Thursday, August 18, 2011

Original Builder Passes

The Secret Cabin in 2006 as it was originally built in the mid to late 1990's.
We received the sad news this morning that the former owner and original builder of The Secret Cabin passed away yesterday evening. When I reworked the floor plan and designed the additions to the cabin, Mike and I were anxious to do anything to the cabin for fear we would ruin it. Neil was last out to visit early this Spring. He gave me THE biggest compliment of any of my creative endeavors. He said that the cabin still looked like the cabin. I know he will be sorely missed by his family but Neil will always hold a special place in our hearts for building the special little cabin that swept Mike and I off our feet so much so that we pursued our wild, never-thought-we-could-actually-do-it dream of living in a cabin in the woods. Gratitude and sadness are walking hand in hand today.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Now this is NOT a pinkie swear but I will make a gallant effort to wrap this blog up into a pdf download and one that will not short out the whole magical internet at that. Emphasis on try. I believe the blog will be allowed to "park" here in cyber space for a year. Again, thank you.

Closing another chapter

This Summer has been such a nice break from, well, the previous two years. The Husband has been moving our worldly possessions from the other house to the cabin one car load at a time. The cabin being smaller and the necessities already having been moved in, most of these worldly possessions were moved one more time and are now at Goodwill. As I get my sacred Creative Spa set up down in the Garden Level, I still feel the need to clear out more. I need lots of empty space, both physically and mentally, to play with my paints, markers, and pencils. My desk is ready for writing. My easel is set up and I'm working on a painting for myself. The more I work on my creative projects, the more space I need. So....

After much thought, I will no longer be blogging. I feel that we've kind of completed a cycle here on this blog. I hope you've gleaned some real-life information here to help you with your off-grid endeavors. Everyone's system is going to be different because we're all different with different lives and needs and wants. Just jump in. Yeah, the water is a little cold until you get the details hammered out but you'll be okay. Can you believe we used to run through sprinklers as kids? Making your own power is like growing your own food; it is challenging and satisfying to provide for yourself. Thank you for walking along with me on this part of my journey; I think I'll head that a way now....

Friday, August 5, 2011




Oh, I'm going to hell anyway; I covet; I covet! Look at that tower: 120 feet! Look at that bird: Xzeres 110 (formerly ARE110 prior to corporate take/changeover).

Wind Turbine Haiku:

Fly, baby, fly!
O, how do I love thee!
Come live with me!