Posts Tagged "pictures"

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…)

Winter wonderland
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 8, 2013 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

PICT0001We had a very pretty day yesterday, it was one of those rare days that was cold but not so bitter that you didn’t want to go out. My friend and I had to go into town in the morning, it had been foggy, windy and cold overnight, we didn’t know what to expect in the morning, there was a chance we couldn’t go into town. We woke up to this sight, a winter wonderland of ice crystals that had grown on the windward side, growing in furry spiky delicate ice crystals. (more…)

Sky castle in early fall
by WRETHAOFFGRID on SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 - 1 Comment in WRETHA


It’s Sept 1, summer is all but over, the days are still warm but the nights are cooling off quite a bit, I notice the cottonwood trees in town are starting to turn that crisp yellow color, in a few more weeks it will be a riot of yellow with some reds, rusts and burgundy from some of the other trees.

The animals are putting on their fall into winter coats, adding weight to make it through the cold winter that is about to beset us. I just saw a fluffy squirrel looking in the window at me, this year has been a banner year for the squirrels, they are still fearful of us, but don’t get too concerned over our daily coming and going. (more…)

Pictures of the neighborhood
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 2, 2013 - 4 Comments in WRETHA

A few weeks ago, I grabbed the camera on my way over to a friend’s house, I get to live in and drive through some very pretty country, we have been here a little over 5 years now, one of the first things I thought when we first moved here was that I hope I never get used to the views out here, I’m still awed by them. This is the high desert, in the mountains of far western Texas. (more…)

Life in the sky castle
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 11, 2013 - 0 Comments in WRETHA
Great views

Great views

I sit looking out the window, my view is magnificent, I am looking down across a high desert mountain valley, words cannot describe the beauty of the landscape that falls below me, but this is a harsh beauty, full of plants, bugs and critters that poke, stick, sting and bite. Some might find this a torture, I find it to be my Heaven on earth.

PB and I moved out here 5 years ago this last December, in some ways it was a huge move, in other ways it felt like coming home. After buying up just under 6 acres on a mountain side, in the high desert of far western Texas, one of the first things PB did was build our cabin, what would become our sky castle. (more…)

Dogs and kids…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 4, 2013 - 0 Comments in WRETHA

…know how to have fun when it snows! When I was a kid, I loved snow days, I lived in central Texas so we didn’t get snow every winter, and when we did, it was usually only a few inches and it would only last a few days, as soon as the sun came back out, it was gone. I remember having to use several of my neighbor’s yards to have enough snow to make a snowman.

What does your “Home Sweet Home” look like?
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 4, 2012 - 1 Comment in WRETHA

What color is your parachute? I’ve heard that question asked and I wondered, what difference does the COLOR make if you are jumping out of an airplane? You just care about the function of said parachute. A better question might be, what kind of off grid cabin do you want to live in? Now that is something we can all understand. What do you want to make your home out of? Wood, stone, concrete, cob, earth, metal, a combination of these materials? Maybe it’s not even a cabin but something more exotic… (more…)

by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 10, 2008 - 6 Comments in WRETHA


…are worth a thousand words, or so they say, I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of myself, I know that when I have been following someone else’s blog for a while, any time I can see a picture of the blog author, it’s a treat, so here’s my treat for you. Some of you have been following my ramblings for a year, some for not as long, either way, here I am, now you have a face to go with the words. (more…)

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