handle, (So, it’s worse off).

This was my solution.

How I did it was use those hooks that I put in the ceiling to hang the tea light lanterns from. 

What I do is use those monster paper clips to clip to the towel and hang it between two of the hooks.

This will work for a larger towel, like my bath towel, but for the tea towel I needed to do something more creative.

What that is, is a coat hanger with three of those monster clips on it. One is on the very top to allow it to hook onto the hook in the ceiling. 

There are two on either “shoulder” of the coat hanger in order to clip to either corner of the tea towel. 

Thus I am able to hang it up to dry out as well, all inside my trailer, while I’m away. Not fancy, but effective, a reoccurring theme in my life.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Expanding The Archives

So, part of what I will be doing as I move forward will be to storehouse information, information that will, or may, prove useful during the Homesteading Process.

This archive that I am adding to is what I called the “When You Need To Know It, But Can’t Google It” archive.

As in I want to have books on everything that I may need to build and manage that homestead, as if I was a pioneer, if necessary.

I don’t plan on throwing away technology to do this, quite the opposite, but I want to be ready to be able to build a homestead from scratch, if I need to.

So, I will be adding to this archive each payday, as I build my savings. I bought a bunch this payperiod and will buy another bunch this next payday.

After that, I will add about $100.00 each payday (enough to qualify for free shipping, of course).

I plan to have a good start on a library for the homestead and town that I plan to build. I will also start to archive as much free electronic books as I can.

The printed material of the physical library is important as you can read a book if your computer, tablet or phone’s batteries are dead.

Feel free to send me suggestions for books (links or titles, so I can find them) that I should add to this collection.

Tools I will wait until closer to the time of starting the homestead, as those are harder to store and should be easier to get a hold of (should be).

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Friday, 13 September 2019

Adapt And Change To Thrive

If there is one thing that I have learned in my journey of being an Urban Nomad, it is the importance of being able to constantly change and adapt to the current situation.

I mean change and adapt what I am doing, not who I am and what I believe. I have a set of directives, objectives, goals and beliefs that I cling to.

Yet, how I live, and what I do, those things change in regards to my current situation. I am always asking myself “what can I get away with?” 

What this means is, “how close to full summer mode, can I get?” I do enjoy relaxing around the house with the windows, vents and door open as a breeze blows through.

I can live and get what I need to get done in -30C as well. I grumble and mutter through it, but I still get done what I need to get done.

I do this so I can get ahead both with my goal as well as financially. 

For while I wish to build my savings, I am doing so, in order to own a house and land. 

All this is possible because I am willing to adapt what I am doing in order to do what I want and need to do, despite what is happening around me.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Mr Bold and Mr Fear

Each of us have two people within us, constantly talking to us, urging us to do this or that. 

More specifically one is urging you into action while the other is urging you out of action. The two of them are Mr. Bold and Mr. Fear, respectively.

Mr. Bold is the voice urging you to take that leap, take that chance, always telling you “You got this! Go for it!”

Mr. Fear is the ‘voice of reason’ as it were and always urging you to take some precautions and be careful.

When these voices are in balance, we are in balance in that we take appropriate risks, but are not foolish in doing so. 

In so doing, we can experience new things and get things done, yet not behave recklessly as we do so. 

Mr. Bold is a good part of ourselves as he urges us to explore and take risks, to do new things, to have an adventure now and again. 

Mr. Fear is also a good part of ourselves, as he urges caution and whispers to us the many and varied ways that the action that Mr. Bold wants us to undertake can go horribly wrong. 

If either Mr. Bold or Mr. Fear get louder than the other than we put ourselves at risk, either by taking too many risks or not taking enough. 

If we take too many risks we can injure ourselves or cause great harm and disruption in our lives. 

If we don’t take enough risks we stagnate, do nothing and live in constant fear of anything and everything. 

This is why these two voices need to be listened to, and are essential, yet neither voice can be allowed to be too strong . . . neither voice can be allowed to rule us.

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!