Browsed by
Category: Uncategorized

They Will Make (Ambitious) 2018 Goals

They Will Make (Ambitious) 2018 Goals

In an attempt to redeem the time and learn from the lessons of the last year, we have set out to outline our goals for the year. Last year, we embarked on our adventure with a vague idea of what we needed and wanted, but with little preparation only a few of those ideas came to fruition. We both feel that we could manage our time better so by the grace of God we are writing our plans in pencil!…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Brute 22 Ton Log Splitter Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate link(s) through which we may earn a commission on purchases at no additional cost to you. See full disclosure on legal page. 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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

They’re Going to Have the First of Many Adventures

Less than a week after closing on our cabin and months before moving in or insuring it, a huge windstorm blew through. We are talking our-house-in-town-being-without-electricity-for-a-whole-week-in-the-aftermath-of-this-storm huge. After the obstacle course of debris on my way to work, working all day (my office is conveniently located in one of only two neighborhoods in the area that had power that day) and going out for dinner since we didn’t have a working refrigerator or stove we went to go check out…

Read More Read More

They’ll Want an Ice Pack to Go with It

They’ll Want an Ice Pack to Go with It

We’ve had many encounters with bugs during our time at the cabin but this story took place at the beginning, months before we moved in. I went through the pictures to jog my memory and wow, I had forgotten how bad it was! Here it is: a bug story. It was a beautiful summer Saturday at the cabin. We had just closed on the property and were reveling in the start of a new adventure by spending a day at…

Read More Read More

They Will GET Electricity

They Will GET Electricity

The electricians arrived and one of the first comments was, “Nice trench.” The electrician had asked for a 27” deep trench to run the wire in and because we had someone excavate it, it was much bigger than needed.  As the electrician was laying the 100 f eet of line to connect the meter to our cabin, he delightedly exclaimed, “I’ve never gotten to walk in the trench before!” The two electricians were here most of the day and, my…

Read More Read More

They Will Really Really Want Electricity

They Will Really Really Want Electricity

If I look out my front door, a little to the left of the sauna, I can see a tiny red light shining from the newly installed meter. Electricity is about 100 feet away from our house and the anticipation is killing me! It has been about 8.5 months since we’ve lived with electricity and indoor plumbing and I cannot tell you how jump-out-of-my-skin excited I am to have one of those modern-day conveniences back! 

They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

They’re Going to Want a New Front Door (with a Window)

Yesterday my parents came to help install a new front door and it was quite an ordeal. It seemed as though everything that could go wrong did. To summarize, my Dad had said we should be able to get it done by noon and after 3 trips to the store we had it pretty much finished by 8:30pm. Clearly you don’t want me to write a how to on replacing a door so lets leave that to Tom Silva and…

Read More Read More