Category — WRETHA

A new doc in town
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 26, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

I think I am in love, and it’s with another man, but it’s not what you might think :) About a month ago, I took my friend to a nearby town to see a new doctor, there is a very long story that goes with why she wanted a new doctor, one I’ll not bore you with… the first time I saw/met this doctor, my first impression was I like him. He is about as unpretentious as you can get, he wears jeans with the cuffs rolled up, cowboy boots, t-shirts with vintage cars on them, he drives an old beater pickup truck, yes my first impression was he wasn’t like most other doctors I have met. (more…)

Portable tiny house and airstream-ish office
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 24, 2014 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, URBAN, WRETHA

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Ann Holley wanted to create an off-grid, transportable tiny house that would be technically an RV, but with an aesthetic that wouldn’t feel like living in an RV. What she created with her partner Darren Macca is a 125-square-foot “stick built” home with a cedar exterior and a refreshing and expanding all-white interior. “Living in something the size of an RV doesn’t actually have to be like living in an RV,” explains Holley. (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 7 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)

30 signs that you’re one of those “Crazy Preppers”
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Crazy-Preppers

With all the recent talk in the news about “Doomsday Preppers” and the demonization in the media, you have to be aware that you’re considered a little….different. The fact that you are self-reliant is such an oddity to most that, frankly, they find you to be either nuts, a little bit scary, or both. According to the US government, we are all extremists on the verge of committing depraved acts of terrorism.

 

Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“:

  1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house.
  2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously
  3. Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom.

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Gardening roundtable
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

About a week ago, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors and friends out here, it was time to do another gardening roundtable. That’s where a bunch of us gets together to discuss our gardening experiences. Living in the high desert mountains in far western Texas, we have a unique growing area, and within this area, there are even microclimates to deal with, so my garden may have different qualities (temperature, moisture, wind, soil conditions…) than someone who lives at the same altitude as I do but just around the corner from me…

So today after church and our second Sunday church potluck lunch, we just had enough time to get over to the community center just up the road. There were about a dozen of us there, most are experienced gardeners, a few were very new to gardening, a few had gardened out here for many years. (more…)

How to build your own water cistern system
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

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What Is A Water Cistern System?

Those living in a municipality often take for granted utility services that many rural property dwellers are not privileged to enjoy. Many people living in rural regions are extremely fortunate if they are able to afford the huge expense to drill a water well and even more fortunate if the drill actually strikes good potable water. For those rural proprietors or tenants who are challenged by the absence of a drinkable water source on their property a cistern system is a practical and economical alternative. (more…)

Monsoon season is here
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 5, 2014 - 1 Comment in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

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We are fully in our monsoon season now, and it’s about time! We have had fairly dry summers for the past few seasons, in fact we haven’t had a really wet summer since the first year we moved here in ’07. I had read that this summer would be a wet year for my part of the country, and for that I am truly grateful. (more…)

Ascalapha Odorata aka Duppy Bat
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 2, 2014 - 1 Comment in WRETHA
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My late night visitor, these huge creatures show up each year in late spring early summer, they become active in the late evening and night, they can startle or even scare you, though they are completely harmless, unless you count your reaction as you jump off the trail and try not to trip or fall.

I have been walking across my property at night, the flashlight illuminating my way, when something large and dark darts through the shaft of light, my initial reaction is it must be a bat, it’s the same size and general shape of a bat, as it flits through the light again, I realize that bats aren’t attracted to light, they fly around in the dark but tend to avoid light and people. (more…)

We’ve come a long way, baby
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 30, 2014 - 3 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Wild child

Growing up, I had a bit of a wild streak, nothing naughty, but I loved being outdoors, being around nature, plants, animals, water, dirt, we pretty much always lived in suburban areas with neighborhoods, houses, rectangular lots with grass, trees and fences. That didn’t stop me from pretending, imagining that I was in the jungle, or in the forest, or on an island, I wanted to live that way so badly that I could remove myself from the rows of houses and people, I would pack a lunch and go find some semi-isolated spot in my back yard and for a little while, I was an explorer in a wild place. Little did I know I would grow up and get to live that dream.

Right now I live a fairytale, a storybook life, I can still become that little girl, but now I don’t have to pretend I’m living in the wilds, I am living it everyday. (more…)


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