Toasty Warm – Wood Stove

Nov. 22, 2016 by

We have had a beautiful autumn and even now, just before Thanksgiving, the grass is still green and the now bare trees seem out of place.  Weather like this is a gift and we are working hard to take advantage

Water, Water, Everywhere – Rainwater Storage

Nov. 7, 2016 by

Coming from the desert of Wyoming, perhaps I appreciate rainy Ozark days more than a native does.  It’s sort of a miracle to me to see water fall from the sky.  I love the smell, the way the leaves shiver

Living the Good Life – Chicken Condo

Nov. 3, 2016 by

A homestead of any size is always a work in progress.  Since every situation is slightly different, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to setup, equipment, and routine.  Often something that seems like it would work,

Revolving Doors – Livestock on the Homestead.

Oct. 31, 2016 by

One thing a homesteader learns quickly is that keeping livestock is very different than having a pet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very fond of all my animals. They can be personable, amusing, and even affectionate. However; they also must

A Lazy Day (for a Homesteader)

Oct. 28, 2016 by

This morning brought the dim mystery of a pearl white fog.  Every leaf shone with moisture and water droplets turned the normally invisible spiderwebs into silken coverlets on the grass.  Today I simply feel lazy. For most people, this is

Many Uses – Mulberry Fedge

Oct. 27, 2016 by

  I have wanted to try a fedge (a combination of the words “fence” and “hedge”) for a very long time.  The idea of taking a line of separate plants and weaving them into one inseparable community completely fascinates me.

Well Begun is Half Done – Hardy Kiwi Vines

Oct. 26, 2016 by

I am probably giving away my advanced age by choosing that line for a title.  If I hadn’t yet, when I reveal it’s from the Disney movie, Mary Poppins, I most certainly shall.  “Well begun is half done” is a

The Year’s Footprints

Oct. 25, 2016 by

The kaleidoscope of scattered leaves upon the ground signal the closing of another year.  Amid all the variety of the seasons, Autumn is easily my favorite.  Trees blaze in a farewell of magnificent glory, crops hang ripe and heavy in the

A Tiny Spark

Sep. 6, 2016 by

Today I am tired.  The sky was just touched with the pearly hues of dawn when the goats began loudly demanding breakfast.  Their strident cries seem to travel directly down my spine, spurring me to action in ways no alarm

Enough is Better than a Feast

Sep. 4, 2016 by

I love early mornings!  Reveling in the luxury of a warm shower, enjoying the peaceful quiet of the house, and savoring a cup of hot tea on the deck amid the deep purple throats of newly opened morning glories fill