almost off grid, feeling like a chicken with it’s head cut off
|May 4, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under off grid||
Since last week it’s been much the same as the previous month. Lot’s of running around. After healing from my sore knee, I finished the last week fighting off a cold. I feel like a chicken with it’s head cut off running around…okay, you get the picture.
But, I’m almost there.
On Saturday I move off grid and am so excited.
Though I dropped out of the traditional work force almost a decade ago, I only dipped my foot in an out of the off grid experience. Usually, I house sat, visited friends, had brief family stays, was travelling, renting a room or was camped out of my car.
Nothing as permanent and deliberate as an RV off grid in the Canadian Wild.
I’ve been finishing up the last minute preparations. Grabbed some cat litter buckets and restaurant jars for my water solutions. I already have a carbouy (demi-john) and smaller gallon jugs / wine bottles for my drinking water. Enough water to last for several weeks at this time.
My waste collection solution is in place.
I ripped out the back of the RV for my first mini renovation in order to remove a large and heavy tool chest and make more space. I was able to grab some free wood cuttings from a construction site to provide me with the frame and shelves, as well as a little extra for some future projects.
Made a few more donations, will possibly purge even more after I have settled in.
Went through all my papers again and cut them in half. Now down to a handful. I will eventually scan most of them, along with my photos and some sentimental things in the fall when I do a house sit.
Picked up a camera and few little cooking tools, all used.
On Wednesday, I visited the owner of the property at the Renewable Energy School he works at for a free workshop.
The RV is almost ready to go.
Most of my stuff is packed.
Bit of tidying up.
Do some laundry before I go.
My friend will be dropping by to drive the car. Wow. Do you know how hard it is to find someone who can drive standard? It’s tough.
I also had to register and plate the vehicle all for just one simple drive of about 200 kilometres. Than she gets parked, hopefully for good. The drive will be a bit of fun. Gas will cost me a small fortune.
Am also reloading a fresh Linux on my old Pentium 4 computer and donating it to an autistic child before I leave. It is impossible to power it off grid at the moment and I have my new laptop and tablet. Since I’m going to the library for internet it will be a simple way for me to work.
Not sure when I’ll drop back on the site with a fresh posting but…I hope to show you guys a few little “how I compost” etc. type of posts over the next couple months.
I’m sure I’ve missed great stuff I could fill you in on but…until my brain works properly, which will probably not be for a few weeks, this will have to do.
Wish me luck with the move. I had to register and plate the vehicle all for just one simple drive of about 200 kilometres. Than she gets parked, hopefully for good. The drive will be a bit of fun.
Here’s to the big move this Saturday, one of my dreams fulfilled. Signing out…or is that OFF grid for now.
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