Honest talk about growing and raising your own food, as well as a caution to the homesteading community about pride.
Today I've got two random lessons that I've learned on the homestead lately that I thought maybe you could learn something from, too. One was brought on by a ridiculous task I've taken on in my office—one that was supposed to be easy. The other is something I learned while checking out my struggling garden.
Stages of life affect stages of homesteading and we sometimes forget to think about that as we look into the future—at least I know I have. This has been on my mind a lot lately as we have reached a point at our house where there are a lot of changes that I didn't realize would affect our homesteading so much.
There are many stages to homesteading
What happens when you were a childless homesteader and now you have twin babies and you’re freaking out because what you used to just...
When we first moved to our farm in 2011, the one animal that I insisted we get was goats. We started with two male goats (Willy and Waylon) and then added three female goats (Luna, Pickles, and Olive.) Then we bred the gals and got babies. But after having goats for a few years, we ultimately decided goats weren't for us. I am often asked about why that was, so here are the reasons we no longer raise goats.
And none of the reasons are even because goats are often described as "unruly...
Thoughts on the importance of finding the line between being comfortable and being stuck.
Deep thoughts on a certain something we hear from our parents that we don't understand until we have kids of our own.
Thoughts on "the way things were" and how we tend to live in every moment except for the one we're in. What you're doing right now? You will look back on this, too.
I've been watching my dogs, and I've figured out five things we can learn from a dog's approach to life.
Deep thoughts on food, health, and why you should control what you do with your body so no one *else* can control *you*.
My thoughts on why it's important to be teachable (especially as an adult) and how that can benefit your life and the lives of those around you.
Sometimes it’s not just about learning something new. Sometimes in order to actually learn the new thing, we have to unlearn the old stuff.
After a four week long experiment with my YouTube, Odysee, and Tiktok accounts, here are my stats... and my thoughts.
The other day I was walking around the farm making a list of the things I had to get done and it struck me just how many goals we've reached since we moved here 10 years ago.
It also occurred to me how many things in my life are extra or complicated or ridiculous or pointless and aren't part of the goals I made. Or are working against the goals I have made. Or are way more work than it's worth to reach a goal I never actually made.
Let me explain.
It’s important to know...
Be aware of these pros, cons, and realities about alternative social media networks so you can help them thrive.
Do you want to get started raising turkeys? Here are answers to some common questions you might have.
We tend to think of other people in terms of ourselves, and assumptions made about others through that filter can get us in to trouble.
Whether you've just entered the world of adulting or have spent many years in it, this is a great reminder about normal life in the real world.
In the nature vs. nurture debate, what matters more, and how does it affect us as adults? Here are my thoughts.
I've learned over the years that the secret to personal growth is being willing to do one very important thing...
You're a hard worker. How do you know if your hard work is worth it, and (big question) should you turn the thing you love into a job?
I am not an expert at gardening, nor do I know everything about how to start seeds. But I will share with you 11 things I have learned about starting seeds while we've been here at the homestead. Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you.
1. It takes time to figure out how to start seeds
It may take you a couple years to figure out what works for you—which may not be what works for your friends who are also starting seeds. I have a friend who grows amazing starts in...
This isn't a "hey, homeschooled kids are so smart!" article. This asks a question about the pedestal we've stuck college up on, which became more obvious to my kids when they got to college.
Is that person really there to support you and have a genuine relationship with you... or are they just collecting more hands and feet for their cause?
"They're all gonna laugh at you." "You don't know what you're doing." "You're just a hack." I used to be afraid of people saying this when I first started out. And believe me, I definitely hear these things. But when I hear them now, it bothers me for a totally different reason.