Now it's just me, the missus and a pack of Chihuahuas. Unable to work until probably close to the middle of the year before I get surgery, I literally have nothing to do other than a few web sites here and there with my consulting site.
My sister has a few acres in Washington state and she wanted some help setting up all her off-the-grid gear. They don't need me to physically be there to sell my house, so I volunteered to go live on the property for a month or so and make sure it's habitable, such as helping to set up the solar panels and inverter, as well as test the general living conditions.
It just so happens that I have all manner of outdoor gadgets, tools and gear. I could show up on bare land and live comfortably, so a nice little cabin in the woods with solar power sounds like heaven. I'm taking a few dogs to get them out of everyone's hair, and I hear the nearest neighbor to the property is a dog breeder, so the little cabin in the woods is very dog friendly.
The plan is to blog about my experiences living off the grid and try to come away with more practical knowledge about using green and sustainable technologies. There's also a TV company possibly interested in working with the blog, so I also plan on taking lots of video
Here's some photos of the property: