I'm thinking this is the place I've been searching for...

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by char1, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. char1

    char1 Guest

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    I'm new... actually I found you by searching kerosene versus propane (I'm looking into adding a couple propane heaters in case of another ice storm or whatever) & I'm so thankful I did.

    I'm been asked by people if I'm trying to get off the grid. People don't get me but all I want is for my family to have what we need. Like I tell my husband, I just want to start moving back to the way people used to live... back to work hard & grow what you can.

    We live on 11 acres & 1/2 a mile from a lake. My handicapped 16 yr old raises chickens for eggs. My 15 yr old raises a few head of cattle for meat (haven't processed one yet) & he & my husband are deer hunters & love to fish. We have a 5 & 3 yr old & now that they are older I want to start gardening again.

    My mom has even made fun of me(lightheartedly) for my stocking up on groceries.

    Long story short.... I hope this is the place that I've been searching for to help me start reaching some of my goals for my family.
     
  2. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

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    :wave: You've come to the right place. You couldn't ask for a more friendly and helpful group of people. :welcome:
     

  3. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

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    WELCOME,char1, from a long time preparer. Look forward to your replies and posts. The people my wife works with jokingly refer to her and I as terrorists because we live off the grid.:dunno:
     
  4. char1

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    Thank you both, UncleJoe & bunkerbob! I kind of feel like a freshman.. a little out of place & not sure where to go. Please don't think I'm stupid but what does off the grid really mean? I always thought it meant being completely self reliant.. ex. no electric or water bill or anything.
     
  5. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

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    You are right, I have a water well, make my own power, have a large organic garden, fruit trees, chickens and even a cow. You can see here some of what I have...bunkerbob
     
  6. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    Off-the-grid means different things to different people.


    For some people, OTG means to be 100% self-reliant where visiting a store for supplies almost equals a sin. You will rarely find those people on forums - as it is just another tie to the grid. You might meet some OTG'ers who have shunned virtually all contact with the "gridders" in the titles of mountain-man, homeless, boon-dockers, etc.

    For most of the rest, OTG is somewhere between those two levels - stores to supply what they cannot supply themselves, some connection to the outside-world (phones, internet, TV), a place to call home with some convience-items and willing to pay taxes and have bank-accounts.

    I believe that BunkerBob has found a great balance between being 100% OTG and 100% GridTied .. you should take some time to see the pictures of what he has accomplished, just amazing.
     
  7. Country Living

    Country Living Supporting Member

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    Welcome, Char. I worked in disaster preparedness on the corporate level for years. It was an easy move to create a plan for our ranch. As with any plan, we constantly review it and tweak it as needed.

    I came to this forum to share ideas and to hopefully get a bit smarter on what we're already doing in preparedness.
     
  8. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard Char1, I think youve found the right place. When you can't find an answer just ask a question. ;)
     
  9. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome I hope were all you need us to be.
     
  10. questor

    questor Well-Known Member

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    Howdy, I'm new here, myself. Nice people here . . .really nice.
    Helpful, informative and sharing. Damn good group or people.
    you'll enjoy it.
     
  11. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    Hello & Welcome. :wave:
     
  12. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

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    Post away, Char1. We're happy to have you as a member. Sounds like you have a house full of kids. We have one toddler and we run around like nuts trying to keep up with him. :)
     
  13. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

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    AHHHHHHHHHH :eek:
     
  14. questor

    questor Well-Known Member

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by questor View Post
    Nice people here . . .really nice.
    Helpful, informative and sharing. Damn good group or people.

    Quote:
    Orginally posted by Uncle Joe View Post
    AHHHHHHHHHH


    now . . .
    can I borrow 5 bucks ???