Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Temporary housing....

Winter is on its way! We are cozy in our temporary home. We are living in a 1960's 10x50 house trailer with an addition. This is temporary and we have the plans done for our new house in the spring. It works for now and will keep us warm in the winter.

We have a compact home and this has shown me that a tiny house is not for me. :)

Here is half of our kitchen, complete with our water heater on top of the stove. We carry water and heat it on the stove. In the spring we will start to develop the spring that is on the property and if that dosn't provide enough water, we will drill a well. We have a battery operated shower that we recharge off the solar, so yes we bathe daily. :)

This is the other side of our kitchen and down the hallway past the pantry and bathroom to the bedroom.

Our dining area..... with not much storage area the open shelves become useful.

Our little living room and Jets favorite spot on the couch, hogging all the blankets.

It is cozy and home. And temporary!!!!! But we have lights they are LED automotive lights on 12 v. wiring in mason jars. It works wonderfully. Have learned that they are not good to read with, but they work for everything else.

We are planning on dropping the trees for the logs in the next few weekends. It will be a log frame underground house. Lots of sweat equity but warm and cozy and out of the wind.
Will post the plans as soon as I have some drawings of what it will look like.I have the plans now but they don't make a lot of sense to the naked eye.
Enjoy your family this month and remember all you are thankful for.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Where we are now.

Been a long time since I posted anything on our blog. Got thinking about it today and thought I needed to start again. A lot has changed for us but all for the better. Over the past few years we have been on an incredible journey. I sometimes wonder why somethings have happened then I look back and see the path as clear as a night sky.
A brief history of the past few years:
2012- opened my bakery in Fort benton and Mike was working at a Tire shop in town.
2013- July: closed the bakery and had jobs lined up in West Virginia. Didn't want to leave Montana but needed a reset I guess and needed to put some negative experiences behind us.
August: Ended up in North Carolina and found good jobs. Spent some time with Mike's sister and her girls.
2014- March: Took a trip back to montana to pick up the rest of our stuff.
May: Decided that we needed to do what we really wanted and be in Montana.
August: Moved back to Montana (sometime I will write a post of that trip. For now I'll just say it was memorable.) We stayed with a dear friend for a while till we got a 5th wheel. We both got jobs and decided we would be staying in the Helena area.
November- Rented a house that we considered buying.
2015- March: We lost our beagle Spot. Very sad day.
April: Adopted Reeses for a companion for Jet.
September: Found a piece of property that we liked and we were able to reach an agreement to buy it.
Now: We are living on our property. Completely off grid. This is what we always wanted to do and I will be blogging about our experience.
Some quick facts:
1. We live
      A. 6.5 miles up a dirt road
      B. 44 miles from our jobs
      C. 4400 feet above sea level
      D. 1.5 miles from the continental divide
2. We haul our water until we drill a well in the spring.
3. We have a solar panel set up for the little power we need. We have a generator for a back up.
4. We have a composting toilet.
5. We have a wood stove.
6. We are living in a 1960's 10x50 trailer with an addition for the winter. Planning on building a house in the spring.
7. We have a lot of work to do on our land.
8. The night sky is amazing without any light polution.
9. Bear, deer, elk, and squirrels roam our property. We hear coyotes calling from one mountain to the other. Eagles fly overhead.
10. WE LOVE IT!!!