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


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


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.

Cryptidian : Just a man and his best friend. You can't ask for more than this. So wholesome.

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

conny benz : 💕 tanx, lived in the 70s in a log cabin in the laurentians, north of montréal, some of the best times of my life.....👍

Ceo founder : A loyal dog, a loyal wife, a nice log cabin house, your health, living in God's country with the beautiful snow, fresh water, wild life, no criminals, no evil people near you! Life awesomeness!

Wolf ScA : omg the doggie <3 I was awww-laughing when you were chopping that tree trunk and he was chaotically running after the flying wood bits, so adorable

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!

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.

Happy Camper : Love the Silence that encompasses most of the Video. Just hear working noise and a "good girl". Great stuff ;-)

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

TheWayOutisThru : One wonders about your recycling habits out there off the grid sir. I see some plastic here and there, do you take it monthly into the city? I guess you don't have the refuse rangers come out that way! :P

CHRISTIAN MACKNOVITZ : Love everything about this video and that way of life.

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

Gdog mainstream : Around 24 min. You're looking almost like kevin Costner. No Disrespect.

Jodi Braund : “We’re going for a walk! Do you want your backpack on?” That’s winning!

str8 suicidal : 3.1k thumbs down wtf is wrong with people. Just stumbled across this video. What a tranquil 40 minutes that was. Amazing my friend

Ladybug : So admirable and I'm so jealous! I want to live this way and would be so, so happy!

TheTutorialGamer : You know you like someone when you like their video before you even watch it.

roger williams : Thinking we’re close to this being everyone’s dream. There is no longer peace in society.

randy roberts : I don't really know what it is, but there's something about you that I really like

Aaron Ralston : great video,,, very calming and relaxing to watch.. cheers to you and your dog.

NZ Mentoring : This is outstanding in every way; I have only just started to watch this ; congratulations Best wishes from New Zealand

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

jason woodrow : Love your cabin, and watching you vision of your cabin unfold from video to video.

Carolina D. : Man!!! Your place is amazing. I hope to live like that as soon as possible, here in Chile, south america. Congratulation, I will follow you. <3

Kimberly Peacock : Keep going. There is no such thing as perfection, the best we can do is constantly improve.

Glare Vertuese : Animal is indeed a better partner than human sometimes! Love the 🐶 😍🥰 🐕 nice to live in a simple life stress free from toxic city😃 new viewer here from hk

Andrew James : i dont understand why it has dislikes. When people click on a video that says off grid log cabin with my dog in an ice storm and its exactly that wtf do they expect to see lol

Carey Leroux : Very interesting video. Your dog is a beauty and the cabin is great. Love what you have created and such amazing workmanship. God Bless you and your family.

Norman J. Murk : I'm a builder myself and I'm very impressed with the wonderful job you've done and more over you have a solid attitude towards what you've set out to accomplish; very stoic with much integrity to boot. Good on you! From, Norm out in New Jersey, USA.

10highflush : The older I get, the more appealing this way of living looks to me.

newfie lad : Smart and practical man. I like the idea of living in a cabin but not off the grid. I enjoyed listening to you talk and love your dog.

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

Dafok : I love how you treat your dog!! There should be more people like you! Keep the great video's up!

Edwin J : Yup! That's me in the near future. Thank you Sir for your videos.

xxx : youtube suggested your vid and I took a peak - and couldn't stop looking, lol. I grew up on a farm in a third world country. No running water (plumbing), no electricity, out house, etc. and just a river in front of our house which was our mainstay. All that to say, it doesn't matter if you make use of modern tools, the key is being able to live off grid with as little of the bells and whistles the modern world has to offer as possible. You still need to buy basics like salt, sweetner, spices, etc. even if you grow your own garden. Still have to buy clothes, shoes, etc. but key is living close to nature and leaving a lesser carbon footprint than if you were in one of these cities. Thank you for sharing your journey.

giammira : I enjoyed the clip. Admitting hipocricy.... removes it... . There is no obligation to be totally consistent, that is unhuman. In the old times they were looking for modern things because they lacked of it, now on the contrary we have too much of it but we miss what our ancestors used to have in abundance: a simple life, direct contact with nature and with our means of survival and their source. But we still like and need some of our modern discoveries and gadgets!

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.

ReedtheCat : you'd be lost without your pup..sweet

Big G Gordon : You can tell this guy loves his dog 🐕❤️

Jennifer2017 : this looks like paradise <3 plus I love your dog lol she seems really happy to be there

anne neilsen : We got a say here.. Living the dream. . That what your doing. . Good on you. ..

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.

Daniel Pahl : That wood burner is pure gold.. just wonderful, the whole setup

Renee Brady : You are an amazing craftsman, watching you brings so many wonderful memories of watching the carpenters in my family, I feel it's a little bit of a lost art, working with the hand tools and just watching your precision with each cut...truly a work of art. And you are a wonderful pet companion to boot! Thank you for showing a newer generation the pride that can be had in hand crafting!

Trashy Potato : That dog... a true good boi (Edit) oh nvm he said it was a girl

Jeanette Davis : Shawn i love how you interact with Cali , how she gives you five. I miss having a dog, keep up the good work.