Property Update 6/17/17 – Let there be light…

FINALLY!! Got back up to the property over the weekend. We were hoping the well guy could come out to view the property while we were there, but he is booked through the month. So we wait.

Instead, Michael worked on wiring the shed for electricity. We can now run lights and outlets with the generator, or just lights with truck battery. If/when we get the inverter then the battery will run the outlets so long as the draw isn’t too great.

Our next step is solar.

While Michael worked on wiring the shed, my son and I cleared more brush from around the cabin so we can expand our porch and make our outdoor “kitchen” a little nicer. We also added a privacy tent (blue item in background) with a bucket toilet. Whoot! Downright civilized!

This was the first time our son was able to come see the property. We walked the entire parcel while I explained all our plans and ideas. We also saw the familiar signs of our resident badger… still haven’t seen the badger yet. My son is already talking about putting a small cabin on the property for himself, as well. I am a happy mama for sure! 🙂

One thing I didn’t do so well this weekend was remember how brutal the sun is up here. It has been so long, and winter lulled me into a false sense of security. I received a fairly bad sunburn. Note to self: long sleeves and hats! Duh.

Items on our to do list for this year:

  1. Build a bunk and shelves inside shed.
  2. Build a corner counter/workbench in shed.
  3. Hook up solar to the shed.
  4. Get well dug and install solar powered well pump.
  5. Buy a cistern for the well.
  6. Buy or rent a tractor.
  7. Look into foundation for permanent home-site.

Let’s see how much we can get done before winter.

Our next trip up will hopefully be over 4th of July weekend and we can have 3 days up there to work.

To read other posts about our property see below.

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Property Updates – 9/3-5/16

Spent some time at the property again! Yay!

Got a late start on Saturday, so we didn’t get much accomplished. Angelica got to do some exploring, and she took many of the photos in this post. Continue reading “Property Updates – 9/3-5/16”

Property Updates – 7/29/2016

First off, let me apologize for being so out of touch the last couple of weeks. I have been completely swamped at work, and we had a death in the family, and I just haven’t been able to prioritize my writing.

Went to the property last weekend and had our first shed installed!  I say installed instead of built, because it was basically plug in play from the Tuff Shed factory. The toughest part was putting on the roof shingles. Continue reading “Property Updates – 7/29/2016”

Property Updates 7/1-7/4

Spent 4th of July weekend at the property! Had a great time, just Michael and I this time around.  We got alot of work done, and are ready for our first temporary shelter/Tuffshed to go in on the 29th. 🙂

We got a late start on Friday and arrived at the property at 4:15 am. By the time we pitched the tent, and crawled into sleep the sky was already showing hits of morning light! Continue reading “Property Updates 7/1-7/4”

Property Herbal – Sand Lily

This is another plant I found on my rounds of the property. It is somewhat prevalent.

It is called a Sand Lily or sometimes Starlily. Continue reading “Property Herbal – Sand Lily”

Sagebrush – Property Herbal

This is the kickoff for a series regarding the many (or few?) plants that are growing on our property.

A herbal is … a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues (properties) – and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. – wikipedia

Continue reading “Sagebrush – Property Herbal”

Property Struggles – House Placement

The more I look at our property, the more I wish I could just spend all my time there. We have so much to do and so many things that need possible modification in order to make our plans work. Only spending one weekend a month there just doesn’t feel like it will cut it. Continue reading “Property Struggles – House Placement”

Homestead planning – 2016 Goals

Things to Think About

There are so many things that we need to consider in the upcoming months and years while we are building our retirement homestead. The logistics of building a standard home are bad enough, but our home will need to be off grid and as self contained as possible. There have been a few posts individually about many of these topics already. Continue reading “Homestead planning – 2016 Goals”

Septic Tank Woes…

On our last trip to the property we learned a couple of new things about our septic system requirements.

Where we live now, the regulations regarding septic leach fields require the leach plumbing to be at least 3 feet underground. You dig a 6 foot trench, fill the bottom half with gravel, lay your perforated pipe, lay another couple of feet of gravel and then cover with dirt. You can walk on it, graze animals over it or even build over it. The idea is that the leach materials sink into the ground, filtering and purifying as they go. We assumed, wrongfully, that our new place would be the same. Continue reading “Septic Tank Woes…”

Property Updates – 5/21/16

Seems like it is raining every weekend we get to visit the property. Last time the rain didn’t reach all the way and we had mostly sunny days. This time… not so lucky.

It is giving us some great insight into the weather patterns, and we are trying to judge our plans accordingly. Continue reading “Property Updates – 5/21/16”