For the past several weeks, I have been encouraging my readers to consider everything thoroughly before jumping into this self-sufficiency lifestyle. This week, one reader wrote to me and said “stop all the over thinking and get to the nuts and bolts of it already”. Continue reading
I love when I receive email from my readers and I do receive a lot of it. Last week I received an email from a man who read a couple of my articles. He had read the one about how hard it was to find good reliable help out here in the sticks and the latest one about starting with a portable building for a house cabin. He asked a pretty good question, “What if I just don’t have the skills to do the building and construction you talk about?”
I realize not everyone has been trained or even exposed to such things, but for me this is what I find the most exciting about the lifestyle. The constant learning and trial and error at skills I may not have is what keeps this lifestyle interesting for me. While I have had some training and plenty of practice in building construction, I don’t have all the answers to every problem we face out here. Continue reading
This series of my articles has been about deciding if this self-sufficient lifestyle is right for you or not. In my “Back to the Basics” article on January 3rd, I mentioned the six things Ranae and I put at the top of our list when deciding to make the leap to be 100% in this lifestyle. Those six items are: water, shelter, food, energy, finances and community. Keep in mind, we filter every decision through the frugality filter.
Last week I talked a bit about how we were able to get internet out here in the sticks and how that provides for my ability to make a living. So, once we had all the big hurdles met, what about a roof over our heads? Continue reading
This week is Thanksgiving. The start of the holiday season and one of my single favorite days of the year. I am, after all, a fat man and like to eat. 🙂 I also happen to be married to the best cook I have ever met. But time spent with her family and reflecting on all the blessings of the previous year are really what this holiday is all about for us.
The first time I met Ranae’s family was at their Thanksgiving Day feast in 2000. It was quite the spread. We had four tables, complete with the leaves installed, pushed together in the family’s dining room, just to seat everyone. The tables extended clear into the family’s den. Her father cooked the turkey that year and since I was the new guy, he asked me to help. Which meant… I got to help clean up after we all got through eating. Continue reading
Wow! Is it November already? Seems like July was just yesterday. Where did this year go? It has certainly flown by, at least here at Six Acres. Now that Halloween is over, I’m sure when I drive through the little town nearest me, I will already see Christmas lights up. LOL
This week I will continue with some simple and cost effective ways to save money by making stuff yourself. I have countless make-your-own things to discuss, but most of them pertain to summer time activities so I will save some of those until next April or May. For now, let’s stick with laundry since that’s a costly activity that happens year round. Continue reading
This week, I had hoped to be able share some details about our trip to the Red Steagall Chuck Wagon Cookoff and Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth, but with all the rain that pounded Texas this week, we were unable to attend this year.
As I pondered what to write about this week, I checked my email for ideas. I’m always delighted and somewhat surprised by just how many people actually take the time to email me about my little weekly article. It seems a lot of folks are really looking for ways to save money on everyday items and the articles about homemade bug spray and my favorite cold remedies piqued their interest a bit. Several readers have asked if I have other ways to save money by making stuff yourself. So, that’s where I’m headed over the next couple of articles. Continue reading