Category: Self Reliance

“Just In Time”

By , March 19, 2020

“It’s folly to think of preparedness as last-minute goods grabbing instead of a way of life.”  —Sean Maidy

My friend and, until quite recently, Borough Assembly Member, Sean Maidy, thought this up in the shower recently, along with several other nuggets shared on social media he calls “Coronavirus Epiphany List.” They’re all good, but the one above hit me where I live. Where we live.

Maidy’s quote above explains why we watch or listen to the news and shake our heads in wonder. The rest of the country seems to finally be (trying) to catch up with where we’ve been for years.

Sean's List

My friends complete list (so far) (Screenshot).

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Putting Off the Hardest Chore

By , December 10, 2019

We’re all, quite literally, breathing easier around the cabin today. Yesterday, we faced up to our responsibilities, and got to work. By noon, we had swept the chimney, and cleaned up both the woodstove and the water heater.

We’ve had a year of intermittent smoke problems with our heating system. I’d forgotten that I addressed this here back in January (see Solving Our Smoking Problem). We thought that solved things, but it didn’t.

Keeping our smoke-ways clean and unobstructed may be the single most important task on the homestead. But, as I readily admit, it’s a hard, unpleasant task (See Sweeping the Wood Stove Chimney) one that’s easily ignored or put off. As a corollary to that, it’s even harder and more unpleasant in winter.

creosote in a woodstove chimney

Before we started, Michelle stuck her phone in the T and took a couple of photos. This one shows the view from below looking up… (Photo: MIchelle L. Zeiger).

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