R Hill

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since Dec 08, 2018
Southern Illinois
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I don't see any replies here, is this place still for sale ?  Location ?  Jozzle@mail.com
This is a pretty old post and only saw one reply, did you sell this property ?
I'm in the same situation and have been looking for land in the same area, NW Arkansas or SW Missouri.
4 months ago
Hi Lisa, I haven't been on here for some time now and am just returning.  I retired early a year ago November with plans to downsize and sell my house here in Southern Illinois and to relocate and get my hands into the earth. But first I was going to stock my camper and hit the road for a bit of travel.... Well, best laid plans.  COVID struck, and I also had family in Oklahoma with medical and other issues that needed my help, so spent the last year living out of my camper giving my assistance. My sister's 40 year old single wide had to be put down, couldn't find anyone that wanted to work, or do the job right, and so I did it myself not only to help but as a primmer to building my own place.  I tore it all down, recycled what I could, reworked the whole septic which wasn't working correctly, and built her a safe tiny home to live in.  I found out right away I had gotten soft in the job I'd just retired from as I lost 30 pounds during the process, but it gave me great satisfaction in making my world a better place.  As you say, been there, done that.  Well, I've returned to my life and my original plans to downsize and sell my home here to seek a new home away from the hustle and bustle.  I'd love to speak with you about your plans as well and see if maybe we are a fit for helping each other or more.  I have all the skills your needing, I don't need you to pay me or a job, and I do have a nice camper I've been living in for near a year if need be. I would enjoy the company of a grounded woman as I move forward.  We're about the same age as well and from reading your post we think alike in many ways, so I think we'd get along just fine.  There's much more we could discuss in private if your so inclined.  I did save the best for last; I have experience working with incubators :).  I hope to hear from you and above all I hope you can get back on track after setting aside to help your family as well.  If you wish to pm me I will give you my number if you like.  I'm a bit old school and prefer talk to texting.  Ralph
4 months ago
Hi Gail, where is the property located, what are your plans and needs once getting the property, and if you'd like to PM me about what you need to move forward and discuss a possible agreement to get you there.
1 year ago
Hello Zennia, I love the way you think.  I am recently retired and in the process of downsizing to relocate from Illinois and looking for acreage in either SW Missouri or NW Arkansas, leaning to Missouri.  I am contemplating an earth-bermed home, and prefer the idea of a rain catchment with cistern for clean water, however a well would be a nice backup.  I prefer to be off grid and limit electric use to go solar and keep cost and complexity down. I like redundancy so would probably keep propane and look towards wood as well for energy in cooking and heating as necessary.  I abhor consumerism, entitlement, and government over-reach; and strive to always be self-sufficient.  I have a background in education and strongly support home schooling.  I've an engineering background and capable in many facets of construction.  I enjoy a rural setting, the outdoors and all it has to offer.  I must admit my farming skills are limited but I'm anxious to get my hands in the dirt and learn to work with the earth in a sustainable fashion.  I am not afraid of physical labor and would entertain the idea of helping in a temporary capacity as I search for a lager place and develop a plan moving forward.  I have my own 25' camper which I'm adding solar to make it more self-sufficient.  I plan on visiting the area frequently as I search for land. I also have family in Oklahoma not far from Fort Smith where I travel frequently as well.  I'd love to hear more about your knowledge and experience in the area.  Ralph Hill
Now I feel like a real Newbi, I didn't realize I had posted in the PEP1 forum.  I am still working here in Illinois and its just too close timewise for me to arrange to get out there on short notice, though I'd love to.  I'm a technical person but there's a lot of info listed in the PEP1 that I'm sure I would benefit from.  I did the kickstarter at 200 so I could have access to the PDC/ATC videos for now, but eventually I do want to make the trip out your way. sorry for the confusion. I really must explore the site more, I just wanted to touch base early after the kickstarter ended to make sure I didn't miss any requirements I need to meet to get the info.  I'm an information sponge and I see a lot of sopping I would like to do .  Thanks again.
2 years ago
Thanks Jocelyn, I would be fine with just an extension cord to trickle charge the battery and keep the fridge going without running it on propane, I have a 50 gallon tank for water which should last me a bit and the pump runs off the battery too, and I can dump when I leave at a station off site; I wouldn't even consider exposing anyone to the racket of a generator, hence my desire to upgrade my camper to solar. I wish I had known about your site earlier; I am planning retiring soon and downsizing so I can return to the land and self sufficiency.  I have plans of building an earth bermed home with my sites on net zero energy usage.  Hopefully I can come out later this year, maybe the September SEPPers, but if I bring my camper am I limited to times of my visit or can I come anytime, "with notice of coarse"?  I only asked for the location because I would be driving direct.  I definitely will be visiting you all, if not sooner, later.  Sounds like a lot of fun, and like minded people.
2 years ago
Hi Joyce, I'm relatively new on this sight and I supported the kickstarter for this wonderful project.  I know your mail goes to Missoula, MT but where exactly is Wheaton labs, the site says near missoula; trying to determine if I can get there this year but I may have to defer to next year if that's at all possible.  I have a 25' trailer if thats allowed, and I'd like to convert it to solar, right now its 30 Amp with one deepcell.
2 years ago
Hi Aimee, I stumbled on your post and this site looking for information on building a home. I am in Illinois now and retiring after the year end. My plan is to get back to nature and self sufficiency. So now I've a new word for what I'm looking for "permaculture". It sounds like a great place you've got there, an interesting opportunity as well. How soon are you leaving ?