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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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My Self Reliance (9 months ago)
🌲🌲If you thought that was cool, check out the Forest Kitchen I'm building now https://bit.ly/2OseTJb . 🌲🌲
m turley (2 months ago)
Dude awesome vid and a kick ass dog.. As you can see by my profile pic I'm an animal lover my self
A hc (2 months ago)
My Self Reliance All you need to do now is Brew/Distill your own Beer/Moonshine and you’ll be totally Self-Reliant !
Jeff Lavarie (3 months ago)
I get it now a modern day, Dick Proenneke. So cool, I see some of the same shots and angles. Nice James.
Figettable Charms (3 months ago)
LOVE YOUR LITTLE CABIN ,MY DREAM HOME SWEET HOME.SMALL YET BEAUTIFUL ,
christine lesko (3 months ago)
I think the roof you made for the cabin is the most impressive thing, it is the perfect angle. You are very smart and have great instincts and skills in the mountain!
John Nicodemus (1 day ago)
You trouble yourself too much over the term "off grid". Off grid's initial meaning was disconnecting from the Utility grid. Now it is taken to mean everything. Food, clothing, yada, yada. My wife and I accomplished self sufficiency our farm 18 years ago. Power is provided by a hydro electric system I build from government surplus materials.It's generating capacity is just 0ver 2.5 KVA / hour, at 24 volts D.C.. That is stored in two banks of 10, 24 V forklifts batteries, that runs through a 400 amp service inverter delivering 240/120 VAC at 200 amps. We added two years ago a 200 amp Solar system and equalizer to spread the load between the two systems. We grow and raise all our food, can and freeze everything. It took work and perseverance. But it happened. We had cable T.V and internet service because WE chose to. But those are our only expense. No mortgage, no utility bills. We have central air and heat but the heat comes from a large wood burning furnace that uses the same duct work as the A/C. We use all LED light because it's less load on our power generating system. And it already generates enough power to add a couple of 3 bed room house to it without maxing it out. It's a matter of perspective, there are those that couldn't do the work to keep up with it and them there are those to whom would view it on grid, which it is not. It's your lace and your life, again a matter of perspective. Getting to the point of self sustainability, as I see it, took me 10 years. Roman, as the saying goes, wasn't build in a day. Neither will your place. Focus on what is important to you and pay attention to the grid dependent critics who wouldn't last a day without all their technology and flip switch, Starbucks existence. I say good on ya, just remember your critics could never have accomplished what you have at this very cool cabin.
Correction: "Alone with my dog and Cameraman in an ice storm" Just a joke.
ANA F (1 day ago)
Wow what an amazing way to live
Jd Brunette (2 days ago)
tbh your cabin, and your building techniques are far more off grid then anyone else even doing something similiar. Keep it up.
Matt Jugan (2 days ago)
just subscribed for more videos with the pup!
ToTheGardenbyFreeda (2 days ago)
I lived this kind of simplistic lifestyle in the beginning of my life, being from South America which for the most part was still undeveloped in the 60’s & 70’s. After my parents separated, my mom (God rest her soul), took myself and my younger sister and went out on her own. I remember having to carry the water from about a mile away at a time to keep the rain drums filled. For light, we had to make bottle lamps. All of our food was cooked on a mud stove. So we would plant the lawn, get a few chickens for eggs, and get a piece of anything to tie to the end of a stick, to use as bait and go fishing at the sea wall, which was not too far. We were always able to catch fish, shrimps and crabs. Whenever needed, my mother would go into the town for the other supplies we may need (i.e, oil, kerosene, bread, sugar, etc.) But she did not stop there. She wanted more for us, so she somehow found a way to construct and channel the water lines and electric lines necessary, into the village we were living in. She single-handedly brought electricity, clean water and roads to the then, undeveloped village. Despite the fact that through it all, she faced racism and prejudice from the villagers, even having to fight her case in court after they protested her advancements. Ultimately, the court sided with her, granting her permission to build. I’ll never forget the final remarks of the judge; “There’s a dark day in hell for all of us. Today is for you, tomorrow’s for me. Let the woman go and build.” After this, my mom began construction. There were buckets and buckets being fetched in full of material; cement, sand, and wood on a daily basis. And I, at the age of 5 was expected to help. After a year of construction, the projects were complete. When the villagers saw what she had done, they were filled with vision and then began on their own to carry on with construction for themselves. They wired their homes, ran their plumbing and continued building their roads to go further into the district, turning their village into a town. Before my mother, it was common and acceptable to be sleeping on mud floors in little huts. But after my mom showed them that it’s okay to dream, they started to. They began working together to make their dreams a reality. In conclusion, it took us about 3 years of opposition before we could finally break ground, and a year of construction. During this 4-year period, she and us (her two young daughters) were living like the locals; sleeping on the mud floors, bathing with buckets of water, using the outhouse which was a 6-ft deep pit with absolutely NO PLUMBING, and we used newspapers in lieu of Cottenelle and Charmin toilet paper. After building the streets, she opened a grocery store/shop which now brought varieties of foods to the locals. Because of the streets she built, deliveries could now be made with ease and decency. She continued to practice as a seamstress, clothing the locals in clean and stylish apparel. She even raised a chicken farm, and she did all this while being a single mother in the 60’s. She came, she saw, she improved. She left nothing but peace and betterment in her path. This kind of upbringing has taught me how to have empathy and understanding for life, and for others. Never take life for granted. Value the little things like water, light, shelter, and food. May God bless and keep you, and let all your dreams become a reality. I admire your work, and your commitment to your vision. Your handiwork is very neat and particular. These were the qualities my mother possessed. Thank you for doing your part in inspiring others.♥️
Hermaphrodite Doro (2 days ago)
the natural life is the most peacful and healthy life, than live in the city,
Jodi Braund (2 days ago)
“We’re going for a walk! Do you want your backpack on?” That’s winning!
Robert Bennett (3 days ago)
Many thanks for your vids. They’re the perfect journal and just the right amount of banter. Just complete sanity and love for your pup, just as I did with my last one. I’m learning self reliance too, only not that extreme. I’m in the east Texas woods and doing what I do just as my mother did in these same woods decades ago. She was off grid for over thirty years in Dodge, Tx. She raised game birds and chickens and sold them at a farmers market monthly. Believe me, the things you do help and inspire countless others who want a less complicated existence. This is real entertainment.
Andrew (3 days ago)
I really enjoy your channel........Great stuff.......you are an amazing talent and an amazing guy.
No internet no tv just your thoughts
Carpe Diem (3 days ago)
life is beautiful uncle you :)
david devore (4 days ago)
I thought you sounded rather hard on yourself. The reason you have so many people viewing your channel is because we are all envious. We wish we could do it. I started to attempt it in Anchorage, Alaska in 1970 and Uncle Sam decided he just had to have me. One thing led to another and now at 69 I am living the dream through people such as yourself. I think we all admire your calmness and obvious skills. Quit worrying about if someone else (who is probably sitting on their fat butt) thinks you are not doing everything properly. I very much admire you. May God richly bless you and your family. Love your dog too!
HOF_Coach Tim Mendoza (6 days ago)
Nice Video....Where do you get your outfitting, clothing and such? thx.
Tika California (6 days ago)
A tribute to modern technology. This video shows fresh eggs in winter in Canada sufficient that the man can share these eggs with his beloved animal companion. We are victors!!
GREAT VIDEO SERIES. keep up the great work and keep us updated..........
SNAKEPIT359 (6 days ago)
How far off grid is a personal choice. Great video thanks for sharing.
Lambert Guimond (7 days ago)
You're just a great guy. I enjoy watching you and listening to you too. Thanks for your simple ways of saying things and explaining them. I'm kind of having my morning coffee out in the woods with you, enjoying your peace.
Victor Hardin (7 days ago)
How are you not getting wasted every night son
subir bhattacharjee (7 days ago)
i also want to see your fishing and hunting
subir bhattacharjee (7 days ago)
brilliant job done
miraeja (7 days ago)
wanna give cali a hug
Lee Cullen (7 days ago)
Fair play to you mate, I would do the same but you can't really do it in England. Take it easy.
Linda Chambers (8 days ago)
So what happened to your wife ?
Jon Hunter (8 days ago)
You can raise the Russian honey bees in Canada providing their laws will allow you to do so
desi derata (10 days ago)
Can I have that golden retriever?
Mike Morgan (10 days ago)
That wood stove seems awful large for such a small space. Does it get uncomfortable when it's lit?
J. Sanchez (11 days ago)
Thank you for sharing
N A (11 days ago)
🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡
THEORYCHILE (11 days ago)
2:36 that beat!
Lars Landsem (11 days ago)
wow 7m views, you have gone so far haha i remember when this came came out
VintageTea (11 days ago)
I'd love to live off grid, but shit scared to do it alone.
Joyalexander Lion (11 days ago)
❤🍷🍷
jason woodrow (12 days ago)
Love your cabin, and watching you vision of your cabin unfold from video to video.
John Smith (13 days ago)
Get a plunger waaay better swear it
ParamJit Singh (13 days ago)
Waaah g waaah maza agya.
amine chihab (14 days ago)
There is no Perfect Man ,So if u do even littel from what u belive in ,sertenelly u are not hypocrite .
buds for you (15 days ago)
"That's who I am." Kinda says it all.
Gdog mainstream (15 days ago)
Around 24 min. You're looking almost like kevin Costner. No Disrespect.
Ffjh Sdf (15 days ago)
Hello ,I'm from Russia Astrakhan ,I really like your channel!but I don't know your language, turn on subtitles in the Russian language.Thanks
Vicky Herrera (16 days ago)
that's so cool,i love the cabin and i already watch your video when you build that cabin. sometimes i was thingking that i want to do that with my pet,but there is no snow in my country,we just had 2 seasons here. so we just go to the beach everytime. but thats ok,i was happy enough when i watch your video. good luck and god bless you.
mary Peek (16 days ago)
I'm ready. My savings are being stole and my life is incomplete. 50 year old male, one dog and me. Where do I start. I'm not sure but I know I'm ready.
Barry McCockner (17 days ago)
Wish i had the resources to do this. Envy people with this kind of freedom. Would do it in a heartbeat
Kevin Berlied (17 days ago)
Damm you got some skills 👍
A Nomads Projects (17 days ago)
It was interresting hearing you talk about not being injured during the build. And the reasons. I have made my workshop and channel over the last year, and despite lacking skill - as my channel is about a learning process - I have also avoided any injury what so ever. And the reasons are very similar. It is my hobby - so I don't have to hurry, and I can stop when I get tired. And I am very in the moment. I do what I do because I like it. Anyways. My two cents. Cheers.
Dafok (17 days ago)
I love how you treat your dog!! There should be more people like you! Keep the great video's up!
Aghil Naseri (18 days ago)
Nice life every body likes to try it at least once. But how about the environment? How many trees have cut down so far? Does it worth?
Sandy Beebe (19 days ago)
I too have lived like this before ..I was lucky enough to have a wood cook stove so i could bake. I took a bath in a ten gallon galvanized tub in the kitchen .
Norm475 (19 days ago)
I discussed the simple life with buddies 50 years ago. You work your ass off to buy all those labor-saving devices, then you work your ass off repairing all those labor-saving devices. I.E. garage door opener, dishwasher, chain saw, mixer etc, etc.
Never give up (20 days ago)
People seem to eat alot when camping...
Brian Foltz (21 days ago)
Amen brother. Peace!! The fruit looks fantastic. You've got it goin on!
Brian Foltz (21 days ago)
I thought a Frittata should be a firm almost pizza like product that you baked in the oven. Ingredients are optional. Except we have to add wheat flour. My Frittata's sit on the counter all day. After breakfast people just grab a slice if they get hungry, a glass of wine, some fruit, and ask when is lunch?
Brian Foltz (21 days ago)
How beautiful and tranquil. I am so jealous. I can't wait for my homestead. Nature, calm, and peaceful days and nights. Wildlife, Coyotes, fox, deer, Canadian Geese, Duck, fish. etc.
چه جالب تمام کارهاتون دیدم خیلی با حال بود کاش منم همون جا با همون سبک زندگی میکردم 😘😘😘😙
crystal diamond (22 days ago)
Thank you for being sweet to the dog. I hate animal abuse
I READ YOUR DESCRIPTION NOW. IT SEEMS TO ME YOU SPENT A BUNDLE TO BUILD THIS, THIS IS NOT A POOR PERSON SURVIVING, THIS IS A PERSON WITH A BIG NEST EGG WHO INVESTED IN A VACATION-RETIREMENT PLACE, WITH PLENTY MONEY. HOW MUCH I BET YOU SPENT? PROBABLY $50K ON THE CABIN, NOT SURE HOW MUCH LAND YOU HAVE, IF LOTS OF LAND, LOTS MORE. PEOPLE WHO ARE SURVIVING DO NOT LIVE LIKE THIS, THIS IS LUXURY. AND TO ME IT IS REFLECTED IN YOUR MERCHANDISE. I CAN AFFORD IT, BUT I WOULD RATHER GET THESE TYPE MATERIALS AT THE DOLLAR STORE ON CLEARANCE SALE, I GOT MY LAST THICK COMFY HOODY FOR SIX BUCKS, NEW. HAHAHA. WHO NEEDS A $40 SWEATSHIRT WHEN YOU CAN GET IT FOR 6? I DO ADMIRE THE IDEAS, THOUGH. I WISH I HAD CARPENTRY SKILLS OR A BOY FRIEND WHO HAD THEM, AS I WOULD BUILD A PLACE ON MY 50 ACRES WHERE I HAVE A POND, RIVERFRONT & 5 ACRE ISLAND. RIGHT IN MY BACK YARD I HAVE A CREEK & TWO TUNNELS. YES, NATURE IS HEAVEN. BUT WINTERS ARE NOT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A MAN TO HELP.
YOU EAT LIKE A KING BUT WHAT KIND SHYT FOR THE DOG? OUT OF A POUCH LIKE A POWDER? DO YOU KEEP FROZEN VEGGIES LIKE BROCCOLI, YOU BUY FROM THE STORE, SOME PLACE THERE? HOW WARM IS THE CABIN?
YOU SHOULD STATE THE INGREDIENTS OF YOUR FOOD, LIKE ESP WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING ON IT? YOUR MERCHANDISE IS TOO EXPENSIVE. MOST OF US ARE THRIFTY, THIS IS LUXURY. ONLY YOUR BEST FRIENDS WOULD BUY IT.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GO TO TOWN FOR SUPPLIES? GROW ANY FOOD OR GATHER ANYTHING? I GUESS ONE HAS TO BE A PRO CARPENTER TYPE TO DO THIS. I LIVE IN THE WOODS BUT CAN'T DO SHYT. HAVE TO HIRE PEOPLE FOR EVERYTHING. BUT I GET TO GO INTO MY WOODS, THE RIVERFRONT, THE 5 ACRE ISLAND WHENEVER I WISH.
John A. (23 days ago)
Your dog has it made in the shade.
bigdicks 420 (25 days ago)
14:22 SOMETHINGS OUTSIDE THE WINDOW WATCHING YOU
bigdicks 420 (25 days ago)
14:22 somethings watching you from the window
mark bardell (24 days ago)
That shit me up a bit at first. It's the dog.
sh su (25 days ago)
in the end, we can't take anything away with us. this man is living life. truly living.
NoHillary (27 days ago)
Is your bedding a sleeping bag?
SpikeFlea (27 days ago)
This video is far more realistic in that you explain the true nature about the real compromise/contradictions that you face in the last quarter of the film.
Meike Peters (27 days ago)
wo ist der Eissturm! Er kocht, isst und macht Sich ne Obstschale mit Zimt!!
Tiago Camargo (28 days ago)
UMA DAS REALIZAÇÕES QUE QUERIA EXECUTAR.. AMO ESSE AMBIENTE
Bövrar 2nd (27 days ago)
BRs, em toda parte...hahaha Parece ser uma baita experiência.
Edwin J (28 days ago)
Yup! That's me in the near future. Thank you Sir for your videos.
Ícaro Fernandes (28 days ago)
Nice life. MGTOW LIFE.
SpikeFlea (27 days ago)
Only... he's married, and not some little sissy who's afraid to handle women.
Airesdark vanlore (1 month ago)
Great video, and such a sweet dog!
erivera edith (1 month ago)
Why you leave alone were is your wife..god bless you
Abandon (1 month ago)
what a beautiful dog
James Osborne (1 month ago)
Love to know what those spices are...
James Osborne (1 month ago)
Looks cool! Hate cities. I got rolled in Roswell!
Jane Overton (1 month ago)
did you make all the dimension lumber?
Jeffrey Daniels (1 month ago)
What did you make with the apples and blueberries? I’m getting a cabin next month and I want to make that!
T OB (1 month ago)
That dog doesn't have too many more years.. that's going to be one sad man when that dogs number comes up
GarrittpwlTV (1 month ago)
Yeah, how about no. Just no.
Mike Greer (1 month ago)
Shawn, this video, is my favorite.
şevket kaynak (1 month ago)
SÜPER TAM BENİM İSTEDİĞİM YAŞAM TARZI
Bruce Coleman (1 month ago)
Where does the electricity come from to run the camera and computer ( For editing my guess?)
Bruce Coleman (1 month ago)
Chargeable batteries! Got it!
PT Merciless (1 month ago)
Beautiful freedom.
Logan11thMEU (1 month ago)
very lucky man indeed
Pedro Garcia (1 month ago)
Life is about who you are as person not about what you have life is beautiful take care of it
mike smith (1 month ago)
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.
smcliffhanger492 (1 month ago)
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.
Rolando Chapa (1 month ago)
That's life if i had the money and land i would be out therr
True Grit (1 month ago)
A very weird and cool video. Thanks! However, please note that while it was cute that you shared your dinner with your dog, onions are Poisonous to dogs!!
Mr Garibaldi (1 month ago)
Tried explaining this to him as well.
jander arruda (1 month ago)
Muio bom! queria viver assim.....
Susan OShea (1 month ago)
You are awesome with Cali. You let her be a real dog, take excellent care of her and give her love and structure. Good job. Happy dog. Yay!
Mr Garibaldi (1 month ago)
You may or may not be aware of this but try not to feed your dog garlic, onion, chocolate and pepper.
Eugenia Olivé (1 month ago)
Hola soy eugenia vivo en çapilla del monte cordoba argentinA Veni por aca!!! P
J Junior (1 month ago)
I don't thinks he wants to be bothered by thots;)
Prince Devitt83 (1 month ago)
What a beautiful Dog. I also had an Golden Retriever. Died at the Age of 13. Reminds me of him.
Stephanie Botfield (1 month ago)
So, forgive me for having a “blonde moment “. You just said your not at the cabin all the time. Spices, that’s an excuse to go into town. Spices will last for months/yearsso you could buy a ton of each spice you use. By the way I am not stupid, among other girls I trained at Bletchley Park, England to become a Draftswoman. 50 girls, 10 places. I worked alongside the Chief Draftsman until I was totally capable of handling anything.
ebn hahn (1 month ago)
Would love to have a cabin like this. I would spend the entire winter living in it..
Jan Karlsson (1 month ago)
Off the grid, but not off the internet...
J S (1 month ago)
What evil witch destroyed this man's heart so badly that he must now live alone in a cold wilderness with a dog?
Brooder85 (1 month ago)
Don't consider yourself a hypocrite for using some modern day living conveniences. You are situated in nature. You are isolated from the evils of urban filth. You are with nature; whether you need a little packaged coffee, some electricity or a WiFi signal, you are still in nature. That's all that matters. Congratulations to you.
Nerd Stomper (1 month ago)
Hey man,next time you in the woods,watchout for the dogmen.
jayjayhere fre (1 month ago)
thats it im buying a piece of land upp in the mountains and building a log cabin and live life like you.

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