Is that a commandment? Thou shalt not covet thy roommate’s homesteading stuff? These things were his mother’s. I wonder if she used them or if they were a collection or if someone in her family once used them. I’ll have to ask David. But they are a fabulous assortment of things that fuel me to … More Thy Neighbor’s Homesteading Stuff
A sweet downstairs apartment waiting for us.
When one is faced with starting over there is an underlying gift involved. One that creates space. Yes, it is sad to lose everything one owns and it is odd to have to reinvent one’s occupation and lifestyle but what this creates is a place to only bring back in what one loves. What one … More When Homesteading is Life
We are trying to purchase any desired or needed items to be off-grid ready, non-electric, and well made. Doug works at a coffee shop in the winter, we enjoy really good coffee, and I do like an occasional espresso in the afternoons. I researched non-electric espresso makers. They were pricey and the concept was the … More Homesteader’s Espresso (off grid ready and fuel for chores)
I was dreading going into the goat pen. Elsa has mastitis and we have been diligently treating it but that along with her spoiled little girl self makes it incredibly difficult to milk her. It takes all of my strength to hold her as Doug milks her out. All of our muscles are shaking by … More A Pioneer’s Life For Me
This has been the year of inspiration for me. I am passionately fired up and fueled by inspiration and sheer joy right now. This beautiful homestead and all its capabilities, a new place to call home, meeting new people, closing one side of our business and building the other, I am dreaming, and notebooks are filling up with ideas … More A Shed of One’s Own
There was good reason for many of the items that we now view as quaint or wonder what they were for in antique shops. There are some items that will make your life much easier in your homestead. Some new, some not so new. 1. Oil Lamps– Oil lamps are functional and beautiful. In our … More How to Become a Homesteader-Part 3-Old Fashioned Items
“What is a homestead?” my friend asked. The question threw me off guard, cause, geez, everyone knows what a homestead is. It’s uh….you know…a place where…I decided to consult the dictionary. homestead [hohm-sted, -stid] /ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd/ noun 1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted … More What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?
We survived the severe cold snap. Thirty degrees feels like a heat wave now. For a time I was tempted to give up the whole darn homesteading dream but after an electric blanket fix, a few glasses of wine, and a near nervous breakdown, I rethought it and we have determined that we truly love … More Thermoses and Wood Stoves (keeping warm on a homestead)
This lifestyle involves learning a lot of new and wonderful things. It also includes a fair amount of failures. Yet, thankfully, a lot of successes as well. One can’t have one without the other. Success story: When I started this blog almost two years ago I had posted a stock photo of shelves of canned … More Successes and Failures