Author Archives: Sandy

House hunting can begin

Posted on: February 25th, 2019 by
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I am happy to share that we have accepted an offer on our homestead. Hooray!!! Now begins some serious work; there are repairs that have been requested that must be completed, there are boxes to be packed, but most importantly we need to get serious about finding our new place. For our family that … [Read the full story …]

Goldilock farm

Posted on: February 19th, 2019 by
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Sitting waiting for my homestead to sell has given me far too much time to think.  I think about the animals we have had and the animals we would like to have.  I consider types of fencing we have used and what we may use in a new location.  I look at dozens of houses [Read the full story …]

Choosing to Advocate for Skunks

Posted on: November 25th, 2018 by
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Moving has so many complications and selling a home more so. For my family, as I suspect for most, keeping the house pristine and ready to be shown to perspective buyers is one of the greatest challenges.  When a family also has pets in the house the work of perfection is amplified by the dirt [Read the full story …]

Let’s Get Moving

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by
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To start I need to apologize for my absence.  For a lot of involved reasons I have not shared our progress in over two years.  It’s not that I haven’t sat down to write, but anxiety has gotten the better of me.  That means I have a lot of catching up to do. Firstly, our [Read the full story …]

Enter the Volunteers

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by
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So I have to admit that I always get drawn into the spring planting season to the point where my computer time (posting for all my readers) falls to the wayside.  Sorry for that…. Happily, this garden season is off to an incredible start!  I have 11 tomato varieties growing out for planting in warmer [Read the full story …]

I’m not a Pioneer

Posted on: February 6th, 2016 by
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Standing in line at the local Tractor Supply, surfing the web, reading some of my favorite blogs, or even watching slightly outdated shows on Netflix, I’m finding more and more information being marketed to people like myself, who like to do for ourselves, as “the New American Pioneer.”  Unfortunately (especially for those diligent marketers) it [Read the full story …]

February Planting Goals

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by
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Real quick, I have set a new goal for this month: I want to plant something everyday! Every February I practice frugal grocery planning, eating up things in the pantry and freezer and only buying a small amount of groceries.  As part of that this year, I am also trying to cut back on the [Read the full story …]

The mysteries of incubation

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by
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I have been attempting to get to the point where my chickens would produce their own offspring so I might stop buying fryers for the last three years.  To that end, I have both encouraged the few hens I have that have gone broody and chose to sit eggs and I purchased an incubator to [Read the full story …]

Jumping into 2016

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by
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So 2015 ended up being a trying year; my husband was out of work for a couple of months and the job he is currently working is a limited contract out of state, we had unexpected losses wit our rabbit kits, two of our companion animals (a cat and our oldest dog) died tragically, and [Read the full story …]

Now it’s for real

Posted on: April 19th, 2015 by
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Unexpectedly, my husband lost his job last week.  This causes all the usual panic and monetary considerations, and we certainly are no different.  Fortunately, we started looking around and realized that we were not too badly off. In January we chose to slaughter all of our pigs due to the nuisance they had become; the [Read the full story …]