Posts by — WrethaOffGrid

The beginning…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

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Spring 2007
“What do you think?” PB asked with a hopeful look on his face.

“What about your job? Our families? Your kids were born in this trailer.” I responded, we had been discussing the possibility of moving away and completely changing our lives, he was showing me pictures and videos of the rough, desolate land in far western Texas, this was not outside the realm of possibility for me, in fact it was something I had dreamed of since I was a young child, I just never thought PB would be interested in living this life as well. (more…)

A solar bus home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

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I have a great love for small homes and portable homes, many of the DIY bus conversion homes are pretty good, but this one is tops in my books, it’s functional, it’s roomy, but it’s not too huge to drive, I could live in this. (more…)

Waste oil heaters
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

cold!Winter is here, all the way down here in far west Texas, tonight it will get down into the low 20s(F), definitely wood stove fire weather, along with some good warm gear to wear and sleep in. Thermal underwear is my constant companion day and night, well more night than day, we often get up to a comfortable temperature during the day as long as the sun is shining, but I must remember, before the sun goes down to change into my night clothes, for as soon as the sun sets, the temps drop like a rock into an ice bucket. (more…)

How to grow a Sky Castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

Ever wonder how a sky castle grows? One room at a time :)
In this case, this “room” was a semi enclosed deck between the bedroom and the laundry room. Like many homes out in my neck of the woods, people will build a deck, then enclose it, creating a new room, them add another deck, and enclose it, that makes for some interestingly organic homes, I know, I’ve been in many of them.

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It’s not too soon…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 8, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

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October is gone, November is here, it’s getting dark earlier (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), it’s getting cold…. it’s also getting closer to more of those holidays that call for gathering together and gifts. For us, the gatherings will not be so full of people, that’s one of the disadvantages (or some might call it an advantage) of living far from family. But with the various delivery options available to us, the gifts part is still a big part of the holidays. (more…)

Buying your own land
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

Buying land, it’s something you will be doing if you want to homestead or go off grid on your own. Personally I wouldn’t want to “go in” with other people, there are just to many potential issues with sharing property. I also understand that different people have different ideas on how they want to live, either way these videos have some great advice on buying your own land. I enjoy watching what LaMar Alexander has to say about living off grid and getting your own property. The great thing is LaMar actually LIVES the life, he speaks with authority and from experience.
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Off grid guests
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in community
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The guys on the tower…

Moving to and setting up your off grid home, it’s most likely in an out of the way, rural, scenic spot, a place that is often seen as a good place to vacation, especially by your family and friends. Usually though, your setup tends to be sparse, spartan, utilitarian, rough, nonstandard, even primitive… and often rather small. More like camping than living, for you that is fine, even desirable, but for your potential guests, it can be daunting, the things you have gotten used to may be foreign to your visitors, but if you are patient, explain things well and consider it fun and unique, your visitors will have a good time and go home with great memories of their vacation. (more…)

DIY deodorant
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 29, 2014 - 0 Comments in wretha

I love using alternative anything, especially when it comes to personal body care, I have experimented with and tried many different types of DIY deodorant, I quit using commercial antiperspirants many years ago because of the health implications, mainly the aluminum it contains and other nasties. I am always on the look out for another kind of deodorant, I found this one tonight and it looks very interesting, this one uses probiotics as an ingredient, something I haven’t found before. Read on…

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How to make lightweight oilskin tarps from bed sheets
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 26, 2014 - 1 Comment in wretha

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Weight – a unit of heaviness or mass; any heavy load, mass, or object; the vertical force experienced by a mass as a result of gravitation

Gravity. It’s unescapable… on this planet. It keeps us grounded. But it also weighs us down.

I consider myself to be in decent physical condition. Even so, at my age, every pound added to my backpack affects the gravitational pull and energy needed to carry the stuff. I’m no ultralight hiker by any stretch, but I do try to lighten my load every chance I get.

I’ve wanted to own an oilskin tarp for some time now. They’re durable but too pricey for our budget at this time. A quality oilskin tarp (new) will set you back $200. My motto, when it comes to gear, is buy the best you can afford. Or, go the common man route and make your own.

The idea for this project came from William Collins’ 4 part series on his YouTube channel. I’ve condensed his method into a short tutorial for you. (more…)


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