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November First on the Homestead

November First on the Homestead

November First on the Homestead The kitchen is cool, almost cold in the morning now. November first dawned in the 20°s, feeling more like December. Sourdough bread spent the night in its first rise in the coldest corner of the kitchen. Poke poke poke. I dumped the flattening dough from the bowl into a bread pan and pushed it aside to rise for the day. After coffee, chores, and then a breakfast of homemade bread toasted on cast iron, an…

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What Does it Feel Like to Kill a Chicken?

What Does it Feel Like to Kill a Chicken?

What Does it Feel Like to Kill a Chicken? “What does it feel like to kill a chicken,” she asked. It’s been a deathly day, starting with two mice in a bucket in the garden shed. They couldn’t get out and made for a good opportunity to teach Zoey more about rodent killing. She’s a great huntress but not a good killer. A red squirrel made it into the house and onto the kill list today. Not sure I’ll get…

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Winter Preparations – Working Toward a Comfortable Winter

Winter Preparations – Working Toward a Comfortable Winter

Winter Preparations Winter preparations have started. It feels like we must be far behind because here it is early October and we haven’t touched a stick of firewood. Steve dropped a few big trees in the new food plot over the summer, and he dragged them to the field between the high tunnels, but there they sit. He cut and I split and stacked this winter’s firewood last year. I thought I’d do next year’s this year but the majority…

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Homesteading Today – September 29, 2016

Homesteading Today – September 29, 2016

Homesteading Today – September 29 There are a million things to do in this house – scrub the toilet, lug ripped out wallboard from the bedroom to trash bins outside, vacuum and wash floors, back screws out of 2 x 4’s – and little of it will get done. I’ll deal with the screws and wallboard, the rest will wait. It’s too nice outside to be indoors. I thought I’d bring you with me through homesteading today. The Poultry Shuffle…

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Catching Up. Where did September go?

Catching Up. Where did September go?

Catching Up Oh my goodness did September ever get away from me. I feel like nothing got done even though I’m on the move from the time I get out of bed until I fall back in, worn out but excited for the next day. Hunting seasons are all-consuming. Most everything I normally do still has to be done, and done in considerably less time. I have a little catching up to do. Meet the Neighbors Uncle Harold stopped in…

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Misty Tuesday Morning

Misty Tuesday Morning

Misty Tuesday Morning On a misty Tuesday morning, dressed in pajama pants, tank top and flannel shirt, I headed out to do morning chores. The turkeys spent their first night in the coop with the chickens and ducks last night so they were my first stop. Peep peep peep peep peep times a million. They’re fine but they’re a little unhappy about the change. They’ve scared the bejesus out of the ducks so there was lots of wing flapping, quacking,…

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Homesteading Progress

Homesteading Progress

Homesteading Progress Change. Even when I want to make changes and accomplish enough to see it as progress, it’s hard. There’s a lot of change going on over here. Homesteading progress used to be adding a new milk goat to the herd, starting a rafter of turkeys that would replace themselves by raising their poults, increasing the garden, or working with a new restaurant when I was a market farmer. These days, downsizing is progress. Early yesterday morning Steve and…

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Why Be Self Sufficient? It’s A Lot of Work!

Why Be Self Sufficient? It’s A Lot of Work!

Why be Self Sufficient? “Why do you spend all that time being self-sufficient? That’s what grocery stores are for.” She was sincere. She really didn’t understand. I have a standard answer based on our reality. We had to figure out whether we could live on one good salary for a while, possibly for life, if we moved to the poorest county in all of the New England states combined. I made good money and had excellent benefits in county government,…

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Good Friday Morning

Good Friday Morning

Good Friday Morning (I mentioned Lemon Balm Sugar Cookies last week.) I’m looking for beautiful on the homestead this year and thought I’d share photos for Five on Friday with Amy. There isn’t a lot of beauty here but there will be. It’s a work in progress, and my mind’s eye can’t see what it’s going to look like in the end, but I’m getting closer. There are trays of seeds and seedlings and lots and lots of photos I…

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When Homesteaders Vacation

When Homesteaders Vacation

When Homesteaders Vacation Where do homesteaders vacation? We’re surrounded by lakes, ponds and streams that provide plenty of fishing and paddling. We live in Maine, Vacationland. Going somewhere means losing our peace and quiet and privacy because few places are as secluded as our house. We talked about going to fish one of the Great Lakes in New York but didn’t want to spend that kind of money with me being 99% unemployed. We chose Fish River Lodge in Eagle…

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