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Episode 100 – Building an Arched Cabin in Colorado. A Look Back and Looking to the Future.

Episode 100?!?!?! I can’t believe that we are already on episode 100! I first started this channel in 2017, but didn’t really start making regular videos until mid to late 2018. I started this channel purely to keep myself busy, and it’s grown and changed as much as I have. Thank you so much for you love and support over the past 2 years while I work through a whole bunch of things. #archedcabin #episode100 #100 #lazy #housekit #colorado
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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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Dog Food (Recipe & Video)

Tank Girl and Jet Girl are super picky eaters. It got to the point that they refused to eat pretty much any commercial dog food. I started making various versions of homemade stuff to mix in with commercial food, and now they wolf it down. I mix 1 cup dry dog food with 3/4 cup of the homemade stuff. They are no longer skin and bones, their coats look wonderful, and they are way more energetic and happier than they had been for awhile. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. If you’re enjoying our content, please consider subscribing, and give our videos a thumbs up!


3 lbs Ground Turkey
2 cups Brown Rice
5-6 Carrots
4-5 Celery Stalks
2-3 Sprigs of Rosemary
1 Sweet Potato
1 Cucumber
1 Zucchini
3/4 – 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (too much upsets the girls’ tummies)
3 cups water

Combine rice, water, & chicken broth in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed. (about 20 minutes or so)

Brown ground turkey and set aside.
Chop up all vegetables and put into a pot with about 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes and carrots are tender.
Add brown rice and ground turkey to the pot of veggies and mix all together. Allow to cool completely. Serve to ridiculously happy poopy dogs.

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Bonus Video of the Week!

I’ve uploaded a little video about the furry critters out here on the ranch.

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Lazy A-Hole Neighbor

So I promised you a story yesterday of how we acquired our amazing new neighbor.  I don’t feel too bad about leaving you hanging because anyone who is reading this at this point in our journey likely already knows the story.

So one random day in January, we leave the house to go run some errands. It was a pretty dark period of time for us, so I was searching for a sign. Any kind of sign that things were going to be even remotely okay.  So we are driving down our street, we get to the end of our property, and I see this woman banging in a for sale sign on the property next door. So I turn to Mike, and I say something about the need to be able to choose your neighbors, and then I said that this was our opportunity to have family next door like we’ve always wanted. So I texted Mike’s mom and his “BFF” in case his mom thought we were insane. I took a photo of the sign, and she had called the realtor before we even got back from the store.
It never even went officially on the market.
So on Valentine’s Day, Mike’s mom became our neighbor. She is also building a home at the exact same time as we are. We are currently coordinating so that Bob the Builder (I mean excavator Bob) can work on both projects at the same time and save everyone a little money since it costs to have equipment hauled up there each day.  So we combine the projects and save some cash, and that also makes his scheduling easier since 2 projects are next door to one another.

So since she purchased the property back in February, she has visited a couple of times to work on her project. She hired a local builder, and her last visit was in July where we wandered all over Colorado Springs to pick out materials for her build as well as a lot of the finishing touches. It was an awesome opportunity for us to bond, and as an added bonus I got to see some of the materials that are out there to work with, and to learn from people in the industry what the pros and cons of each material was from a bystander point of view. It’s given us a lot to think about as far as finishings go. I had one view in my head of how things will be, and it’s already quite different than what I’d envisioned.

So after some excellent timing, a lot of coordinating, and a bit of magic in the universe, we have this amazing new neighbor. I look forward to taking turns having dinner on our front porches and enjoying sunsets together. We always dreamed of having our family around us, and we’re so blessed to have that become a reality with the addition of his mom in our neighborhood.


A special thanks to Mom, and a special thanks to my Dad as well. We couldn’t have done any of this without either of you. We love you.