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Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings There’s something about late summer mornings that revives my tired soul. You know that feeling. The one where you’ve worked your ass off all spring and summer and here it is late August and the to do list is longer than the done list. That feeling. The holy-shit-it-never-ends feeling. But getting up at 4:30 am, slipping into camo, walking into the woods, and sitting in a tree stand for a few hours does me good. Bear season…

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Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info

Self-Reliance Challenge – Intro & Info So, here we go! May 1, time to start the self-reliance challenge. I haven’t written in an intro since I first started the blog. I’m Robin. I’m married to Steve and we’re parents to two grown women, Kristin and Taylor. We’re empty nesters now so the amount of work that goes into feeding my family is a lot smaller than when we started homesteading in 1990. I’m a writer, baker and Chef Robin on…

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Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil. Add 48° (sorry, I know… it was February and 48°, it was glorious), sun, a slight breeze and water. Glorious. I cleaned out a few raised beds in the high tunnel; weeds that could grow in a Siberian winter, broccoli I hoped would recover, and carrots that survived the deep freeze when the door blew open. Spinach survived, and died (I thought) and bounced back and went dormant, and now it’s growing again. I did a bit…

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Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

I haven’t talked about “fresh food daily” much this year. After losing the veggies in the high tunnel to an open door during a blizzard, there hasn’t been much for fresh food. We do have eggs daily thanks to pullets that I still haven’t identified (should do that today), and now thanks to ducks that started laying three days ago. First one egg, then one egg on the second day, and three eggs on the third day. Four eggs tomorrow?…

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February 24 2018

February 24 2018

Sunrise 6:16 am, sunset 5:11 pm. Days are noticeably longer, something that makes me smile even when it’s overcast. It isn’t pitch black, but close, when I wake. These longer days make me feel like we just might survive another winter. It’s coyote mating season. On the move with a definite mission, we’re hearing them more often and closer to the house. I’m a little concerned about Zoey’s safety. Zoey is our youngest dog. At four, she’s finished maturing and…

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February 20 2018

February 20 2018

It’s been a while, eh? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning and replanning and ducking the curve balls of life. Winter has been odd, thank you very much, climate change. Unusually cold and snow, and warm and rainy, and cold and rainy, and warm and snowy. We haven’t been on the snowmobiles yet but have been ice fishing at camp a couple of times. Interesting weather, interesting winter. I spent the weekend at our camp with our…

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January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 – Eggs, Blizzard

January 5 2018 Let’s do the awwwww first. All together now – awwwwwwww! If  you’re new to my blog or are a little behind, this is a motherless whitetail fawn, a beautiful little doe. She’s been without a mother since November. Eggs! We’ve had chickens for 2o years but I still get excited about the first eggs. First pullet egg, first duck egg, first egg after molt – first eggs make me smile. I wasn’t expecting the pullets to start…

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January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

Sappy New Year! So…It’s not really a secret that I can be a big sap but I don’t show that very often. It’s usually about kids or animals that my sap starts showing. I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute. January 1 2018 – a fresh start. I’ve thought a lot in the past six months about the people, things, opportunities and such that I’m grateful to have in my life. You’re all included in the list….

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December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29, 2017 – A Life In The Wild

December 29 2017 I’m ready for 2017 to end. It’s been a rough, dull, productive, fun, rewarding year. We’ve crossed some long-time to-do list projects off the list and not added more. I’m thinking about resolutions for 2018. I haven’t made them in years. And my word for year, haven’t thought about that until just now. It’s only December 29…I have time. 😉 Yesterday’s high was -1°F but it’s warmed up to a balmy 7°F today. The door to the…

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Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead: Regrounding, Importance & Thoughts

Coming Home-stead Vermont. October. Gorgeous. Foliage. Some of the most wonderful people I’ve met. Reconnecting with a friend. Sometimes I have to get away from something to better appreciate it, and other times I need to be away from it to see how detrimental it is to my quality of life. Coming home-stead after the weekend away was an experience in regrounding, importance and some thoughts on society today. If you follow me there and want to be sure you…

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