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M. A. Carey

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final pics 5, 6, 7 of 7 buildings
2 weeks ago
3 and 4 pics of 7 out buildings

facing north
shed again with west facing house
2 weeks ago
2 of 7 pics out buildings
facing south shed and garden (later fenced garden)
facing south tiny house showing encased 55 gal water, battery box, inverter box
and facing east bottom pic
2 weeks ago
Trying to upload pics. May be posted in more than 1 post.

1992 Flair motor home
pictures from 2015 at a State Park in NM, I think Storrie Lake
2 weeks ago
The elevation is right at 6000 ft. Williams and Flagstaff are closer to 7000 so they get quite a bit more snow than we do but seasonal temps are similar to Williams with Flagstaff a bit lower.

Winter: Dec usually the coldest month, lows average mid to upper teens but we did have 4 degrees one nighttime low. The highs probably upper 40s average and seems like always sunny unless it is snowing. In 3 years snowfalls usually an inch or two but one winter we did have 2 snows of 5" each time but not close together. The snow always melts if not the same day then the next.

Summer: Jun is hottest month with highs in the low to mid 90s, but it truly is a dry heat. We had a fan on a stand only and maybe used it 5 or 6 times in 3 years, mostly the first summer when we did have a record breaking heat wave and had a few days of almost 100.

Spring and fall are wonderful. We loved the weather all year round. The rainy season, called monsoon season, is normally July through Aug, sometimes into the beginning of Sept.

The roads are dirt, somewhat rocky in places. We did not have 4-wheel drive vehicles and we watched the weather for rain or snow to time our trips into Flagstaff or Williams. If we needed to get out when it was wet we would park closer to the highway and walk to the truck. Other people in the area have 4-wheel drive vehicles. One good thing about the roads, very seldom any traffic.

I will post pictures later today. Right now I am in a sling from recent rotator cuff surgery and I don't maneuver well with my dominant injured arm. I will get those pics from my laptop as I don't have them on my phone. Sorry for the delay but I will get them posted.
2 weeks ago
We have 4.6 acres near Valle, AZ, USA. It is completely off grid living. There are 2 outbuildings and an old motor home. We moved back to Missouri and both have health issues. We purchased the land to stay the summers and winter on BLM in the winter. However, we loved the area so much that we lived here all year round for a little over 3 years.

My husband said we should sell the property but it is kind of hard to do from 1300 miles away. We had solar panels and inverter for power (sold that setup but cabin is wired throughout with box for inverter and box for eight 6-V batteries). We had a small wood stove but sold that, chimney still in place. There is a larger water tank of 130 gal capacity and a 55 gal drum. Water can be hauled from airport water vending at 2 cents per gallon. We used a sawdust/bucket with toilet seat and lid bathroom (moved out of shower when using shower) Used an RV pump and 12 V battery for inside shower and a small pump from outside 55 gal drum into kitchen area. Rough living but we liked it. Very peaceful. I had a small garden fenced off to grow zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, spinach, green beans, radishes. Caught rainwater from gutters to water garden and wash clothes by hand.

Any suggestions on selling the property would be appreciated. The land is deeded but the out buildings were added later. It is free range cattle land but property could be fenced, we just never did.

If anyone has genuine interest, please let me know and we'll try to figure out pricing, pics, more info, etc. It's a long way to drive to sell if no serious buyer.

M.A. Carey
3 weeks ago
I would like to put my 2 cents worth in.  I have been diabetic for 42 years, or at least I will always be considered diabetic type 2 since being diagnosed over 42 years ago.  As far as I'm concerned, I am no longer diabetic and my doctor agrees with me, since going Keto a little over 3 years ago.  At that time I weighed 230#, A1c was 12.8 and I was on insulin 50 units twice per day plus glypizide and metformin.  My A1c has been around 6 for 2-1/2 years (5.8 to 6.1 varies) and off all medications and weight down to 150 give or take a few # over/under varies.  I share all of this information to tell you it is kind of a homeopathic way of treating this particular disease.  I grow spinach, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, radishes, and green beans to eat, and still eat meat (mostly pork, chicken, fish, but more of a side dish and not the main attraction on my plate, and a tiny bit of fruit such as blueberries and blackberries (fruit not able to grow in my area) to keep my way of eating in check.  So by way of growing a large percentage of my diet, wouldn't that fit in with permaculture in a way?  I mean I am eating off the land quite a bit.  There are other forums that may not be considered permaculture if you want to split hairs.

Anyway, I am all for a keto forum, or at least keto/paleo, which paleo is more of just eating natural foods but not secifically for ketosis low carb from what I read.  

Thanks for listening/reading my thoughts on this subject.

MA Carey

S Bengi wrote:Whats the process like sub-dividing that 4.6 acres to sell off 1acre or so?

We do not want to split. Sorry.

We are looking to rent it out for 3 yrs and if the renter is interested in purchasing after 3 yrs we would sell it. I wasn't sure I could put the info on the forum or not. If you are interested please let me know and I can provide more info.

M.A. Carey
1 year ago
Are you still looking? Are you interested in Northern AZ?  We have been thinking about finding someone to rent to own our small acreage with small house and shed, 4.6 acres.

M.A. Carey
1 year ago
Thank you to everyone for all your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. After careful thought and discussion with my husband, we have decided to continue using our wood stove since it is already paid for and we still have several years worth of seasoned wood already cut and stacked. However, my concern over flying embers starting an unintentional wildfire, even though we have a spark arrester atop chimney under the cap, which is 5/8" mesh, my husband is going to add 1/4" steel mesh to the outside of existing spark arrester, lind of like a basket surrounding it.  We have researched online and spoken to our go-to guy at our local True Value store, and have been assured that the 5/8" mesh spark arrester is code in our area, but to give in to my safety concerns, he has stated not to replace code mesh, but to attach no less than 1/4" steel nesh fashioned to attach to existing spark arrester but with a couple inch spacing so as not to clog mesh with soot.

My husband takes apart the chimney flue and removes upper portion so as to clean thoroughly each spring and we move the wood stove to one side (it is in middle of house during heating season). He tells me there is hardly any soot built up for a couple feet below roof.  

Anyway, to make a long story shorter, we are still going to install cement board onto our existing floors and install the ceramic tile atop of that so we will have some thermal mass. I am still going to experiment with black rock and my black-sock covered water bottles encased in clear plastic to bring in at night in a large cooler insulated with foiled bubble wrap and pull out just before bedtime and/or in the middle of the night to see if that can keep the house warm enough until early a.m.

He is also going to build pelmet boxes above windows and I am going to double up my thick fleece curtains so we are thinking this will help also.

I so appreciate everyone's input and we are doing some of the suggestions. I think with the extra thermal mass in the floor, the pelmet boxes with even thicker curtains, and maybe, just maybe, my water bottles heated during the sunny days to radiate heat at night, we may not have to have but one fire before bed and one very early morning, and stay warm enough all winter.

Here is a picture of 2 of my quart bottles of water heating for my dishes.

M.A. Carey
1 year ago