Building a composting toilet

So when we started our off grid homestead we decided to build a small septic system for our restroom, who doesn’t love a flushing toilet right?! Well even though it was just a cute little system and built well, our pipes froze, the floor in our tiny home flexed and broke the wax seal leaking water everywhere, and the leach field hoses froze and the Septic tank we used filled all the way up and we cant find anyone to come pump it out until after spring and even with a low flush toilet we where still using anywhere from 3 to 5 gallons of water a day just for the toilet that amount of water adds up fast Especially when u have to haul in water…. so we decided enough is enough we are building a composting toilet.

After having this composting toilet for 24 hours now, I think I really love it!!! So let’s get started!!!! We built this bad boy for about 100.00 bucks!

So what you need is a funnel(funnel is optional) conatianer for liquids(we just found a cheap little gas can), a bucket, a toilet seat, one sheet of plywood, two sticks of 2×4’s, screws and a bag of peat moss(not the mircalgrow kind!) Now you can use any medium sawdust chips, peat moss, mulch, coconut husks anything that will help break down and is healthy for your compost pile.

So we took the funnel and the bucket and used a heat gun and melted them to fit flush together.

Once that was done we started building the frame out of 2×4’s we made our dimensions 21.2 inches wide, 22 inches tall and 20 inches deep.

We put 2×4’s across the bottom to hold the bucket to give room for the liquid tank. We then measured and cut out the plywood for the top and measured and cut out for the toilet seat and we put hinges on the back so we can lift everything out.

We then used some left over bead board we had to seal it all in. And it turned out super cute!!! Added the peat moss and its ready for use!!!

Now the nitty gritty lol, I personally as a woman don’t mind it and honestly it does not smell at all!!!! Now being a girl I do miss the funnel sometimes when it comes to number one but oh well lol. it is a bit on the tall side so we had to add a block to step up on, but its comfy and spacious and does its job!

You just do your buisness and when done you put down another layer of your medium, we figure with this bucket it should last us about 3 days and liquid jug should last us about 2 days, our liquid jug is only 2 gallons and I dont know for sure how long it will take to fill up. I will for sure do a update on all of this!!! Any questions please ask away! I will be more than happy to help however I can!!!

Happy homesteading!!!!

1.11.2019 homestead journal

Snow!!!!! Yeppers its snowing again! I cant remeber the last time the mountain got this much snow!!! Its only 8 a.m and we already have 3 inches and i dont think it’s going to let up for a while. Had to get up bright and early to go get drinkable water, it’s so quiet and nice when its snowy and roads are pretty much shut down makes me happy hahah. So plans for today are finish helping the husband rebuild his welding machine, and then hes gotta put up a shelf for me in the tiny home and put in a new kitchen faucet because the one we have right now leaks like a sieve!!! Have a great day everyone, be safe and happy homesteading!!!!

Philly steak and cheese keto dinner

Mondays are always so hectic even when off the grid so you want something yummy, fast, and easy to make to eat cause let’s face it mondays are the worst lol.

Being on the keto diet and it just being my hunky and I it’s pretty easy whatever I make I can always add carbs or take them away! So here is a easy cheat for keto philly steak and cheese!!!

Go to your local deli (any grocery store deli works) ask for 1/2 pound roast beef, 1/2 pound pastrami, and 1/2 pound baby swiss this works for the 2 of us. Now depending on the size of your family you can get more than a half pound or less, you be the judge!

You will want to grab a onion, a bell pepper while your at the store.

Slice up onion and bell pepper(think fajitas)and put a dollop of olive oil in a skillet, saute them tell they get nice and soft, then you can chop or shred (with your hands) the pastrami and roast beef.

cook until the edges of the roast beef look crispy, about 10 minutes then turn your stove to low and add your baby swiss on top and let it get all melty and happy about 3 minutes, then turn off stove and it’s done! Serve it up on cripsy keto cheese crackers or just eat it plain, for non keto put on a toasted hoagie bun or do like I did and put it in a tortilla and grill it for a different take on a crunch wrap!!!!! Good luck hope you enjoy!!!!

Ingredients:

Roast beef 1/2pound.

Pastrami 1/2pound

Baby swiss 1/2pound

Onion 1/2 cup chopped or sliced thin(think fajitas)

Bell pepper whole chopped or sliced thin

Salt and pepper to taste and a splash of olive oil.

Cook time 15 minutes, prep time 5 minutes.

1.7.2019 homestead journal

Good morning all! Its chilly out this morning, gotta get a move on it to go and do laundry today. Oh the Joy’s!

So where we live the nearest town is cripple creek co. A small little gambling town. Well Friday night we go out to the free spring we have to get our water, as we are getting water there is a steady stream of cars headed to cripple creek and me husband start laughing about what all these people think of us (people who live off grid, and collect the local free spring water) lol so we start laughing and I was thinking maybe I should blog about it to clear up some misconceptions that might be out there, lol so here we go!

We are not homeless, we have a home, we are not living under a tarp freezing are bumbs off. We are not poor, my husband and I make a pretty good living and live very comfortable, we just think it’s stupid to have thousands of dollars in debt and non stop bills. We have very few bills as of right now it might be costing us 700.00 a month to live this way, that’s way cheaper than any apartment you can rent. We are not dooms day preppers,(well not hard core anyways hahahahah) yes we live off gird and still have cell phones and internet via our cell phones. We still shower regularly and live normal lives, we just live in a smaller home and our life is a little harder to achieve the simple things of normal people life like water, power, sewer, garbage. For water we have to go pump it then bring it home, power we have a generator and solar, sewer we have a normal septic tank so that’s not to bad but u have to make sure u have water, garbage we haul into the city and pay to dump.

Now we have lived in all sorts of situations we at one time had a mansion on 12 acres, a bill for every day of our life and we just didnt enjoy it, we also have rented homes in the city, lived in r.v parks and finally found our happy place and off grid is it for us!!! So for anyone who isnt homesteading or off grid hope that clears up some stuff for you ahahah have a great day all!!!!

1.3.2019 homestead journal and weight loss happiness

Today was just beautiful we hit a high of 40°f. Talk about heat wave!!!! Made a trip down the mountain to go grab some groceries it’s an all day event!

The snow is melting but slow go, thank goodness because it would be a muddy mess!!!

I have been doing the ketogenic diet along with thrive for 6 months and have lost 60 pounds!!!! That’s just crazy to me!!! 6 months ago I was signing up to go to Mexico to have gastric bypass, we just didnt have the money at the time and I was heartbroken, I thought for sure the only thing that would save me is surgery but I was wrong!!!!! With the right tools I had it in me to save myself!!! And I have and will keep going. I have 50 more pounds to lose before I hit my goal weight but I’m just so happy and impressed with not only keto but the level-thrive experience and that these tools gave me so much strength to stay motivated and workout and eat healthy!!!! They gave me my life back! I gave me my life back!!!

1.2.2019 homestead journal

Ugh woke up sick, swollen glands and a sore throat! Spent way to much time In the city the other day! We have been living off grid for almost 7 months now and rarely deal with people so when I go out Into public its expected that I get some kind of sickness now and than. The horses are fed, dogs out for their morning walk, it’s a awesome 23°f. At 11:19 a.m in the great rocky mountains. The sun is shining and its beautiful.

Last night we burned a prosperity candle to bring us some prosperity in the coming year, health, happiness and financial for the coming year.

I meal prepped last night for the coming week, made some great keto beef and cabbage. Keto has been my magic pill along with my thrive I cant believe how much weight I have lost I have lost 60 pounds in about 6 months and hoping i lose alot more alot faster these next few months.

See u all tomorrow!!

Goodmorning 2019!!!

Goodmorning everyone!!!!! Hello 2019! Are we ready for some adventure??!!! We sure are!!!!! The homestead is in full swing this morning! It’s cold as heck outside we are currently sitting at a big old 11 degrees, we got alot of snow yesterday about 6 inches or more so the goal for today is plow the road so we can leave and go get some supplies! Some drinkable water, food, get some long warm showers in! My goal for this year is to make sure I blog more!!!!! On wordpress and on Instagram! So here’s to starting the new year off right! I’m going to be kind of all of the place! This is pretty much going to be my open book journal from now on!!! That’s right everything, the good, the bad, the ugly lol and all the dirt in between!!!!!

What I have gotten Into lately? And what I have discovered about my self??

Crystals, crystals, crystals…. and more crystals. So I have always loved them I mean who doesn’t something so beautiful made by earth? but not until recently have I actually been intrigued by them and discovering their true healing power. That and becoming a herbalist, I mean come on we live 100% off grid so why not step away from big pharma and the mainstream way of healing right??? Right!! It has been truly amazing seeing how open and I guess “woke” lol my husband and I have become yesterday I discovered I am a complete empath and so is he and I will do another blog on empath later but for right now let’s jump into this whole crystal world!! So it started out I just wanted some pretty ones around my house just for fun well two lead to four, lead to seven and some sage and a abalone shell 😁😂😂 each crystal puts out a vibration, a energy and at first I thought it was neat how cold and heavy they are but not until lately have I actually felt the vibration of them. So let’s jump into what I have and what each one does, and how I have woken up to the old world ways of healing and the little bit of magic that has blessed me from the great spirit (yes native American great spirit I am after all part Cherokee) ok so I have..

Smokey quartz: helps with negative energy
Smoky Quartz was known as a Stone of Power. To the ancient Druids, it was sacred and signified the potent dark power of Earth gods and goddesses. In other cultures it guided souls to the afterlife, served in shamanistic rituals and tribal ceremonies, and was utilized in magic and scrying to connect with spirits of the lower worlds. Smoky Quartz’s phenomenal power, then and now, lies in its ability to protect and ground one physically and spiritually to this world, and to absorb and transmute significant amounts of negative energy and release it into the Earth to be neutralized naturally. It provides a vital shield against psychic attack, emotional and environmental stress, and is used extensively in healing and meditation. [101 Hall, 192][Hall, 240][Hall En, 186][Simmons, 366][Melody, 606-607][glimmerdream.com]

Rose quartz my personal favorite:
Lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartzclears out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and dis-ease associated with holding on to such negative emotions. Known as a romance stone, Rose Quartz can be used to attract love.

(Now for some reason as I’m taking these pictures of my Crystal’s right now you can see a beam of light and rainbows lol I have no idea why it’s doing that but it’s pretty cool!!!! )

Amathyst:

Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It is a semi-precious stone in today’s classifications, but to the ancients it was a “Gem of Fire,” a Precious Stone worth, at times in history, as much as a Diamond. It has always been associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water-god, and is the traditional birthstone of that month. It is the stone of St. Valentine and faithful love, and signifies ecclesiastical dignity as the Bishop’s Stone. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety. [Fernie, 170-171][Mella, 73][Eason, 212]

Whether its crystals are left natural, polished as tumblestones, or faceted into magnificent jewels, Amethyst is a gem whose beauty transcends its commonality. It is a variety of Quartz found in many locations around the world, and forms as transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes in geodes, clusters and as long single terminations. It is also found in vitreous masses and polished into wonderful specimens and personal talismans. The presence of manganese in clear Quartz produces Amethyst, while additional amounts of iron vary the purple coloration. Amethyst ranges in hue from pale red-violet to deep violet, and may be transparent or opaque. It is sometimes layered with white Quartz as Chevron Amethyst, found in combination with Cacoxenite, mixed with Citrine as Ametrine, or in rare cases, “rutilated” with Goethite. (See paragraphs below.) [Melody, 109][Hall, 53]

The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. The wine god Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden named Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue. [Megemont, 24][Kunz, 58-59][Simmons, 28] (See the Legends and Lore section for an alternate version.)

Throughout history the special virtue of Amethyst has been that of preventing drunkenness and overindulgence. Ancient Greeks and Romans routinely studded their goblets with Amethyst believing wine drunk from an Amethyst cup was powerless to intoxicate, and a stone worn on the body, especially at the navel, had a sobering effect, not only for inebriation but in over-zealousness in passion. Catholic bishops also wore Amethyst in a ring to protect from mystical intoxication. Kissing the ring kept others from similar mystical intoxication and kept them grounded in spiritual thought. [Fernie, 169-170][Kunz, 58][Mella, 73][Megemont, 24-25]

Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travelers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion. [Kunz, 58][Fernie, 170][Mella, 72-73]

Sodalite:

This is a strong third eye chakra and throat chakra stone that brings an excellent energy into your life. Within the third eye chakra area is where the pineal gland is located.

To assist with the development of psychic gifts,working within the third eye with Sodalite stone has a strong ability to accelerate the process.

It will aid you to develop your intuition, and it will also stimulate the birth of clairvoyant abilities, or strengthen them if you already are using these gifts.

This stone has a vibration that aids truth, and helps you to better understand the life you are living, and how you came to be in the situation in which you find yourself.

Many people find it easier to avoid the truth, as it can sometimes be uncomfortable at certain times.

This stone aids idealism and self-discipline, and the combination will benefit you to enhance your ability to live a more authentic life.

These are my first 4 that I use every day I have alot more and I will post the rest of them in tomorrow’s blog along with how I use them, how they have helped me with getting in touch with the great spirit and the gifts the great spirit has given me in turn. And so so so much more I’m pretty excited about this journey and hope you are too! I know this is far from goats and horse and farm animals but hopefully you all will enjoy this part of my life journey as I sure am!!!!!

Turning the travel trailer into a tiny home.

So down the road from where our homestead property is this guy took a travel trailer and turned it into a tiny home so we decided to do the same! So this weekend we built and put a roof on our t.t. now my husband built this all him self and we weighed the options put a new roof on the t.t it’s self (because the center of the original roof is completely rotted.) which would be 3k or put a carport or metal building over it that would be 6,000.00 bucks or build a roof? The building of the added roof won as it was only 1,000.00 bucks!!! So he framed it all up on the ground, used the bobcat and a attachment that he made and lifted it all up their and screwed down the frame of (supports) to the outter edges of the t.t which are the heaviest built so that way when the snow falls the weight will be evenly distributed across the t.t just as it would be without it. And it turned out amazing!

The best pickled eggs

These are by far the best pickled eggs ever and are super easy!!! I always boil my eggs for 30 minutes so the shell comes off easy, and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for me! Boil for 30 then put under cold water. After I shell them I put them in a mason jar, then I add in all the magical left over juices from pickles, jalapenos, pepperchinies and pickled garlic. I pour in equal parts tell the jar is full! Give them about 2 days and bam! Best pickled eggs ever!!!