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 I mention I live off grid, many people suggest that it must be tough living without running water and electricity. Huh? I have both running water and electricity. In the following video, I decided to give a tour of our new and improved water system. We have pressurized running water between 30 and 50 … Continue reading Tour our Off Grid Water System
Continued from last week's wind "gym" sock. I use the the Zoom's new wind "gym" sock to record the sound for this video. You'll notice my hair blowing in the breeze while I stand outside and then walk around the old derelict cabin on the property. So far, my wind sock idea works pretty well … Continue reading Learning from Others’ Mistakes… Pole Barn Dream
I remember years ago in first grade our school taking two vacation days in February to celebrate the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln, February 12, and President George Washington, February 21st. We would work on crafts centered around both presidents and display them the entire month of February. Today, schools celebrate Presidents' Day, which complete … Continue reading Winter Storm Nadia is Naughty.
In this day and age, it seems that traditions are receiving a bad press. Many traditions provide a sense of comfort and stability in a world that is filled with chaos. The tradition I started for my wife's birthday is now over a decade old, and it is a tradition that is now rooted in … Continue reading A Birthday Tradition Revisited
For the past few months, I have been trying to build our own bicycle generator. Soon it became a sort of obsession as I tried to take an old exercise bike and convert it to a human powered generator. These past few weeks, I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. … Continue reading It Really Works… Introducing the Bicycle Generator.