Cabin Tour

We’re so excited to have the shell of our new cabin completed. It is absolutely amazing. To be quite honest, it is beyond anything we could have imagined. Are you ready for a tour?

This side of the cabin is the bedroom end. While it’s just a big box right now, eventually we’ll have […]

Cabin Building and A Needed Break


The last few months have been terribly busy with our personal lives and my work schedule. It’s become even busier the past few weeks when my daughter and her fiance changed their wedding date from June of 2015 to Thanksgiving weekend of this year. 🙂 We’re super excited about the wedding but helping her […]

Cabin Building Update

Building an Off Grid Cabin

Our new cabin is coming right along! Last month when I posted about our cabin we had just left the property with the foundation complete and the floor in progress. You can read that post here.

Our builders have been hard at it and are making great progress. In fact, the shell should be […]

Building an Off Grid Cabin- The Foundation

Building an Off Grid Cabin

We spent the weekend up at our property with our builders. We’re super excited about the progress that was made. When we left last weekend the cement piers and first beams were in place from the builder’s first visit in July.

After a few hours of work this weekend things really started […]

Going Off Grid

Our Off Grid Plans

We’re building a cabin. The cabin is going to be off grid. Off grid may have slightly different meanings to different people. I think some people think that an off grid home or cabin would have nothing electric. I’ve seen comments on off grid bloggers posts asking how they can be off grid when they […]

Our Outdoor Shower and Solar Water Heater

Our Outdoor Shower and Solar Water Heater

Working in the hot and dusty high desert can really make you long for a shower by the end of the day (or even in the middle). If you don’t have a running water or plumbing set up getting that shower can be a challenge.

In many of the preparedness and off-grid books I’ve read […]

Menu Week of July 13 and Building a Cabin

Menu Week of July 13 and Building a Cabin

What an exciting weekend! We spent the weekend up at our property. This was the BIG weekend of starting the cabin build! We got up there around 10 pm on Thursday expecting our builders around 8 am on Friday morning. Unfortunately, the logs for our cabin were a very large load and stretched their 8 […]

Permaculture: Designing with Zones

Something that we’ve been learning about in the Permaculture Design Course that Joe and I have been taking is designing with zones and zonal placement.

Zoning is about placement. The zones are numbered from 1 to 5 with 1 being the zone surrounding the house and zone 5 being the area (usually) […]

Our Summer Plans

We’re starting a very exciting time. You may know that last summer we purchased 20 acres a few hours from here. When we made the purchase we knew that it would be a property that we’d live at in the future. We’d take our time and work on it as we could, starting with […]

Finding a New Place to Call Home

We moved to our current home almost five years ago. We never intended for this to be our ‘forever home’. We chose the location based strictly on work opportunities. It was always our plan to live here during our working years but to retire to a quiet little town elsewhere in Wyoming.

Since that […]

Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

It’s hard to believe that just five years ago we lived in a 23 foot tow behind camp trailer. The bulk of what we owned was contained within the camp trailer with a few straggling totes setting underneath and the ‘big’ stuff stored in a 10 x 12 rental unit. When we […]

20 Acre Homestead Journal: From Picnic Shelter to ?

Most of this post was originally on my short lived homesteading blog in the form of two separate posts. The post shares our plans to build what started off as a simple picnic shelter, a place to find shade and get out of the wind in the high desert of our new 20 […]

Feeding Animals Part 2

This post was originally shared on my short lived homesteading blog in August of 2013 before I decided to move everything to this one blog— which is more than enough for me to keep up with! Growing all or part of our own animal/livestock feed is important to us and something we will […]

Feeding Animals

This post originally appeared on my short lived homesteading blog in the summer of 2013. I’m bringing several of the posts from there over to this blog.


Something that we’re experimenting with is animal feed. When we first started raising chickens about seven years ago we didn’t know that there were any […]

How We Got Here- Part 2

Make 2014 Awesome!

Be sure to read How We Got Here- Part 1

The summer of 2010 was a pivotal year for us. That year we embarked on raising our own chickens for meat. After watching the movie Food, Inc (that’s an affiliate link) over the winter we knew that we did not want to support the […]


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