This will be my 7th winter living in this teeny tiny 8'x12' off grid domicile.
Before I lived here full time it was my play house since 2005.
Back then I visited on weekends and never did I plan this to be the first home I ever owned, but as circumstance would have it here I find myself.
I'll write an introduction piece on how I came to have this home and land for another episode.
Friends often share articles and videos of other off grid folk, which is nice but the articles always make me wonder if what I'm living is more akin to caveman...
I have no generator. Certainly no freezer (tho I've hatched a plan to put one on its own solar panel on the backside of the barn so I won't hear any noise it makes).
I have a couple 'fridge holes'. Holes deep enough to set a high quality cooler down in. One I use to keep my harvest of root vegetables in. A block of ice in the other in summer lasts about 6 days and keeps it at 45°. It's not a lot of space but enough room for the basics: butter, cream, homemade kefir, fruit, tonic...
There is no running water and if I want hot water I have to heat it beforehand.
There is no indoor plumbing.
Running jokes of mine are saying things like 'Can I use your flush toilet?' or exclaiming my amazement when the hot water comes right outta the wall on visiting friends at their homes.
I use a humanure bucket system toilet (and don't tell anybody but I actually used 2 year old humanure on my vegetable garden last spring). I utilize sawdust for biomass to cover the evidence that my body excretes waste. But more than that I use lavender dust that I sweep from the barn floor. Talk about a closed loop system!
I do use a chamber pot to pee in on winter nights. There's no foyer to the door; using the bucket instead of opening the door helps hold the heat inside.
I have an outdoor wood-fired bathtub, and a solar shower bag but that's fodder for another episode.
I have a well, that I sing praise and thanks to each time I draw life giving water from. It is powered by solar panels but has no battery block as of yet, so in the winter I get pretty keen on the amount of light that's coming through the sky lights in the cabin and rush out to fill the jugs when the sun shines.
The well is 400 feet up hill from my domicile.
I use wheeled carts in summer (and I always give thanks to the Sumerians who are credited with inventing the wheel and also to the aliens who from heaven to earth came and taught them that technology). A toboggan works better in mud or winter snow to haul my 3 gallon water containers to and fro. It's