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    Homesteading for the Beginner

    I was recently asked a question that, on the surface, seems fairly straightforward. “How do you start homesteading?” What a great question, but what a loaded question at that! The answer is not ever going to be the same for any two families (or individuals, for that matter). I’ll do my best to answer this question though, and go through ten points to consider as you embark on your homesteading journey. #1 Find Your “Why” If you ask me how to start homesteading, my first question to you will probably be something along the lines of “Why do you want to homestead?” As a homeschooling parent, I know all too…

  • The Produce Stand

    The Produce Stand is Open for 2020

    The produce stand is open for 2020! I’m amazed that I already have enough of anything to put in the stand. It’s really not all that much… a few bags of beans, peas, cucumbers, and herbs. We’ll be adding more as the summer wears on and more things become harvestable. For now, I am intending to just leave the “OPEN” sign at the end of the driveway when I have the stand filled, and I will take it down if there is nothing in it. I am hoping to make better signage this summer for the end of the road, the end of the driveway, and for the stand itself.…

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    Dull of Hearing

    “For the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.” -Matthew 13:15-16 (KJV) How many of you have felt like you want to speak up about what’s going on out there in the world, but if you would say anything you would not be heard, or you’d be shouted at and belittled? Maybe not just the…

  • Projects

    Building an Outhouse

    It’s not very common today to hear somebody say “I need to build an outhouse.” In fact, most people will think you’ve lost your marbles if you tell them something like that. Most of the guys I know think it’s silly, because “Why can’t you just pee in the grass?” and for the people who don’t think that, it’s more like “Why? Don’t you have a toilet in your house?” In fact, after building the outhouse, Scott had to tease me a little and ask all of the people who came over for Rocket Club, “Is it normal for you to go to work and come home and your wife…

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    Busy as a Bee

    I’ve been busy as a bee over here, going from one project or task to the next, and in the process, transforming this place we call home. The results are just as sweet as honey to me, and all of that work and effort is creating little seeds that will someday turn into so much more. I don’t think the right question to ask me these days is “What have you been up to?” so much as it should maybe be “What haven’t you been doing?” I’m working hard to make our goals for the year a reality. It means shaking up the routine for the summer so that we…

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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…