baby dragonfly
August 26th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a long time listener to the Off The Grid Podcast you know that recording and posting two shows a week has been challenging most of the time. When I first started posting episodes both were audio format. As the year went on I realized that the amount of video. I accumulated many hours of video working on various projects in and around the off grid camper. In an effort to get listeners caught up I began posting one show a week as audio and the second show in video format. The thing is video editing takes even more time than working with only audio shows. So.. The podcast will be changing from posts twice a week to once a week. A majority of the shows will be in audio format and when I have time I will post videos as well. Looking back to this time last year I was no where near ready for winter. Knowing what I know now has solidified my decision to post once a week here so I can at least stay ahead of the snow!! LOL Also as I mentioned if you have been listening for a while and enjoy my work out here on the Off The Grid Podcast please consider making a donation to help me STAY OFF GRID!! I have not asked for much until now and believe it or not there are costs for running a podcast / website, web hosting, editing software equipment, etc.. Thank you again for listening! I really appreciate it! 🙂

By the way I did manage to get a picture of the baby dragonfly that was a distraction several times while recording today’s podcast episode. 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes you need to remind yourself of new responsibilities and prioritize your time to effectively manage.. everything!
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finding love off grid
October 22nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

As the title for today’s show says it can be hard to find love off the grid. For the last few months I have been seriously occupied almost daily with basically getting things straight out here in the off grid camper that dating was not a concern. Now that the cooler months of fall are here I have found myself yearning to spend quality time with someone special. If you are already living off the grid in any kind of remote area you understand where I’m coming from. If on the other hand you are wanting to live off grid and have not thought about the whole love, dating, and finding someone special please take a moment to think about it because it is a fact of life you will face. Even if your a hermit sooner or later you will feel the call of loneliness and long for someone special to share those wonders of nature with. If on the other hand you are lucky enough to have found your soul mate then consider yourself blessed and please try to appreciate them that much more.

All relationships go through hell, real relationships get through it.

Today’s episode of the podcast may not be much of anything about the physical aspects of day today life out here off the grid but more about one of the key psychological aspects. You can sum it up in a four letter word.. LOVE. It really can be hard to find someone that wants to live this kind of lifestyle because most of the people in mainstream America today are to busy keeping up with the Jones white picket lifestyle. After thinking about it I came up with a short list of pluses and minuses for singles looking to meet each other on vs off the grid. It wasn’t much of an eye opener. Common sense would tell you that the fact that most people want to live with all of the modern conveniences is just easier and more comfortable. Truth be told I honestly believe that most people just don’t like to think. It is certainly a lot easier to simply toss money at a problem rather than use critical thinking skill but that is beside the point. The bottom line is that it has quickly become more apparent that my choice to live out here in my humble camper while taking the path less traveled is a lonely one at present. While it can be relatively easy to access the singles dating pool in the suburbs and cities it can be challenging to get a date out here off the grid.

Relationships are like algebra equations. You ever look at your X and wonder Y?

Looking back at some of my past relationships I have always learned something and it seems like each one faces tests to either strengthen or dissolve your choice to stay together. Fortunately I have been on the grid long enough to experience several “algebra equations” learning something new about each one. For example I have learned that I am pretty good at math when it comes to the dating scene. lol Yes that was a joke! 🙂 Seriously though when your looking to meet someone in today’s modern world one of the best ways is through the internet dating websites. Which leads me to my next point. What about dating websites you ask? The thing is 99% of the dating websites out there were created by and for the 99% of people still stuck in the Matrix so they just don’t get it! lol If you have been following along with the podcast you know about Off Grid Singles by the quick advertisement in the beginning of each show. As an artist and all around creative type I created the dating website in an effort to begin building a community for those of us choosing the off grid lifestyle. Membership is free by the way. 🙂 I won’t turn this into a long drawn out pitch but if you are interested please take a moment to check it out.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Finding that special someone can be hard if you have chosen the path less traveled.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
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  • Featured image credit for today’s episode from Wallpaperstock.net “Voice of nature”
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October 20th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This weekend I took a mini vacation from the off grid living lifestyle while visitingwood bear carving statue some family up north in Pennsylvania. With all the family, fun, flea markets, and cool fall festival weather this weekend it was like warm chicken soup for the soul on a cold winter’s day. After half a days drive from VA to PA it was great to see family again just in time for a super fun fall festival weekend of cooler weather, great food, and hunting for deals at the local flea markets.I arrived very late Thursday night and woke to the warm greeting of “good morning!” from family I had not seen in a good while. The weekend was off to a great start with an art show, breakfast, and then hunting for deals at the flea markets. I had been keeping an eye on the weather with an app on my phone so I knew it was going to be colder but the unexpected snow flurries on Sunday were a treat! Yes I love the snow!

If you are a regular listener to Off The Grid Podcast you know that two opposing sides of the consumerism vs anti-consumerism mindset come into play when considering any new purchase for the camper. Indoor space is at a premium in the off grid camper so everything is thoroughly considered before buying. Over the last few years I have downsized a majority of my “stuff” in preparation to moving off grid in the camper. It might be best described as something like living in a tiny house. You must be efficient with everything you store and choose to keep. Yes there were a lot of really good deals to be found around almost every corner, table, street, and building. Indoors.. outdoors.. on a table.. on the ground.. everything new and old it was out there if you stopped long enough to look at what you found.

“Be careful of the price you pay or you will pay the price”

I found a number of practical tools and useful items over the weekend. The highlight old egw survival knifeof my flea market finds was a very old survival knife. The guy I bought it from said it was made in the late 1800s but I should have known better and questioned the knife’s age more. It is very old, very cool, and I am happy with my purchase but I should have done a little research on my phone before buying. There is a stamp on the side of the blade “EGW KNIFE”. After searching for a while later I could not find this particular EGW survival knife. Which leads me to the question at hand. If your into survival knifes or old WWI or WWII military collectibles and know anything about this blade please help me out. Do you know anything about this EGW KNIFE? All of the survival knifes that came up in search were similar but not like this. Is this really a late 1800s survival knife? It has a good bit of wear on it and you can tell it has been used a lot. The leather handle has been replaced with what looks like twine. I sharpened the edge of the blade as well as the saw tooth top edge of the knife. The guy I bought it from said the butt end of the knife fit onto a rifle but there is no attachment like most I have seen.. only a round kind of chain link? There is always something new to learn and I am intrigued by this little piece of history. Can anyone help me out with more info?

Sunday I ventured out on my own in search for last minute deals just before hitting corn fieldthe road to head home. Stepping out of the car I was greeted by the soft cold touch of ice cold snow flakes on my face and an unrelenting winter wind. After thoroughly enjoying three days of running water, hot showers, and the modern convinces of central heating and air I returned to a very cold wake up call with the weather back here in Va. It dipped down to the mid 30s and when your trying to stay warm in a camper off the grid with no heat its rough. I did just recently get a small cast iron pot belly stove but I have not been able to put it in yet. For the last two nights I have been heating low tech style with tea light candles. While its not the best thing to use it is a very affordable option when its about the only option you have to heat. The morning brought the warmth of a new day with sunshine and the sound of birds filled the air as they engulfed the tree tops. Hearing the mass migration of the little birds above was that much more of a reminder that winter will soon be knocking at our door. I need to double my efforts and get ready for winter now because frigid temperatures are on the way! Remember its not what you have its what you know. This weekend was like a reality real life preview of winter to come. Until next time stay warm, stay safe, and get ready for winter because I have a felling its going to be a messy cold one.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Winter will be here before you know it so get prepared and get ready NOW!!!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
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seasoning cast iron dutch oven
September 29th, 2015 by Off The Grid

As the title suggests today’s podcast is ushering in the new season of fall with a seasoning cast iron skilletsmajor show update in number of weekly episodes for Off The Grid Podcast along with some new additions yet to come. I started recording episodes back in February documenting my journey from living an average suburban lifestyle to here in a little camper off the grid. If you have been following the show these episodes have been posted 5 days a week for about the last 3 months. Now that podcast episodes are pretty much up to date its time for fun projects to begin right in line withe the start of fall weather. The edge of summer heat just gave way no long ago and for the first time this year I was able to enjoy an entire weekend here off the grid.

My brother and I had been planing to get together and he was wanting to check out the off grid camper. My brother and I hung out this weekend catching up on old chopping away stumptimes, cooked out on the rocket stove, built a good fire, and seasoned a lot of cast iron cookware. Despite having rained all weekend we made the best of it and just enjoyed the down time away from it all. It literally rained all day Friday, all day Saturday, and eased up on Sunday as he sunshine finally wrestled free from the clouds. We put up a good sized canopy tent shielding us from the rain making for a cool place to hangout. Building a nice campfire while enjoying the sights & smells of wood smoke was a relaxing bonus to combat the rainy day. Once the fire got going we added all of the cast iron cookware. Cooking with cast iron is always good and once in a while they need to be re-seasoned. Swapping out a cast iron skillet, dutch oven, and cast iron pan over several hours enjoying the smell of good campfire was really nice as the sun went down. Sunday the sun managed to start winning the battle with the clouds above as my brother headed out. brewing beer fermentationHopefully he had a great time here off the grid!

After my brother headed out I got to working on the fermentation of my new “Off Grid” brew. (Spoiler Alert) ~ Last week I recorded an episode on brewing beer. The brewing beer Episode will be posted very soon. As the sun went down and the Super Moon graced the night sky I get everything out for the second half of fermenting my batch of chocolate peanut butter off grid beer. This is indeed a very special batch of beer because not only is it the first beer I have brewed off the grid (on a rocket stove by the way) but it is also being made during a very rare celestial event. The second fermentation of this brewing process was done during a lunar eclipse blood moon. Will it make a difference brewing beer during a full moon? I honestly don’t brewing beer fermentation 2know but one thing is for sure this is going to be a very special Off Grid Brew no matter what! Speaking of which.. if any of you listening have a good idea or few I am asking for your help to name this special batch of Off Grid beer. It is being made with chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and vanilla bean extracts so the flavor profile should be quite interesting to say the least! Do you have a cool or unusual idea to help me come up with a name for this brew? Please post in here in today’s episode with your ideas 🙂

Yes I like to do a lot of cool stuff here off the grid and learning to be more self sufficient in having the ability to garden, preserve your own food, make your own deodorant, soap, hunt, and learning new skills is always a plus. Invest in yourself. You can’t go wrong learning new “old skills” because you are investing in yourself. It will always pay benefits when you learn to do something new for yourself.. and others as well. Everybody stay safe and enjoy the ride! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Invest in yourself, learn something new, and enjoy a weekend camping even if raining!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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  • If you like the show please tell a friend about the podcast 🙂

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