Food Preservation on the Homestead

So it's one thing when you've got a mess of things coming in on your homestead. It's another blessing when your friends have an abundance to share with you as well! That begs the question: "What do I do with all this food!?" There are a lot of ways to preserve your harvest, and fermentation … Continue reading Food Preservation on the Homestead

Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … 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

Homestead Update

I'm one of those ADD homesteaders... Not only can I not seem to focus on one task at a time (spaghetti brain) but I also constantly ADD to my already lengthly list of to dos...see what I did there? So I've been asking God to order my days. Following the moon cycles actually helps this … Continue reading Homestead Update

Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon

In the lakeway region of the Smokies, I have the benefit of being rural enough to see the stars and moon at night. Over the course of the last year or so, I've been paying a lot more attention to the "sky clock" as I like to call it. The moon is all at once … Continue reading Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon

Birthdays and Identity

My oldest turned 5 years old today. That is hard to believe. The same kid who's pregnancy had me in fits of excitement, fear, joy, depression-- pretty much all the emotions-- and whose delivery lasted 32 hours is now a 5 year old kid, half my height and reading... I struggled with becoming a mom, … Continue reading Birthdays and Identity

Homestead Update

I've heard a few people now mention that soreness that comes with getting back into the busy spring season of homesteading. I'm there! Nothing like weeding and cleaning up gardens to really stiffen those winter-relaxed muscles. We took the much needed time to clean up the raspberry bushes. We planted about 8 plants 3 years … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News

Well, I'm a little sad. It's just been getting warm enough to pop open the bee hive to check on how they're doing... So, I popped it open for a looksee and, as I feared, the hive was empty. I'm mostly upset because less than a week ago we were seeing plenty of activity. I … Continue reading Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News

Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills

Homestead Update!

We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now as we gear up for spring time. Gardening We've started tomatoes, peppers, and onions indoors to be transplanted after the last frost. Chickens We lost a total of 6 birds this year, the bulk of them to hawks or other unidentified wildlife. That said, … Continue reading Homestead Update!