In a land where lightning often strikes

Causing electric power spikes

I’m happy and relieved to be

Playing acoustic ukulele

Unplugged, one with Nature

Cloudy chords written in diurnal portraiture


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

Image: Tenor & new acoustic rock songbook


    1. (I wrote a reply an hour ago and it disappeared!) Thanks so much, Oglach! The ukulele is an inexpensive one from Hong Kong. I keep buying tenor ukuleles in the hopes that one of them will enable me to sound like a musician! In the meantime, I keep practicing (maybe that will work). I’m enjoying your site so much 🙂

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  1. Living off the grid – must feel awesome! We did that on the homestead on the north for a lot of years… no electricity, no running water: cut through 3-4 feet of ice to access water or melt snow in winter; cut your own firewood in the bush at need; milk and feed and clean all those animals… and I won’t mention the field prepping, sowing, harvesting, etc. We kids didn’t think it was fun, but we survived and I have some useful memories of that time. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I know what you mean. I did it for about a month but it is impossible to do it in Florida. I already have the air conditioner running from noon to early morning (except when the lightning kicks off the power). You definitely lived the ultimate country life, though. I had chickens and, as always, dogs, but feeding them (and collecting the eggs) was more like fun. I’d like to live in the Northern Pacific and be able to stay off the grid all year round, though. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Northern pacific would be OK, but what I lived through was in the north NORTH. Top end of the Great Plains, Peace River country. Nothing to stop the winds blowing from the north pole of from the midwest… average temperatures (Fahrenheit) winter: -40… 🙂 Survive that, you can survive anything, hah!

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