Over the years, my wife and I have started to see a rapid decline in quality made goods. During a heat wave, we did not want to be looking for a fan to replace one that shorted out, rattled apart, or melted all due to it being plastic. One hot summer, my wife and I … Continue reading Beat the Heat: Purchase a fan that will last
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
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.