A Brief Update on Aiki Finances

One of our guiding principles when we first took on this particular endeavour was to try to trim down our lifestyle such that it allowed us to spend more time together.  For a family of introverts, we sincerely enjoy one another’s company! The first three years we were able to bask in the ability to … Read more

How Much Solar Electricity we Have Generated.

Given the chance, I do like to remind people hooked up to the grid just how incredibly cheap their hydro is.  A brief mental calculation about how much power an appliance requires for its operation, multiplied by the current cost of electricity, usually reveals it to only be pennies per use. Strangely, I have never … Read more

Thinking About the Upcoming Year

After a brief hiatus for the holiday season, we are now back at the homestead, and raring to continue our ongoing process of Kaizen. Some of the projects that are on our minds for the upcoming year are: Break ground on a workshop Return to gardening and hopefully make modest expansion there Improve (move?) the … Read more

Thoreau on my mind…

I don’t think I need to tell you that Thoreau wasn’t really a guy who had lots of luck with the ladies, but he definitely had some ideas that continue to speak to all of us, removed as we may be from his world and circumstances. As I spend most of my day stuck indoors … Read more