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Our version of retirement: Living a childhood dream

  1. #1051
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    Great photos Dude!



    P.S. Sometimes my dinner "is" breakfast.

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    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Yes indeed!

  3. #1053
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    I don't think I could survive this without an indoor bathroom! You and your Lady sure are survivors.

    Oh, cute little Zippy, he loves you.
    I agree RR. The whole idea of living off grid sounds intriguing, until you get to the 2am trek to the Loo through the snow in sub zero temps, with whatever hungry animals might be out on a hunt that night. Kudos to Gary and Mrs Gary for braving it out. I will live off grid vicariously through Gary's pics. And beautiful pics they are!

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    Thanks for the kind words, folks

    And, Jim. I know what yer sayin’

    I wanted to kinda sneak in to being off grid, dabble at it till everthing was pretty set up
    But, my lady, she’s always been of the mind to jump in, do it now, or ferget it
    And I knew, in my heart of hearts, we’d prolly ferget it
    So, we crammed everthing into a sea container and plopped it down here, with nothing but that one tiny A frame

    One gets busy in that situation

    When folks try this, in snow country, it’s learn or leave

    It

    Gets

    Effing

    Cold

    But, one learns what has to be done, what should be done, what better git done soon

    Then

    Do it

    Do it all

    Into the night, with a flashlight on yer cap
    Sleep will come later, when yer bone tired and can’t do no more
    Winter is always comin’
    It’s not even tempting to dawdle in the 90° summer temps
    But hot afternoons require one to back off, git a bath, a nap
    The cool of the evening is accommodating for more work


    Wood

    Is as essential as oxygen

    Our wood stove is our cook top, and home heat

    Right now it’s 65° inside, and -3° out the door

    It’ll warm to the 20s today

    One gets used to that
    Almost T-shirt temps…almost

    Got a big blow comin’ in
    2-3 ft of the white stuff

    We’re ready for it

    Keepin’ a fire

    Last edited by Gary O'; 02-19-2019 at 07:08 PM.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Gary, you both have worked extremely hard and have done a fantastic job with your off grid retirement home. I truly am in awe with what you both have accomplished. And your reward is being able to share with each other the beauty of nature that surrounds you!

    And that fire........................I could sit and stare into it for hours on end, or until the beer ran out.

  6. #1056
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    And that fire........................I could sit and stare into it for hours on end, or until the beer ran out.
    We are one on this, Sir Jim

    Mesmerizing seems a fitting word

    …until the beverage runs out, or the wind kicks up

    then even that Mesmer bloke comes to
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Got up in the wee wee hours to step out to mark my territory (hey, it works...no wolves or song dawgs near the cabin)
    Before sol could rise

    the first prints I saw




    Mr Brer was already having brerfast




    And Mr Jay invited hisself




    Then the sun began to rise

    The one inch dusting caused me to grab the Nikon


    Had to capture the whitened topsides of each limb, and the rays on the forest floor










    Ol’ Sol, and ol’ man winter can be quite the duo

    yessir



    Oh, notice the tree bomb waiting for me to step under it



    Nice try, ol' man, but I'll be wearing my parka
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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