A few years ago, my wife and I were debating what to do about a bookshelf. We had already seen how our prefabricated store bookshelves and entertainment center would sag with time, and we didn't want to go through that again. I spoke to an amazing cabinet maker who could make for me the perfect … Continue reading An Inexpensive Solution to the Saggy Bookshelf
Today is the official fifth year anniversary of Living a Sustainable Dream. In honor of our fifth year of blogging, I would like to share with you our top five most viewed posts over the last five years. These are the posts search engines recommended the most. 5.) “He who can does, … Continue reading Top 5 Search Results over 5 Years; it’s our Blogiversary
Recently amidst all the world's ails we were challenge to a collaboration with another channel, Breaking Free Off Grid. Generally, I don't usually do collaborations, but given the times we live in, I have a strong desire for a sense of community. It has been fives years since we started blogging, and our world has … Continue reading Fifth Year Blogging Anniversary and 10 Probing Questions
When living in snow country, snow removal becomes a real issue. If snow is left to sit, it eventually becomes impassable even with the best 4 x 4 vehicle. Over the past 4 years, I invested in a "good" deal plow truck that has been nothing but repairs and headaches. This "good" deal has cost … Continue reading Whether to buy a Snow Plow or Not. (Saving Money when it doesn’t feel like it.)
This website will be going through changes as we organize the content to be more user friendly. The topics will be streamlined to fit our mission to provide content that will help you to save money on or off the grid, so you can increase your disposable income at the end of each paycheck. We … Continue reading Website Changes and Subscriber Update
Today is the 28th of September, and we have snow flurries. I don't expect much to come of it; I'm just not ready for winter to start this early. The first official day of fall was just last week, and our leaves haven't even changed colors yet. That's just life in Northern Idaho. Expect the … Continue reading Snow in September!
All can goods on the shelf in the grocery store can be done at home. When I was younger, the only canned food I ever saw my mom produce in our kitchen was peaches, pears, and jam. I grew up thinking only large corporations had the secret of canned goods placed for our modern convenience … Continue reading How to Pressure Can Green Beans is a Snap!
When are we ever going to use a2 + b2 = c2 in the real world? I asked this question in math class. I am unsure if I ever received an answer until I began building my off grid paradise. Recently, I plotted the footprint for my shop’s foundation. My math teacher should have handed … Continue reading Math in the Real World: Pythagorean Theorem
It was Sunday morning, we awoke wondering whether to attend the early service at church. However, the older chickens at the coop were making a ruckus. Either the skunk had breeched the refortified coop last night, or he was caught in the live trap. I slipped out the door with my camera phone in hand … Continue reading How to Relocate a Skunk (without getting sprayed much)
This is a tribute and reflection of the death of our local SEARS. It is sad to see these valued stores in our community disappear. Some people will argue it is online stores competing with them, but most people do not order refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and snow throwers online because the shipping is ridiculous, … Continue reading The Death of our Local SEARS, our Dead Mall, and a Dying Economy