Homesteading has become so much more than a lifestyle for us, it has become a part of our very being. There are apartments with lush carpet and furnaces awaiting, city streets to catch buses on, and jobs that offer weekly paychecks. Parts of that we miss but not enough to hightail back to it. When faced with absolute obstacles (such as out of ideas to bring in cash) we just try to pick up a few odd jobs or cut another expense. We are almost out of expenses to cut. Which leads us to dreaming about setting up sheds in … Continue reading Extreme Homesteading (high altitude, freedom, and yoga with frogs)
Forget January first as New Year’s! That is only one time of pondering goals for a homesteader. There are several pivotal times in the year that homesteaders like us take stock and decide and dream and implement plans for the year. Our average spring day starts at dawn with strong cups of coffee. Doug reads the news and I write. We do outdoor farm chores like milking, feeding goats and sheep, letting the chickens and ducks out and making sure they are cared for. We plant as the weather allows, watching the weather and clouds like an addiction. Preparing soil, … Continue reading The Joys of a Simple Life (goals, self reliance, a day in the life)
“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?