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The Best-Laid Plans...
There's a saying that man plans and the Universe laughs. Well, I've
certainly found that to be true.
I missed writing to you guys last week because of a major and abrupt
change of plans.
I had moved into my adorable tiny house, gotten all settled in, then got
a call from the landlady. She was terribly upset and it took a couple of
minutes for me to figure out what was going on.
It turns out, the tiny house is here illegally and was installed without
the city's permission or inspection. And it's got to go, ASAP, or she
faces even more fines.
My tiny house landlady is a really nice person and has refunded my rent
and deposit to aid me in relocating as quickly as possible.
So much for my plans for a tiny house prepping series. I've been
scrambling to find suitable housing that would take me, a golden
retriever, and an enormous Great Pyrenees that wasn't in a neighborhood
where I had to play a nightly game of "Fireworks or Gunshots."
At last, I found a nice, ground-floor studio in an apartment complex
that Thor, my contrary Pyrenees, won't mind going in and out of (he's
not a fan of stairs and he wouldn't get in an elevator if it was full of
I deliberately chose a small place because I really want to write that
series on small space prepping - I think there are lots of folks who are
in that situation who will be helped by some new ideas. So no worries -
that's still coming.
So now I'm moving in 5 (FIVE) days and picking up some yard sale
furniture. I know how to party.
I know I've been away from civilization for a while but imagine my
surprise when the complex asked for a sample of poop from each of my
dogs for DNA testing.
Apparently, they keep a file of dog poop DNA so that if someone's not
picking up their dog's poop, the culprit can be located and swiftly
brought to justice with a $25 FINE.
I you not. (See what I did there?)
PHOTOS from top to bottom:
#1) Tiny House bedroom. There are 5 large drawers underneath the bed, 2
on each side and one long one at the end that goes the length of the bed
that is perfect for long things like brooms, vaccums, etc.
#2) (Left) Tiny House shower/bathtub. This was on one side of the
hallway and had a large, deep, storage cupboard in the back for towels,
linens, shampoo, etc. I also hung a basket for commonly used items.
#3) (Right) Tiny House bathroom. It was tiny all right. As you can see,
I stacked my toilet paper on the ledges around the toilet, leaving room
for the vent - MUCH NEEDED in a tiny house, trust me. There was also a
small sink with a cupboard underneath for more storage.
#4) Contrary Pyrenees - can't you just see the stubbornness on his face?
#5) Cooperative Golden Retriever - she is the most adaptable dog in the
#6) Me in my happy place - in my jeep with the windows down, music
blasting, and the wind in my hair.
This is my favorite way to destress. If you don't have a go-to
destresser, I strongly recommend finding one. To me this just feels like
freedom and it never fails to improve my mood.
I hope you have a great week! As for me, I'll be moving and hitting yard
sales and hitting up Facebook Marketplace to fast-furnish my studio on a
Talk to you next week!
What I've Been Reading This Week
Here are some of the articles that caught my attention this week.
* "Ignore No Soliciting Signs, Use Your Script": Vaccine Door-Knocking
(My advice is to treat this as a legal issue. "No comment" or "I don't
discuss my medical information with anyone but my physician."
* Lessons from the Great Depression We Can Use Right Now
* Astonishing Spike in Post-Vaccine Deaths Gets No Media Coverage as
Over 2,000 Reported THIS WEEK Alone
(As always, do your own research.)
* What If The Next Major Cyberattack Targeted The Internet?
* Rent prices are soaring as Americans flock back to cities
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Stuff to Watch for This Week
If you're on social media, my friend Brian Duff at Mind4Survival
is putting out some great short
video information every day on his Facebook page. This is a new page
because they nuked his old one so be sure to give him a like and watch
Go Here:[link removed]
I know lots of you guys really enjoyed the live stream I did with Brian
and Dale a couple of weeks ago. Tonight they're doing one on Lessons
from The Great Depression - it's sure to be a good one. You can set a
reminder here or hop on at
7:30 to watch it live and join in the chat.
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What I'm Doing to Prep This Week
Haha. That doesn't sound like much of a prep but figuring out where to
stash stuff, looking for the right furniture that contains opportunities
for more storage, and setting up my new apartment to be as secure as
possible definitely is an exercise in preparedness.
I'll also be grabbing a few things out of my storage unit for the new
place, like some of my beloved books (Oh, how I have missed physical
books!) I'm really looking forward to getting set up and starting my
small space prepping project to share with you all. (This place is 620
sq feet instead of 350 but still not exactly a McMansion.) I'll also be
using some of our gardening writers' fabulous tips to get growing on my
little patio. I can't wait to see what I can accomplish!
This Week's Articles
(Actually, it's two weeks' worth, since I didn't write to you last week.
The Organic Prepper
* How to Survive a Summer Power Outage
by Daisy (This doesn't have to be due to a storm. The grid is REALLY
precarious right now with the heatwaves across the country.)
* How to Have Good OPSEC in the Garden With Edible Landscaping
* Why Isn't the US Preparing for EMP War Like the Rest of the World?
* Real-Life Escape and Evasion: Lessons from 20 Days on the Run
* How People Survive (Or Not) in a Collapsed Economy
* The "Deprogramming" Begins: Public Defender Representing January 6th
Defendants "Re-Educates" Them
* How to Grow an Indoor Garden
* Reset on Your Terms, or be Forced into the "Great Reset" on Theirs
* Jagged Little Pill: How Many Lives Could Have Been Saved If We'd
ACTUALLY "Followed the Science?"
by Dagney and
* What Would a World Without Personal Property Look Like?
* SELCO's Biggest Takeaway from the Last 2 Years: Illusion Smashing
* My One Week SHTF-Style Experiment to Cut Down Water Use
* Homemade or Store Bought? A Frugal Comparison of Strawberry Smoothies
* Thrifty Summer Activities That Are Fun AND Productive
* What You Need to Know About Credit Cards and Debit Cards
* Thrifty Summer Meals You Can Cook Outside
* Healthy, Affordable Food Options for Urban Frugalites
* How to Keep Cool With No Air Conditioning
* Frugalites on Vacation: 10 Thrifty Tips for Your Summer Travel Budget
* Cooking and Money Saving Tips For the Single Chef
* You Used to Have Money and Now You're Broke: How to Adapt to
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