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Moving, Episode Three – Preparing For Our Animals

Moving farm animals brings another whole dimension to moving.  This week we also worked to prepare their future accomodations. The fence at the new house needed repair, and there was no coop to keep our chickens safe from predators at night, nor roof to place the milking stanchion under.   Silver Oak designed a coop with lean-tos that [...]

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Moving, Episode Two – What a Mess!

In the exhaustion and chaos of our first night in our “new” house, I wearily but emphatically told Silver Oak that moving is horrible!!  I would never choose the stress of moving our family and all of our animals and belongings to another place just for anyhow.  We had gotten up around 4:30 that morning to make [...]

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Moving, Episode One – Saved by Dirty Laundry!

Last week family and neighbors helped load the big Budget rental truck and Silver Oak’s landscaping trailer with most of our earthly belongings. Our house in the boonies was on a long shell road, and it had not rained for days, so we drove slowly to keep from “dusting” everything.  To our dismay, a big truck barreled [...]

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Preparing Little By Little

This week, amidst all the packing, we got our supply of KIO3 tablets so we are more prepared in case of emergency involving radioactive fallout.   Japan’s tsunami and earthquake disaster was complicated by their damaged nuclear power plant which emitted radioactive steam into the atmosphere.  California residents were suddenly in danger of being affected as the steam drifted [...]

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Preparing For the Future as We Move

How could I think of preparing for the future this week while packing, sorting and selling stuff for our upcoming move?  Well, I made sure our hand operated appliances were packed together, as well as a box of oil lamps, extra oil, extra batteries, matches and lanterns for use in case of a power outage.  [...]

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We’re Finalists in a Contest to Win $10,000!

Last month we entered a business competition sponsored by Educating For Success, Inc.  First place gets $10,000, and last night we learned that we are one of seven finalists!  We had to work our tails off for this competition, writing out a detailed business plan and vision essay, and creating a video explaining our vision [...]

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Teaching Our Children Basic Life Skills, Part Two

If our children were caught in a disaster or difficult situation without us, would they have the knowledge and basic life skills necessary to survive or help others?  The following excerpts, used by permission from an article by SNOMAN on Survival News Online, express much of our concern on the subject. “Child labor laws and [...]

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