Off-Grid Living March 2017

It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in our off-grid cabin for a year now!

It’s still unfinished and there is still much to do but we’ve made some good progress and (most days) really enjoy our new lifestyle.

Something I’ve been working on over the winter is cooking on our wood stove. I’ve been […]

Off-Grid Living January 2017

 

 

Hello, Friends!

Winter is still in full force at our Wyoming farmstead. January brought many more snowy, cold days and even colder nights.

With this cold weather, our septic system froze. Many off-gridders don’t have a flush toilet and instead use a composting toilet. Because of our local regulations we have a […]

Wood Stove Cooking

With winter in full force we have a fire going in our wood stove pretty much all of the time. The wood stove is our main heat source. Originally we had planned to install a lovely antique wood cook stove but decided that while it would do the job for cooking it wouldn’t be […]

Off-Grid Living December 2016

The word for December was cold! We had very few days above freezing and several below zero. One morning a neighbor told me their temperature gauge read negative 34. Friends, that is chilly.

The icicles hanging from the roof were amazing. Unfortunately it also indicates we have an issue with our gutter doing […]

Planning for a Smokehouse

Time for venison chicken fry! We have had a great year for filling our freezer and are definitely enjoying plenty of chicken fried venison and antelope.

One of the things we love about Wyoming is the hunting opportunities. This year our big game hunting was very successful with Joe filling all of his tags; […]

Off-Grid Living November 2016

The end of November already! This month just zoomed by.

The main focus of November has been filling up our freezer. We finished our pastured broilers and completed our deer hunting. The freezer is filled to the brim.

Joe still has an tag for a cow elk that we’re going to rent a freezer […]

Pastured Poultry 2016

For the last several years we’ve been raising chickens for meat and eggs.

Over the years we’ve had an assortment of breeds of egg laying chickens but tend to favor the dual purpose birds such as Buff Orpington or White Rock. These birds are a nice sturdy bird, that often go broody and also […]

Off-Grid Living October 2016

Hello Friends!

I’m slightly delayed in putting up a recap of what happened at our place in October. Joe and I took a couple of days off last week to go hunting which meant several busy days before and after. In fact, we’re still playing catch-up!

Oh, but we had a wonderful time!

Our little […]

Lettin’ it Mellow…

Off-grid bathrooms often make for interesting conversation.

Because many of us living off the grid have to figure out interesting ways to bring water into the home we look for water conserving measures. Compost toilets are super popular in the off-grid community. This is something we looked into but in our county the rules for […]

Capsule Wardrobe: Cold Weather

Capsule Wardrobe is something I see on Pinterest quite often lately (maybe because I searched the term so Pinterest thinks I want to see it often?) but it wasn’t that long ago I was in the dark as to what a capsule was. Then my oldest girl told me all about this new approach to […]

Meal Wrap up (October 3, 2016)

 

We’re in a season without menu plans. Not having menu plans really is a challenge for me. I prefer to know what I’m cooking each day. At one point I planned not only the evening meal but also morning and noon! Yes, I have issues. 😉

Our meals during this time are very simple. […]

Returning From An Unplanned Hiatus

At the end of 2007 while awaiting the birth of our sweet little boy I dipped my toe in the online world and started a blog. It began as a place I could share about our little guy — thoughts, feelings, etc and then about him and how he was growing then about our […]

We’ve Gone Off the Grid!

After almost 5 years of planning we’ve officially moved off the grid.

Almost three years ago we picked out our property.

It’s a 20 acre parcel with amazing views. We’re still in Wyoming as evidenced by the lack of trees.

The property was part of a large cattle ranch that was divided in […]

August 2015 Updates

Hello Faithful Readers!

It has been nearly six months since I shared anything here or on my Facebook page. As usual, it has been a busy time. 🙂 I thought I’d pop in very quickly and share the latest news.

We’ve been working on the cabin. You can expect that any time I pop in […]

The Winds of Change

Hello, Dear Readers,

If you are looking for Simple Lives Thursday please go here.

 

Last week I worked in Oregon (the photo above is of Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge). While I was there I came to the realization that I am spread too thin. This thought was nothing new. For […]

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