remembering Grandma’s Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still…

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homestead hacks: weeds and what to do

As a born and raised urbanite, pesky weeds interfere with a carpet lush lawn. Spray them, pull them, curse them, but there is no use to them: a bane on suburban perfection. I still bend to pull weeds. I still swipe them with my heavy garden clogs. But now I’ve also found a new use…

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Choosing a Homestead Life for our Homeschool Family

It’s a homestead life for us! Not all six of our homeschool family thought living an hour away from town, off-grid, in a 500 square foot cabin was a fabulous idea when I first came up with that idea nearly ten years ago. My husband reminded me that we’d have three teenage girls when we…

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From home to homestead…

I wanted to title this post, ‘we’re having a baby’, but that would be disingenuous. We’re having thirteen babies! How to make a home a homestead? Add some critters. And we are doing that in a bakers dozen this week. An unexpected surprise added to our world, a dog baby. To decide on a dog…

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spring homestead plans

I’ve been working outside for a week now. The snow flurried last weekend. A stubborn clump of snow still sits at the end of my driveway. But if I can go outside, I go outside. I have stuff to do. Garden plans & sketches For those hibernation months when outdoor gardening was impossible, I planned.…

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