During my childhood in Venezuela, my father managed to buy 400 hectares of undeveloped land, inland from the coast by about forty miles. A river bordered the property, so he poured a 12’ x 12’ slab just above the river’s edge and on it, set a huge gasoline-powered generator. It produced enough power with which to run all the electrical and water needs for the two houses he built up above the river, about two thousand feet away. As a child, I had no awareness of how innovative the implementation of his dream actually was, but it definitely influenced my decisions made later on as an adult.
In my forties, when I decided to move to the Ozark Mountains to be a part of a plan to get back to living on the land, it was as though I already had a deep understanding as to what might be required of me. When I finally landed here on these pristine eighty acres, which, by the way, I do not own, I was prepared to live as simply as possible.
In 1996, my mother died and left me a sum of money with which I built on to a 12’ x 16’ cabin. Jimis Damet, of The Rocky Grove Sun Company in Madison County, Arkansas, agreed to set up a solar-powered electrical system: solar panels, a battery bank, and an inverter. Jimis did all of this and more. He taught me about my system, made valuable suggestions, and was available to me whenever I had any problems with the set-up. The cost of all this has turned out to be totally worth it. I still have electricity during stormy times when much of the county has no electricity. The best thing about living off grid is that the forest remains untouched, offering me privacy, quiet, solitude, and peace.