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 - https://teespring.com/stores/my-self-reliance Makers Mark Branding Iron - http://www.makersmarkbranding.com/product/electric-heated-branding-iron Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 Bragg's Organic Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Camera Equipment: Canon 6D Mark ii - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada #logcabin #offgrid #dog

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

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

pensive69 : there is nothing hypocritical or fake about survival. it takes work and a dream. God Bless.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Jd Brunette : tbh your cabin, and your building techniques are far more off grid then anyone else even doing something similiar. Keep it up.

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.

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

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

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

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

Andrew : I really enjoy your channel........Great stuff.......you are an amazing talent and an amazing guy.

Regina Célia Velasco : Sou brasileira e adorei o seu vídeo, o frio é horrível e você sozinho. Adoraria te conhecer, você é um vencedor, parabéns 🌹🌺🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

eekinelsa : it's great til they build a 5G tower next to you

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Xalliye - - - Wadnihii Badweynta : Correction: "Alone with my dog and Cameraman in an ice storm" Just a joke.

jacebeefer : The video editing on this was amazing!

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

WomanOfWinter 26 : Happy accident coming across this channel. Nature, cooking, building and a dog. This is everything I love rolled into one video. I'm gonna binge watch from the beginning. Subscribed!!

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

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

Carpe Diem : life is beautiful uncle you :)

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

Mack McGibbon : I love the whole idea of what you ‘re doing. I wish I was even a bit handy, I have to work to buy what you can make. Keep up the good work

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

Matt Jugan : just subscribed for more videos with the pup!

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

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

Roma Oliva : I just watched a guy and his dog eat in his cool little cabin while crafting some furniture and I loved every minute of it.

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John Roddy : The lights are nice up stairs and functional ,Nothing but admiration .

amine chihab : There is no Perfect Man ,So if u do even littel from what u belive in ,sertenelly u are not hypocrite .

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!

Guy Azbell : Out of all the videos on utubes this is the only one I can't wait for every friday!

Hermaphrodite Doro : the natural life is the most peacful and healthy life, than live in the city,

Atu Nailatica : Just started watching your vlogs and I'm already loving it,,Subscribed!!😊👍 much love from Switzerland 🇨🇭

Paul M. Hurley Sr. : You've earned a new subscriber my friend 👍👍 GBY brother!!

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

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.

R Smaczny : I'm jealous

Better Life : God,save this men! He is your special gift!

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

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