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    March 2020

    Bookshelves, maple syrup, chickens, garage facelift, yard cleanup, Covid-19, statewide quarantine… Just your average March in Wisconsin. Just kidding. It wasn’t. In some ways it was pretty “business as usual,” but in others, man, we were all thrown a curveball! Thankfully, I felt like I had signals it was coming. March 2020 will go down in history, that’s for certain. I know I’ve been writing a little more than normal lately, so I don’t feel like I have as much that I should be writing about right now, but I still have things to fill you in on! Since February, I’ve been building bookshelves in our living room. I’m not…

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    No Electricity

    Between blizzards, wind storms, lightening strikes, tornados, and randomly downed powerlines, it’s not really a surprise when the power goes out once in a while. We expect it to happen a couple times a year. Thankfully, we are blessed to live in an area where “the grid” is well maintained and in pretty good condition. We’ve never experienced a brown out that I am aware of, and the longest I can recall we’ve ever been without power has been under 24 hours. But there’s no doubt about it, it’s inconvenient when there’s no electricity. Two years ago, lightening struck close to our house. We aren’t sure exactly what it hit,…

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    Having a Plan

    It seems that there’s a misguided notion of what it means to have a plan for an emergency, worst-case scenario. Having a plan for a worst-case scenario does not mean that you are afraid of what might come. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have faith in God to look out for you. It doesn’t mean you want or are expecting “the apocalypse” to come. In fact, it surprises me how resistant so many people are to the idea of coming up with a plan for such a situation, and have the na├»ve notion of “it could never happen to me.” I don’t mean to sound like I am picking…

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    Kids in the Kitchen

    Just yesterday, I was speaking with a woman who works at the gas station, and she said that a friend of hers was already worried about her kids being home full-time because of the quarantine because her children ate so much! Would it be like this the whole time?! Since we are living through a unique situation right now, keeping your kids from eating your quarantine supply of food in a week when it needs to last longer is going to be pretty important to a lot of you. This situation doesn’t change much for my family, so I thought I’d offer some advice as a full-time stay-at-home, homeschooling, mother…

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    The Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020

    Okay, so maybe that’s not what this time in history will be remembered as, but it’s catchy, don’t you think? All kidding aside, the world is experiencing a pandemic of Covid19 right now… a respiratory illness that can cause pneumonia or pneumonia-like symptoms for the people who catch it. Some people are carriers and don’t know it, others have died because they caught it. People have been panicked, and yes, the toilet paper has been consistently sold out for almost two weeks. I’ve never seen anything like this before. People are afraid and panicked today. Yet a week ago, if you suggested to somebody that they might want to start…

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    2020 Homestead Plans

    Yes, I may be overly-ambitious. My list of 2020 homestead plans is long. When I typed it up, my jaw dropped a little. My “short” list ended up being pretty long, and when I considered how much of a time investment some of it would be, I realized I just mentally committed to a lot. Funny thing about me… once I come up with a plan, it’s awfully hard to talk me out of it. I mean, I set big goals, and if I don’t get everything done within my timeline, it doesn’t really bother me, because the goals were big and I accomplished a lot. This may or may…