Homestead Update!

Hello there! It's been a hot minute, let me catch you up to speed. We've had oodles of celebration lately. My little (not so little anymore) brother got hitched earlier last week so the kiddos and I traveled north for the ceremony. And wouldn't you know it, it went from sunny and 75°F to 32°F … Continue reading Homestead Update!

Fencing Prep

We've accumulated all the matetials for our fencing! Now we wait for the property survey so we can solidify the property boundaries. We chose to hire a local survey company for several reasons. First, the plat map survey on file is over 50 years old, and the digitized copy we have is a little difficult … Continue reading Fencing Prep

Holidays and Project Updates!

I love when my in-laws visit-- my productivity quadruples! We had a lovely Christmas together, delayed shipping notwithstanding. We even were blessed with a gorgeous Christmas Eve snow!! It's only the 2nd white Christmas I cam recall since we've lived in Tennessee. We also celebrated our Baby Bear's first bear-thday 🐻 And delayed our Christmas … Continue reading Holidays and Project Updates!

Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution

Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Last August (2019) we ripped out our pea-green 1970s shag carpet...yep... It was horrible. And since we hadn't decided what we wanted as far as long term flooring, we (I) decided to try a paper floor. 3 (now 4) kids, 2 dogs, and 10 months later, here's how it's holding up. The biggest issues are … Continue reading Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Projects and Pretty Things

Projects get tackled so much quicker when you aren't a slave to debt. I had been so used to scrimping and saving every extra penny that it is actually shocking how when there is some financial freedom and wiggle room, we're able to 1) give more, 2) meet savings goals faster 3) afford ancillary projects! … Continue reading Projects and Pretty Things

Friday on the Homestead

There are so many things that NEED to be done that it's difficult to prioritize which to do first. I opted for re-catching strawberry runners. Yep... Re-catching. My 1 year old decided to "un-catch" them at some point. So I went outside to check on them today for a customer, and found many uprooted, unpotted, … Continue reading Friday on the Homestead

This and That

We've been in the midst of a super busy, hectic season of life recently. My husband was in a car accident last week, and he wasn't injured, thank the Lord. But, that means we're dealing with another auto insurance claim and waiting to hear if his car (which we were over half way to paying … Continue reading This and That