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We Lost a Sweet Friend

A recent photo of Misty Yesterday was an emotionally exhausting day after an exhausting week.  We buried our dearly loved cat Misty, after a rather sudden and unexpected illness.  Last week was so busy with an urgent deadline that we didn’t realize the seriousness of her condition.  Unlike our 12-year-old cat Marble, Misty has always [...]

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Homestead Scenes ~ 3

Bringing you week three of Homestead Scenes: ~Fuzz~      Week old kits (bunnies) in Mama’s cozy fuzz.         I was experimenting with a slow shutter speed and dusk.  This is the moon.     Hope you enjoyed these fuzzy scenes!  ?   Linked w/Frugally Sustainable , Barn Hop, Growing Home, Live Renewed, Our Simple Farm, [...]

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Exploring Our New Homestead

The northwestern corner lies between and behind this leaning pine tree and the oak. I got a bit behind in reporting the happenings of last week.  Guess I’ve been busy.  :)  But last Sunday (a week ago) we had an adventure to remember.  Since we moved to this new off-grid homestead four months ago we’ve been [...]

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Homestead Scenes ~ 2

Bringing you week two of Homestead Scenes: ~Young’uns on the Homestead~     Looks like a long day of work turned him a little loony.       Zzzzzzzz…   Thanks for stopping by!     Linked w/Frugally Sustainable , Barn Hop, Live Renewed, Our Simple Farm, A Rural Journal, Simple Lives Thursday, Farmgirl Friday!,  Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post, [...]

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Learning the “Old Ways”

There is nothing like seeing how folks lived in the “Old Days” to get ideas that are useful today for living more sustainably.  In our society we’ve lost the ability to be sustainable, but we can learn it again if we are diligent. Last week Silver Oak and I celebrated our 20th anniversary by visiting [...]

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Sustainable Living: Tough Lifestyle Decisions

Our former wall unit/entertainment center Last week we did one of the toughest things yet in the journey to become sustainable.  At least for me it was the toughest.  I had inwardly resisted the sale of the beautiful wall unit we had acquired years ago for a bargain price at a thrift shop.  After the [...]

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Homestead Scenes ~ 1

I’d like to introduce a new contributor on this blog:  our 17 year old daughter, known here as Evenstar (formerly Horsequeen).  You met her in last year’s post she shared about Rabbit Tales on the Homestead.  One of her interests, besides horses, raising rabbits, and music (soprano, pianist, violinist, composer), is photography.  This past year [...]

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The Barn Raising

We didn’t know what to expect Saturday because everyone is busy.  Our local preparedness group was meeting here that evening for a tour of our off-grid homestead.  Anyone could come early for a barn raising:  assembling the hoop barn to be our greenhouse.  The foundation had to be placed and rafters reassembled before being put up.  We thought we’d be [...]

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Endless Projects on the Homestead

Monday night was another crazy one.  Silver Oak had started making the tarp roof that will be a temporary deck cover, and before dinner he told me he’s not going to bed till it’s done.  When he gets a notion like that I just plan to stay up working as well.  This is another light [...]

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Using What I Already Have

God has promised to provide all our needs, and I’ve been amazed how many times we are at the bottom of our financial resources and we look around and find something at our fingertips that meets a need.  Often the Lord provides things ahead of time we didn’t even know we’d need.  One example is [...]

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