Author Archives: Darlene & Ken

About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.

Grey Water Woes

April 8, 2018 File this one under “Live and Learn”. Most of what we do out here on the Ponderosa, does not come with a manual. We make it up as we go along. Sometimes it works out great, but … Continue reading

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Digging Out – After the Storm

March 7, 2018   All dug outMarch 4 and 5, 2018 – this was our first major winter storm of the season. Over the two days, we had approximately 40 cm of snow dumped on us, along with stiff east … Continue reading

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Snow or Sand

February 25, 2018                 What is your winter vacation of choice – the warm sandy beaches of Mexico or the chilly white snowy landscape of Manitoba? My husband and I have a difference … Continue reading

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Visiting the Grandkids

January 31, 2018 One of the disadvantages of wood heat is that someone has to feed the fire.  If we both plan to be away for more than one day during the winter, it is necessary to find a house … Continue reading

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2017 Year in Review

December 29, 2017 Another year over, it seems in a blink of an eye. 2017 was another busy year here at the Ponderosa. And we are pleased to announce …drumroll please…..THE HOUSE IS FINISHED!!!!!!! There are still lots of little … Continue reading

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Upstairs flooring

December 26, 2017 The last major job to finish was the upstairs flooring and baseboard trim and I am happy to report that it is now complete. Our goal was to have it done by Christmas and we finished on … Continue reading

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Maple Trees

November 19, 2017 Winter is a great time to explore the property as there are many areas that are hard to get to at other times of the year. You can make your way through the bush without all the … Continue reading

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