Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

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#logcabin #offgrid #dog Relaxing at the cabin with Cali, my Golden Retriever. The weather was incredible, warm and sunny one day with deer coming out to dine on the acorns exposed by the melting snow, but the next day, rain ice pellets fell all night long before changing to snow the following day. It was not the worst ice storm I've witnessed, not like the ice storm of several years ago that shut the northeast down for a few days, but it did some damage. With our drone, my wife got some incredible aerial footage and photographs of raging rivers, pristine Canadian wilderness in the snow and the log cabin. The rustic tiny house is extremely cozy right now, especially when my wife and dog are there and the fire in the woodstove is burning, the candles and lanterns are lit and the furs are piled high on the bed. It's extremely cozy now that the floor is insulated and the spaces between the logs have been filled. Woodworking and bushcrafting the structure was very rewarding, but the interior finishes are the icing on the cake. Whenever I'm inside with the fire burning and I look out through the windows and the winter storms raging, I'm inspired to finish the tiny log house as soon as possible so that I can get working on the front porch, the outdoor kitchen, the cellar, workshop, maple syrup shack and more. I'm particularly excited to live off the land, foraging for wild plants and edibles, growing my own vegetables and becoming self reliant. I can use this off grid cabin as a shelter and base where I can practice living off the land and use primitive technology, learn bushcraft skills, improve my survival skills and my self reliance. Of course, no video would be complete without the meals that I prepare on the wood stove over the fire with cast iron cookware. In this episode, I make stewed venison spiced with garam masala, with leeks, onions and broccoli. For breakfast, I have fresh chicken eggs from the nearby rural homestead where they raise chickens and turkeys. I will be showing how I put the eggs in long term storage, preserving the food for the future. My dog and I fall asleep to the hooting of barred owls, and the wind through the trees and the falling rain were a big ASMR triggers for me. It's deep winter outside, but in the cabin was cosy and warm. Sometimes I think living off grid in a tiny house seems much easier, away from the daily stress of life. In fact, dealing with my high blood pressure and becoming much healthier is my motivation for building this cabin and living the simple life. Not my only motivation of course, I'm also inspired by my wife and my parents, who are living long and happy lives. Inspiration is important in this crazy world, and of course I'm not the only one who wants to escape from society and retreat to a cabin in the woods. To accomplish my goal of living off grid with as little money as possible, living cheap and saving money wherever possible, I need to continue to hone my woodworking and bushcraft skills, along with tree identifications, foraging, making maple syrup, harvesting chaga, catching fish and game, preserving food for long term storage (dehydrating, salting, curing, smoking, freezing, drying). Why Should You Subscribe To My Channel? To relax… To virtually immerse yourself in nature… To see how I live debt free, stress free and low cost… To see how I build things alone… To see how I cook with no electricity or gas… To hear what steps I took to retire in my mid-forties so I could live my dream life… To interact with the happiest and most helpful community of viewers on YouTube… To become more self-reliant. Links to Products Used: CABIN LIFE T-SHIRTS - Makers Mark Branding Iron - Moka Pot - Bragg's Organic Sprinkle - Camera Equipment: Canon 6D Mark ii - DJI Mavic Pro - To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: Facebook – Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – Instagram – Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada #logcabin #offgrid #dog


Vaalferatus : Why the hell am I living in a city working all day in a hotel full of grumpy people

AwesomeRobot15 : This is one of the best things in life. No need for a fancy car or a gold watch or whatever people consider success. Just a peaceful night with your dog.

Tom Geraghty : The dog steals the show. What a nice animal as a companion.

snaggletooth 70 : I wish every one treated animals like this man..i love my dog..

T OB : That dog doesn't have too many more years.. that's going to be one sad man when that dogs number comes up

Ann Lindsay Wright : Just found your channel. I am a 59 year old woman who looks after her terminally ill husband. I have osteoarthritis, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis and am unable to walk around much. I was a nurse for 30 years and spent 10 of them in Oregon. Thank you for the relaxation, tranquility and beauty. Above all the blessed silence and the sounds of nature. The simplicity I realize is something I should have tried to nurture instead of separating work and relaxation. It seems to me you have discovered, or, are in the process of doing that. I am so glad and happy that you and eventually your wife will have time to do that. I will continue to watch from the UK. Thank you.

John Long : Now that is the only life I want.. Me, my retriever and a cabin.. This is is heaven to me..

John Helms : This is better than TV any day! Kudos to you for what you have accomplished! I'm a dog person too - love your dog.

Brittania : the governments and bankers created a false reality to steal money and they call it taxation/ mortgages etc. Think about it - the land provided trees, which you can build your own home. Totally free.....the reality we all live in is a scam!

John of Words : NO MUSIC. Man, that is so refreshing.

mike smith : Kinda creepy if you ask me.   People need human contact.   That isolation is maddening.   I mean, treating the dog, like Tom Hanks treated that volleyball.  Like a best friend.   The dog could care less, all he wants is to eat and sleep.   But humans are different.  My experience with people isolating themselves is that they become very strange and soon begin hunting people to make clothes out of their body parts.    I tend to steer clear of these types.

B C : That's a beautiful Golden. Such fantastic dogs!


Pedro Garcia : Life is about who you are as person not about what you have life is beautiful take care of it

Vince T : Jesus christ is the Son of God. Amen

JASON CHRISTIAN : Cool vid my friend 😎 be careful out there...

Tupelo Mem : Ps.whats in your dog back pack ? From England.🌈🇬🇧

smcliffhanger492 : I found your channel by accident and I'm glad I did, very enjoyable viewing. Everybody compromises at times out of necessity. Cali is a scene stealer. Liked and subbed.

SuperDave : That dog though!! Talk about man's best friend!

Uprooted Wanderer : The people are moving back to old days. The days which were full of organic things, like life, food and style of living. I also want that life back which was pure at least. That's my opinion.

Gimpler Da Happenin : I envy your passion, work ethic, courage and determination. You have a very desirable outcome!

James Viles : Lovely cabin and one happy doggo. TY for sharing.

Prince Devitt83 : What a beautiful Dog. I also had an Golden Retriever. Died at the Age of 13. Reminds me of him.

SpicyDragonWings : The more the modern world advances the more appealing this simple way of life seems. Truly inspirational.

yackme muck : I say off grid mean you have your own source of power , water, heat, toilet, bath. It means to me you just don't have to go town to live a peaceful life.

ReXe : Youtube show me this as a cooking video... I was concern about the dog so i came here

Grassi TV : Love your video.. Keep up a good work!! Small things and enjoying life is such a smart way to go. All the best budd

Marjory Rainey : Love the doggie. What a great partner and friend. The house is fabulous.

Vortex Sky : This is honestly the coolest guy ever. He’s a good cook, a good dog owner and a great builder

Mark Parker : Very cool. I admire your ethics, and your determination. Keep it up.

Tupelo Mem : Really enjoyed this posting.thank you so much.your dog is your cabin.this would be my subscribing today.🦃🌈🕊🌺

S.G.M CREATIONS AND TUTORIALS : Thanks for watching my channel Happy New Year

Mike Greer : Shawn, this video, is my favorite.

Mattias Wennerhult : Dude, stop with the apologies. You do what you do and if someone doesn't like it, so what?! It's not like there is a crapload of youtubers doing this better than you. And why don't they? Becouse you do a damn great job and you've become a mighty inspiration to many.

Brian Delacruz : one of the coolest channels I've ever came across. keep it up got a subscriber here for sure! love the idea behind it all. PEACE

Brendan Perry : What's not to like; love to be able to do this myself! Thanks for sharing, be safe 😎.

Dan Kidd : instant-subscribe. what a beautiful and peaceful set up and Cali would be just enough companionship for me, too. hats off to you sir, you have widdled off a piece of heaven on earth.

I Play 2 Win Truth Seeker : Just ran into your video what you doing is awesome. I'm liking your video going to sub to your channel for more videos 👍👍👍

Thoreau : This video is like an antidepressant without any side effects. I watched it before going to bed, I relaxed, and I slept soundly.

Jonathan Rodriguez : So where is the internet coming from, Lol I didn’t watch the video all the way through

Adam Gouge : My dog is watching with me and he's getting so jealous! haha

Evelyn Rodgers : Amazing: I always wanted to live in a log cabin. Living my dream; I will enjoy it through you and your family.

David from Texas : Your not a hypocrite sir. Nothing wrong with mixing in some technology with the old school ways. If people from the old west could have conveniences they would have. I’m envious!

Ming Ye : I’m so glad I stumbled upon your channel. I like the quietness your video provides. It echoes where you’re living and what you’re trying to do. The beautiful surroundings provides plenty of interests for me. I admire your carpentry abilities. Great cooking scene using the wood stove. Wow! Thank you for sharing!!

Knack Wurst : Wow, much respect. That is a very nice log cabin, good on ya for being self reliant and living off the grid. Nice dog, well behaved.

Logan11thMEU : very lucky man indeed

Janet Newbill : Very interesting..and neat.

A Girl in the Wild - Stephanie Margeth : living the dream, and many can live theirs through you. much love, awesomeness

urban rider : Hi Shawn,just subscribed,Chris