Offgrid Winter

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Standing By

Winter on an offgrid homestead is a time for repairs, maintenance, reflection, and planning.
The many repairs I couldn’t get to in the summer get done at this time. Handles get replaced as needed. Hoes, rakes, shovels, axes, and mauls, all can get cracked or broken handles.
Equipment needs to be maintained and repaired. Tractors, tillers, mowers, vehicles, and generators need to be tuned up, greased, and oil changed. Any worn out parts need to be changed out.
Fences are always needing constant attention. Wires get loose and need to be re-stretched, posts need replacing, and this is a time for building new fences if you need them.
Winter is a time of reflection while sitting around the fire with a cup of coffee. Time to reflect on the past season, what worked well, what didn’t work so well, and how can you improve on it for the coming year. You may want to abandon some projects as not being worthwhile or start new ones with hopes they will work out well.
It is also a time for planning. What changes do you want to make? What improvements? How are you going to lay out your garden this coming season and what are you going to plant? It is time to order your seeds so you will have them by planting time.
Much goes into having a successful season. A well thought out plan will give you a much greater chance of success than if you just blunder into the season with no plan at all. Having your equipment and tools maintained and ready to go will go a long way towards getting things done with a minimum of aggravation and delays.
Remember that dog that followed you around last summer and laid patiently waiting for your days work to be done so he could follow you back to the house at the end of the day? Now is the time to give him a scratch and throw the stick or ball for him for being such a faithful companion. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, too.
Yes, there is work to be done in all seasons and an offgrid winter is no different.
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Are You A Slave

There are many reasons people choose to go offgrid. Some do it because it has rapidly become a fad and suddenly it is cool to want to be offgrid. Some of us choose to live in remote areas and limit our exposure to the modern version of indentured servitude.

Be honest with yourself. Think about it for a minute. Do you work all month just to pay your bills so you can work all the next month again? Do you enjoy the fruit of your labors or do you owe it all to somebody else with just enough left so you can survive until your next payday? If the answer is yes, then you, my friend, are in fact, a slave and you have nobody to blame but yourself.

Do you have to drive that new car or pick up when an older one that is paid for will get you around just as well? Is your neighborhood upscale? Are you spending everything you make to support your lifestyle?

Do you understand that you will never get any of that money back? When you are of retirement age are you going to have anything left to pay expenses and live?

We have all been duped. Yes, myself included. We grew up in a time when it was considered normal to have good credit and buy the things we wanted on time payments. That way we could have what we wanted before we could actually afford to pay for it.That is the American way, right? Wrong!

For over 200 years if you had the cash in your pocket, you could afford it, if not you couldn’t. Simple isn’t it? Worked well. Everybody was solvent, businesses were solvent the country was in reasonably good shape.

Now, with consumer credit everybody owes the bank. We drive around in new cars, live in nice houses, and can’t pay for any of it. Yes, we make payments every month and think we are living well, but are we? The only one that profits from this is the banks.

We are slaves to the banks. Much of the money you make in payments is interest with very little applied to pay down the amount you owe. You wind up paying back much more than you borrowed before the loan is payed off. Miss a payment or two and see how much compassion they have for you. They will take everything you think you own and resell it to the highest bidder without regard for the sweat you have put into it or the payments you’ve made.

The banks make money on interest (usury). If there are no loans the banks don’t make money. Therefore; they are going to do everything in their power to encourage you to take out loans. Do not do it unless you want to enslave yourself to the banks. They will own you.

Do you wish to be a slave? If not pay off your loans and do not take out any more. Save up and buy the things you need just like the early Americans did and we can make ourselves solvent again. Do not allow yourself to be seduced by the idea of having what you cannot afford and pay your own way as you go. Only then can you free yourself from this self induced slavery to the credit institutions.

I ask again “Are you a slave”?

What It Takes To Go Offgrid

I get questions from people every day about what it takes to go offgrid. They just want “a little offgrid cabin in the country” somewhere. I ‘m going to tell you exactly what it takes and most of you aren’t going to like the answer.

Most of the people asking this question are driving a new car that costs them more for payment and insurance every month than I have to live on. They live in a home that costs them thousands of dollars a year for rent or mortgage payment. They spend thousands of dollars for entertainment (movies, cable TV, vacations, restaurant dinners) a year.

Most of these folks have a yearly income that would allow them to easily do or buy anything they want if managed properly. Yet most are having problems getting by payday to payday with most of their money spent before they even get it. Their credit cards are maxed out or nearly so, they have as much debt as the banks will allow, and they have no idea how to get out of the rut they have gotten themselves into.

They have absolutely no idea where they could come up with enough money for that little piece of land with an offgrid cabin on it. All the while they are spending enough money every year to pay for a nice cabin with small acreage. Did you get that? They are spending enough money every year to pay for it and have it free and clear, paid off, theirs free and clear.

Here is the part most folks aren’t going to like; you obviously don’t want that “little offgrid cabin” or you would make the lifestyle changes necessary to get it! People do things according to their priorities. If your priority is for an offgrid cabin, you will make the changes that will allow you to get it. If your priority is to have a new car parked in the driveway of a nice house in the suburbs that is what you will have.

My intention here is not to offend people; it is to make a point. Life consists of choices. The choices we make define us and make us what we are. In this life, I have never gotten something without giving up something else. You will never encounter a situation in life in which you do not have a choice to make. You may not like the choices available to you but you will always have a choice.

You can choose to have that “little offgrid cabin” or you can choose to continue in a lifestyle you have previously chosen and built for yourself.

It took many years for me to discover this for myself and only one year for me to get my own acreage and “offgrid cabin” after the decision was made. It is paid for free and clear and I refuse to bring anything on my place that isn’t paid for when it gets here.

It is your choice to make; you can have that “little offgrid cabin”, or not. It is entirely up to you.