Category Archives: life in the country

Notes on our current efforts to downsize – Part 1- the heating system

It dawned on me for the first time this morning I have become a bonafide “DIY” (“Do it yourself-er”) I love to learn, think outside of the box and figure things out. The more areas of life I am conversant … Continue reading

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Running from the law

Got a thank you note from Dawn and the girls  yesterday. They are back home. They’d been living with us since early April. Not one, but five single females. Now that is a lot of Estrogen. I haven’t mentioned this … Continue reading

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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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