Vela Creations

Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Saturday, August 1, 2015



So the cats have been spending a lot of time outside, now that they're bigger, especially at night. One downside to this is that they pick up fleas and carry them in to the sofa, beds, boys, and just about everywhere else in the house. We thought we were keeping on top of it, periodically dusting them down with DE (diatomaceous earth). The dogs all have flea collars, but that doesn't work so well on cats.

Anyway, it turns out that we didn't have it under control at all, and now the house is kind of infested! So we have been attacking the problem.

For a start, the cats are now living outside on a permanent basis (we may let them back in after the rain season, as we don't have fleas here in winter). Secondly, we washed all blankets, sheets, curtains, clothes, and cushion covers, adding vinegar to the rinse wash to kill the eggs. We then washed all the floors with vinegar water, and dusted any fabric that couldn't be washed with DE, like mattresses and the sofa.

We are also putting out plates at night with warm, soapy water in them. In the center of the water, we light a candle. The warmth and light attracts the fleas, and then they drown in the viscous water. These traps are picking up the stragglers that we've missed, and the problem seems to be resolving itself. If I don't do another blog on the subject, it means we won!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Birthday Boy


It was Abe's birthday last week and we all had a wonderful day. We did absolutely no work (beyond the bare minimum of chores, like feeding ourselves and the animals). Instead, we spent the day playing games, eating cake and cookies, lounging in bed, surfing online, etc.

presentOne really cool thing about this year was that both boys are now of an age to get excited about other people's birthdays. So they wanted to make Abe something. They took the frame of an old picture and made it a new backing out of cardboard. We then used plastic folders for the front, into which they put pictures that they made. They really enjoyed it and were both very proud.


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Birthday Boy

Thursday, July 30, 2015

John Muir

"There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords." - John Muir

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jane Austen

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austen

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Alfred Austin

"Tears are the summer showers to the soul." - Alfred Austin

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature." - Josiah Gilbert Holland