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Building a Cabin in Paradelle

On a chilly night that opens December here in Paradelle, I catch the scent of wood fires in the air tonight and when I step into the front porch of my house I smell the pine branches my wife is soaking to make a wreath. It is not winter officially and the weather is still […]

Build a Log Cabin for $100

Oh, if only it was so… the article was titled  “Build a Log Cabin for $100.”  That would be a worthy summer project. A Oregon couple combined love of the land, native materials, traditional hand tools, and hard work to build a log cabin for $100. Living in a cozy little cabin nestled in the […]

Are You Feeling Any Spring or Cabin Fever?

It’s post vernal equinox. Are you feeling any symptoms of Spring Fever? Spring Fever is an interesting term for a phenomenon or pseudo-illness. It seems to have entered English in the mid-1800s. Linguistically, it is interesting because it has two meanings which are opposites. There is the term contronym to describe words that are also […]

You Should Not Need A Cabin To Be A Writer, But

You should not need an isolated cabin in the woods in order to write. And yet, many of us – writer and would-be writers – have probably fantasized about having an isolated place in the woods, a mountaintop or island retreat where we could go and find inspiration and peace. There is no good evidence […]

Cabin Dwellers

I encountered Lou Ureneck online with his From the Ground Up,  New York Times blog, which was a memoir about building and brotherhood. There is also a book about the experience.  After middle age-job loss, the death of his mother, a health scare, and a divorce, Ureneck looked for some project to engage him back […]

Building Your Getaway Cabin (or reading about it)

I went a bit crazy today with books I found on Amazon about planning to build that getaway cabin in Paradelle. If cabin fever sets in this winter, I am ready. If you’re dreaming in the same direction here’s the list: A House on the Water: Inspiration for Living at the Water’s Edge How to […]