Diane Maldonado wrote:...I've had setbacks many times which some consider backfire but I just keep chugging away until I get it right. I'm very determined and if the off grid lifestyle is really what you want then go for it. Regrets only come from things you didn't do not the risks that you take. Well some may disagree. Lol
Matthew Nistico wrote:Haha, are those your toes stretched out before a campfire?! : )
You look very nice, as does your land. How many acres? What are you hoping to do with the land once your house is completed?
I agree with you about politics: the two parties make such a show of their differences, yet most party members don't comprehend (nor are they willing to admit) that in many ways they are two sides of the same coin. I refer to myself as libertarian with socialist leanings. So hard to fit inside just one box!
My GF and I are currently inhabiting a space of responsible non-monogamy, a first for both of us. Over a year into that phase of our relationship, and things seem to be working out. We will see in the future both if we want to continue and exactly what kind of non-monogamous lifestyle we wish to lead. Personally, I find most people's concept of traditional monogamy too commingled with jealousy for my taste, but if you can make it work for you and your partner then great for you.
Keep the pics coming. I promise you: the more you post, the more people will take an interest.
Timo Wiley wrote:Hi, Diane, I'm Timothy or Timo and I accidentally found this site while exploring small scale threshing machines. I live in Tollesboro, KY, about 12 east of Maysville, KY, because nobody has ever heard of Tollesboro. Actually I am 4 miles north of Tollesboro, out in a hollow called Poplar Flat where I have 18 acres, a house and a pole barn and 5 cats, all of which I own free and clear except for the cats who only give their friendship to people who love them.
I am a retired structural engineer, 72, and built my own house after being laid off in 2012, I have lived all over the mid West and visited various foreign countries and States in our Union during my working career. I was married and divorced twice and have no kids.
I am not off the grid but working at being more self sufficient, I harvest rain for my water supply and heat my pole barn with fire wood. The chimney on the main house will be done this year and then I will be able to heat the house with local fire wood as well. I have a garden which I am trying to defend against the raccoons with a good fence this year. Four peach trees were planted last year and the first asparagus crop is due next Spring. There is no zoning in this part of Kentucky so I did all the plumbing and wiring in my house, no inspections were required, I am a veteran of 6 years in the Nuclear Navy so I knew what I was doing.
I live by myself (except for the cats) but it would be nice to have a companion who has a similar interests and outlook on life.
Budge Muller wrote:Barefoot alot?
"What's your sign?" [grin] (star/zodiac)
Steven Hendrickson wrote:Hi Diane, Steve here. If you haven't found what your looking for please let me know. I'm about to make a major life change and I believe we might be able to create a symbiosis. As for being able to support myself I'm more than capable. I'm definitely not looking for a handout or a leg up.
James Everett wrote:I find it the same out here in western Texas to find someone willing to go off grid and be more self sustaining as well. I love you land it has a lot more shade then the mesquite that I have here on my land that I have been working on now for 4 years. I too am looking for a good partner or friend that would like to live and work on being less reliant on the current economy as things right now seem to look as it in itself is becoming unstable with changes going on.
I have a stable job as a Jailer out here. Almost debt free as I have less then a year on my Truck to pay off and then speed up and pay my last of my other loans shortly after as well. Land been paid off for year. Then I can really focus more investment on the land here or if I decide to find better less challenging land to work with that has more to offer. Other then that I manage to get stuff on my own until I find the right fish out in this dry pond.
Terry Waller wrote:You sound very interesting but I am slightly lost on the fish metaphor.
Daniel Sandoval wrote:Hello Diane, I can relate to a lot on your post, been doing all my own work plumbing, electrical, construction and hire helpers as needed, would be great to have a partner to work with towards a common goal of self sufficiency, I have land in Nevada with waters wells, a bit hot in the summer 118. Been looking at Kentucky, any lakes or rivers close to you?
Miskwa Yellowknife wrote:I feel for ya. I’m 59, a semi-retired Science Prof who is “re-homesteading” 100 yo farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Thus far my pond appears totally fishless. Your pics and everything look great. The issue may well be due to societal changes. Trying to sell my home in the mountains of Colorado, an awesome place with an incredible view where I reclaimed the 5 ac of land with native trees and other vegetation, built outbuildings, raised beds, mini greenhouses, cleaned up a lot of crap, upclassed and upgraded the home. Since I’m an active and very educated person who has nothing to do with pop culture, I looked for the same in a partner. Most men, not dummies or druggies by any stretch, thought burning wood and wood pellets rather than burning gas for heat, having chickens, growing food, exercising, was “too hard and too radical”. I kid you not. Dudes willingly ski in avalanche conditions, climb routes so hard they’re sore for a month but helping with firewood or clearing snow is “too hard”. Though this house is very reasonably priced and is rare in that I have acreage so close to town, folk want little, no maintainable disposable ski homes they don’t have to care about or tend.
I started building my self reliance skills at 17 when I bailed out of a dysfunctional suburban family and headed north. Sadly, now most folk simply have little/no skill set anymore, nor, given today’s obesity epidemic, do they have the health or stamina to do anything remotely close to homesteading. In the UP, I’m in a very small and spread out community and while there are some that’d like to help, it’s the same deal, they’re unhealthy. The Midwestern diet does no one any favors. I refuse to abandon this farm so I’m trying to do everything solo and I help out the one fellow off grid couple. Since you’re much younger and in a different region, you may want to try Planet Earth Singles. Do keep in mind that some on that site are not really interested in homesteading but are guys on the edge, looking for a home and meal ticket. Yep, someday I’d hope to meet a fellow academic interested in staying healthy and throwing away what passes for society but I’m not holding my breath and nor should you. I keep getting stuff repaired task by task, generally while singing the classics then take a well earned rest by reading good literature by kerosene lamp in front of a warm fire. Don’t give up your dream.
I'm an INFP and #9 on the Enneagram if that means anything to anyone.
Fred Fisher wrote:
I'm an INFP and #9 on the Enneagram if that means anything to anyone.
I guess there is a pretty decent amount of #9 in the permaculturec scene, because they are longing for a different style of life than #3 capitalism (me too).
PS: Two eyes to fall in love with. So sad, Kansas is not in Europe ... I whish you to find a fitting partner.
Diane Maldonado wrote:
Kansas?! I don't know about Kansas but if Kentucky was in Europe that would be fine with me. The idea of living abroad is tempting. I've lived in South America for a few years and loved it. It really changed my perspective which led me to this lifestyle. I am planning a vacation next year to the UK. Very excited to see where my ancestors came from.
Don Hus wrote:Hi Diane!
As a guy who has lived in New England most of his life I am going bananas trying to find my way to a simpler self sustaining lifestyle. I've been considering NC, KY and TN mostly but very open to colder climates. I'm not a mooch at all and have been in manufacturing for 30 years but my time as a corporate slave is almost over.
Anyway, I found your post intriguing and thought I'd reach out. Hope you are well and Merry Christmas!!!
Jack Nelson wrote:Tennessee, Kentucky or North Carolina ? There's no comparison ! Tennessee has no personal income tax, except on interest and dividend income.