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Designing a Garden

How do you grow a garden while living in a temporary residence, like we are this summer?  There are so many things we want to plant and grow in our quest to be more self-sufficient, but obviously it’s not worth designing, prepping soil, and building raised beds if we will only live here several more [...]

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A Tornado Disaster Story

Sometimes it takes a disaster to show us the value of preparation.  Until then, we tend to write it off. We know a Huntsville, AL family who survived recent tornados.  Although their house had no damage, they lost their power.  I asked how they functioned, and if they would do anything different for future emergency [...]

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Disaster Preparation Checklist

This week I checked our grains inventory.  It’s been a month since we moved (time flies!) and we’ve been eating our surplus food.  But that’s OK, because that’s a benefit of keeping such a surplus on hand.  If there is a crisis, small or large, we have plenty to keep us going for a while. Here [...]

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Dressing A Chicken

One of our poor hens met her demise recently.  She was caught in the act of smashing and eating eggs, which explained why we were finding empty egg shells in the coop.  They say once a cannibal, always a cannibal.  The sentence for this crime is being eaten for dinner. Silver Oak gathered all our children and some [...]

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Surviving When Technology Fails

We are a generation almost completely dependent on modern technology.  Without it, most of us are clueless.  It’s mighty important to consider the fragility of what we are depending on, and the possibilities if it fails. Eleven days ago the power cord to my computer (laptop) met its demise.  It had started causing problems right [...]

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Moving, Episode Four – Culture Shock!

At our house out in the boonies we were accustomed to complete quietness, unless we or our animals were making noise.  At our new temporary home at the edge of town, we hear traffic constantly on I-75, which is about 200 yards (180 meters) from our back door.  At night we would often hear owls [...]

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