old log bridge
January 14th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are like me chances are you enjoy being outdoors and when the weather is right its time to be outside. Well recently it seems like I have learned a new lesson or two. The main one being that I need to pay more attention to how I am using my time. Even more so to simply beware of falling off track and getting complacent! Living off grid absolutely has its advantages and by this I am referring to the abundance of peace and quiet away from the massive organized chaos that everyday life in the city can be if you get stuck in the hamster wheel on a regular basis. Over the last few weeks it seems as though I have been going through a bit of a reflecting process where by I have found myself being unproductive and for the most part and too complacent. It seems that at least to a small degree I have temporarily forgotten what it was like enduring the suffocating heat of the summer months.

As the cooler months of fall and now winter took over the off grid landscape just outside my camper window so did the easing up of unbearable weather temperatures. I now have a little Buddy Propane Heater that does and awesome job of keeping me warm in the off grid camper. The only thing is that now that the basics of survival are covered I recently found myself watching too many movies and getting less and less done out here. They say that in order to overcome or correct a problem challenge you must first be able to recognize it. Well today I have a very clear understanding of the fact that I have found myself in the complacent zone. It is time to get back on track and to get my but in gear doing things that NEED to get done NOW because if you have been paying attention time does not stop. Spring and Summer are literally right around the corner and will be here before we know it. Last year I missed out on one of my new loves.. gardening! This year I will have a garden filled with all kinds of awesome fresh veggies! I have also been looking forward to getting some chickens. None of this is going to happen unless I get back on track and stay productive now!

Again I apologize for not having today’s episode up on Tuesday. The internet was down. It seems that this too is another lesson. A lesson that I need to be prepared for these episodes possibly a day or two before they are to be posted so they will be up on time despite any technical difficulties. Another quick side note about the video I mentioned in today’s Off The Grid Podcast.. the video with Hatchet Jack (the possum)will be posted up here on the site tomorrow. If you have something to share or any questions please drop me a line and send an email. I would love to hear from you! Thanks again for your patience and for listening!! 🙂

 

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camper mess before cleanup
September 2nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

It has been close to a month now since my move to off the grid and with everything going on I have not been cleaning much inside the camper. That was about to change. Today was cleaning day and I was in the camper taking some extra time this morning to clean up a bit. First up was a good size stack of egg shells. I like making french toast and my “power pancakes” in the mornings so I had a stack of egg shells that had been drying and needed to be moved. I use the egg shells (crushed up) as a natural calcium supplement in the garden. Half of the difficulty when your working in a small space like a camper is just finding a place to put things! lol Once I can get everything fixed with the floor and front half of the camper finding space to store stuff will be less challenging.

Moving more items around I found several things I had forgotten about or lost in the move off grid. Yup.. if your listening you can tell the camper is a little cramped for space because everything was so unorganized! Several 2 X 4s were moved up to the back wall over the kitchen counter sink. That is one good thing about these old campers.. most of the time they have really been designed well to maximize space. After a short while of cleaning up in the camper I unearthed a treasure! lol I found my power cord for the video camera. The power cord was something I had been looking for because with all of the documenting my journey off grid and repairing the camper the battery was done! It was time to record some more video for documentary! lol

One thing you get good at with these old campers when moving in general is organizing. Stacking and packing seemed to be a critical skill these last few months. I attribute my advanced stacking and packing skills to years of playing Tetris as a kid! lol If your not good at organizing when you start a move into a camper you will be an expert when your done. All in all the move to off grid has been a good one. Cleaning up the camper and sorting through all the stuff today reminded me that I had come a long way. The vision is clear with the prospect of a humble little camper being all cozy and clean in the near future just in time for the cooler months. 🙂

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