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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 (7 months ago)
🌲🌲If you thought that was cool, check out the Forest Kitchen I'm building now https://bit.ly/2OseTJb . 🌲🌲
m turley (6 days 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 (26 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
christine lesko (1 month 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!
Just Jack (21 minutes ago)
A solar panel 40 watt plus two 12v 9ah batteries and a solar charge controller was good enough for a USB LED light - if you doubled that you could do alot with it, charge phones, etc.
sensible solution (5 hours ago)
your doing great I would love to have my life in the wilderness,with some connection to technology
Jonathan Rodriguez (10 hours ago)
So where is the internet coming from, Lol I didn’t watch the video all the way through
Carson Wulf (12 hours ago)
40 Minutes!!! Ain't Nobody Got Time For That
movie0007 (15 hours ago)
They make these LED light switches that run on batteries. I find they give off a lot of good light to be able to see. I'm sure in a small building like that a little lantern would probably work, but for me always getting up for the bathroom I'd need an immediate light I can turn on like right away.
Jelina Ross (1 day ago)
Beautiful cabin and your pet is too. God bless you always in Jesus amen
Truth Finder (1 day ago)
they all ready trying to stop tiny homes they pushing that you got to less be in 800 Square prob is everything one sided you work for slave money that dont even cover half the bills
Big G Gwyer (1 day ago)
You can tell this guy loves his dog 🐕❤️
#theoutsider jane (1 day ago)
Beautiful video!!!👍
R Smaczny (1 day ago)
I'm jealous
tater tots (1 day ago)
Why did he lock his dog outside in the snow?
My Self Reliance (1 day ago)
He doesn't lock his dog outside in the snow, the dog goes where the dog wants to go. When she wants in, she looks in the window.
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High rise (2 days ago)
That old stove is awesome
John Eberhardt (2 days ago)
Very nice! and a great dog!!
Ally Cat (2 days ago)
poor dog his so agressive nd arogant towards the poor animal
geoffrey smith (2 days ago)
amazing work my friend !!!., i love old skool carpentry but you are a natural !! love your channel its so relaxing to watch after a day of factory work ;)
meropolis (3 days ago)
Beautiful doggie! Awesome video too!
gail LeDuc (4 days ago)
The Dog is in Heaven, mine love camping but this is better 👍
only jokor (4 days ago)
your dogs are awesome
Deepthi Nair (5 days ago)
I am weak,I see a golden retriever in the thumbnail and I click
E G (5 days ago)
Such a cute dog! 💙
peter cullen (5 days ago)
no woman , perfect , peace and quite.
Rebeca Salinas (6 days ago)
A wonderful life...in contact with the nature..you need only peaceful for to live happy....I will live like you soon in a altiplanic place in South America.. altiplanic
Kimberly Peacock (7 days ago)
Keep going. There is no such thing as perfection, the best we can do is constantly improve.
Jack Woods (7 days ago)
You livin' brother.
Drackkor (7 days ago)
It's scary with bears and wolfs around even a pissed off deer. But to each there own.
DeeboBelfast (7 days ago)
Honesty Quality (8 days ago)
I guarantee you there’s a Marriott Courtyard within 10 miles of your cabin.
David Pringle (8 days ago)
Looks cozy.
Laz N (8 days ago)
well i adore my guitars and music so no log cabin for me i guess
Jennifer2017 (9 days ago)
this looks like paradise <3 plus I love your dog lol she seems really happy to be there
DurdyClaude (10 days ago)
You sir..are a very lucky man..and you are living my dream..one day I will get there too.👍👍
James Prescott (10 days ago)
Where did you get the oil lamp?
Gail Stone (10 days ago)
😁 I dont know if you or Mrs. Reliance go back thru comments... But it sure is nice for me to watch these earlier episodes- now knowing what goes where, growth of the buildings, trips you've taken, success of this venture, and you. It feels nostalgic, makes me smile; I think because you have so cordially invited me along and the way you treat your viewing friends. You Rock!! lol... Thanks Shawn ! 😊
My Self Reliance (10 days ago)
Thanks Gail!
djblanton (11 days ago)
really needed this one today. Thanks for sharing a snipit of your life with us.
Cryptidian (11 days ago)
Just a man and his best friend. You can't ask for more than this. So wholesome.
Leaves of Green (11 days ago)
what time does the party start?
My Self Reliance (11 days ago)
Long ago...
russell st.clair (12 days ago)
wheres your latrine
orneryguy (12 days ago)
Watching these videos makes me want to find a spot in the woods, build a cabin and live out the rest of my years.
David from Texas (12 days ago)
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!
Dylan D (12 days ago)
Easy, drop the wife
Wolf ScA (13 days ago)
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
Wolf ScA (8 days ago)
Gail Stone haha, yeah, dogs are the best ♥️
Gail Stone (10 days ago)
Have you been following? Cali the Pup just gets cuter. I dont know how thats possible, but she does it
J (13 days ago)
This is totally awesome!! Thanks for sharing this. Good luck to you, your wife and your sweet doggy!
M.L LL (13 days ago)
watch your liver.
Paul Tanner (13 days ago)
Truly amazing.
Mr. Williams (13 days ago)
Why is yo cell phone expensive?
CulichorHimself (13 days ago)
Can I keep your Lab? LOL just kidding beautiful dog!
Perry Jordan (14 days ago)
you ok missing your video 's
hr1meg (14 days ago)
I love these videos. The simple silence.
rogerio pereira (14 days ago)
Nossa que vida boa!!!
Janah (14 days ago)
Do u believe in God?
Jackie Bowen (14 days ago)
nice....you are sweet...
John Lee (15 days ago)
Wow I'm getting high blood pressure just watching you fix soooooooooo much to eat. LOL
How do you get the building materials shipped in?
Tina Godsey (15 days ago)
I want this same life style. I’ve been studying this kind of thing for awhile. Not very uplifting without a soul mate. Guess men don’t need us anymore? I don’t want to be alone out there but I’ll probably end up that way lol
steven davis (15 days ago)
What’s the legal side of this , surely you can’t go around putting up cabins wherever you want ?
Lone Star Travelers (16 days ago)
We have used  Braggs apple cider vinegar for years then added the sprinkles and the yeast... We drink apple cider water every day... We were outside today most of the day in the 70's today and near 80 tomorrow... then back to spring weather here in Texas... Ate lunch out on the back porch of course plane flew over and I hate it, can't plant until after good Friday here... I grew up as a child on 50 acres ... my Sister and I stomp run and played never knew there was not much money,  just had all I needed... Miss those days...
Pratis Plan (16 days ago)
how do you prevent the rot?
SMOKING GAR (17 days ago)
any solar coming up? any platforms in your trees for storage and/or just a good look out? in joy
Mike Dahlager (17 days ago)
I’m curious why you did not build an arctic entry to your cabin Shawn.
Sergio Mendoza (20 days ago)
pencil saw
str8 suicidal (22 days ago)
3.1k thumbs down wtf is wrong with people. Just stumbled across this video. What a tranquil 40 minutes that was. Amazing my friend
Sandra Kohlstedt (3 days ago)
str8 suicidal yes, I noticed that too and wondered how IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?
JOSEPH THISTLE (22 days ago)
Good video love the dog and the food looks great good life you have made.
Keith Bell (22 days ago)
Carpet? Drapery? What’s next for the guy who has it none? 😉
Mar tin (22 days ago)
cool cocking good meal
Jon Jones (23 days ago)
Wow what a simple but rewarding way too live! How I wish the world was this simple or maybe it is and we just complicate it!!!
NZ Mentoring (24 days ago)
This is outstanding in every way; I have only just started to watch this ; congratulations Best wishes from New Zealand
Truth in me (24 days ago)
If you check out Gerrad Morin he built a motor the runs on resonance energy so a battery powered generator. Could run a washing machine and some lights. Costs about $ 900 and he is Canadian... assembly required once shipped to you. Good luck! The cabin looks great!! Oh just watched an Aussie make a rocket stove to heat up water for an outside bath tub. That is an idea as well. Anyway good luck to you!
117rebel (27 days ago)
I would love to live in a place like that!!! But I would have to have electricity, Internet, and running water. Sometimes you just really want to take a shower.
Hope Sparrow (27 days ago)
I also live in Ontario (Canada). I’m in Belleville
Robs Archery World (27 days ago)
Makes me want to live like that.Great
Donnie Whitten (1 month ago)
I like to bulid my self a cabin and live out my last DAYS.sense I'm homeless.hey this would be great.
Sue Burgess (1 month ago)
Just like him ... I'd rather be out there in nature too than in a nasty crowded city.  Only for me it's nature with two cats ..and maybe a dog ( later on ).
R8Chi (1 month ago)
Don't you have bear issues?? in Canada.. How do you plan to deal with that??
clpotis (1 month ago)
I’m impressed!
Bryan Leveille (1 month ago)
I could definitely live like this!So tired of the rat race,I wanna enjoy and reap what i sow everyday,not give it to some corporation!Hoping to eventually live similar!Awesome footage man.Good Day
Mark Hogan (1 month ago)
Your doggo is amazing! She is so cute and your cabin is badass
Shiny Rooster (1 month ago)
Jeremiah Johnson has nothing on you man...
Melody Weaver (1 month ago)
Dogs Make Life Better .
Добрый День (1 month ago)
Перед основным входом в дом мастерить от дождика и снежной крыши.
Rhett Brady (1 month ago)
Ur dog is so hyper lol
justwannaname (1 month ago)
Love your channel.
Srijan Chandrakar (1 month ago)
Look like paradise, nice video.
ReXe (1 month ago)
Youtube show me this as a cooking video... I was concern about the dog so i came here
My Self Reliance (1 month ago)
ScryingBiotech (1 month ago)
Dude, you’re brilliant!!!
Mark Wideman (1 month ago)
I haven't watched in a while. DUDE? When did you start talking? LOL
εε σ (1 month ago)
Hello, are you an architect, a carpenter or both?
Jeffro (1 month ago)
He's self reliant.
My Self Reliance (1 month ago)
Rachel Fresh (1 month ago)
The dog is adorable !!! 😍😍😍😍
Bruce Williams (1 month ago)
I have a cabin in the Kawarthas - also offgrid. Great tips and techniques! No solar panels?
giammira (1 month ago)
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!
simon ankersoe (1 month ago)
you can get a wood gas station you can make you own gas just by cutting down wood and it's possible to make dirt cheap
Sergio Albuquerque (1 month ago)
Tua mulher filma e tu cozinha e faz trabalhos
Sergio Albuquerque (1 month ago)
Cozinheiro e trabalhador..so nao fiquem matando os animais com armas e armadilhas ai....
Ricardo Garcia (1 month ago)
this is good for only for 2-3 days out of month but not for all my life hell no
Ricardo Garcia (1 month ago)
oh forgot my a wife or sometimes by myself hello
Graham Number7 (1 month ago)
On Grid, "Success" Is measured by wealth, not achievement. That is driven by greed. Greed means the rich get richer in a upward spiralling madness of a mind that is never satisfied and that wants its servants kept benign and unwise to the realism of transferring energy and resource upwards....and turning that human effort into...$
husky axe wood (1 month ago)
very good vidéo my friend
Sky آسمان (1 month ago)
I wanna have life like this
Very nice man you are really amazing.

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