The Trash to Treasure Table

I’m not above scavenging from other people’s garbage.  Especially in my neighbourhood.  My neighbourhood is a DIY-er’s heaven.  I live in a neighbourhood where people throw out perfectly upcyclable items ALL. THE. TIME.  I am not judging.  If people want to toss these items instead of donating them or upcycling, that is their right.  In fact, … More The Trash to Treasure Table


The Bunk Room

Have you ever had one of those rooms that you HATE?  Absolutely can’t stand?  Every time you look at it, you cringe, feel a little throw-uppy, want to burn it to the ground?  Yeah.  That was how I felt about the bunk room. Oh, little Bunk Room, how I hate thee.  Let me count the … More The Bunk Room

The Rocket Stove

Ever heard of a rocket stove?  Neither had I. But see, that’s the beauty of sharing my life with a soldier, who also happens to be a Prepper.  A Pragmatic Prepper, of course, in case of natural disaster.  We do live in Canada and we have been known on occasion to get some pretty crazy winter … More The Rocket Stove

The Pallet Deck

The land on which our tiny cabin sits, and the surrounding area, is scrubby and varied.  There are rocky hills and mossy rocks, trilliums and a floor of needles and maple seedlings.  You must always watch your footing so that you don’t trip over a root, a rock or unexpectedly step down into a divot. … More The Pallet Deck

How to Fix a Leaky Roof When You Have No Money and No Know-How

We first noticed the leak in March when we went and spent three days at the cabin in the winter.  It was -23 and we stoked the cook stove until it was a broiling 25C inside our wee cabin.  And that’s when we heard it.  The incessant <drip, drip, drip>.  The snow on the roof … More How to Fix a Leaky Roof When You Have No Money and No Know-How