I have a pretty specific style. Oh, sometimes it changes depending on my mood, from Santa Fe diva to vintage rodeo queen, but I typically wear a mid to long skirt, top, and apron. I have six Mennonite aprons that … Continue reading The Trusty Sewing Needle
We try to learn two new skills each year. There are some skills that are imperative to the survival of a homesteader. Actually, not just for homesteaders, anyone who is trying to live as simply and on as few funds as possibly (less work for a paycheck=more freedom to live life how you want). It is nice to have more than one person living on a homestead (doesn’t have to be a spouse) because generally what one person can’t do, or doesn’t care to do, the other can. And for the things that neither are very good at, bartering with … Continue reading How to Become a Homesteader-Part 2-Skills
1. Thou shall not procrastinate. It was such a lovely day Tuesday that at the end of the day, with the clothes lines weighed down with garments still barely damp, I thought, ‘Oh I’ll just get them in the morning.’ And then we woke to this. Whoops. The clothes on the line were rows of wintery mass, crystals of ice surrounding each thread. Just like with bringing in clothes before a new cold front hits, we must also make sure to harvest when crops are ready, preserve when bounty comes in, get wood and hay stockpiled before winter, get seeds ordered … Continue reading Lessons From a Homestead
Our grandparents knew how to do all these things. Mine laughed when I wanted a farm and wondered why. Growing up on farms and in the country, in hard times, with so much work, it baffled them that I would run … Continue reading Learning Homesteading Skills (finding teachers)
For centuries women have tended the home and the family and on the side sold things made by their hands to help support their family. It seems to be an innate instinct in us. Many homesteaders are entrepreneurs. In this … Continue reading Support Your Local Homestead!
I want to feel satisfied as I fall into bed exhausted. Complete in what I do. Comforted in the thought that homesteading improves my lifestyle and mood, that I stay healthy, contribute to the health of animals, grow glorious food for my loved ones, prepare for accidents or Mother Nature or the Zombie Apocalypse, according to my dear friend, Erik, but also live a good life. I want to lessen my footprint on this fine earth and live fully. Busyness sneaks up. Its eager eye on making me feel tired and blue instead of satiated. It robs me of time to … Continue reading Catching Time…unplugging