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Chopping Firewood

Chop, chop, chop. All winter long. Chop, chop chop. Not that I personally chopped a single piece of wood, but it seems like we spent the entire winter chopping firewood. I know that we were only unprepared because we were busy building a house, but it was really annoying to …

Gardening

Garden Planting

The plans that had been made for this year’s gardens have changed quite a bit. I trudged around last fall picking up old, heavy logs, broken branches and leaves and made enough hugelkultur beds to feed the whole town. I may have been a little too ambitious (as always) and …

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Bucket List: Write a Book

One of the projects I usually do over the winter is to scan my bucket list for this years challenges. There are plenty of experiences on the list that I plan on having at some point in my life, but some are best suited for this particular year and I …

Family

Off Grid Date Night

Living off grid, way out in the woods, there aren’t many people around to babysit. Especially since we are fairly new to the area. We rarely are alone without children, there is never quiet around our house. It is not like we are suffering by not being able to get …

Cooking

Dutch Oven Chicken Soup

I know I haven’t posted much lately, but I have been working on it.  I am learning some new tools to help me be a better blogger and to make my writing more interesting.  I have plenty of posts coming up in the near future as there is a lot …

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Happy Spring Equinox!

  I know that I am a few days late, but happy spring.  I have been working too many hours lately and so I haven’t had time to do much blogging.  Spring this year feels incredible to me.  We had a warm spell about a week ago, and on top …

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Making Changes

Permaculture is a great system.  The solutions it has come up with are fantastic.   However, I feel like I am restricting myself by labeling my homestead as “permaculture.”  I use many permaculture concepts, but also plenty of things that are not permaculture.   So I am changing the name of the …

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Off Grid Winter Bathing

Without running water, baths are a little more of a project.  Not really all that bad though, now that we have got the hang of it.  You just have to start collecting the day before. Yes.  We are melting snow to take baths and showers.  As long as we get …