Homesteaders Need a Day Off

Gd worked six days and the took a break. No matter if you believe in this story of creation or not, the fact that a rest day is built into an entire culture is pretty amazing. However, on a Homestead or farm it’s very tempting to work seven days a week. Chores like feeding animals, raking yards, and dealing with emergencies still happen every Sunday. … Continue reading Homesteaders Need a Day Off

Saying the Final Goodbye

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. Maybe more difficult. Sophie and I spent ten wonderful years … Continue reading Saying the Final Goodbye

Mending Clothes – a Forgotten Skill with Global Impact

I recently made a trip to the thrift store to purchase new long sleeved men’s shirts for the winter. I happily found three shirts in like new condition. Two were missing buttons, yet the replacement buttons were still attached at the bottom of the placket. I suspect the missing button may have been the reason they were discarded. Very often I purchase clothing that is … Continue reading Mending Clothes – a Forgotten Skill with Global Impact

Raising Goslings in a Danger Zone

My last trip to see my grandmother shortly before her death in 2008 also involved geese. She had moved to a house that had a shared pond and a few geese. It was then that she taught me how to handle and tame geese and I asked lots of question about them. It was the last piece of farming and traditional skills she left to me. So, when I was given a mean old gander and two hens as a farm warming present in 2014 by my neighbor I was elated. Continue reading Raising Goslings in a Danger Zone

Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

As we approach our last frost free date the temperature has hit upwards of seventy degrees for over two weeks with over cast days in the forties and fifties. This herald of fine spring weather has spurred some lovely volunteers to sprout in the garden. I’ve found over the years that my volunteers are some of my earliest producers and heartiest producers. However,  moving them … Continue reading Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

A Death Well Lived

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 over as care giver, companion, and comforter. Having a chicken in … Continue reading A Death Well Lived