It’s no secret to anyone who homesteads that a traditional skills lifestyle can be challenging. Winter, spring, summer or fall there are chores to do, livestock and plants to tend, and housework that seems to never end. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. Sometimes that exhaustion is overwhelming to the point we want to giveContinue reading “The Most Important Two Questions I Ever Asked Myself as a Woman Homesteader”
Years ago at the other farm our spring ran out of water and we had to switch to the emergency tank. It was not pleasant drinking from that tank. But even more unpleasant was making the trek up the side of the holler to clear out the blockage. Part of me feels like the pastContinue reading “When the Spring Goes Dry: A Very Honest Post About Recovering from Domestic Violence and Trauma”
I thought it would be a good week for a funny story. Enjoy! Our first three nights in August at our first homestead were quite peaceful. Mommy and I spent several days, with the help of the Baker Flock, building a coop for our 31 young chickens. At the time my bitties were only 7Continue reading “The Chickens, The Dogs, and the Garden Hose – Our Third Night Ever on Our First Homestead”
We have been under siege by water the past three weeks here at Serenity Cove. It has come in the form of rain, ice, hail, snow, and flood. I’ve quite a bit of time to think while doing chores about water. Yes, we are surrounded on three sides by water, but the shear amount ofContinue reading “Meditations on Water”
I unexpectedly lost a friend this past week. A very significant friend. She was my meditation partner and best cuddle buddy. I’m talking about my cat. But for those of us who have significant spiritual relationships with animals the loss of an animal friend can be as difficult as the loss of a human relationship.Continue reading “Saying the Final Goodbye”
When I began studying other religions in school I came across something rather interesting. Every major religion and the New Age movement has this same basic teaching – be careful little ears what you hear. When a principle is universal even between conflicting spiritual practices we need to pay special attention.
I do not own a car. I do have partial possession of one. I have known individuals who own an automobile, but that vehicle is possessed by the local impound. Without ownership I have the ability to use a valuable tool to bless myself and others. Yet, some people I know with ownership but notContinue reading “A Life Possessed, Not Owned”
I’ve had allot going on in my life lately. I’ve had significant injuries, illness, and family heartbreak. While we have been quietly preparing for spring my mind has been silently contemplating all the experiences of the past five months while my heart has staved off an inkling of coming doom and an upturned world. LittleContinue reading “Hope Still Lives”
My sweet old hen Cordelia is dieing. She has a fatal chicken condition know as water belly. Basically, her liver is shutting down coupled with congestion heart failure. She’s an indoor hen now that her mate Kang is gone. She has no one to protect her while roaming the farm. I’ve had to take overContinue reading “A Death Well Lived”
Self Acceptance begins with an honest evaluation of your self. This means looking in the proverbial mirror and truly seeing both strengths and weaknesses. This means radical honesty.