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Month: December 2017

2017 A Year in Review

2017 A Year in Review

2017 was the year we jumped into this adventure with both feet. We’re doing it. We’re living in our cabin and making our home here. We have had lots of changes and have learned a lot. This time last year we were packing up our house in town, preparing to be in a friend’s wedding, attending many family Christmases—all around the same time! We’re so happy to have a year under our belts pursuing something that was only an idea…

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Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Since we heat exclusively with wood and don’t want to purchase wood, we do a lot of cutting and splitting. Bailey wanted to be able to help with this but was afraid that she would hurt herself swinging a splitting maul. Because of this, we decided to get a wood splitter so that she could both help and feel safe. We also figured we would get a lot of use out of it and could even use it to help…

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They Will Get a Refrigerator

They Will Get a Refrigerator

We’ve been asked two questions a lot: “How’s the electricity?” and “What’s changed now that you have electricity?”Before we got electricity, the winter darkness signaled bedtime and we went to bed a lot earlier than we normally would. These days, one of the things we’ve really enjoyed about the electricity is being able to stay up later, see what we’re doing, and feel less tired in the evenings. It’s amazing how much energy I get from having lights on in…

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Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

Five Reasons We Didn’t Choose Off-Grid Solar

After buying an off-grid cabin we considered installing an off-grid solar electric system and were actually leaning toward doing so for a few months but, ultimately, decided against it and connected to the grid. We can see this being a good option for some people and never needing to pay an electric bill is certainly appealing, but it just isn’t for us. Here are five reasons why we decided to go on the grid. 1.     A solar electric system didn’t…

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