Category — PEOPLE

It’s garden time!
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 11, 2014 - 0 Comments in FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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I grew up watching gardening shows on PBS, one of my favorites was the Victory Garden, and during pledge week, they would always have Howard Garrett and Jerry Baker on, I loved watching their easy but effective DIY fertilizers and pest control, Garrett Juice and Jerry Baker’s tonics are easy to make, easy to use and work! Over the years, I have made my own concoctions using a bit from both recipes, yeah I cook the same way…

Don’t tell anyone but urinating on your plants works too, you will have to dilute it to about a 10% solution, and no kidding, if you do use urine, don’t tell anyone, no one will want to eat from your garden :) (more…)

A dome home I’d love to live in…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 30, 2014 - 1 Comment in PEOPLE, WRETHA

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This Guy Started With Nothing. What He Had Just 6 Weeks Later Made Me Ridiculously Jealous.

When most people imagine their dream home, they probably think of a large, sprawling vacation house that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When Steve Areen thought about building his dream home, all he had to do was find $9,000 and a place to build. He did just that and, in a few weeks, he had a vacation home in the middle of Thailand that could make anyone drool.

Pioneer couple
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MARCH 22, 2014 - 4 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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I grew up watching Texas Country Reporter, back in the day it was called 4 Country Reporter, that’s when there were only a few TV stations to choose from, channel 4 was a Dallas TV station thus the name was born. This show began back in the early 70s and showcased Texans living simple yet interesting lives, TCR gave us a glimpse into the window of those wonderful people. (more…)

Survivalist shaves her armpits, shocker
by SPY_VONDEGA on MARCH 18, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE

Lifetime supply from Gillette? Or is she a Schick chick?

Lifetime supply from Gillette? Or is she a Schick chick?

Actress Shailene Woodley has been all over the media in recent days with stories of her deep green beliefs and survivalist lifestyle. The 23-year-old actress even gave up her cell phone, according to one report, due to a ‘lack of camaraderie and community’; Shailene studies survival skills in her spare time, including creating fires and shelters in the wilderness; she is very concerned about the environment and for years she had been studying American Indian survival techniques. (more…)

Half-prepping equals NO prepping: lessons from the icepocalypse
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 23, 2014 - 3 Comments in EVENTS, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

As a survivor of the Icepocalypse that recently gripped much of the South in crippling power outages and freezing temperatures, at least three lessons can be deduced from the experience.

  1. A very small minority of people are equipped to deal with an emergency in a competent fashion.
  2. A slightly larger number of people attempt to be prepared but fall short if the emergency persists.
  3. The vast majority of people are wholly unprepared for even a slight disturbance in their usual routine or living conditions.

While this statement may come as basic common sense to the majority of my usual readers, such observations do bear repeating. Indeed, it is important to remind ourselves of just how unprepared we may be, even though we may be more prepared than most of the rest of the population. (more…)

BBC- British Bullying Corporation
by AMY SUAREZ on FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE, SPIRIT

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Martin Davidson’s BBC “output”

The BBC recently announced the sacking of one of its radio presenters and of channel boss Janice Hadlow. But her husband Martin Davidson remained in post despite presiding over decades of mediocre programming.

Now the full mediocrity of his work has been revealed — Davidson presided over the latest BBC season of films about the First World War, and they all bear the unmistakable tinge of old farts. This will have endeared him to biggest fart of all – Lord Tony Hall the BBC DG

Davidson has created a series of truly awful BBC dramas about WW1 – playing at prime time they are more suited to Open University than national TV.

Living inside the box
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 12, 2014 - 2 Comments in PEOPLE, URBAN, WRETHA

04 This absolutely falls under the “How cool is that!” category… I have seen lots of sheds, workshops and homes made out of shipping containers, some are buried in the ground, most just sit on the ground, some people are creative with them and create an entire home out of multiple containers. Most can be found in rural areas of the USA…

This has to the the most interesting one I have seen to date. These folks owned a small (read TINY) lot in NY, after lots of work and convincing, they created their home with several of these containers stacked up, it’s modern looking, it’s sleek, it’s clean and it works! (more…)

Living off grid interview
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 9, 2014 - 17 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

03I watched this video just a few days ago, it shows how someone can live off grid without living in a primitive manner, of course this takes money, it’s a tradeoff, it’s possible to go off grid on the cheap, my hubby and I are proof that this possible. But if you do have some money to invest, you can live every bit as “normal” as anyone else who lives on grid. (more…)

Roscoe Bartlett – a study in self-sufficiency
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 5, 2014 - 4 Comments in PEOPLE

A man you'd want to be stranded with

A man you’d want to be stranded with

Writer Jason Koebler went to visit the Off-Grid Congressman – 87-year-old Roscoe Bartlett – for Politico magazine, and the result is a charming portrait of a very dedicated pubic servant who is spending his final years practising what he preaches.

According to Bartlett, a terrorist with a “$100,000 Scud launcher and any crude nuclear weapon” could detonate a bomb above the atmosphere and knock out America’s power grid for more than a year. (more…)


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