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My blog “Miracle Mountain” is found on MySpace.com but I thought I’d just kinda pick up where I left off on MySpace.  

Our decision to move from Nebraska to Colorado came about 15 years ago... but took that long to really realize!  We had purchased two properties, one in a gated community and the other in the high country... strangely enough both were at similar elevations.  Our plan was to build a cabin, live off the grid & be as self-sufficient as possible.  We’ve learned a lot by trial & error... mostly by error... but we’ve learned - that’s the important thing!  

We began making lifestyle changes over a year ago in preparation for the move to Colorado: learning water conservation, composting, recycling, reusing, repurposing.  It has been a journey and an adventure.  

Once we got to Colorado we decided that we really didn’t want to live in the gated community nor did we want to be either snowbound 6 months of the year on the other property & we went in search of yet a third property!  

We spent from June to early November (2008) living in a 16 foot camper with a 100 pound black lab while searching for the perfect lot (that took until mid-July) and building our cabin (the structure itself was completed late October).  

Due to some family things that needed to be handled in Nebraska... and the coming of winter... we decided to come back to Nebraska for the winter.  The cabin has not yet been insulated or sided; there are no windows yet, the plumbing is not started nor has any electrical wire been run; the woodstove has not been hooked up... there has been no interior finish whatsoever!  It is... a shell.  We didn’t feel we could live in the camper thru the winter, nor did we want to rent someplace there or live in a motel for 6 months...  we will return in the spring & kick it into high gear to get all the solar stuff done (so we at least have some power!) and then begin to complete what we began!  It’s all very exciting but yet very overwhelming.  

Here ends my first blog on fabulously40



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • I’m excited to hear more......



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      Jill Wright wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Wow! I am so jealous! I would love to be living your adventure. I know it is easy to think its so easy, and stress free, but I know, just from week long camping trips....it is a lot of work and stress. Kudos to you!
      I think I should have been born in “Little house on the prairie” days!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Hey...I want to know all the ins and outs of being more self sufficient.....and making my house more “green“.  I too would love to be living your adventure as well.  

      Keep us posted.....inquiring my minds WANT TO KNOW MORE!!  LOL



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      Inakika wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • I agree! More, more....



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      Marcy wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • WOW!  Thanks for your interest ladies! estatic  I’ll be adding more to this... there are SO many ideas we have for the cabin not just in the way of living greener...off the grid... but in living more simply... decluttering, downsizing, detoxifying... just living a healthier lifestyle all around!  I do find it difficult to do that living back in Nebraska - our friends want us to go out & drink... I’m done with that... and all the shopping & craziness... frown  CALGON - TAKE ME AWAY!!!!!!!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Marcy.....I'm ready for all of that.  I want a simple, non cluttered life.  My house is a perfect size...all I want to have to keep straight and clean...and I want to get rid of stuff !  

      So any pointers you have or suggestions...will be great!! It’s about to be a new year and I want to start it off trying to live a simpler life.

      Good luck.....



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      Marcy wrote Dec 21, 2008
    • I forgot to mention that we recently sold the one 5 acre property that we had - the one in the high country!  The sale of this property is going to pay for solar panels & batteries!  Yippee!!

      Okay ladies... here are a few things I’ve begun implementing in my own household to “green” up my lifestyle:

      *Recycling – consistently recycle any/all recycle-able items including clothes (give to local charities and get a tax deduction), and composting; Places like eBay, Freecycle & Craigslist are also great places to “recycle” unwanted items... and maybe make some money too!  

      *Reusing – things like plastic containers sour cream & yogurt come in and Ziploc bags (terrible to use once the throw away!), My mom & aunts are famous for saving Cool Whip & margarine containers - they use them for freezing vegetables!

      *Re-purposing – using an item in a way it was not intended instead of throwing it out (i.e. using old fruit crates stacked on top of each other for end tables or book cases).  I know it doesn't sound like much but at least it's not taking up space in a landfill.  

      *The 100-mile rule:  buying food grown within 100 miles of home.  Of course we have plans for a garden and/or greenhouse and chickens & maybe goats. I try to buy organic foods from the grocery store when I can (especially organic fair trade coffee)and buy from farmer's markets when in season.  (Remember the Kris Kristopherson song "Jesus Was a Capricorn"?  He ate or organic food... !  If he could do it, so can I!!)  We're also hoping to keep our freezer full of venison or elk. I'm not much for other wild game.  

      *Biodegradable:  Last year I made the change to using biodegradable dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, body wash, napkins / toilet paper / paper towels made from recycled materials.  I do have several cloth napkins but am trying to figure out if it’s easier to compost paper napkins or wash cloth ones! Usually the biodegradable soaps smell better because they have essential oils added... not chemicals!  I use vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice & water for cleaning instead of chemical products.
      Refuse plastic bags when shopping... use a fabric (recycled fabric) bag. I have some of these but don't use them religiously! I need to keep them in the truck so I have them with me!! My mom has boxes of fabric in her sewing room that she's not going to use (she broke her arm last year & has had two surgeries & physical therapy and still has lots of trouble with it – making sewing difficult)... so I'm thinking about snagging some of it & making fabric shopping bags... to give as gifts or maybe sell. I also have my friends saving wine corks for me... I'm planning to make trivets (it takes 35 corks to make one trivet!) – using discarded scrap wood or picture frames as the base.
           Remember your stuff is just stuff... you don't own your stuff... your stuff owns you!!  You have to buy it, insure it, dust it or otherwise clean it, pack it, move it, give it away, sell it... My rule of thumb is that any big object should have at least two purposes to make it worth keeping!  For instance, I'm trying to get hubby to BUILD me a sectional sofa (saw this in Pottery Barn for about $1200).  It's made on the "Captain's Bed" idea... sit or sleep on the sofa... and there are cubbies underneath to store baskets of blankets, magazines, crafts, etc.  TWO-FOLD!  

      Anyway... most of this is just “common sense” kinds of things... and these are just a few things... I’ll have to go thru my lists of things to see what else I can come up with!



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      Marcy wrote Dec 22, 2008
    • Here’s a link to an article in Backwoods Home magazine.  Dorothy Ainsworth is an incredible woman... my mentor!  You can read more articles by her by clicking on the link!

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      ...and another link for some great living off the grid information!  

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      I thought this was good (amazing / scary) information - regarding water conservation:  

            A running faucet uses 3-5 gallons a minute.

            A running faucet while you brush your teeth can use 5 gallons.

            A running faucet while you do dishes can use 30 gallons.

            Washers use 30-60 gallons for each cycle. Wait till you have a full load of clothes before doing the laundry.

            A long shower can use 50 gallons.


      Marcy, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Marcy wrote Dec 22, 2008
    • Ooops.... I forgot... here’s another GREAT website to check out:

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      Marcy, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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