It’s the simple things

This time of year, three things are a guarantee here in central New York State. It's going to get sub-zero cold, it's going to snow and you're going to have to use the toilet. Sadly, it is likely these things will happen at the same time. It is during the months of December through March... Continue Reading →


Looking Back on 2018

I had words with 2018 and sadly, not all of them were good. 2018, like 2017, had an issue with me making trips to the ranch regularly and well, that caused problems. Not problems that would cause me a surmountable amount of grief, but more of that long labored sigh roll the eyes kind of... Continue Reading →

New Year, old issue

First, let me apologize for the long, long, long delay in getting a new post out. Life has been tremendously busy. Aside from being a tad scatterbrained, I sometimes believe, as do many in my family, that I am a tad ADHD. Suffice to say, I'm all over the place and I have my hands... Continue Reading →

The Front Door

The Front Door to any house is the landing pad to your home. It is where all of the world comes to visit, where family crosses to your domain, where friends ring your doorbell and where you let loose with a sigh of relief at the end of a day at the office. For us... Continue Reading →

Makeshift Kitchen to Real Kitchen

Let's face it boys and girls, the kitchen is the world's gather spot. It's the first place we always go when we come home from being out of the house. It's the place where we always seem to end up with our guests, where we converse, where we plan, where we share our love, hope... Continue Reading →

Nature vs. Man

In the first five years, the driveway was thorn in my side. It was my nemesis, is was the bane of my existence. Thankfully, some things can be fixed, with the right amount of money. Also thankfully, my tax returns have always been generous enough to allow me to do some things. This particular year,... Continue Reading →

From Box to House

The original size of the cabin was 20'x20'. Literally, a box with a roof. It was a studded, no insulation, no electric, no plumbing, no flooring box with a roof. Realizing this wouldn't work for long, the plans were drafted....literally by me (I'm a draftsman by trade), to expand the box into a more livable... Continue Reading →

The Expense of the Expanse

One of the greatest joys of owning a large tract of land is actually being there. One of the worst hardships of owning a large tract of land, is NOT being able to be there. In fact, it is the most infuriating part, for me. While I plan, in my head and on my calendar,... Continue Reading →

Poop and Poop Management

By November of 2004 I've had enough of using the Port-o-potti. Done. Tired of using it, tired of thawing it out, tired of emptying it, just.... just Ew. While it was a... Godsend, for lack of a better word, it was, ironically, a pain in the ass. Not to be rude or insulting, but if... Continue Reading →

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