This blog site is operated by Ed and Laurie Essex in Wauconda, WA. We created this site to share our experiences as they unfold in our transition from city condo life to off grid living in the mountains of Eastern Washington State.

Join us in a discussion about what works and what doesn’t in your daily choices for healthier living and greater self sufficiency. Share your stories about off grid living or things you are doing to reduce your environmental impact whether you are off grid or not.

Ask questions, offer advice or just enjoy reading what others have to say. Just click on Blog in the upper right corner of this page and choose a category you might be intrested in.

Visit our website Good Ideas For Life where you will find products to help you become more self sufficient whether you live in the country or city, on acreage or in a condo. These products will help provide you with your own safe food and clean water and help prepare you for any emergency you and your family may face in these uncertain and trying times.

Our self sufficient products include Tattler reusable canning lids, Berkey water filters, indoor and outdoor gardening products, Mayday emergency kits, chicken coops, and much more. We use the products we sell.


  • How we grow winter food!

    I think we have established in past blogs that sustainability is a good thing and anything you can do in that regard is good. One of the ways we have attempted to become more sustainable is to grow our own food. The advantages are obvious but it’s okay if we state the obvious over and over until all of us get it. Food safety and independence are two good reasons to grow your own food. We had a pretty good size garden the first year we moved here and we canned food from the garden for the winter. This year Read More
  • More Winter Fresh Veggie Choices

    Its 13F degrees outside and there is over 3’ of snow on our garden. We have plenty of canned vegetables from last summer but what about fresh greens? We are new at all of this but each year we experiment a little more and try to expand on our fresh vegetable options. We live off grid in a cold climate. That limits our options somewhat. If we had an insulated greenhouse it would have to be heated. We don’t have the electrical surplus to go towards an electric heater and don’t want to spend the money for an alternative heat Read More
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