Leaving Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, in the Okanagan in 1993 to get away from the second boom and the higher cost of living, an entrepreneurial husband and wife decide to buy raw land. In Prince George, British Columbia, a sub lake shore five-acre lot is secured. Would they be living ‘off the grid?’ Jessie would not be able to imagine the battles she would go through homesteading in the semi wilderness of Cluculz Lake. She was unaware of the instability the work life would involve and the challenging developments of building a house and home life. Although many women were picking up men’s trades, working at a wood mill was a new experience for Jessie. Her experiences of trying to change a statuary hobby into a home business by herself took every ounce of imagination she could muster. Her creative nonfiction memoir leads to a life as a domestic again but, to her younger son and small granddaughter, leading to a day care occupation. The memoir is a span of sixteen years of Jessie’s life.