Vacation, The Elusive Unicorn of Homesteading & Farming.

There are certain things that a person does not fully think through when they start a large new project or life phase. We really love the lifestyle that we lead, having animals and a garden and space to breathe. However, we also love to travel. We did not think about how hard it would be…

The Abscess

I was recently discussing farm yard injuries and illnesses with my daughter when abscesses came up. These can happen for a multitude of reasons and can be worrisome. I thought this subject would make a good post and she volunteered to write it since she recently went through a bout with her horse Raven. So…

The Path to Pigs

We have been contemplating pigs for a while but it was taking us some time to decide if we were pig people. The thought of having a couple cute pigs for our homestead that would then produce more pigs for meat sounded good in theory…but was it good in reality? Well, we are still not…

To Bake or Buy

Many people buy a good majority or their baked goods such as bread because they either do not know how to bake or think that it takes too much time. Baking your own breads, crackers and goodies is another great way to eat healthier. It can also be a good way to save money for…

The Wildfire Diaries, Piece By Piece

It’s been over five months since we lost our home and everything in it to a wildfire and sometimes it seems like just yesterday. There are other days when it seems a lifetime away, I always hope for more of those days. People we know often act like we are past it, moving on like…

Self Care

When you have a homestead or a farm you spend the majority of your time working it. There are always crops, animals and repairs and they do not wait for a convenient time. This can often make it very hard to think about self care. I know that sounds like some new age term but…

Stormy Weather

Well, we are currently in the middle of a huge storm system here in Northern California. So far in our area we have gotten lucky and avoided a lot of the snow that was originally forecast and instead we got tons of heavy rain. There are also more unfortunate areas like the Santa Cruz mountains…

The Meaning of Homesteading

I am often asking myself what being a homesteader really means and what it means in my mind compared to what it means in someone else’s. Being a modern homesteader is different from the homesteaders of the past, but how different? I’ve seen other bloggers tackle this same question, it’s a stand out in many…

Foxtails, A Dog’s Nightmare

I had no experience with foxtails up until a couple years ago. I had never lived someplace where they were prominent and when we traveled the dogs had never seemed to run across any. Brian in turn had grown up in a place where they were all over and was experienced with what they could…

The Road To Followers

When we started this blog I knew that it would be a long road to gaining followers, especially since there are a lot of blogs these days. I also only have so much time in the day and only so much can go to the blog because all the things I use as content need…