I still use the solar camp shower. Just fill the bag with water, lay it black side up in the sun for a couple hours, hang it up and voila. A hot shower. By the end of the summer I hope to have water run from the well to inside the cabin.
For laundry I just use a wash basin and hang the clothes to dry.
For all washing, shower, clothes and dishes, I use original biodegradable Ivory soap. It’s 99 44/100% pure. What the other 56/100% is I don’t know.
Two curious bruins were exploring the homestead this morning. One looked in the the window and said “somebody has been sleeping in my bed”.
After reviewing the video I believe what I thought were two yearling cubs was really a mother and her yearling. The bear who stayed back in the woods appears a bit larger than the one who came to the door.
I wouldn’t count on a very good garden this first year. The soil is pretty rocky and I couldn’t till very deep. Plus, even though I pre-sprayed the weeds, the area was covered with Milkweed. Milkweed is hard to get rid of. It is already growing back. I don’t plan on putting a lot of effort into it this year. If it does grow I may just let the wildlife enjoy it. By next year I hope to bring in some better top soil. I am amazed at how many edible wild plants are available all over my land.
I had a wreck caused by dehydration causing me to black out. (syncope) I was in a parking lot so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’ll cover a problem I discovered with too much pine needle tea. I’ll cover that later. I have done some repairs so the car is drivable.
Some of you may wonder how I write and post pictures “off the grid”. I cheat. I am off the wired grid but I still have cell service and a generator. Cell service is sporadic and I usually need to go outside to connect. But for writing I have these.
That is an 8 inch Ellipses tablet and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. And behind that is a paper notebook and a couple of pens. I can also watch downloaded episodes of Grizzly Adams on the tablet.