Woodsman wrote:I can still sit under the pine tree, lay and sleep between the roots, and climb up it to see the stars, after I built a tree fort up there, with a window in the ceiling.
I can make a mattress out of pine boughs.
Well, actually no you can't. There are actually few things more uncomfortable to sit or sleep on than tree roots, they are much worse than stones. After you have blown your house into the next incarnation, you won't be climbing much of anything really except possibly the stairs in front of the hospital. Your intention to build replacement housing is laudable, but they have these things called building codes and they are particularly finicky about skylights.
The pine bough mattress does sound attractive, never mind that some pine needles can pierce a quarter inch of Sheffield plate steel armor, that the boughs will be swarming with insects, mites, beetles and borers which will be crawling all over you all night long, and of course when you awake you will be covered from head to foot in sticky pine pitch, which will be studded with dead and/or dying remains of all the aforesaid bugs that got stuck in it and for whom you will have to bear the karma of killing which will surely land you in the lower hell realms without undue delay. But aside from that its a great idea.
Sorry if I seem a bit obstructionist....