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
We finally broke ground on the barn shop. I finally did it. I mustered enough courage to break ground on the barn shop. The initial plan was to have me use the tractor and box blade to level the ground, but I didn't have confidence to do it. Eventually, from calling and pricing the creation … Continue reading Breaking Ground on the Barn Shop