Orchestrating the Chaos

Things have really kicked into high gear around the homestead. This time of year, everything gets so hectic, and this year has been especially busy. The most obvious chore is maintaining our 2-acre property now that the flora has burst into life again. I’m constantly pulling weeds and cutting back some of the plants that tend to take over, like my chocolate mint and raspberry bushes. I’ve even managed to get the planter box cleared before it was time to get my seedlings in the the ground! My long-time regular readers will know how much I’ve struggled with that over the past two years. This year is my year!

As you can see, I still need to clean it up a bit more, and it could use some more filling. Thankfully, I have the composter now, and it fills up quick with all the baking and weeding I’ve been doing as of late. Sometime in the future, I want to replace the wood around the edges, and I’m also planning on putting a small fence and gate around the area to keep out deer and the many, many bunnies that live in the raspberry bushes right next to it. Sometime this week, I’m also going to cut back the raspberry bushes, seeing as they’re encroaching again (as they are wont to do). […]

Healthier Living

With so much going on in my life, sometimes it’s extra difficult to find time to do the things I need to in order to stay healthy. At the end of a long day, it’s just so much faster and easier to make Mac & Cheese or a microwavable meal for dinner than it is […]

Finding Your Routine – And Breaking It


Living on a homestead, you’ll occasionally reach a point where you feel like you’ve run out of interesting things to talk about with the outside world. With all the daily responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time for big adventures, and most people don’t want to hear how long it took me to clean the bunny pens on any particular day. Those routines are vitally important for keeping a homestead running, but it leaves little for conversation. That can become somewhat isolating, and leave you feeling awkward when you do venture into the outside world. […]

Preserving Watermelon with Delicious Recipes

After our first party in the new homestead, we ended up with more food than we knew what to do with. This included two full watermelons. I am a big fan of the fruit, but there was no way I could eat both by the time they started going bad, so I would either have to find a way to preserve one, or let it go to waste. I wasn’t going to allow the latter to happen. […]

Preparing for a Party

When you have a homestead, especially one that’s still getting off the ground, there are always a million chores that need to be done. There’s far more on the daily to-do list than dishes, laundry, and feeding the animals. Many tasks are projects that take weeks or months to complete. Therefore, when entertaining, it’s difficult to know how much needs to be finished before the big event to make the place “presentable.” After all, we all want to look like Betty Homemaker once in a while. […]