About Me

I am 64 years old as I write this retired for 2 years. Worked at many things during my working career all over the U.S., and finally retired as a truck driver.

I live on 20 acres back in the wooded mountains of S.E. Oklahoma near Lake Eufaula. My nearest neighbors are 3 miles cross the mountain or 4 miles to the highway. There are no public utilities available here and I like it that way. That means there will be no development to bring in people to squeeze me out or to disrupt the tranquility of the woods.

I try to live as independently as possible, producing for myself most of the things I need to live comfortably. I still buy gasoline for my vehicles, chainsaw, tiller, & etc, and groceries that I cannot produce for myself.

My goal is to be as independent as practical, while still living a comfortable lifestyle. It is an adventure every day. I am constantly discovering easier ways to do things and ways to do things that I didn’t know I could do.

I encourage your comments to my stories pro or con because from them I can get new ideas and learn.

 

Jim

14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’m glad you approve. If there is anything specific you want to know about, let me know and I’ll post it. I’ve been studying and doing this stuff for years.

  2. Hi Jim- Great site!!!!!! I just bought near you at the top of Hughes county. And I’m assuming with a rope and bucket that your using a hand-dug well.
    Could you please expand on the water issues( quality,quanity,back-up elec. pump,well drillers in your area who you would recomend, and the dreaded thought of tainted ground water in a lot of places in Oklahoma.)

    I too am a pro. driver wanting to retire/work my butt off in the S.E. Hills of OK.

    Thanks for your TIME & INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!!

    Big Steve

  3. Hello Big Steve;
    Thank you for checking out my site. I work hard on it.
    My well is a drilled well with a 6 inch casing and I use a well bucket. I have an electric pump but I don’t use it. The well is up the hill from the house and I don’t like having to move a generator up there to run the pump. I’ll probably build a pump house this summer so I can hook up the electric pump and just leave the generator in the pump house. My well is 125 ft. deep but doesn’t have a lot of water. The driller said he could go deeper and get more water but it would probably be iron water. I elected to stay at 125 ft, because the water that is there is good sweet water.
    I have experienced sulfur water and iron water in Oklahoma and have heard rumors about water contaminated by the salt water disposals used by the oil field but have not had actual knowledge of any actual contamination. Those disposals are thousands of feet deep and I suspect it is just rumors (at least I hope it’s just rumors). I’m not familiar with the water in your area.
    I certainly would not recommend the driller that drilled my well for me. Your best bet is to talk to your neighbors. Folks around an area usually know who is dependable and who is not. Depth and amount of water is going to depend on where exactly you are and where you choose to drill or dig your well. Again, your neighbors will be knowledgeable about these things.
    I retired 2 years ago and have sure enjoyed being at home all the time. It was getting pretty rough out there on the road, I doubt it has gotten any better since then. I’ll bet you’ll enjoy living in the Oklahoma countryside just like I do.
    If there is any way I can assist you, don’t hesitate to ask. That is why I am here.
    Jim

  4. Thank you Jim for your site. In a few months I’m moving to Oklahoma. I have in my mind a self sustaniable life. I’ll be looking in NE Oklahoma as it’s the most attractive to me. You’re certainly an inspiration that living off the grid can be done with a good quality of life. A question- do you interact with your neighbors much? I see you’re isolated in contrast to most people. Again, thank you for working so hard on this site.

  5. Welcome to my site. I get my internet service from Hughes Net Satellite. It is expensive, slow, has a limited download threshold, and not very reliable but it is what was available when we went looking. Our 2 year contract is up soon so we will be looking for a more reliable hopefully less expensive service. We are limited by having no power/phone lines in our area but that is by our own preference.

  6. JIM, I RETIRED FROM TRUCKING LAST YEAR AND HAVE YET TO MISS A TANK FULL OF CHEMICALS SLOSHING BEHIND ME!!JUST FOUND YOUR SITE THROUGH ENLIGHTENED SKY AND FIND YOU VERY HELPFUL. IS THE CABIN THAT IS FOR SALE NEAR YOU? I AM CONSIDERING THE 250 WT.SYSTEM FOR BACK UP POWER. DO YOU THINK IT IS ENOUGH TO KEEP 4 BATTERIES CHARGED, AND WHAT TYPE DO YOU RECOMEND? THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO!

  7. Hi Carl,
    Thank you for visiting my site. I , like you, have yet to miss a tank of chemicals following me around every where I went. The cabin for sale is my cabin so it is close. Click the link and you can see pictures and description. The 250 watt system that I have generates more power than I expected, but it’s going to depend upon how much electricity you use and the availability of wind to produce it. I use 4 batteries on my own system but also have 180 watts of solar panels feeding into it. As far as batteries, I am currently looking for a used fork lift battery, but they are large and heavy. Most folks use golf cart batteries or some of the newer types that are designed for wind and or solar system storage. If you have any more questions, give a shout and I’ll do my best to help. Jim

  8. Jim, this is such an interesting site. Thanks for putting it up. I’m a 73-year-old teacher, still helping out in a school, but doing container gardening on my balcony (I’m located in a small city in southern Ontario, Canada). I usually only grow flowers and herbs, but it might be time to start growing sweet potatoes! Well, next summer, this one being nearly over. Thanks.

  9. Just found your site. Looking for more info. Have 18 acres. Paid electric bills since 1994 january. Rual electric co-op just outside Rush Springs, OK. Really want to covert to self- sustainability. Age 64 and husband age 60. Married 37yrs. Both of us American veterans. Husband is 100% disabled with some brain damage. We’d need help to do this.

  10. Just found this page, as I am retiring, with my wife and our grown autistic son, to the Latimer County area, and I’ve been looking for co-ops or online communities. We have been researching self-sustainable off-grid for several years, and are ready to make the plunge. We purchased 28.8 acres on a beautiful mountainside. The change in lifestyle is something we need, though we are well aware of the challenges ahead, including the adjustment our son will have to make. We will be video documenting our journey, and sharing on our YouTube channel, but this isn’t a plug for that. I’m actually seeking coorespondence, advice, input, knowledge, anything helpful to make our transition go more smoothly for the sake of our son, mainly. So thanks for your informational addition to the forum.J.W

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