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The first hot showers in the off-grid lab were firewood stove-heated.
Water added to a large pot with a bilge pump dropped in, although
appreciated (and of course, necessary), was time-consuming. The
bilge pump was connected to one end of a garden hose that delivered the
shower to the other end of a garden sprayer and
Later I evolved to black pipe placed out in the
However, solar-heated water was an
ineffective and unreliable means for
obvious reasons, such as waiting till 11am when the water in the pipe
was hot enough to be able to take a shower.
The black pipe seen in the photos is actually
over 200 feet of thick-walled hard poly pipe typically used for
underground water lines. The pipe draped all over the roof, and
the side of the garage, and back and forth on a wire fence.
In the summer, the heated water
was at times unbearably scalding, with no means to adjust the
When the hot water ran out, the shower was over.
Aside from the first winter out here, the subsequent winters have been a
breeze due to a fire-wood stove adaption.
As for refrigeration, as it turns out there hasn't been
any real need for refrigeration.
Two Three years and
strong so the refigerators are used as cupboards.
Alternative means for refrigeration are used in the winter time, some of the methods are
old-school, such as:
If it's winter time, put your food
outside in a secure
Again, use a SECURE cooler. Raccoons are ingenious!
If it were not for the myriad of security cameras here to later allow
for the playback of the 4-legged bandits, I'd swear there were bad kids
in the neighborhood!
As for the freezer, it's on the top of the "never
turn off" list.
The freezer is where all the good stuff from the garden is
hiding. Anything from the garden can be frozen. Since
there's so many canned pickles left from a few years ago, the cucumbers
this year are simply sliced and flash frozen which are great in
smoothie drinks (just add water, honey, and cucumber cubes). Kale
is another great thing to freeze and also works well in
smoothies. Either works well if just doing a stir-fry.
The freezer shown above came from Home Depot in Springfield Ohio
and has been well-appreciated.
Since I don't drive, they even delivered the freezer to me free of
Recently a man whom I fixed a computer for, repayed me by filling the
capacity. He brought so much food that I had to decline some of
it. There's no room for another freezer!
Another thing you may need to adapt to when off-grid, is
food. This is something made in January 2018. It's
bread with dried pineapples and apple spice.
Oddly enough, this flour was about 2 years beyond its expiration date.
Yes, every bit of it was eaten anyway, but who knew powders and flours
had expiration dates?
If you're heading off-grid, chances are
you are too far from a
which to shop.
flours and powders in very secure canisters. I was clueless
about these little creatures that lay larvae and then turn into
moths. I'm not sure how long I had been eating that larvae and
those moths. Whenever I needed flour I simply dipped a measuring
cup into the 25pound bag and scooped the flour out. During
that learning time, lights were scarce here.
times I would notice webs, other times I noticed whole moths who seemed
confused, and still other times I simply knew that there must have been
more moths and larvae that I missed
because the bread was funny.
Nowadays I use a breadmaker! It makes perfect bread everytime
with very little waste.
Life in an off-grid venture would be somewhat non-committal if
one did not provide a stock of edibles from the garden!
The man on the tractor seen in the photos below is a fine neighbor to
the north of me. He and his wife have been a great inspiration
toward my persistence to head off-grid whole-heartedly.
Within the photos shown above is an apple tree.
The apple tree was brought
to me by this lady,
Thanks again, Vickie.
*She's been a God-send that started out as a customer, and has turned
into the "go-to" person for so many things, least of all is her
This is another photo of tree-giver Vickie. Here she is posing
next to a photo of "justice" Judge Trempe. Vickie was a witness
at the crooked trial (in my somewhat professional opinion it was a
court-complicit scam of an elderly woman, my mom). If you'd like
to amuse yourself with the facts of the case you can choose to either
read my version here or the Courts redacted version here. A copy of the trial transcripts will show Judge Trempe was not acting in his expected capacity during the trial, and the Court Record
reflects his practicing law from the bench before the trial. If
there's to be assumed any legitimacy in "our" Nation's legal system
then this case ought to be showcased at the need for a complete
revamping (but that's just my opinion).
It's now 2018 and the tree has grown taller than me, and may require
some pruning soon. This year the tree probably will be producing
apples. Last year it created one apple. The apple was
the size of my thumb. I tried to get vickie to eat it, but
it was just
too small (about the size of a strawberry).
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