Ten Things for your Cabin in the Woods

Ten Things for your Cabin in the Woods

Reality vs ‘Reality’ Think you want a Cabin in the woods? Kind of an ‘as seen on tv’ thing? Television can make you shake your head sometimes. It seems lately that programs are flooding the market on everything survival and homestead related. There are a…

Just How Far Would You Go?

Just How Far Would You Go?

  How far would you go? I frequently see these photos on Facebook. There is a cabin in the woods. I am not sure if there is electricity, indoor plumbing or any other amenities. It looks warm, welcoming and has a porch with a gorgeous…

Homesteading & Small Farm Accounting

Homesteading & Small Farm Accounting

  Maintaining a working farm takes dedication, attention to details and time. A lot of time. But we love most every minute of it. I say most, because taking care of the numbers can be frustrating and time-consuming. When the income is less than the…

The Sigh of September

The Sigh of September

  Each year we start off with the pop of Champagne corks and the explosion of fireworks. From there, we indulge in love and chocolate, hold our hats through the winds. We hunt for eggs left by an overgrown rabbit and encourage seedlings to grow.…

Firearms on the Farm

Firearms on the Farm

  Firearms on the Farm is just a way of life. We live a simple life. But as I have said before, simple doesn’t always mean easy. Sometimes we have to do the hard things. Like bear arms against a predator. There is nothing more…

Flowers – Not Just a Pretty Face

Flowers – Not Just a Pretty Face

Flowers are not just a pretty face.  They are actually so much more. When we think of ‘farming’, vegetables immediately come to mind. Or livestock. Even fresh eggs. But there is one aspect of farming that isn’t always considered, and that is flowers.   A…

Find your Tribe

Find your Tribe

  First, to be able to ‘find’ your tribe, it helps to know what it is:  ‘Tribe’ – a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically…

Folding Fitted Sheets

Folding Fitted Sheets

  Mama taught all of us girls the basics of laundry. We learned how to use the washing machine, the proper way to hang clothes on the line, and when we were blessed with an automatic dryer, how to use it. Once everything was cleaned,…

Hand-me-downs

Hand-me-downs

    (thanks to Gary Truckey at La Ferme Sabloneuse for the inspiration for this post. Be sure to visit him at https://www.facebook.com/La-Ferme-Sabloneuse-1691898761092072/)   When we think of hand-me-downs, our minds usually go to more tangible items, such as clothing, furniture, and keepsakes. However, some…

The Self Reliance Challenge Round up

The Self Reliance Challenge Round up

  As all good things must do, The Self Reliance Challenge is coming to a close this week.  This has been an exceptional experience for me. I have broaden my self reliance horizons and met some wonderful folks who understand my struggles and are quick…

Is it really a ‘Dirty Word’???

Is it really a ‘Dirty Word’???

  In today’s society, it can be a dirty word.  One of those we long to say, but don’t dare utter.  It may mean a cut in income, which means we will no longer be able to keep up with the Jones.  Our children will…

Of Vampires and Chain Gangs…..

Of Vampires and Chain Gangs…..

  I hope you are enjoying the Self Reliance Challenge.  To be honest, I am learning some great ways to take my self-reliance goals to the next level.  But as much as I love all of this, there is a darker side to Self Reliance…