What was to be the part 2 to a snowplow video today was interrupted by a letter from The YouTube Team stating their desire to control more content; they are demonitizing all channels under 1000 subscribers and with less than 4,000 hours of watch time a year. My wife and I are concerned that … Continue reading Integrity vs. YouTube: We have been Served our 30 Day Notice
For those who have watched the war wage on between me and my used snowplow, this is perhaps the armistice between us. This year, I did not mess around with the motor and pump assembly. I purchased a “new” rebuilt Meyer E47 standard assembly. This has made a world of difference. The plow system is … Continue reading Man vs. Snowplow (Season 3, Episode 2)
It was the second day after Christmas, and it was quiet all through the house as my son was watching his new Brady Bunch Season 1 DVD while Ma and Pa sipped coffee from the couch. Then rose a bang and an “Oh, no!” with such a clatter as the DVD player slipped to the … Continue reading A broken Christmas present becomes a learning tool for both my son and me.
Flashback to six years ago when we lit our Kitchen Queen wood cook stove for the first time. We had our challenges trying to figure it out, but now it is easy. We moved into our place for two weeks during December of 2011 to see if we could manage the home with the extreme … Continue reading Flashback: Lighting the Wood Stove for the 1st time didn’t work out so well.
Merry Christmas Eve to everyone. This is truly a blessed day at Living a Sustainable Dream. We are blessed to have both our parents visit for the Christmas Holiday. My son gets to know both sets of his grandparents on his Ma and Pa’s side. When I was his age, I was not so blessed. … Continue reading Christmas Eve… Enjoy the Moments
During the winter gray skies and snow defeat our solar panels' power production. This is the time of year we rely heavily upon our backup generator once the battery bank is spent. Removing snow from the panels, isn’t too bad, but if left undone it can become a real problem if the snow melts into … Continue reading Snow Storm Hits and the Solar Panels Quit
Thank you from Pauper's Candles to all who are part of our email family. We appreciate all of you!!! The harvest is all in here on our homestead and Pauper's Candles is busy making our Fall and Winter candle scents. This month we are happy to give our Harvest Moon Soy Candle to our winner. … Continue reading November Candle Give Away Winner is…
Today, I am spending much of the day alone. I decided what a perfect time to write a post about working on the homestead alone. During the rush to build our tractor shed, I did much of the prep work by myself. My wife and son went to the local farmers’ market while I began … Continue reading Working alone on the homestead
When we started planning our off grid solar system for our home, we began planning what electrical appliances we wanted and weighing that against what we could afford. The following video are our non-negotiables. We determined what we wanted for our home and planned the size or our solar system and battery bank accordingly. My … Continue reading Determining Off Grid Power Needs
The two main reasons we began to consider living off the grid were the constant rise in the cost of electricity and the storms that seemed to knock out our service each year. Living off grid didn't start to become an option until we lived on the Oregon Coast and lived through the Great Coastal … Continue reading Why Live Off the Grid?