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Ep 85 – Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law – As always whatever can go wrong during the build process goes wrong. That’s okay though, we just keep on trucking!
Weather spoiled some of our plans and a mild injury slowed us down, but we’ll be at it again hopefully this week!
ArchedCabins #Buildingahousekit #ArchedCabins #timelapse #DIYbuild

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Ep 79 – Tacos because we had to hurry up and wait on the build again

s, it’s a recipe video. I know, I know. You want build videos. Soon. We are setting up the forms this weekend. We ran out of money for materials. We really are a paycheck to paycheck channel. LOL While we await the next step in the build process, we make some delicious tacos
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E76 – Ali is learning to weld

The build is fast approaching, and I’m going to need to know how to weld for a small portion of it. I’m just experimenting at this point and trying to sort out how it all works!
weld #welding #midwelding #womenwelding
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Beginning the Build

It is rumored that we are going to begin the foundation this week. Realistically, I suspect it will happen maybe next week. Either way, we are on the precipice of some major changes, and of course my anxiety is skyrocketing. Interestingly though, I am aware of it, and also aware of something I heard at that class I attended recently. “What if your anxiety is excitement?”

I don’t have the best track record with follow through in the face of anxiety. I have a tendency to get in my own way and self sabotage what I’ve got happening, and I no longer wish to do that. So it’s something I’ve been working really hard on especially over the past year and a half or so. So with the exciting news, I’m mentally kind of freaking out, but instead of letting it overwhelm me, I’ve taken the day to do some light reading. Ponder the immediate needs, and not try to manage ALL of the things in this exact moment. I had a moment of realization over the past couple of days that it’s not all or nothing all of the time. Everything is about balance, and if I worked for an hour this morning, it doesn’t mean that I can’t take part of the day to sort out my thoughts or take time for myself if that is my immediate need. So when I’m feeling less anxious, then I’ll make that phone call to see what the wait time is for the inspection. When I’m less likely to feel stressed, I’ll look up what I need to know to calculate the concrete required or to ponder how we’ll connect the sonotubes to the footer molds with the different sized holes. Now is the time to gain some clarity and to approach the upcoming surge of activity with a clear head and some focus.


We are excited to launch ourselves into this next journey of our lives, and I’m grateful and pleased that we have so many wonderful souls with us on this journey.

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Ep 73 – Tamales!

Ali made tamales!
I combined parts of 3 different recipes to get what I wanted.
I used this one to do the pork and sauce – https://leitesculinaria.com/106882/recipes-red-chile-pork-tamales.html
I used this video from Cowboy Kent Rollins for the masa and some pro tips – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR5eXtIbEDY&t=504s
and for instant pot portion of the cooking I used this recipe – https://cookingwithcurls.com/2018/04/23/instant-pot-red-chile-tamales/
They turned out awesome!
tamales #instantpot #DIY #homestead #recipes
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Ep 72 – Adding Plants to the Memorial Garden. Happy Birthday, Mom.

More work on the inexpensive memorial garden. It would have been my mom’s 75th birthday this year. We lost her19 years ago, and have still always celebrated her birthday. This year, I wanted to be sure to get the plants into the ground because she loved her summer flowers.
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Episode 71 – $0 Budget Memorial Garden Progress

I am working on a memorial garden for my lost people, and I’m trying to spend as little as I can to do it, because I’m strapped for cash at the moment.
homestead #homesteading #DIY #budget #lowbudgetgarden
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Episode 70 – $0 Budget Memorial Garden

Ali is working hard on the garden, and Mike continues his war with One Eye while assisting me.
Lots of raking and rocks, plus summer flowers are flourishing in the mountains!
homesteading #homestead #garden #gardening #Colorado #rockymountains #deer #lowbudget #broke