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Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done

February 20, 2017 – 3:58 pm

Sometimes my husband and I daydream about buying a huge plot of land out in the middle of the woods far away from any signs of civilization. It’s a romantic vision. Peace. Quiet. Privacy. Freedom.

Sure, we’re pretty “out there”, as far as living rural and private. We can’t see our neighbors through the woods, but we still hear traffic on the road, and four wheelers, and other noises that come with neighborhoods being developed around you.

But then days like today come along and we realize how grateful we are for the people around us. Our family. Our friends. Our neighbors. And we discover once again how much we need other people in our lives, and how much we enjoy being in their lives as well.

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When I realized that it’s potato planting time and I only had a handful of seed potatoes leftover from last year’s “volunteer” garden, I knew I’d have to find seed somewhere.

The local mill has seed potatoes for sale, $5.99 for a 5 lb. bag, but that’s pretty expensive to us for the amount of potatoes I’d like to plant. I decided to see if my good friend/neighbor up the road might happen to have some extra seed potatoes leftover from her garden that she wouldn’t be using. Sure enough, she invited me over to her basement where she had a huge spread of sprouting potatoes on the concrete floor- all extras that she didn’t have any use for. She was glad I could use them, and I was extra grateful to take them off her hands.

I promised to look through my seed collection and bring her some pea seeds- which she herself was lacking.

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A little later we visited another neighbor to borrow his tractor to dig holes for some fencing we’re putting in. It would have taken us FOREVER to hand dig the holes with a post hole digger in this hard, red clay soil, so we were extremely grateful to be able to borrow such a useful tool. While we were there I offered the gentleman some of the seed potatoes I’d gleaned, which he was happy to accept.

Before we left, another neighbor (whom I’d never met before then) drove up on a four wheeler. I introduced myself and got to talking. I asked him if he had a garden and needed any seed potatoes. He said he did plan on gardening this year but didn’t have anything going yet. He was glad to take some potatoes and asked me lots of questions about how to plant them. He’s pretty new to the area and will be starting his first garden this year. It was my pleasure to be able to share with him what I knew. He seemed like a really nice guy to get to know.

We just felt so blessed to be able to give and receive today.

As much as we’d love to live in a more secluded area, we really do love and appreciate being surrounded by such good people. There have been so many times that we’ve been able to call on others for help, and we’ve been able to answer that call ourselves to go and help others in need.

It would be awfully hard to do it all ourselves all the time. If it came to sheer survival, I’m not sure we’d be able to make it on our own.

With this fresh on my mind, I’d encourage any of you who are interested in homesteading to consider finding property at least in the vicinity of other like-minded folks. I promise you, there will be times when you need a hand. Friends close by are good to have.


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February 11, 2017 – 5:00 am

12 tips to help you save money eating out at restaurants, and real life examples of how my family of six saves BIG!

Homestead Journal: Clearing Out

February 7, 2017 – 8:42 am

January 30th, 2017
We’ve been so busy outside these past couple weeks. The weather has ranged from cloudy and freezing to sunny, spring-like mid-60’s. One of our major goals this year is to clean up the …

Raising Pheasants For Meat on the Homestead. Is it worth it?

February 7, 2017 – 7:35 am

Here’s our experience raising pheasants on the homestead. Are they worth raising for meat? You decide.

Homestead Journal: We’re Snowed In.

January 11, 2017 – 5:08 pm

We’ve been snowed in for going on five days now…

Today I did something crazy. I cancelled our internet.

January 3, 2017 – 6:34 am

It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m ready for some long overdue changes.
Today, I gathered up my nerve, dialed my internet service provider, and summoned the words I’d been meditating on for months …

The Best Way To Store Fresh Radishes To Keep Them Crisp

December 7, 2016 – 9:58 am

Fresh radishes will get rubbery if left out too long. Here’s how to store fresh radishes to keep them crisp and ready to eat for several weeks! Fridge or no fridge.

Firewood Storage: Why We Built A Woodshed

November 28, 2016 – 2:29 pm

How to store firewood to keep it dry and ready to burn… and why you should consider building a woodshed.

How To Can Venison

November 28, 2016 – 2:00 am

Canned venison is delicious, and a great way to have pre-cooked meat on hand at all times.

Simple and Delicious Deer Jerky Recipe

November 23, 2016 – 1:00 am

I’ll share with you my favorite way to marinade venison to make delicious deer jerky. You’ll love how simple and easy it is!

Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove

October 26, 2016 – 8:17 pm

The pros and cons of heating your home with a wood stove vs. a water stove. Which is best? I’ll help you decide.

Raising Freedom Ranger Chickens For Meat

October 24, 2016 – 12:48 pm

Our experience raising Freedom Ranger chickens for meat, and why I would recommend them for your homestead.

From Gangs To Goats

October 14, 2016 – 10:43 am

I recently did an interview with Tim Young from The Self Sufficient Life, which I must say was my absolute favorite interview of all time- hands down. He touched on things I’ve never talked about …

How To Install A Permanent Clothesline. Metal vs Wood.

September 9, 2016 – 8:35 am

An easy, step-by-step guide to installing a permanent clothesline. Plus, why we like metal t-posts better than wood. (Disaster story to follow!)

A Garden Bad Guy: The Hammerhead Worm

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A Lesson About Contentment From The Fir Tree

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Being a full time caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging for sure. But there are many blessings to be had as well.