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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
It has been snowing quite a bit these days so keeping the solar panels clean is a daily job.
I clean off the main off grid tiny house solar panels every day as needed due to the snow falling on them. But I did not get the electronics shop solar panels cleaned off after the freezing rain so I went out there with an ice scraper to take care of the job.
If you are careful you can use an ice scraper to take off the top layer of frozen ice and snow without scratching the solar panels themselves. I am hoping the sun will warm up the solar panels and melt the ice off today.
The only thing running out in the electronics shop is my Bedini motor which is keeping my old RV batteries charged so they do not freeze.
Inside our off grid tiny house I am rendering deer fat to make oil for homemade old fashioned soap. This is the third day and it is still going but the heat from the wood stove is free.
Little Michelle is helping her mom clean the floor these days. She copies her mom and follows her all over the place now. It is cute.
I cut some more fire wood today. We used two full cords of fire wood so far since September to heat our tiny house. This is the fire wood that was brought to us this fall. Some was too long for our wood stove and had to be cut shorter. I made a chainsaw sawbuck for the job and it is working nicely for me.
I then hauled up a wheelbarrow load of the fire wood over to our home for convenience. It snowed about two inches of fluff on top of it.
Well, another day on the homestead comes to a close.
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