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Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Building a Woodshed with Salvaged Materials

Why we wanted to build a woodshed: We want to cut from our land all of the firewood we burn in our woodstove, which is our only heat source. This year, that wasn’t a problem as we needed to cut down many trees to clear a right of way for our power line. We did have a problem of not having a place to put the wood once it was cut, so I decided we needed a woodshed. And since…

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They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

Less than a week after closing on our cabin and months before moving in or insuring it, a huge windstorm blew through. We are talking our-house-in-town-being-without-electricity-for-a-whole-week-in-the-aftermath-of-this-storm huge. After the obstacle course of debris on my way to work, working all day (my office is conveniently located in one of only two neighborhoods in the area that had power that day) and going out for dinner since we didn’t have a working refrigerator or stove we went to go check out…

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They Will GET Electricity

They Will GET Electricity

The electricians arrived and one of the first comments was, “Nice trench.” The electrician had asked for a 27” deep trench to run the wire in and because we had someone excavate it, it was much bigger than needed.  As the electrician was laying the 100 f eet of line to connect the meter to our cabin, he delightedly exclaimed, “I’ve never gotten to walk in the trench before!” The two electricians were here most of the day and, my…

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They Will Really Really Want Electricity

They Will Really Really Want Electricity

If I look out my front door, a little to the left of the sauna, I can see a tiny red light shining from the newly installed meter. Electricity is about 100 feet away from our house and the anticipation is killing me! It has been about 8.5 months since we’ve lived with electricity and indoor plumbing and I cannot tell you how jump-out-of-my-skin excited I am to have one of those modern-day conveniences back! 

They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

They’re Going to Ask for a Plow Truck

We have quite the driveway – it is a quarter mile long and that is way too long to shovel. It is also cost prohibitive to pay someone to plow it every time it snows. Because of this, we wanted to buy a plow truck or tractor to plow the snow ourselves.     We considered several ways to clear our driveway including a plow truck than we never use on the roads, A nice plow truck, a tractor with a snow…

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They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

They’re Going to Want Propane to Run Their Stove

After doing some research we decided that we wanted to get two 100 lb. tanks for propane that we could bring to town to get filled when we want rather than having a large tank and needed to deal with deliveries. We ordered some from U-Haul and had them delivered, we ordered a regulator that would automatically switch between tanks when one was empty and hoses from Amazon. The U-Haul delivery went just fine, but the Amazon delivery didn’t come…

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They’re Going to Sell Their House and Move in (in the Middle of the Cold Minnesota Winter)

They’re Going to Sell Their House and Move in (in the Middle of the Cold Minnesota Winter)

We bought our cabin in July with hopes of selling our house and moving into it in the early fall with time to get electricity in before the ground froze. This ended up being a case of the Lord’s timing not being our timing and He worked it out that our house would sell in the middle of winter. The closing wasn’t until mid-January, but due to some close friends of ours getting married the first weekend of January and…

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