Opting Out
Comparison of electrical use over summer baseline by year, before and after passive solar renovations

Passive solar data

In 2010 we undertook a fairly substantial renovation to the house. One of the major goals of the renovation was...

Wyandotte chick

Incubator

In 2015 we began hatching Wyandotte eggs using a small bar fridge that had previously been converted to a reptile...

Squirrel and Dumplings

Squirrels

This article will go over the hunting, butchering and cooking of squirrels. I have already written in the parent blog...

Worker Town

Worker Town

Named after a single line in an episode of “Firefly,” our chicken coop a.k.a. “Worker Town” was built in the...

Mattock

Anyone who has ever put their hands to work knows the value of a good tool. Those of us who...

Asparagus seedlings

Asparagus

It is hard to put into words the value of an asparagus patch. Although they take years to establish, once...

Raised Beds

Raised Beds

The advantages of raised beds are numerous and range from decreased need for weeding through to the ergonomic benefits to...

Laundry

I’m not single. I’m not social. I’m not rich. Which is to say that even if my small town did...

Kitchen

The House: Features

In renovating the house, we have had a chance to put a lot of ourselves into the design. This has...

The House: Layout & Windows

In addition to insulating the outside envelope of the house, we made some significant changes to the framing both to...

Insulation

The House: Insulation

At the time we bought the house, it had standard walls for this area — 2×4 studs and R12ish insulation....

Metal Roofing

The House: Boots & Hat

Work on the house started with the foundation.  There is no point in fixing anything else if the whole thing...

Impetus

This blog is all about practical self-sufficiency. It documents projects I have undertaken in order to live a more autonomous...