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Picking the wrong plant
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Since having such a wet rainy season, as compared to the previous several rainy seasons, I have seen many more species of wild plants growing, specifically wildflowers. Normally I’m not interested in growing flowers, I don’t want just a pretty face, I generally require any plants I plant and tend to do something useful for me, it needs to be edible and/or medicinal… (more…)

Bobbage bridge update
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Strange name for a title, Bobbage, well if you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that Bobbage is what we call the thing that PB (Primitive Bob) does, he takes things that most would toss in the trash and makes the most wonderful (and wondrous) things with it. Today we will talk about the bridge he is building for us.

This isn’t just any bridge, not a small garden bridge, but one that will not only take foot traffic, but will hold up to trucks driving across it, one at a time of course. :) (more…)

Make a wish, believe in it
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 - 1 Comment in SPIRIT, WRETHA

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As the end of summer slides past us, the days are getting shorter and cooler. Our rainy season has all but ended,  the last few days has been almost dreamy, with low hanging clouds and ground fog rolling through, cool and damp, the smell of wood smoke in the air from the first warming fires of the season tickle my nose, we settle into the end of our 7th year living off grid, this December will start our 8th year, time has flown by so quickly, sometimes I have a hard time remembering my life before moving off grid, and that is just fine with me. (more…)

Small budget, big dream, small home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 1 Comment in PEOPLE, WRETHA

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After graduating from college, Dave Herrle got a desk job. He hated every minute of it. But in 2007, while hiking along the Appalachian Trail, Dave got a whole new perspective on the benefits of living a simple life. There in the woods, he promised himself that he wouldn’t spend anymore of his life doing a job that he didn’t enjoy. He also decided to build the home of his dreams. (more…)

Fermented foods
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 - 1 Comment in FOOD, WRETHA
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Earlier today, after church, I was getting ready to lay down to take a nap, the radio was playing softly in the background, I typically don’t care for what is played on the only local radio station we can get, it’s a bit too liberal for my tastes, but they were playing a show that I enjoy, it was America’s Test Kitchen, a show I used to watch on TV and am still getting used to listening to it on the radio.

Today’s show was all about fermented foods, something that I am getting more and more interested in, fermenting takes ordinary foods and turns them into super foods as well as helping them store for longer periods of time-preserving food. Fermentation has been something that has done for generations, from creating wine, spirits and beer, to pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchi, and many other foods & drink. (more…)

Now I’m a working gal – blog post
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 - 0 Comments in WORK, WRETHA
Long stretches of lonely west Texas roads...

Long stretches of lonely west Texas roads…

We have been living 100% off grid since December ’07, before leaving our old life, we both worked jobs, he had his restaurant equipment repair business, I was employed by Best Buy as a merchandiser and worked at Curves (a gym for women) on a very part time basis. Now I’m sitting here in my off grid sky castle, getting ready to go to bed, sipping on sweet hot caramel flavored coffee. I look forward to going to work early in the morning, something I haven’t done in 7 years. (more…)

Building up
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 31, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, WRETHA

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This young family lives in Portland Oregon on a half lot, their home is very small by most standards, preferring to build UP instead of spreading around. They took a 407 square foot-print, made it 3 levels, they combine some living areas and omitted others.
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Yes, Texas has mountains…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in SPIRIT, WORK, WRETHA

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…and other random thoughts. :) One of the questions I get asked when I tell people where I live (on a mountain side, in the high desert, of far western Texas), they ask “Texas has mountains?” or “I didn’t know there were mountains in Texas…”. Well I’m here to tell you that Texas DOES have mountains, I live a mile high, in the Davis Mountains, which used to be called the Apache Mountains, fitting for me because I am part Apache (as well as Comanche), not enough to claim any benefits, but enough to give me some physical features and a wonderful heritage.

I can say that I feel so much at home here, like I have come home, I always wanted to live in the mountains and in the desert, I get to do both. (more…)

Get to know your property before you build
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 23, 2014 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

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OK, you have purchased your land, you are all excited about getting your off grid homestead going, but before you set your first post, before you lay your first board, there are some things you should do first, taking these steps will help to insure your place will be the best place it can be.

The first thing you should do is walk your land, especially if there is acreage concerned, you need to get to know your land as best you can, pick out more than one potential spot, then camp out on your land, as often as you can, for as many seasons as you can. Try to be there during rain, wind and such. The reason this is important is you NEED to know where the winds blow, the direction, you need to know how the drainage works, you don’t want to build where it’s going to flood. (more…)


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