this season’s off grid projects and changes

24 Oct

It was quite an adventure this year getting used to life off grid in my own surroundings. It’s Certainly had it’s ups and downs, which I’ll write about soon, but I’ve experimented with so many types of living, It’s all just a fantastic journey to me.

One big giant learning experience.

With limited funds and lots of things to take care of, I knew it was all about stepping stones.

What do I mean by that?

There are several obstacles most people put in the way of doing something. For example if they want to buy a house they have to make sure all the ducks are sitting in a row. The jg wentworth finance, the house, the comfort, the furniture, technology, the tools, etc. They want to make sure they have the best of everything in place before they take the plunge.

And they’ll wait. And then wait some more. Always having some excuse to make it not happen.

Instead, I make sure the basics are taking care of. Food, shelter, clothing, transport.

The rest I work on by finding a solution, temporary or permanent and building to the ideal, which is usually, the most sustainable and affordable solution for the time. Always striving to reach a summit and take care of things in baby steps. I’ll be talking much more about these solutions and this way of living in the future (big things are coming over the next year, things you will be able to benefit from).

One of the ways I was able to take care of things this year was by enjoying the process and accepting what was. I also took the plunge and just did it. I used what resources I had and stretched my money with many little projects and creative solutions.

Here’s a few of the things I took care of in my first season out (some of them where just fun little projects).




Screened Tent & Camping Chair ($8 & $10) – These were great finds at the thrift store $8 and $10





Outdoor Sink (Free) – A fun little project to make an outdoor sink with donated hemlock cuttings from a neighbour and the spare sink in my RV.





Work/Saw Horses (Free) – With some extra 2 X 4 cuttings and donated upholstery from a local shop, these horses make work life easier.





Generator ($650) – Actually, it cost me a bit more as I bought a used one and replaced it. This time, trying to find a bargain backfired but I now have a great generator to provide power for tools and my basic shelter lighting and computer needs.





Storage Shelf (Free) – I grabbed some spruce from a local building supplier to make extra storage / bookshelf for the RV.





Kitchen Cupboard, Spice Rack and Pot Rack, Back Closet, Back Shelf, trim (Free) – With some fresh milled wood cuttings from a Hemlock and a little creativity, I made some great additions to the RV





Walking Stick (Free) – The perfect stick lying on the ground is a current work in progress as I’m still working on the handle, perhaps it will become a turtle.





Garden ($60) – The garden was not without it’s share of problems. A late start gave and the colder weather in the Muskoka’s gave it a hard go. The dry summer than added to that and I over watered it and under nourished it. I finally salvaged it and got a crop of herbs, zucchini, lettuce and many tomatoes. Next year should be much better but it was worth it in the end.





New Shelter ($100) – We found three old prospector tents, originally from the Timothy Eaton Company up for sale at a bargain price and couldn’t resist. Next year, they will be put to good use, perhaps as temporary living quarters, while I build or for storage and guest quarters.





Curtains (Free) – Here’s a sample of the curtains I made with sticks I sanded down and fabric I got for free.





Signage (Free) – It was fun working the wood for our number sign out side the gate.
I also grabbed a bunch of tools (About $100) including a power hand sander, hand drill, rasp, files, drill bits, mallet, saws, chisels and various wood working tools. They are getting a lot of use.

Next year, I’ll have all the basics covered and will improve my situation. Most likely, I’ll have a share in some land and will make sure power, water and a new tiny home shelter are improved upon. I’ll also upgrade my heating, arrange my own WiFi, get a portable oven, expand low impact lighting, improve my shower and toilet process, create more comfort (like a really comfy chair and bed), improve my fridge situation, create outdoor storage and have better power tools and equipment to get the jobs done effectively.

You will be able to see that process and possibly share in it, if you want to participate in the next stage of off grid living and transition from simply stephen to something more…tiny turtle living.


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