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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
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About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Same difference, just about. Tiny is tiny. I still love my rambling old Vic and will never

leave voluntarily. But life doesn't always give us a choice, does it? Potential horrors no longer haunted me once I realized how comfortable I could make myself on that little dab of insurance $ if I had to. Started thinking back to my NYC and L.A. days and the tiny apartments there. One of my techniques had been to stack a chest of drawers on one end of a triple dresser, then fill in the remaining top space with a bookcase. Looked like a single huge wall set if you didn't mind a little whiff of Bohemia in the air!

Anyone interested can also subscribe to apartmenttherapy.com and tinyhouseblog.com. Besides googling, that's where I find a lot of the samples offered. Since my FB page serves more as a news feed, I enjoy a little break now and then from all the political stuff.

Might take me a few days because I'm old and slow,

but I'll get there. I had allowed my favorites list to become a tangled rat's nest from too often forgetting to be sure a bookmark went to the right folder. So I had a ton of sorting to do and I'm still not entirely done. I did notice a couple places that offered free plans for the true DIY-ers. If you have the time and manpower, a basic concrete dome home is not that hard to accomplish. Lots of rebar, chicken wire and then troweled on slurry in several well-cured layers. That is, if you don't have too many regs to worry about. Some people blow up a huge bladder like a balloon and spray/trowel crete over that. I've also read arguments in favor of fly ash over portland cement, too.

If I had all the $ in the world, I'd go for a Dome King with 2 or 3 interconnected bubbles around a semi-enclosed courtyard. They can be designed for the convenience of elders as well, with sloped foundations, wide doors, and even built-in flowerbeds all around. That really appeals to me.

Anyway, look for a third OP within the week more or less. It should be titled 'Even More Tiny House Urls' although of course most are not technically the Tiny House brand, just the general style.

Sorry I'm late offering the links to my favorite tiny home/deployable permanent/temporary


Here's a list of my 4 favorites. I think the first one can be set up by a couple people in a very few hours and either left temporary or continued to a permanent phase.

The second appeals to me most of all. I'd want 2 larger arched cabins or at least a smaller and a larger together. Might not want to heat the entire area all winter. The extra insulation and prefab end caps are economical too. Looks like they can take on an eco village charm of their own.


There are plenty of others; if you don't see something you like, let me know and I'll share more urls.

Yeah, but it would be nice if Newark and NYC could be saved.

People who move to Florida are just begging for sharknado! If the boa constrictors, alligators, and giant poisonous toads don't get 'em first.

Class act all the way.

I always get excited over a live press conference because it's complete and unexpurgated. Then the talking head comments to follow are ever so much funnier as they try to explain what just happened. Even funnier on the evening news when they only offer recorded snippets in hopes of bolstering their lies. Seeing the whole process work itself out is just beautiful.

We aren't allowed to look the other way, are we?

Here in the great American bible belt I'm constantly advised to keep my long damnYankee nose out of the world's business and quit wasting time on things over which I have no control. Which to the locals means anything outside a 50 mile radius of town. They're willfully ignorant about most of what's going on in the world, and I've met so many who are proud they've never been so much as a hundred miles from home. That imbues them with an extra sense of ownership and territory they think they do control, however. And many can tell you the geneologies and crimes and misdemeanors of the various bloodlines HERE going back centuries.

One of the saddest things I remember hearing anyone say here was a mother literally bragging how her daughter had travelled to big bad Chicago for her college freshman year and came running home in weeks because the big city scared her too much. That was proof positive the kid had good sense and was a true scion of her wealthy bank-owning family. They'd set her up in her own lakefront condo, etc. but it just wasn't 'home'. She saw for herself how evil and dangerous the outside world is and came running home to mommy and daddy like a good girl. Made the whole family SO proud!

It's more than enough!

You're right about turning the entire GOP worldview upside down, too. 'bout time they found out some things.

They must really hate hearing him say that other countries have the right to determine their own fate, too - that's really what democracy's about, not us imposing our own will on everyone else. But dear lord in heaven, to admit in public that we don't and can't control every square inch of the planet.... heresy!

It goes nicely with the one where he's raising a glass to toast someone

but the look in his eyes says something more like 'up yours' or 'so sue me!' or even 'kiss my black ass if you don't like what I'm doing.' That's one thing about the weird thread wondering if President Obama has a spine; I can hardly imagine anyone not seeing how he's whipping some rear ends right now. Even if I have to do the public 'hard language' interpretation on his behalf for some people that don't know what the hell they're seeing.

Well, even 20 years ago I was reading from the social scientists that

the next big migration would be to the Midwest. Would be surprised to see that, with the west and southwest entering a severe drought period expected to last decades or longer. That's one reason I bought here for retirement - it's the lowest population county in the state with the largest land area, but mainly because the entire town, tiny though it is, sits 850' above sea level and 300' above the nearest river. We're already losing population, though, because if you don't own a big farm you're basically screwed. Although food stamp use has been reported sinking slowly in some places, here it's been rising. I was able to buy a house for $14.5K which though in terrible repair would've cost a minimum quarter mil some place like San Francisco. Any day now I expect to see one of those signs on the highway reading, Will The Last Person Leaving Please Turn Out the Lights?

Of course all that could change when all of California finally burns to the ground and the 3 coasts sink even lower. Already in Norfolk VA. I read (for what it's worth) that vehicle travel is impossible even in town during high tide. Even if that's not really true yet, it soon will be. We'd better be asking the Dutch to teach us how to build better sea walls.

Who'd've ever thunk it?

Bothering animals in the wild makes about as much sense as sayng, "Oh look, there's a cute little bear cub - he must be lost, let's pick him up and take him home with us." I'll never forget the guy who styled himself 'Grizzly Man'. He and his girlfriend long ago got turned into grizzly scat.

The only exception I ever made was with a young bird with an obviously broken wing, and even then I pulled the bill of my cap low over my eyes in case the parents decided to defend the baby they couldn't rescue themselves. Too many times I discovered a nest in a tree the hard way: from bird talons because I wandered too close to a nest I didn't even see.
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