Tag Archives: homesteading

City Girl, Country Woman ~ Living the Homesteading Dream

I grew up as a city girl, but I always longed for the country. My mother was a city girl who married my father, a country boy, and I’m an equal mix of them both. Childhood Memories My Dad grew up on a farm in northeast Kansas and I was always fascinated when we visited …

Eggstra Special Gift Ideas for Homesteaders

Eggstra Special Gift Ideas for Homesteaders

Are you already stressing about your Christmas gift list? Does Dad really need another shirt? Would Mom appreciate another robe? Gift buying is challenging. In an effort to help you with some gift suggestions, I asked some homesteaders what was on their wish lists. Here are some of the more impractical, yet humorous, responses: Rain …

Little Birds Told Me – How God Gave Me a Sign

Little Birds Told Me - a flock of Blue Jays relayed a message

I’ve loved the natural beauty of the Ozarks since my first visit, about 25 years ago. My husband grew up in northwest Arkansas and every time we visited his family, I asked if we could move there, but I guess the time wasn’t right. Soon after our son was born, Scott’s parents bought some land …

Open Windows ~ A Simple Pleasure

Open Windows are a Simple Pleasure

Our air conditioning went out in mid-July, so what could we do? We opened our doors and windows to capture the breeze and keep our home as comfy as possible. Open windows are another simple pleasure that I particularly enjoy during spring and fall, but when the a/c goes out, it’s a reminder that at …

The Clothesline ~ A Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasures - My Clothesline

Country life is full of simple pleasures. Things that often go unnoticed or seem mundane. Hanging laundry on the clothesline is one of my simple pleasures. Valentine’s Day Gift The first Valentine’s Day after we moved to our farm, I asked my husband for a clothesline. Checking Craig’s List, he found someone a few hours …

Libby, our Livestock Guard Dog

Livestock guard dog, LGD

I wasn’t familiar with the term “Livestock Guard Dog,” (LGD for short) before moving to the farm. I had heard of the Great Pyrenees breed, but not “Akbash,” a breed which originated in Turkey and means “white head.” A few years into my country life, a neighbor’s dog had a litter of puppies. Through her …

The Big Day ~ The Chickens and Their Peeps Move Out

Baby birds. Ducklings, goslings, chicks

Several years ago we had a large assortment of poultry, but over the years the flock had dwindled until we were down to a rooster and four hens that were all about seven years old, and a lone drake. Carried Away We decided we were ready to get some new birds, so we went to …