Pretty cool trip to Chief Joseph dam to see the Whoosh Salmon Passage Portal in action

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Drove down to Chief Joseph dam to check out this one of a kind project/innovation.

Sunset

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Just a dog and her toys.

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Phoebe rather enjoys the morning sun on the outdoor carpet. She even brings her toys over.

Uncovering the unexpected

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The mice have been a big challenge this year. Yesterday I went to go plug a few holes in floor where the water supply lines run into the cabin. Took apart the insulated box that helps keep the pipes from freezing in Winter and discovered a small leak or rather a series of leaks and so now I’m pulling all the insulation and preparing to put a new modified setup in place.

Before I do that I really been wanting to work on my garden fence so that’s what I’m going to work on this morning. Going to be a combination of rock, wood, and fencing, and chicken wire.

On the topic of addiction to social media

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It’s been almost 3 months since I stopped posting regular daily content on my Instagram stories and elsewhere across the social media spectrum. I got a second 30 day ban on Facebook for posting cannabis content to our shop page. That’s 72 days now total of Facebook bans. For what? I hardly ever post. Meanwhile I sit and watch kilos of CBD and other products being “brokered” in private secret fb groups. I have no idea why they picked me to harass, but I’m pretty much done posting any of my original content to Facebook. That is not the topic of this post however.

I’ve been mostly MIA past few months online. Taking a break from my obsession/addiction to Instagram stories.

It’s been an interesting challenge and I think ultimately there is a happy medium and balance that can (maybe?) be achieved.

Like all other addictions I’ve conquered, now that I’ve beat it back into submission, I feel like I can (and will) choose to participate and contribute as much or little as I feel like contributing across the social media spectrum.

It took me a minute to recognize the signs, acknowledge the behaviors, and take corrective action. Spiritual growth and progress right?

I think addiction to social media is a HUGE emerging societal challenge, and is no different than any other addiction, obsession, compulsion, or vice. We have yet to fully understand or comprehend the impact it’s having on the human condition.

The reality is that Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms are designed with hooks to get you addicted. The algorithms behind these systems borrow from the gaming industry and are intended to prey upon the human weakness in the attempt to get your eyeballs, user data, and click through traffic to drive their advertising revenue and underlying business models. Scary stuff. So much for “don’t be evil”. @finkd is the evilest of em all I suspect.

So now to my new approach. Wherever possible, I choose to opt-out of this user-data sucking, addicted-to-my-notifications-and-mobile-phone model and am taking back my digital identity one site and account at a time.

It’s a daunting and nearly impossible task to complete.

On the flip side, I do enjoy a noisy social feed from time to time and Instagram has been that firehose for me for the past few years. For now I’ll keep my accounts and will see how much or little I contribute. Due to bullshit restrictions on using these platforms advertising and marketing services which I would like to use for certain things I have multiple accounts now for different things so I can avoid having to be blocked and prevented by posting cannabis related content on my main insta account @eisenetics_

Here are my current semi-active accounts. Subject to terminate and self destruct without notice at any time.

@eisenetics_ – personal Instagram – 21+ only please. Feed may contain cannabis-related posts and other offgrid shenanigans. Follow at your own risk.

@llamasoftunk – for the squad of course

@ironmountaingardens – for the farm/garden project

It’s time to stop feeding the matrix.

Spring happens fast in the Tunk Valley

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I’m about a week behind where I usually want to be right now because I got sick. Most of the snow is melted. I’ve got two rule burns in already and just finished signing up for a DNR Grant tree thinning program that covers 50% of the cost of the work. I’ve got 6.6 acres to clear and I’ll get reimbursed about 3k when I’m done. See the area in blue in the screenshot below. It’s a lot of work to clear and burn but I’m confident I’ll get it done.

Been struggling with my garden and getting seeds popped and then and idea came to me yesterday. It’s a pain in the ass to get up and down the loft where I had all the seed starts before so I decided that I would repurpose some plastic sheeting I had lying around outside all winter and simply wrapped part of the deck with it and now have a makeshift greenhouse. Also relocated the 300w LED fixture and may run that as supplemental. Got a temp/humidity monitor in there and soon a webcam to monitor remotely.

Iron Mountain Gardens Spring 2019 growing season has officially kicked off! The pond is pretty full as well and I’m going to start pumping some of the water into a 400gal container near the hugel bed where this years crop will go.

Lastly, decided to step up my hummingbird feeder game and got a trough. Can’t wait to start seeing the lil guys.

Another safe and successful rule burn

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Few shots from tonight’s sunset

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Tamarac tree trimming.

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I’ve been wanting to trim this Tamarac for over a year now. Finally decide to haul the ladder over and climb up to limb off a few branches. Still got a little bit to go.

Spring project prep

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Got a lot of prep work ahead. Sowing all my seed starts this weekend.

Focusing on 4 main projects for spring/summer 2019

  1. Pond / water storage / irrigation
  2. Operation Container Roll
  3. Llama pen + barn
  4. Hugelkulter #2 terraced garden beds