Homesteading

Watching Paint Dry

Watching Paint Dry - Painting Drawers

Do you like watching paint dry? Actually, I do. That expression usually refers to something boring, but when you’ve been dreaming of having a new laundry room for years, it’s far from it. When the time finally came, I got to think through all of the different tasks I’d want to use the room for …

A Gardener Gets Her House Painted

A Gardener Gets Her House Painted

Our house has needed a makeover for a very long time, but even as I longed for it, I imagined workmen tromping around on the plants that I’d been nurturing. Any time my husband and I’s conversation turned to the subject of this outdoor project, I started talking about the limited time frame that I …

No More Broken Windows

No More Broken Windows

Are you familiar with the Broken Window theory? It was authored by two social scientists, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, who basically asserted that each problem that goes neglected in an environment affects peoples’ attitudes toward that environment potentially leading to additional neglect, or worse. We’ve lived in our current home for over ten years. …

Gearing Up for Gardening Season

Gearing Up for Gardening Season

The emergence of my favorite plants from their winter slumber, and catching the scent of damp earth, make my green thumb awaken from its winter rest. I feel like I understand how it feels for the sap to start rising in the trees, as my energy level starts to rise and my mind brims with …

Thanksgiving Every Day

Thanksgiving Every Day

One of the things I love about living on a homestead, is feeling a closer connection to God’s provision. While I still visit the grocery store to pick up a few things now and then, that list has dwindled over the years since we moved to the country. I feel gratitude while growing, foraging, and preserving …

Garden in Review

Every year starts out the same, full of hope and anticipation. In spring I watch expectantly as the perennials revive from their winter dormancy, and the bulbs push their way through the soil. I’m excited to see what plants survived the winter, whether newcomers fit in, and how the different colors and forms of flowers …

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

My friends and I are having an Around the Harvest Table blog party, with each of us contributing a dish to the fall-themed dinner, and you’re invited! At the end of this post are links to the other dishes, making it easy to visit each of them. The Challenge I had a hard time deciding …

Brown Rot is the Pits

Brown Rot is the Pits

Homesteading is full of challenges and I’m always discovering new ones. I’d consider myself a beginner orchardist, so my fruit trees have opened a whole new area of learning. I wasn’t sure if we’d get peaches this year because we had a late freeze right in the middle of blooming. A lot of peaches formed, …

The Rabbit Mystery

The Rabbit Mystery

My daughter came in the front door, calling, “Mom! Come here! Hurry!” I might’ve panicked, but the tone of her voice hinted at something pleasant. Again, she urged, “hurry!” As I came downstairs, “I said, ‘It’s not something that’s going to get loose in the house, is it?” She and her cousin giggled. What greeted …

A Forager’s Walk

A Forager's Walk

We’ve been having a lot a rainy spring weather lately, and you won’t hear me complaining. Yesterday afternoon I thought I’d get a quick walk in between storms. After studying the weather radar I wasn’t sure how much time I had, but I love taking walks. Every time I do, I fall more in love …