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Summer in far west Texas

DSC00020A few days ago I received my new camera, my old one finally bit the dust, I am very happy with this one, it’s not the most expensive one by far, but wow, have they come a LONG way since the last one I had!

The picture above is the sky castle, the rock work at the bottom is the beginnings of a rock room, I hope it becomes a chicken coop, though it could become anything. (more…)

Monsoon season is here

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…)

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…)

Gone to the dogs…
Zoe's view

Zoe’s view

It is my opinion that living off grid almost requires having a dog, not just as a pet for companionship, but an extension of your security, both inside and out, I don’t want an attack dog, but one that alerts me to things long before they become big problems.

Dogs have been part of my life for many years, as an adult, my first dog that was MINE, not a shared family dog that stayed in the back yard… she was a long hair chihuahua, I had her for some 12 years, she is now buried in the “pet cemetery” next to the garden.

After her death, I felt a huge hole in my life, one that needed to be filled, could only be filled by a furry 4 footed baby. The following spring (a year ago now), the very week I was going to start looking for another chihuahua, life had other plans for me. We were given a rescued dog, one that is everything I didn’t want in a dog, but has turned out to be a much better fit for us than a small chihuahua… her name is Zoe and she is my baby now. (more…)

The Sky Castle grows…

The sky castle is growing… up. PB told me when we first started building out here that he wanted to build vertical, he talked about 3 and 4 stories tall, I thought he was nuts and was just dreaming, well seems he’s not so nuts and it wasn’t all talk.

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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…)

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