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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…)

Stops Along the Way: Part 2

Five o’clock quickly arrived at my desk on my first night as a full-time RVer.  I left my office and walked into the dark parking lot knowing I would be home in less than 30 seconds.  No one from work knew it.  Since I land acting and print gigs on occasion, they believe my camper is to go on jobs out of town.  Half-truths go a long way.  I also made it a point for them to know that owning an RV has always been a dream of mine.  I considered letting my co-workers know of my new lifestyle, but I’ve grown less trusting with age.  My managers may feel less compelled to give me higher raises since I have fewer expenses.  My supervisor may look at me with scorn if I come in late on a snowy day. Co-workers may think I’m just plain kooky… and they would be right!  Yes, none of these things would be fair, but life isn’t fair and neither are people’s judgments and actions.  If the folks at work ever did find out (and some may already suspect), I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal.  However, why put myself out there if I don’t have to?

As I approached close to my camper, I visually took it all in.  “This is my home!”.  Realizing this felt odd, good… and a little scary.  I got in the van and drove to my RV friendly parking spot.  Like a dog, I instinctively circled the lot twice before parking.  There were two big rig trucks settled in for the night, so I parked next to them under a light post. (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…)

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