Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lots of Randomness

Since my last post, there was about one more day of clear skies, but with a pretty hard frost. I was able to get the garden all put to bed for the winter just in time before the real snow and cold all poured in! 

And I did a short video on what I've done to try to remedy the poison in the garden problem. And another explaining how my water system works here in my tiny house.

The storm rolling in created a pretty stunning sunset that night. 

And the next morning, I woke up in a fairy tail world with snow sticking to everything!

And, then probably my biggest news recently, I quit my job! And did a whole video about how and why.

A few other things I've done recently.... I've had a lot of visitors this fall. Like one of my brothers, my sister-in-law, and newest niece or nephew. Yes, it is possible to have visitors in a tiny house, including overnight guests!

One of my Aunt and Uncles came by for a week as they explored some of the west as well.

And my Grandmother and another Aunt were the most recent visitors.

I've continued to wrap up storing food for the winter. Like canning 23 quarts of spaghetti sauce couple days ago, and working with a friend to put an elk in the freezer (mostly their freezer since my space is very limited) that should provide almost all of the meat for both of us for the next year.

Snow has continued to fall off and on, with I think a permanent white layer having set in for the year now. And with the changing seasons, (which I love!) comes some challenges when you live off a long dirt lane.

And as always, I've been able to see a lot of spectacular wildlife!

And just as a teaser...... I'm working on a video right now on how I handle safety and security as a single woman living in an off grid tiny house. :)


  1. Entertaining post and amazing photos, as always. As a firearm enthusiast, I look forward to seeing the next installment. However, I would urge you to practice better trigger discipline.

  2. HA, we have no doubts you can handle yourself and are safe! What a magnificent part of our country, looking forward to enjoying some of those sunsets and sunrises. Thank you for sharing the great and not so great parts of living off grid in a gorgeous albeit rough winter-wonderland.

  3. Your photos are amazing! Love all the content and great insight. Thank you for sharing your life.

  4. Congrats on your "retirement"! It's great seeing someone else prioritize their freedom over buying stuff. I'm 35, hit my FI number a few months ago, and will quit my job the end of this year. After that, I'll be a nomad for a while and travel around in my truck. Once that gets old, I'll settle down again, quite possibly in a tiny house (which, after traveling in my truck, will seem like a mansion).

    I'm curious, what are you doing for health insurance? Are you making enough to hit the sweet spot for ACA subsidies and able to pay zero/very little? I helped my mom get set up on a silver plan with $0/mo premiums for the last couple years. It certainly came in handy earlier this year when she broke her shoulder!

    Also, you mention about several jobs that you'll do to bring in money, but most were physical, outdoor jobs. It seems like you'll have quite a bit of downtime in the winter. Have you looked into making money through your website? I don't know what sort of traffic you get, but with 10,000+ YouTube followers, you should be able to make some money through your writing and videos.

    1. Thanks! Yes I do get some income from my blog and youtube channels. I also sell photos ( http://arielcelestephotography.zenfolio.com ) and work with some stock agencies to sell photos and video as well.

      I pay all medical bills the same way I pay all other bills. With money I've earned.