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Apocalyptic Homesteading (Day 76)

By Jacob Peacock | Homesteading | 3 Feb 2021

Routine Routines, My Personal Setup & Thoughts On Fire Treating Wood

  It was another windy and chilly day which made for some nice napping weather but did not encourage me to work on any outdoor projects. I did manage to at least get some of my routine chores done late in the day and while I was doing them I was yet again reminded of how much I appreciate the little routine tasks that lend consistency to my days. It is hard to sum it up in words but having so recently begun this phase of my life at this new place (and yet to finish my ninety day adjustment period) I am perpetually craving having a solid daily routine. Which sounds good and all but I also have to give myself time to actually develop said routine. At the moment I absolutely have some rather stringent routines going on but they are mainly just centered around camping and not so much homesteading. As far as daily routines go I would much rather be only doing ones that are lending to long-term things but for now I am content enough to keep treading water in that regard.

  All this camping and getting my own setup dialed in has been taking center stage in things here and for the most part I have not gotten it all mixed up with the bigger picture of my role at the place. It is always kind of funny how I divorce my own setup from the larger land projects at a property but I think that it is necessary to always do so in order to at least maintain the illusion of separation between my work life and my personal life. I am aware that neither of those exist exclusively for me but I like the idea that they do because it eases my anxieties over project management and helps me avoid feeling overwhelmed. It also helps me keep my own personal stuff from interfering with my perceived duties but hell I am human after all and that particular river often flows in two directions and its tide does not give a damn what is work related and what is not.

  On a different note. When I was clearing the new shelter site I saved all those hardwood poles and given that there is a lot of termite activity here I have not been utilizing them very much to build things. Basically I do not want to create a bunch of termite food by building with it. Which lead me to doing some research and finding out that I could burn the material and thus make it termite resistant. It still would not be good for burying it in the ground or anything like that but it would make for some nice interior building stock and would probably last a long time given that it stayed dry.

  So with all of that in mind I got to thinking about processing the material by either de-barking it or by milling it with a saw of some kind. Since all the poles are six inches in diameter (or smaller) and there are only maybe forty of them I am inclined to just de-bark them with a draw knife but part of me wants to speed the entire process up by milling them into lumber instead. I have a few techniques in mind to mill the poles with the tools that I have available so we will see how that turns out.

  Well, it is getting late here and I need to hike out into the night and get the water system drained before the temperature drops below freezing tonight. Thankfully I have that task down to a science at this point and tend to enjoy the brisk walk and the return to the warmth of the tent afterwards. I hope that everyone is doing well and has a nice day/night.

IMG_20210202_223114_4.jpgAh! The cuteness is priceless!

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Jacob Peacock
Jacob Peacock

I have been doing property caretaking (land stewardship) for many years (decades) and live a rather simple life with my dogs doing what most folks would consider to be an 'alternative minimalist lifestyle' and write about my adventures along the way.


A little over three years ago I began sharing the adventures (misadventures) of my homesteading lifestyle via writing, videos, pictures and the occasional podcasts and although my intention was to simply share my life with some friends it undoubtedly grew into much more than that over the years and now I find myself doing what equates to a full-time job just 'sharing my life' which is not even all that glamorous or anything but hey folks seem to enjoy it so I just keep doing it!

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