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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mountain Chores or Mountain Fun...

5:20 pm - 61 degrees - mostly blue sky, light breeze...

Mountain chores or mountain fun...?

First thing he wants to do when he gets home... run the weed whacker!

Trombone in the morning.  Trombone in the evening.  Trombone all day long!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fall Is Almost Here...

3:37 pm - 63 degrees - mostly cloudy, light breeze...

The nights are getting colder, the mornings are getting darker, and the rain is slowly returning.

Yesterday was a soggy, soaked to the bone, wet reminder that Summer is almost over and Fall is nearly here. 

Jack's second soccer game (they won 11-5),
 and we all got soaked to the bone!

As much as I love the lazy summer months (although this summer was insanely busy and very short), I have to admit that I am happy fall is here.  Yes, I enjoy all the Northwest rain, listening to it hit our metal roof (one of my favorite sounds) while we’re inside all warm and cozy (not outside getting soaked to the bone).  I live for the occasional thunderstorm and truly am a homebody at heart.  I could curl up on the couch and watch movies with my hubby and kids all day with the flames blazing in the fireplace.  The crispness in the air, the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, the fall scent outside, the spicy scent in the kitchen from all the fall favorites being baked, I love it all!

However... in order for us to have those warm, flames blazing in the fireplace, we need dry, seasoned firewood and our woodshed is still in the planning stages.  So Tony had to run out yesterday morning and try to cover the majority of our firewood with plastic and tarps to help it stay dry. 

I cannot wait until Tony’s woodshed is done!  So far he has marked out an area that is 24’ wide x 16’ deep.  Hopefully posts will be going in this coming week – that’s weather dependant of course.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mountain Chores...

7:45 pm - 59 degrees - clear, calm night...

...firewood splitting and stacking continues.

For the past month, in between work and other activities, we have been spitting and stacking firewood (I saw we, but it's mostly been Tony).

I started out splitting the huge pile of rounds with an axe.  After about an hour, my arms were killing me.

Some friends lent us their log splitter, which has made the chore of splitting firewood a breeze!

Tony only has a few more rounds to split and then firewood will be done.  Then we need to stack it all.


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