I have a little book that was written by Mrs. Child in 1832. The American Frugal Housewife is surely just as useful today in many senses. The author almost lost me when she noted that coffee was not economical and … Continue reading The Joyful, Simple Life of a Frugal Housewife
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)
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 the end and she has kicked the milk bucket a few times. Our clothes are covered in milk and goat hair and I am often near tears. Last night as I looked up before going in the pen a beautiful sight transpired. The same one … Continue reading A Pioneer’s Life For Me
“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?