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Mitochondria bookcase

Homemade bookcaseDo you remember learning in high school biology class about mitochondria, those tiny organelles inside your cells which convert sugars into energy?  Remember how they fold their cell membranes up into a convoluted mass to provide surface area for all those reactions?  That's what I've been thinking about all week as I add surface area (aka shelves) to the office, turning it into the powerhouse of the trailer.

Making the bookcase

My most recent addition is a homemade bookcase, sized just right to fit into that difficult spot beside the door.  Although not as elegant as Grandpa's bookcase, it will hold twice as many odds and ends.  Yes, scary pile in the middle of the floor, I'm talking about you.

Our homemade chicken waterers keep the coop clean and the chickens healthy.  As you can see, soon they'll even be heated for even easier winter care!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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