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It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas!

..not that snow was what we were looking for but it is nice for Christmas! Not sure if this is going to stick around or not but it wasn’t so deep that the car had any issues getting up the unplowed driveway..this is perfect snow-road making weather so I am about to go drive over it with the truck to beat it down in the hopes that it freezes solid tonight..then no more mud!

..and the chickens decided to stay indoors today too..not sure why..hehe


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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in fun, snow


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Stop That…

I asked for snow for Christmas..stop it! Too early..and speaking of too early someone on my ride home from work had their Giftmas lights and blow-up snowman on…that it too early too.

imageI know it will stop snowing..hard to tell in the shots…no I am not a Grinch..but I would like to punch Jack Frost in the nose.


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in fun


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there and back again

..on some of the other blogs I subscribe to I have read of issues with security and being broken into so I did not want to post about me being away for 8 days in a sunny destination down south.

Yes..offgrid and going south. With all of the issues we had over the last month a vacation was just what the doctor we went south and I filled up my prescription with beer, snorkelling and sun. I also wanted to go down because it would be a good chance for my 15 year old to see another side of the world that she has never seen before..the 3rd World and how it related to North American society. The resort..perfect..the beach..perfect. The surrounding areas..much different then what she was accustomed to. Where we have houses that are huge they have small simple buildings, where we have malls they have farmland and animals, where we have limitless possessions they have struggle and hard work for the basics. It’s not something she had ever really seen before and she was a little taken back..I could see the ‘..oh my God..’  look in her eyes when we entered into a city of 1.5 million that had goats grazing in the median in the middle of the city. We live in a society that takes so many things for granted it is many ways we are a spoon fed generation. There is a saying that I always think of with J*, ‘ can lead a horse to water but you cannot make her drink..’ and that is what I was trying to do with J*..I cannot force the fact into her head that she has everything she will ever need but I can help her open her eyes to the fact that the world is far from a perfect place.

It WAS a good reminder for A* and I too..we know our offgrid life is a challenge and sometimes we talk of doing something else but going to a place where everyone has to fight for everything they have it makes us appreciate having something modest of our own that many of them would consider a mansion. It’s not there yet but now that the holiday is over its back to a more regular schedule for work!

oh..and don’t get me wrong..the potential life lesson is an added learning bonus round..we needed the vacation more than anything else!

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Philosophy


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winter prep part 2

..A* was not a fan of these least as a decorative feature. She said they clashed with the early snow.

a couple of weeks ago a friend and I had a chance to get some storage bins that someone had been using as part of a wood cutting business that was in the process of being sold..for free. The price was right, my back was still sore but if I moved slowly I would be fine.  He was driving his friends truck that was pulling a trailer. We could not use the rear of the truck so we had to use the trailer alone. We unpacked the 3 he had on the back and we set off to grab some more.  This guy had hundreds of these on his 3 arcres where he processes firewood. He had 2 horses a bunch of chickens and geese…and a great location on a lake. The place was set up really well and in fact this is the same place that I had bought hardwood from for my winter heat in past years. Anyway, so K* and I loaded up the trailer..with 9 of these bins..we needed to tie them down too and going back to my place I thought we would lose it, we looked like we were driving the leaning tower of Pisa!..but in the end it was fine and stayed up..We eventually did get 3 loads and ended up with enough wood for 4 cords of wood storage apiece..which equates to 12 bins each. Some of the bins are plastic so they stay on top of the other ones to keep the lower ones dry…at least that is the idea.

After a couple of days A* and I got a chance to get out and chunk up the 8ft lengths and put them into the new storage bins..While it does nto look great it is much more organized then it was before so I am pleased with the outcome…

..the processed wood in the storage bins. the metal thing in the middle is part of the structure I built to hold wood while I chunk it up.

SOme of the other things we have been up to as far as winter preparation:

  • moving the wood box to the can store wood for a week
  • cutting up a weeks worth of wood
  • turning off outside water and draining the line
  • resealing around insulation board and house
  • old hay on top of garden boxes
  • putting summer chairs and stuff out of sight/underneath tarps
  • planting bulbs for spring
  • planting garlic for spring

I also went to put some more feed in for the chickens and one of the bags of feed got soaked and turned into a mess..moldy and I dumped it out after I got rid of the mold.

..I hope the chickens don't starve..I suspect they will not.

So, the bottom line is that we are now prepared for snow..and now that we are prepared I hope that it does not come.

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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Construction, todo


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