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    Eliguk Journal – April 10, 2020.

    The lone black wolf with yellow penetrating eyes – he came to us in mid-February. Also known as the Spirit Wolf, they arrive on the scene as a messenger. This may be a warning, or it could be the announcement of a lesson in life about to unfold. A lone wolf symbolizes self-reliance, courage, bravery, pride and survival. How’s that for an ominous warning? Why couldn't it have just been a helpless bunny rabbit? I guess you could look at it from a few perspectives. First a warning and then what they symbolize. Very few wolves remain lone wolves; but as lone wolves they may be stronger, more intelligent, more…

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    Eliguk Journal – April 6, 2020.

    Last years mosquito's stuck to the sticky pinesap. Once deposited, the resin chemically matures into intermediate forms called copals and finally into amber after millions of years. The amberization process is estimated to take between 2 and 10 million years. Eager to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I had spent my morning bucketing water, waiting for it to heat up on the wood stove, then washing my hair. I grew impatient waiting a full hour for those locks to dry, before getting out for a walk. I made some Turkey Rice Soup and set it atop the wood stove, as I filled it's box of red hot coals…

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    Eliguk Journal – April 3, 2020.

    Forrest was sitting pretty...photo bombed! Ahhh, yes. I've been left alone...unsupervised! Today marks the 14th day since Mountain Man came home from town, so we are in the clear for any symptoms of Co-19. I have to say it's a big relief. All those little coughs, mild headaches, and other little symptoms that creep up -making your mind wander...thinking you are getting sick - is over. We feel great! We've had zero contact with the outside world - and it will likely be that way for some time. Maybe I will celebrate by washing my hair, and taking a bath in a pail of water. Anyhow, someone felt the need…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 30, 2020.

    Log after log, of rotting, or moldy just plain unusable wood went on the fire over the course of this last week. There is only one more pile of wood that was cut and stacked over a decade ago that needs to be moved to the burn pile. There's no saving it for the wood stove as it's punky and moldy. But a fire hazard none the less, once the heat of the Summer is upon us. We've almost finished the last of the perimeter clearing, in the 4 years of fire mitigation. It's sad to report that once we are finished this corner, we will start all over again.…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 27, 2020.

    Best Chocolate Chip Cookies - ever! Crisp edges and chewy centers. 1/4 cup of butter (at room temp) & 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or use all butter) Mix with 3/4 cup of white sugar & 1 cup of brown sugar Add 2 eggs & 1 tsp of vanilla In a separate bowl mix together 1 & 3/4 cups of flour with 1 tsp of baking soda & 2 tsp of salt. Mix dry & wet ingredients and then add 1 & 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until the edges are brown. I bake on parchment paper. Our baking has never stopped, really.…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 24, 2020.

    Before we could get confident about staying put long term, we needed another propane run. The last one took place in the Autumn after Mountain Man shattered his ankle, all those tanks would run dry within a month. Too much uncertainty lies within that time line of where this Pandemic will be then. So the risk was taken, and a trip to the small village of Anahim Lake was made. We arranged with a friend who was currently logging down the Dean to get a ride into town, as the Jeep is buried behind several feet of snow on a road that is no longer plowed. Pulling both of the…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 22, 2020.

    Mountain Man fills pails of water for his Wilderness Woman to get to washing. It sure is hard to write at a time like this. Inspiration is something that has seemed to disappear, and uncertainty has crept into all of our lives. Physically, life hasn’t changed for us, mentally...I guess it hasn’t either. We are accustomed to the isolation. It’s the new fear of the unknown that's encompassing our minds. We've been ‘social distancing’ for years now, and we find ourselves helping others learn how to quickly adapt. So we are carrying on with our same daily routines. Wood - water - fire & meals – with our outdoor activities,…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 17, 2020.

    'Flattening the Curve' There's a statement that will go down in history, anytime someone refers back to 2020! Lets rewind for a sec. It was just about 10 years ago now, when the idea first popped into our minds, well the concept anyhow - of moving off the grid. We had already been preppers so to speak. I mean we just knew we wanted to make sure we were prepared for anything. We had both grown up in wilderness settings with 'from scratch' lives and cooking. Self sufficient with big gardens and Mountain Man was lucky enough to have been raised on a 300 acre ranch. We knew all the…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 15, 2020.

    I think we can all agree that life just hit a major stumbling block. Is there a reset button for 2020? Because the planet needs to reset! I've spent more time online than ever before, trying to figure out what was real and what was fake. Since I don't get to watch TV or news channels - it's tough to figure out whats going on. What I do know, is that with the Covid-19 has come chaos. Suddenly preppers & homesteaders are sitting back going - "Whoa!" We've been working on a new launch for Homesteading, and Off Grid Workshop courses. Since fishing is a dying industry - we have…

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    Eliguk Journal – March 12, 2020.

    Being alone has a power very few people can handle. Aloneness and loneliness are quite opposite, so don't confuse the two. In the reality of being alone, you will find the space & time required for your mind to work. Creating strength & peace within. It helps one to be able to reconstruct life in a better way, as my most creative ideas form when I am alone. Yes, Mountain Man has gone to Vanderhoof to work on the plane. As long as the snow stays firm for travel, it's what he must do - as it's one more step to an easier way to travel out of the woods,…

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