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Category: Simple Thoughts

Thoughts about simple living, voluntary simplicity, homesteading, philosphy, religion, politics, and other topics about which we are entirely unqualified to write. Has Moved to

By: Everett S

Welcome Living Off Grid readers! Though sometimes a challenge, the many benefits of living off grid make it all worthwhile. It is liberating to know that you can fend for yourself in daily life as well as during emergencies. How can one describe the feeling of running your house or business off of clean energy […]

Picking Wild Apples

By: Everett S

Earlier this week Audrey and I went stomping up and down the creek picking wild grapes to make grape-juice (just put them in a mason jar with 3/4 cup of sugar, pour boiling water over them and let the lid self-seal. Good for several weeks without refrigeration). It was fun to climb around on the […]

Rewiring Your Brain for Problem Solving

By: Everett S

One thing became abundantly clear when I started getting to know people who grew up in the countryside: They are often extremely talented at problem solving. This is especially true when it comes to solving a problem with little or no money. I am a creative problem solver in many ways (at least that’s what […]

Blue Sky Daydreams

By: Tommy B

When I first moved to Floyd a dozen years back one of the first things I fell in love with was the summer sky.  The sky seemed more blue than I had ever observed and vastly big and reaching for being in the mountains.  At that time I was doing a lot of odd jobs and construction, and […]

Decorating With Winter Flora

By: Missy B

Even though most of the trees are bare and flowers are dormant, there are still many ways to decorate using what you’d find in your yard. I trimmed a few hydrangeas (correct me if I’m wrong) and put them in a vase to create an artful bouquet. I also broke off some branches that Everett […]

Kubota Farm Tractor Finds A Good Home

By: Tommy B

Today, I said goodbye to my Kubota 43hp 4×4 tractor with all its implements, including a backhoe!  I have worked through some feelings around this sale.  It’s sad because I loved that tractor and used it all the time, but it’s good to know it will help me get one step closer to being debt free. My life looks […]

Busy Squirrel Building a Nest

By: Tommy B

In all of my years I have never seen a squirrel build a nest.  I’ve seen leaf nests in the tops of trees and have often seen squirrels go in their nests inside dead or dying trees, but never saw the most pure, most basic survivor instinct of an animal building a shelter (well, I […]

Work as Recreation

By: Everett S

For years I felt as though I never got to do what I “enjoyed” because I was working too much. Even at home on weekends I was always “working” on some project because I didn’t have time to do it during the week while working for someone else. I thought “If I could just have […]

New Technology for An Old School Technophobe!

By: Tommy B

When it comes to technology I am pretty old school.  I’m still using CD’s, still not carrying a cell phone, and not until a few backs did I ever send a text!  But, I’ve broken new ground….. I’ve been wanting an Ipod Touch for a few years now but never could justify the cost. I […]

A Quote Note – John Burroughs on Writers and Writing

By: Everett S

As some friends and family may know, I was a Journalism major in college. I had a taste of the profession when traveling through southeast Asia writing a few magazine articles. And in college I was able to intern at a regional newspaper, and even had one of my stories as the leader on the […]