mouse trap off grid camper
March 31st, 2016 by Off The Grid

When it comes to the numerous mini adventure I have had out here living off grid I am grateful it is only now that I have had to deal with critters in the camper. Have you ever had a mouse or several mice in the house at some point in your life? Surprisingly only now have mice decided to explore my off grid camper and take up residence. When I first got out here last year the off grid camper was getting a major overhaul. I worked on replacing the roof and redoing the floor to start then started getting ready for winter. It was only last week that I heard the sound that every RV, camper, and tiny home owner dreaded.. as I lay down to sleep the sound of scratching and chewing were in the walls. Later on that night I woke to the sound of a mouse gnawing on what sounded like a small metal cover outside the camper. There is a line that stands between me and the peace of my environment. It does not matter if you are living on grid or living off the grid the slow steady destruction of your home by rodents in never welcome. The second night I set out two mouse traps and caught one mouse. The next night I slept like a baby! A couple nights later I woke several times in one night pausing only to bang on the wall then drifting back off to sleep for a brief time. The next night almost immediately two new traps caught two more mice. For now the night is silent.
For now I can sleep. If more of the troublesome rodents should return they will be greeted with peanut butter.. weather they choose to pass on the dangerous delicacy and venture back out into the wild of the forest is their choice. Personally I hope they find somewhere else to go. Stay away varmints! lol It is late at night as I type this now so yes I am tired.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment takes us back about 20 years ago to 1990 – 1991. One summer in 1990 while visiting my grandpa he gave me a survival knife. I will leave the story for the podcast so please take a listen and enjoy. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback please send me an email. I would love to hear from you! Please look for a pic of the survival knife up here tomorrow. ( I will post it here ) 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you find yourself setting mouse traps make sure to set out an extra trap for more mice. Two is one, one is none (redundancy / backup survival tip).
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wood core garden beds
March 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is all about getting things started for this years Hugelkulture wood core beds in the off grid garden. For months now you have heard me talk about collecting lots of tree limbs, branches, and organic material from the surrounding forest. In my travels on the road I have also managed to amass a small collectionchicken quesodias rocket stove of about 35 bags of leaves an pine straw. Why all this organic material for the garden you might be asking? The more the better! lol 🙂 Several years ago a friend of mine who has been gardening for 70 plus years taught me the traditional way of gardening. That summer I would go and help him in the garden as much as I could. That was also my first year with a decent size garden. The year before that I started out container gardening in half barrel size yard planters with bamboo. Beans climbed up to the surrounding fence and took it from there. Each year was a huge learning experience and I was loving it.. and the amazingly fresh food! The year after the “traditional” garden I took a leap of faith and tried something called Hugelkultur. If you are wondering what is Hugelkulture or hughelculture then you are not alone. Hugelkultur is essentially soil covering wood core beds with plants or your garden planted right on top. The wood core bed(s) can either be above or below ground. The first year I tried this I only had to water 3 times that year. Yes seriously! 🙂

What are some of the benefits of a wood core Hugelkulture garden? Aside from not having to water as much the decomposing tree limbs and branched become this really nutrient rich and moist soil for the plants growing above to tap into when needed. Wood core beds can either be made by digging a trench and burying old rotting wood or by piling dirt up on top of a pile of branches. The first year I did this it was amazing! This years off grid garden just makes sense to take this approach because of the fact that it requires so little watering if done right. The 35 bags of leaves will be used in large part to create a 4 – 6 inch mulching layer to also help keep the moisture in the soil. After researching and trying this kind of gardening a couple of ways it was clear that mulching made the difference. The only other note I would make is that everything I have heard about Hugelkulture wood core beds say that for about the first year the wood core beds will need to b amended with nitrogen. This can easily be done by planting clover, beans, peas, or legumes that help to naturally put nitrogen into your garden. The wood core garden beds become like a battery of nutrients of sorts.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment of oil pastels mural artthe Off The Grid Podcast takes us back about 30 years ago to the year 1987. I mentioned in the show that the mural was made in 1986 but it seems that nearly 30 years has caused me to forget a year. lol None the less today’s item from my special time travel box is a mural I made when I was a kid in elementary school. You made a mural? Yes even as a kiddo I was full of life and a strong creative spirit to do something great in this world. The mural is about 4′ foot by 8′ foot. The overall main theme and oil pastels mural art signedappropriately named title is “I love to doodle”. The medium is oil pastels for the most part with the basic sketch done in pencil. As a kid when I came up with the grand notion to crate a mural I quickly found out that this momentous task was more than I knew at the time. Back then I was just like any other kid. I rode my bike around the neighborhood, went outside when the weather was nice, and played with everyone else at playground.. but this mural taught me a few lessons early on in life. A big one was that even if you take on a large task and may not feel like seeing it through sometimes you just have to see your way through to the end. I will leave the rest for the show today for you to year. Thank you again for continuing to listen! I appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes when you take on a huge project you simply need to focus and see it through to completion because in the end you will accomplish great things.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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blue sky forest
March 2nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a regular listener to the Off The Grid Podcast then hopefully today’s show is a good treat. Last week in episode 99 I had mentioned that I was going to be doing a live broadcast of the show over the weekend in celebrations for the 100th episode. After a few minor technical difficulties I managed to kick the show off right on top of the off grid camper. Why up there you may be asking? Well as I quickly found out the reception out here is not always the best. Researching real quick on YouTube I found a way to make an antenna from a branch and my charging cord for my cell phone. micro machine monster truck lamboIt may work for some people but didn’t for me so I climbed on top of the off grid camper roof. Once I got up there and settled in the Periscope app seemed to work just fine. If you would like to watch the live broadcast videos or see future ones please follow me on my Periscope channel! 🙂

For today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment I dug deep into my memory box for a little toy car I modified as a kid. Flash back to the year of 1987 when Micro Machines were all the rage. Back then I had a number of these micro machines including cars, trucks, and yes monster trucks! I also had a Lamborghini. 🙂 As a kid I was always curious as to how things worked. One day I took one of the monster trucks apart with a philips head screw driver and replaced the body making it a Micro Machine Lamborghini monster truck! This was 29 years ago and I had a lot of fun modifying my new toys. If you would like to hear more please check out today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment. If you are enjoying this new addition to the podcast please let me know and if not that is ok too. Either way i would love to hear from you! As always thank you for listening to the podcast! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Time goes so fast. Try to make the best use of your time and life!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts for Episode 100 here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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statue of liberty coin
February 24th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode was recorded just after midnight. Why so late you ask? Well it was technically very early for a Tuesday episode because I stayed up late to share this special show with you. This is a special episode because I put my LED head lamp on and went walking out into the woods in search of the sound of a frog symphony. Each night for about the last two weeks or so the frogs have been growing in numbers. The incredible amount of rain, sleet, and snow we have had this way over the last month has created plenty of flooded areas out in the woods for the frogs to sing to one another. The thing is the growing numbers of these little amphibians make for a really cool change to the sometimes absolute eerie silence of some winter nights. Its nice to know that spring is on the way! If you tuned in early on when I first started posting episodes for Off The Grid Podcast I spoke about the crickets and frogs last year. At times the frogs were deafening. Mother nature it seems has decided it was time to begin prepping for spring with a beautiful nightly symphony of frogs in the forest outside the off grid camper.

Also with this being a Tuesday episode statue of liberty coin 100the new segment “Time Travel Tuesday” item is a special one to me. Flash back about 30 years ago to the year 1986. Back then my dad got me into collecting coins as a kid. One day a Sears Catalog came in the mail. I was pleasantly surprised when my mom told me that she had ordered the catalog specifically to get the Statue of Liberty coin for me. The thing is this is not just any coin. This copper coin contains some authentic material from the Statue of Liberty. How you may ask? If you are a history buff you may remember that in 1986 they were doing some major repairs to one of our nations great monuments. With Sears being a forward thinking company they saw an opportunity with the coinciding date. Sears was founded in 1886 and while they were refurbishing the Statue of Liberty in the year of 1986 this made for a “100” bit of history to align with in celebration for the company as well. I hope you are enjoying this new Time Travel Tuesday segment. As always if you have anything to share please email me anytime. ..um speaking of “100” episode 100 is coming up for the Off The Grid Podcast her in another week. Man it is absolutely amazing how time flys!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you find yourself on the path less traveled in life don’t get discouraged when some people look at you funny because they may never understand.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
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snow flurries outside camper
January 5th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are living in an area that has been experiencing unusually warm temperatures then suddenly colder ones your not alone. Today’s episode of Off The Grid Podcast was a bit like the earlier days when I recorded the shows in my car. After waking up to snow flurries and temps in the mid twentys carried along a gust of cooler wind I realized that winter had arrived. As I took a few steps just outside the camper I also realized that the ground was frozen solid. It was strange because 2 days prior it was very squishy mud! lol So much for summer weather.. wait this is January right? Great Snowman Poop THAT is SNOW falling outside the camper!!! The howling winds and swaying tree tops that woke me up several times last night prove that indeed winter is here. 🙂

Moving on to something new kicking the year of 2016 off right I will be adding a new segment to Tuesday shows. You can look forward to more great stories as I go through some of my stuff that I’ve collected from over the years. If you have heard me refer to most of what we accumulate over the years as simply “stuff” then please put this in a slightly different category. The new segment will be called Time Travel Tuesday. Why time travel you ask? Well think about it. If you have a small toy or something you have been hanging onto from childhood chances are that item has a special meaning or memory tied to it. The new segment for the Off The Grid Podcast will give me the opportunity to share some of my cherished memories with you and at the same time a moment of reflection to also let go. To let go of some of the emotional ties associated with the items I have collected over the last 40 years. If you have had any kind of a life worth living you have experienced many good times and many not so good times. Hopefully more good times. ..SIDE NOTE: As I type this now a song is playing (Just Like Heaven ~ The Cure) on Pandora that reminds me of the Bottle Cap I mentioned in today’s show. Time moves so fast and with the turn of the new year an invisibly tap on the shoulder reminds us that time does not stop. A favorite quote comes to mind:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.

If you are reading this now please take a moment to reflect back on the last year of your life. Are you moving in a positive direction? Are you taking steps to live a better life however or whatever that means to you? Are you growing and learning as a person? Are you giving back? That last one can be taken any way you like. Giving back to your family, friends, loved ones, a charity, volunteering, or mentoring? OK I will get off my soap box for now. 🙂 2016 is a new year and with it a blank slate to your future. Yes the show motto is “Its not what you have. Its what you know” but don’t forget to learn from your life experience and when your up for some entertainment please join me for a little time traveling on Tuesdays! lol Maybe I can learn something new from the past as well. Lets make this a great year!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Even if its unusually warm outside continue to prepare for winter and the future!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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