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The Imagined Life

As a writer, I spend a lot of time imaging lives other than my own. It's pretty easy for me to conjure up new characters, places I have never been, and even other worlds in vivid detail on a blank... Continue Reading →

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Permaculture Principle No. 4: Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

I  really like the 12 Permaculture Principles.  They give a wonderful framework for both planning and evaluating your landscape, and even lifescape, design.  Personally though, I find it hard to remember all 12 principles on a regular basis.  Most of... Continue Reading →

Evolution of our Homestead – A Look Back with an Eye to the Future

Every so often I check on google maps to see if there is a new aerial image of our property. It looks like they did a fly by back in July 2017.  For kicks, and because I am beginning our 2018... Continue Reading →

Is the Good Cook Approach to Homesteading Enough? Or Is it Time to Put in the Work to Become a Five-Star Homesteader?

In pretty much everything of significance in my life, at exactly the point in time when I start to feel like I know what I am doing, something happens to guarantee that I realize how much more I have to... Continue Reading →

An Unsettling Trip to the Recycle Center and What it Means for 2018

In our neck of the woods, we don't have trash pick up.  We take our waste to a "recycle center" a few miles from our house.  They allow routine household trash, aluminum cans, glass, most plastics, magazines/junk mail, textiles, and... Continue Reading →

Hog Killin’ Round-Up (RIP: Three Good Pigs)

After a few delays due to Matt and I having colds, then a freak snow storm, we finally processed our three Berkshire hogs over weekend.  They were a little over ten months old.  And everything went extremely well, so now... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving: Lessons from History

The idea of Thanksgiving Day, as we know it in the US, goes back to the pilgrims who basically arrived in America with very little idea of how to take care of themselves on this new-to-them land.  Those who survived... Continue Reading →

Adapting the Magic of Tidying Up for the Dynamic Homestead

At the beginning of the year, I started a massive clean-up and organization effort around our homestead.  I used the concept from Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, as my guide through the process.  In Marie's words:... Continue Reading →

Vacation Preparation As a Homesteader

I am getting ready for my annual trip to visit my mom in Missouri. As a homesteader, vacations require some planning and preparation. However, relative to the effort I used to expend to take a few days off from my... Continue Reading →

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