Category Archives: life in the country

Our 2015 self sufficient food goals

The sweet smell of apple wood is in the air as I type. The scent is on my hands, and on my blue jeans. I just finished cutting up almost 200 pounds of  apple wood that is destined for a … Continue reading

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Our 2014 Earthworm Census

I was thumbing through my copy of Storey’s Basic Country Skills/ A Practical Guide To Self-Reliance by John and Martha Storey three nights ago.  Their section on “getting to know your soil” “soil Organisms” and “The Mighty Earthworm” caught my … Continue reading

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TV Crew just left

Just because things have been quiet on the blog, does not mean I am dead or retired from blogging.   ;-)  On the contrary,  life has been coming @ me at a furious pace the past 2 months, I’ve started a … Continue reading

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Slow Days

Winter onions taters and onions just out of the ground and farm fresh eggs Winter Onions all chopped and ready to go _________________________________ Woke up this morning again to the sound of mourning doves (yes they are spelled mourning, not … Continue reading

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DM’s Coffee Fund

Kristina the Home Engineer (a fellow WordPress blogger and good friend) stayed with us this past week.   One of her acts of kindness was to set up a link to a Paypal account called “DM’s Coffee Fund” If you look … Continue reading

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Morning Light, Mourning Doves and two thoughts about Profit

Sunrise this past Saturday.     Waiting for new tenants Sunrise on the plains Spring is stirring again here (finally). Waking up to the sound of just birds chattering satisfies something deep in my soul. This morning I could hear … Continue reading

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Eye Spy

This post is for you  Georgette …. Shaving horse I built this weekend out of reclaimed lumber to enable me to make some primitive items with a draw knife. If you were to have grown up in our home you … Continue reading

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Living close to the land, financial choices part 4

Sunrise on the homestead Today I met with another “picker” who was interested in several antiques I had listed on Craigslist. He ended up buying $288 worth of “stuff”. (This makes the 4th picker in 2 weeks.) Earlier this week … Continue reading

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Financial Choices part 2

One of the triggers that caused me so much financial angst a few weeks ago had to do with the propane (LP)  fuel we use to heat our farmhouse. It jumped from  $1.34 a gallon to over $5.00 in a … Continue reading

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My Dream House… An Earth Bermed House

We are giving serious consideration to selling our wonderful little slice of  peace and quiet in order to downsize and simplify our lives.   Want to buy our acreage? :-)  It’s not listed (yet) so if you’re at all interested, shoot … Continue reading

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