the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Monday, September 18, 2017

signs of fall

A dozen butterflies hanging out in the bushes near the lunch table. All look quite alike.  But each one a different animal. I watched them for about 40 minutes while I enjoyed some chicken and potatoes from Saturday afternoons trip to the pharmacy and the storage unit. The way they flew around without a care was awe inspiring. Every time I got close enough to photograph they would fly
away. SO the memory lingers in my head only.

Issues at home took their toll on me and the Mrs. We spent Sunday crashed out on our easy chairs relaxing after a busy Saturday at storage grabbing a few items for the new home.  All that is left are getting the cars from the rental and bringing them closer to the camp site.

I was going to do it on my own but rather I am paying a tow company to pick them up and bring them to me. Much easier on my sanity.  

Another issue that I am facing is how to train someone else child, now a woman, to behave like an adult and take responsibility. Play time ends for the most part when you are over 18. Or so that is what I taught my kids. Roof, food and utilities are the top priorities that I stress. Everything else is a luxury.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A little Lunt goes a long way

Since moving into the new residence I take 1/2 mile walks during the morning and afternoon as part of my commute to the city.  During these walks I notice nature and its complexities. Since I have the iPhone 6s its me I have begun documenting the sites with images on the camera.
Every now and again I will share these photos here for posterity.

Mrs T has begun referring to our new abode as the hobbit hole, a reference to Tolkien. SO I guess with my walking stick I should be referred to as Gandalf. Alas. A happy wife a happy life

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pics from Sunday drive

Just a few shots from the river stops

Sunday drive

Red dolly Casino Prime rib dinner $6.95

After taking a drive up to Blackhawk Colorado to enjoy the mountains  we stopped in this restaurant for a bit of supper. It was rather enjoyable to sit on the second floor of a Casino and watch people eat and gamble. It was drizzling by the time we got out so we took a drive back down the hill making several nature stops along the way. One was an overpriced farm market next to the Blackhawk pawnshop.  4 peaches for $8 and jars of preserves for $11.  I can't see spending that much so we drover further down to the river where son and I enjoyed some frolicking by the river.  

Also found a well weathered stick which I can use for another walking stick whittle. Am very much looking forward to relaxing under the awning and whittling. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

a new day

Since last I posted the wife and I and the 2 kids are now living in the RV. It has been a long week but it was worth it. I haven't slept this good in years.

While we are working out the quirks we are using the outdoor gas grill and stove for cooking. We also have a cooler outside for beverages. Indoors the toilet is working as is the electric fridge freezer.

Now the fun begins. Prepping it for the coming winter. Stocking up on propane, food and other assorted essentials.

I am also looking into alternative streams for income to support us for the long haul.  I do not want to stay at this job forever. But we do need a reliable source for income.

a great article I wanted to share.  If you want to read further about self reliance and the self sufficient lifestyle

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

diet time for Trash

Went to the doctor yesterday for my once a month checkups. Since my surgery two years ago I went over a year and 6 before weight gain became a problem. I normally weigh in around 220-230. 2 months ago I weighed in at 251. Yesterday I weighed in at 264. Believe me I can feel it. So it is diet time for Trash. 
I exercise frequently by walking 2-3 miles a day. However my eating habits need to change.  NO more fast food and no more junk food. At least for now.  I need to get back down to my ideal of 230.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Last week we made our reservations for our first 3 month stay an RV resort.  We went up last Saturday and the wife and kids are excited. We are in the foothills for seclusion but within a few miles to the nearby town. We also have a convenience store liquor store across the street. Plus we are only 1/2 a mile from the Public transit so I can still maintain employment while we work the kinks out of our new home.

Camping world is a few miles away as is the Dodge dealer in case I need them. Therefore it should be an ok scenario. Thanks to Mrs T for doing the research and finding this place.  It is a tad expensive but for the convenience we will manage. At least having the security of vendors nearby takes a strain off my mind.

I am beginning to hate living underneath the landlord. I hate living by others rules. I am beginning to hate nosy people. I will be glad to regain control of my family's existence.

This weekend a trip to Camping World, MicroCenter and the RV yard is on the agenda. We need to pick up some needs and luxuries for the son and the RV.

On a geeky note I updated my ipod  to iOS11 and it seems to be ok. There are a few glitches I have notice. Thus the reason i don't put betas on my primary devices.  Siri seems to a bit more intuitive in early testing and Maps is getting better. Lets hope that the final release is as good as the Beta.

Secondly we will be looking for a WIFI BOOSTER while at CW and MC. My Tmobile hotspot is good for me and 1 or two devices but for the family we need a booster for the existing wifi. I have been researching this and have found a few potentials. GOing to physically look at the this weekend.