Category: The Homestead

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…

Homesteading Mindset: Think Long Term…

We all have dreams. We all have goals. We all have things we want to accomplish in life; whether it is becoming a business-owner or a pro-athlete, a top-level-chef or a world-renowned author, a television host or a simple homesteader. Having dreams and goals…

Sunday Blog 1: Garden Spaces and Sacred Places…

Good morning everyone. I hope this Sunday finds you well, relaxing with coffee in-hand. The sky here is gray with clouds, the lights are dimmed and the house is silent. Two pups are snoozing on the couch and my lovely wife is still asleep,…