Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Looking Back...

32 degrees - 1:15 pm - snowing...

It’s hard to believe that I’m writing about the holiday season in past tense already, where did 2012 go?

Both kids are back in school, the holiday dust has settled, and life on the mountain has returned to our version of normal (complete with getting snowed in and school closures).  Now is the time to reflect and hopefully get back into a routine of some sorts. 

Some are thinking about New Year’s resolutions, others may be happy with their life and decide to continue living their own status quo, but right now I’m spending time thinking about the past.  I feel that remembering where we’ve been is important to making sure we are moving forward on the path we want to be on.  Have decisions and actions we’ve chosen over the past year helped us to live the life we want?  Have they moved us closer to goals we’ve set for ourselves?

Three very significant events and changes that happened at our off-grid home sweet home on the mountain this past year, things that most people take for granted, were huge milestones for us...

1 – We got an inverter!  This was the first (and very expensive) piece of our off-grid power system {click here}.

2 – We got water!!  No more having to haul water from town, this was a very happy moment {click here}.

3 – We got a working in-door toilet!!!  This was by far the most exciting (and appreciated) thing that happened up here on the mountain this past year {click here}.
“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”  ~ Benjamin E Mays

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