Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wow! Over 1,000 visits to this blog!

This is mind blowing! When I log in I can see the total number of page views in the form of a nifty little graph and today it caught my eye to see 1,005 page views! I started blogging last August, so thank you to everyone who came to visit and one by one totaled over 1,000 views!
  The big picture for me has always been to share our unique story, help document our progress, and help us not forget where we started. I have never been a good writer, even though I do enjoy it and I love love love to take pictures, so if you are anything like me... maybe you should start a blog too, after all we all have our own unique story.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The wood shed

We realized pretty quickly that the wood shed that Glenn originally build was not big enough for us, so he started building on to it, now our wood cutting, splitting, stacking and storing can continue!

This front portion is what he originally built, and we were both thinking that we would be able to stack the pile really high. Realistically it's just not a safe idea, so the stack you see is about as high as we stacked over the winter. 

The unfinished roof and the flooring under it is the "new" side of the wood storage. 

We already started stacking some wood in the back corner of the new side

Glenn is finishing up the roofing for the extended wood shed

It will be a lot of work to fill this puppy now! 

Happy wood splitting! 


It has been slow going in the gardening department. I had a garden all dug up and fenced off before we moved here, but it just wasn't getting enough sun, and the soil is so rocky and mostly clay that it just didn't work well. So, after many conversations with Glenn about where the best location for a raised bed would be... well there really was no good spot because it was either in the way or it wouldn't get enough sun. Possible solution is to begin to terrace the east facing bluff for a garden, this would be good for more than just having a garden, but it would also help us clear and keep it cleared enough to be able to see the river throughout the summer when normally it gets too overgrown. So this is our test terrace, if it does well this summer, I will continue digging and maybe in a few years I will actually have a substantial garden to talk about.

I just started digging, see the river way down there?

Of course Mojo helped me

Instead of "digging" I should describe is as "prying rocks" because that is a better description

 This was my view, the trees across the river are just starting to bud

Then Glenn helped me line it with hardware cloth and put a drain pipe in it,
 and he added the rocks for a good solid edge. 

Here are the tomato plants that Mamma G(THANK U!) grew for us, freshly transplanted

 They should be very happy tomatoes with a view like this!

The welded warrior that Glenn made, hopefully it can deter tomato horn worms...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today is a special day!

Glenn and I don't celebrate our anniversary of the beginning of our relationship, but I think we will forever celebrate this day! It is the anniversary of ONE YEAR living off grid! We started off the day with a high five and reminisced about the many accomplishments that have occurred in just one short year. Yeah, that was our celebration... woohooo!  
 We could not be happier with how everything has worked out!

 Follow your dreams, talk about your dreams, visualize your life the way you want to be living it... soon you will find yourself living your dream... and what a wonderful feeling it is.

Wild Sweet William


Wood Sorrel