What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?

“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 by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home. 3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act. 4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading … Continue reading What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?

Thermoses and Wood Stoves (keeping warm on a homestead)

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 living in the country with all of our animals and this was just one tribulation to figure out.  My cousin reminded me that I could manifest another wood stove and Doug mentioned that I would be a lot happier if we just had heat.  The … Continue reading Thermoses and Wood Stoves (keeping warm on a homestead)