I'm not sure where I read about this, but someone, somewhere in my multitude of blog subscriptions said that they were going to write a blog for every letter of the alphabet during the month of August. I think I may try that! That would be quite an undertaking (for me anyway) on a regular schedule, but for me to attempt this during what is possibly one of the busiest months of my life could be plain 'o stupid.
THIS is the month we move. I have to sort, toss, donate, yard sell, and pack everything I own and have collected over the seventeen plus years I've lived in this house, and trim it all down to, basically, essentials and a few sentimentals.
I think I'm throwing my hat in the ring for it anyway. I had planned to document this whole deal, so maybe this will be a good motivator to keep me true to my plan. If it turns out to be more stressful than it is helpful I'll just stop and pick it up another day. :)
I'm making a quick post about this because I promised myself I was going to 'chronicle the journey' and as small as it is, this is a part of that journey.
I got a battery for my anniversary!! Not a very big deal to most folks, but to me it was the best!! We have a trailer now, and I want to get it to a place where we can be independent of any grid ties at some point. One battery is hardy off-grid, but it's the first step, and I'm plum tickled! I got a little trickle charger to go with it for the short run, to (someday soon) be replaced with a few solar panels and maybe a small wind generator for good measure. One small step, but it is a step none the less.
For years I've dreamed of this, prayed about it, gone through bouts of sadness because it seemed so far away, and now it is close at hand. It seems to be going so fast! I am LOVIN' the ride!
Here is a great giveaway if you are interested in this sort of thing:
"This how-to, user-friendly guide teaches self-sufficiency-covering all of life's essentials: shelter; alternative energy sources; growing and preserving food; home crafts; directions for making herbal remedies; and even home-grown entertainment."
A friend of mine has this book and I've thumbed through it on several occasions when I was visiting. It's a really good book to have in your library! Hurry and enter the giveaway. I'm not sure wheen it's over. There are a few more days.
"Here sir, the people govern." ~ Alexander Hamilton
"Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins." ~ Elbridge Thomas Gerry
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." ~ George Washington
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides from an unarmed man, may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." ~ Thomas Paine
"Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
- Samuel Adams
"It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights." ~ Benjamin Franklin
"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance." ~ Thomas Paine
"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." ~ John Adams
“Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17
This is the Success Blog of Rhenda the Representative. I will attempt chronicle the journey from life attached to the umbilical of the grid and the government to a more self-sustained life closer to God and the good earth He gave me.
"For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee."