Posts Tagged "SELF-SUFFICIENCY"

When prepping just isn’t enough
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 30, 2013 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

cabin in the woods

There’s a sense of urgency in the prepping community lately that is at an all time high.  Between the global elite warmongers, the impending financial collapse as the government makes plans to attach pension funds, the new viruses, Monsanto’s GMO seeds running amok and threatening the world’s food supply, and  Big Food’s toxic food-like substances in the grocery stores with no regard for actual nutrition, it is clear that we are going downhill fast. The soothing ”everything-is-just-fine” propaganda is so blatant that even the most die-hard zombie is beginning to see that something is amiss and that a massive change is soon to take place.

Many of us have stocked our homes to the rafters with beans, rice, bullets, and band-aids.  Each trip to the store adds more to our stockpiles as we try to get what we need before time runs out.  Newbie preppers are feeling even more frantic, wondering how to prepare when each week it takes more money to put less in the grocery cart. (If you’re new to preparedness, here’s a little primer with some great links.) (more…)

Emergency welding with car batteries
by TAOTECH4096 on JANUARY 17, 2013 - 2 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY



This is a ten-minute tutorial on how to use car batteries for emergency welding.

In this particular example the welding is done using three twelve volt batteries connected in series. This practice is not good for the batteries but may get you out of trouble in an emergency situation. Also where do you get three batteries? Worst case scenario- you rent a car from Hertz for a day – you can ruin their battery.

Stops Along the Way: Part 2
by MOCHAGYPSY on JANUARY 5, 2013 - 6 Comments in MOBILE, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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…)

Freezer to fridge conversion
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 3, 2012 - 25 Comments in FOOD, OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

Freezer-fridge conversion

Living off grid, I get questions from time to time, mainly about how we live, some even think we must live in a cave and eat dirt and wear skins…  I said I live off grid, but we don’t live that primitively! :) I do enjoy some of the modern conveniences of life, including having a place to keep perishable foods, aka a refrigerator.

When we first moved off grid, in Dec ’07, we brought with us a small, dorm sized fridge, but honestly we didn’t use it much, only plugging it up on the occasions when I brought home a gallon of milk or a pound of ground beef, once the perishable food was gone, we unplugged the fridge. What I quickly found out was the standard type of fridge used up a LOT of power and they tend to be very inefficient. (more…)

An overview of the last 4 years living off grid
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 20, 2011 - 91 Comments in COMMUNITY, LAND, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WATER, WORK, WRETHA

This December will be 4 years for us living 100% off grid, I can tell you it’s been quite the adventure, my only regret is that we didn’t do this earlier. Let me recap what we have been doing these 4 years…

 

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Homesteading-book review
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 17, 2011 - 2 Comments in COMMUNITY, ENERGY, FOOD, LAND, OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOLAR, SPIRIT, WATER, WORK, WRETHA

Homesteading, it’s a buzzword that means different things to different people, back in the day, it meant getting land for free as long as you lived on it and improved it for x number of years. It was a way to get people to move west (in the USA), back when travel was slow and painful, even dangerous.
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Dirt-cheap survival retreat-book review
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 5, 2011 - 6 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat

There are people who have seemingly unlimited funds to purchase whatever goodies they want. This book is not written for them, though they could glean some great ideas. It’s really written for the rest of us, those who have limited incomes but still want to go off grid and live comfortably. (more…)

Dehydrate your own chicken
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 20, 2010 - 9 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

Dehydrated chicken

I found this today on YouTube, these guys are dehydrating chicken, it looks very simple and I suspect you could do this with other meats as well. This will save you major $$$s over buying dehydrated meat from a commercial source. Watch and enjoy! (more…)

Off grid updates
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 21, 2010 - 10 Comments in COMMUNITY, LAND, OFF-GRID 101, WRETHA

My off grid life is more enjoyable and more fulfilling than just about any part of my old life – living in the city, working 2 jobs just to make ends meet (barely), work, eat, sleep, pay bills, repeat. Honestly I am more busy now, but it’s things I want to do, not things I am forced to do by government, society and life as I used to live it. I get to choose what fun activities and community activities I wish to do and is that ever fun! How does this work?

Simple, (more…)


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