Category: The Homestead

Ending Phase…

With the passing of a year we can look back and see just what 2018 was all about. For us, the year of 2018 was a year of change. No word better encapsulates the happenings of the past 330-some odd days. Nothing has stayed the same. Family has moved and shifted. Friendships have waxed and waned. Career paths and the plan of life ahead has been forced to adapt to the new. Everything has changed for us this year and it has been all for the better. However with 2019 around the corner it is time to enter the ending-phase of the year of change.

Hugel….What???

Living in the midwest comes with innumerable ups….and downs. Its a beautiful place. You get four seasons, lovely countryside, and great people. However if there is one thing true about this part of the country it is this: Everything changes. Constantly. These changes include but are…

Managing Trees

Its interesting how the natural cycle works… Born….live…die….  We tend to see these things on a micro-scale. We see short-term, one human-lifespan or so at a time. Yet the great cycle appears and exists on a macro-scale as well. Ecosystems are ‘born’, they thrive…

Hickory Nuts.

Our backyard is positively full of Shagbark Hickory trees. While I’d been intending to try my hand at roasting the edible nuts they bear in the past, I’d just never gotten around to it. After taking care of Sunday morning chores though I noticed…

Wood-Stove Installation

Hello everyone! If by some chance you’ve followed this little blog for any length of time, you may recall a post about a wood-stove we purchased back in July. Well September is here and with it the mercury is beginning to fall. Of the…

Homestead Finances: The Debt-Monster

Few things have ruined as many relationships as money issues. Two people can be best friends and money can drive them apart if they aren’t careful. This lifestyle we’ve chosen, to homestead and live simply, is one that requires two things first and foremost:…

The Right Tool for the Job

Years ago my father said something that has stuck with me ever since. We were working on some pipes that brought water into the house and I was fussing with a pair of channel-locks to get a section of pipe unscrewed. After I’d tried…

Sunday III. “Practice of Presence”

Good morning everyone, I hope you are well. It is another beautiful Sunday morning here in the midwest. The sun is shining through the dew-drops hanging on the grass, slowly working to dispel the dense predawn fog and laying out the welcome mat for…

A New Goal…..

Homesteading…..is a hard thing to do. Its an old-world way of living, built on broad shoulders, strong backs and stubborn wills. Between the work involved, the time it takes, and the heartache it occasionally brings its definitely not the ‘smart’ way to live. Your…

What’s in Your Pocket?

I recall the first pocket-knife my father ever gave me. It was a very plain thing, without bells and whistles of any sort but boy….I loved that simple little tool; two blades set opposite each other, encased in a plain wooden handle. If memory…

Nothing Like a Good Deal…

As July is coming to a close we are building a whole new list of project goals for the upcoming months. August and September are going to be busy. Outside chores are beginning to slow down and with that we are buckling down to focus on…

Sunday Blog II: Knowing Your Salt…

Another Sunday morning here in Indiana and I’m out in the woods, sitting leaned up against a large red-maple tree listening to the morning-doves that live with us in the northwest corner of the property. The wind is coming out of the northwest; about…