I am learning a lot this summer. I am learning to simplify my meal plan, my shopping list, and my budget in order to save time, energy, and a whole lot of money that will be used for other things. … Continue reading Simplifying Meals and the Budget (So You Want to Be a Homesteader #19)
‘Tis the time of year for charities. To give to those less fortunate. To share some of our blessings. We often gave money to organizations that helped the homeless. Then we became homeless ourselves after losing our rented farm. We … Continue reading Before You Give to a Charity (really helping those in need)
$140.27. Nancy handed me a green cover for the deposit register to symbolize a farm. When I was little my mother had me split up all of my money into three jars. Ten percent went to savings, ten percent went … Continue reading Saving for the Farm
After our farm dream temporarily came to a halt (which ended up being a very good thing as gigantic windmills were installed across the street looming over the farm, the propane tank accidentally blew up, and the distance and dream … Continue reading The Job to Make a Dream
Limbo. A basement studio apartment graciously rented to us by our friend. A shop trying to pick up steam. A man working so hard. What do we do now? We have always had plans. Dreams. Goals. I need a homestead. I don’t mind if it’s in town or not. A goat, some chickens, a gardened front yard. Clothes flicking in the wind on a clothes line. The windows steamy from canning tomatoes. Doug’s goal is financial security. Once and for all. When we spoke our wedding vows, for richer for poorer, we thought we’d get both! Done with the poorer, he … Continue reading Once a Farmgirl, Always a Farmgirl
I am Yeopim Indian and Cherokee proud, and Scottish and English and Irish loud, along with Dutch and Black French and possibly more. And from them all my genetic disposition lays. In my hair, in my eyes, in my innate knowledge and intuition, in my sense of adventure and in my search for home do I find glimpses of all those that came before. All my ancestors, all in me. But I alone have my spirit. My true self. That has been here before. And in mindful analysis and decompression of the physical frame as each day becomes a bit more … Continue reading To Thine Own Self Be True (a recognition of oneself when starting over)
I write a lot about following dreams, taking chances, and working to bring goals to fruition. It never fails to amaze me how when you start walking toward your dream, the doors naturally open and some close. The universe conspires to bring everything into alignment, or “Everything works together for the good of those who love Him.” Romans 8:28. I am sure there are passages and sayings such as these in every culture and in many circles. It is a fact that if you so desire something and start putting it out there that you want that goal, you will … Continue reading Ending an Era to Make Dreams Come True (full time farmer and The Homesteading School at Pumpkin Hollow Farm)
We knew how much it cost to buy the farm animals. Approximately two or three dollars per chick. $200 per alpaca (that was a smoking deal). $200 for the pair of adorable goats to be bartered for herbal medicine. (Another … Continue reading How Much Does it Cost to Have a Farm Animal?