A Tractor: To be, or not to be, That is the Question:

We have been talking with each other over the past few months about purchasing a tractor and the pros and cons of doing so.  Here are some of our thoughts:

  • We are not getting any younger.
  • Cutting, stacking, gathering and loading fire wood every year is not going away.
  • The body cannot do what it used to.
  • Going into debt again. Do we want to do this?
  • Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards
  • There are so many exciting projects we want to do, Barn/Shop being one.
  • Work smarter not harder.
  • Let’s take our property to the next level!
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Rain, rain, go away… It is totally raining and we are just about to step out in the rain to look at the Yanmar tractors

We decided to take a serious look at the tractors that are sold locally.  We scheduled a “kid-sitter” for our son and took a little trip around our area and visited two different dealers that had the type of tractor Mark was looking for.

We looked at three different tractors: the Yanmar, Kioti, and TYM.  They are all very similar and pretty close in price.  We now have to take a look at the pros and cons of making a purchase that will put us back into debt, which we have not had in almost 8 years, but one that will help us out on our homestead immensely.

Join us in our discussion.  We would love hearing from you.  What do you like about Tractors?

Off Grid Clothing -I love my Jacket!

When you come across a piece of clothing that is made well, performs for the intended tasks, and is priced right, you cannot help but talk about it.

I was given the Carhartt Women’s, Full Swing, Quick Duck, Norwich Jacket as a birthday present from my husband.  He knew that I was in need of a good jacket for our property and took it upon himself to find a jacket without my knowledge.  As I have used this jacket for a couple months now, I have come to love this jacket!  It performs great, is lightweight and easy to move in, has awesome pockets (great for egg gathering), accommodates wearing gloves in a super comfortable fashion, has an attached hood, does not bunch when you bend over, is water repellent, is made with the typical Carhartt durable material and looks good on.  What more can you ask for in a jacket?

How cool is that? Best property jacket find.

How cool is that?.. Best property jacket find.

Carhartt, boasts on their tag that came on this jacket, “The Best Workwear We’ve Ever Made” and “Try on This Jacket.  Feel the Difference.  It doesn’t fight you, it moves with you.”  I am going to have to say that they are living up to their self-promotion.

If you would like more information about this jacket you can visit our Associates Store with Amazon.  Check out the price!

I also have added in our store another Carhartt jacket that I have.  This jacket is nice to wear for casual wear.  I wear this jacket to my Farmer’s Market, where I sell my candles during the Spring/Summer season.  If you would like to check out our off grid home business you can go to www.pauperscandles.com

Mark, you hunted, investigated, and thought this one out and what a superb job you did.  Thank you Babe for such an awesome jacket for our property.  There is nothing like having good outdoor wear when you live on an off grid homestead!

Off Grid: Having a Washing Machine

vlcsnap-2017-02-10-20h36m35s989When Mark and I were talking about living off grid, we decided early on that we wanted to have as many modern conveniences as possible.  We both did not want to have to hand wash our clothes. So, having a washing machine was on the list of appliances that we wanted to have.  When Mark was figuring our power usage for our home he took the list of items we would have in our house that would take power and calculated how much power we would need and then designed our solar system to fit our power usage.

With being off grid for about five years now, I have to say that Mark did an outstanding job with our solar system.   We are able to use whatever power we need, like using our washing machine, pretty much any time we need and this is with minimal generator usage throughout the year.

Last summer our old Kenmore washing machine died and we had to purchase a new one.  There were three things we looked for when looking for a new washing machine.

  1. No phantom loads
  2. Least amount of water
  3. Least amount of power

These three things can be helpful for those of you who are off grid and on the grid.  Anything that can be done to cut the amount of power use will be of assistance to anyone.

Here is a little video talking about having a washing machine whether on the grid or off the grid and what to look for.  Enjoy!

Mama Moose Prepares to Protect Baby Moose

A unique aspect of living in Northern Idaho is the fact that it is “Moose Country”.  When we first moved here we could not wait to see a moose and being able to see a male moose with his paddles was and still is a rare treat.  But even rarer is being able to see a Mama Moose or Cow with her Baby.

The perfect opportunity came during Christmas Break.  We had been seeing a female moose at our salt lick over the course of a couple weeks. Then one morning, as I was leaving our chicken coup, I saw what I thought was a female moose and I was able to get our camera set up to film her.  I set up between our two vehicles, because one does not want to get too close to moose, they are big, elusive, and like their space.  When feeling threatened they will charge and one can get hurt.

With that being said, I was able to have one of the most thrilling experiences being able to see nature up close and personal.  There are moments when it all comes together, us and nature, and what a moment that is!

Enjoy the video.

Snowed Out of Salem Holiday Market

We are sorry to miss seeing you at the Salem Saturday Holiday Market.

Pauper's Candle Company

We are so sorry to announce that Pauper’s Candles will not be at the Salem Saturday Holiday Market on December 10 & 11.  After much deliberation, we decided to not risk the travel from Sandpoint, ID to Salem, Oregon due to the weather alerts.

As we woke up on Friday and were getting ready to travel to Oregon, we were getting many unfavorable weather reports and the storm was just starting to hit northern Idaho.  We want to take a moment to tell our customers that we appreciate you so much and are going to miss visiting with you.  We hope to see you next year.

We would like to invite you to order your candles at our store,  https://squareup.com/store/paupers-candle-company

Thank you all and again we are sorry we will not see you all this year.  May you all have a Blessed Merry Christmas and New Year.


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Wrapping up the Harvest & The Chickens are out!

Letting our “Ladies” and Roosters out

Pauper's Candle Company

krista-with-rhode-island-red Krista and Ms. Rhode Island Red. This is our first time having the Rhode Island Red Chickens and they are a great addition to our flock. These ladies are great egg layers.

I am just about done canning and storing our harvest for the season.  I pressure canned our carrots from our garden last week and thought, OK, I am done for a bit.  I am planning on making jam with our berries, raspberries, huckleberries, strawberries, and Saskatoon berries, during the winter months.  But for now, they are all bagged and sitting in our freezer safe and sound.

krista-feeding-chicks Here chick, chick, chick! I love it when they all come running. Side Note: I left my chard and spinach for the ladies to eat. The greens are good for them.

Well, while I was walking our dog with my son I ran into a neighbor and he offered some apples from…

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Harvest Moon Bazaar – Blessed Time :)

Pauper's Candle Company

on-our-way-to-the-show We are on our way…..you have to love the traditional selfie

What a blessed, fun, and successful show we had.  My Support, husband, in all that I do had to stay at home and run a craft fair for his Economics Class that was on the same day as the Bazaar.  So, Kirt and I were on our own for this one.  We left as soon as Mark left for work and drove to Oregon to set up our show and run it that day for four hours.  My Mom and Dad came to help me set up and run the show.  The next two days were great.  Again my parents come to help me take down after the show.  Thank you Dad and Mom for all your support through the years.

There were so many wonderful opportunities to be able to talk, listen, and encourage individuals.  God is amazing.

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