Lessons learned starting “Off-Grid living “

Heat is very important!

We planned on spending a week in our unfinished cabin during the month of February, 2018. Our cabin is just under 400 sq. feet and currently uninsulated.

The weather started out very mild with just a touch of snow.

At first we were disappointed with the lack of snow, but agreed that at least the weather was mild and we wouldn’t be freezing. The first night we were very cozy with our space heater and electric throw blanket. Our Firman generator worked wonderfully powering both of them.

Loving the heat
Firman generator
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However the weather in the mountains of Oregon can change quickly.

Beautiful but cold

The snow started that night and the temperature dropped significantly. Our little space heater wasn’t quite able to heat that much uninsulated space.
It was so cold inside the cabin, the water in the dogs bowl froze. I feared it would be too extreme for my 6 year old rottweiler.  So I covered him with a blanket which he managed to keep on all night.

Cozy dog

It was truly beautiful during the day.
But we agreed it was not comfortable enough to stay another night. 
We definitely appreciate how important heat is. This was a lesson learned. Next time we stay in the cabin during winter we will need at least a woodburning stove.

Snow covered road

I dislike leaving our future cozy cabin.  But extreme cold is no fun and not cozy.  So we secured our cabin and property and headed back to San Diego.
Fencing and rocks to help deter any intruders.  We plan on installing a proper gate.  But for now this will do along with the watchful eyes from our neighbors.

First week in our cabin.

Our cabin was delivered on a sunny 74 degree day in October, 2017.   We stayed in the cabin, which is unfinished for a week. The weather changed dramatically the first night.

First we heard the rain hitting the metal roof, so cool. Coming from California and 7 years of drought, we loved it. Then we heard nothing. My husband went outside to check and couldn’t believe what he saw. Snow and it was coming down good.

Our rottweiler loved it.

View from our window the next morning.

It looked like a post card.

Our cozy inside arrangement. Everything we need for now.

If felt very hygge in our cozy cabin. Our space heaters were a life saver. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy

The weather changed as the week went on.

We were able to have our security door installed, thanks to Home Depot, for the door and installation.

We won’t be fulltime just yet so security is important. My husband made wooden shutters to secure our windows from the inside.

Our first week in our cozy cabin was amazing! We were able to experience an array of different weather. And we managed just fine.

Can’t wait to be full time and finish the inside.

But for now it works perfectly. Our dog agrees as well.

So Hygge😊
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