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). […]

My Favorite Time of Year

Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is coming back to life and the whole world is just so full of potential. This is the time when I start embarking on my many annual projects and set up my plans for the next few seasons. Of course, this means that it becomes the […]

Creations and Contests

Broomstick Shrug

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the weather is getting colder, the holidays are coming, and I am knitting like crazy. I’m starting to work on holiday gifts for family and friends, but also using quite a bit of my limited time to create new designs. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I’m hoping to publish a book of designs, but I’m having trouble creating enough in a single category to make a coherent collection. I’ve also started adapting some of my existing patterns to fit kids. With all this work, I’m really excited that RT is finally sleeping through the night and giving me some good rest! […]

Accepting Help

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This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about how overwhelming it can be to live on and manage a homestead. Last time the topic came up, I focused mostly on setting priorities in order to accomplish major goals. Now that I’m eight months pregnant, the situation has changed a bit. There are some tasks that I simply can’t do, whether they push my physical limits, or whether my husband/doctors have told me I shouldn’t (the latter is far more frustrating).[…]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part Three

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You may remember my struggle with the planter box in my back yard from last year. Despite its neglected condition (which you can see on the right), I decided I was going to restore it to a usable state. I proclaimed proudly “I have my hands, a trowel, and a garden shovel” and that’s all I was going to use to get the job done.

I was forced to admit that sometimes, your bare hands are not the best tool for the job. I made it about 1/3 of the way through the box by the end of the season. By the time I had made it that far, there was thick, new growth sprouting up in the area I had already cleared. It was unbearably frustrating.[…]

A Growing Home

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Over the course of 2014, my husband and I have made gigantic strides toward our lifelong dreams. Within the course of the last twelve months, we got married, purchased our property, and brought three new animals into our new home (George, Tribble, and Raven – a foster who now has two potential adopters!). We also picked up more tools and equipment than I could even name here. We completed some major projects and household upgrades. Overall, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish this year. […]

Finding and Refining Your Purpose

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In my last post I talked about becoming overwhelmed by homesteading, especially when working a more regular job as well. I covered some of the ways to make life easier, like prioritizing your chores. But today, I wanted to dig a little deeper. We all know that there are some daily tasks that can get swept under the rug for a few days when time is tight, but what about the bigger things? When all the projects on your list are daunting and interconnected, it’s hard to know where to start. […]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part Two

When I began pulling up the weeds that had overtaken the planter box in my new back yard, the intent was to pull up everything and start again from scratch. However, as I got further in, there were some plants I found that interested me. There were some huge red clover plants, which my bunnies love to snack on. I found some stray morning glories, which are one of my favorite types of flower. There were also some plants I could not immediately identify. […]

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. […]