22.8.12

10 Reasons to Love Homesteading


Homesteading:  A weekly account of our journey to becoming off grid homesteaders.  Our path will be long as we are only paying in cash and our funds are very limited.  Mike and I have no idea what we're doing so we'll be learning as we go.  I know we'll make mistakes and that's ok.  It's all part of the process.  

We would love to read about your homesteading experiences, so if you'd like to share your favorite resources, tips, funny stories, recipes, books, website or even just a photo from the week, please leave a link in the comments.

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Top 10 things we decidedly love about our homestead this week {in no particular order}:

1.  Free wooden pallets.

2.  Multi level tree forts made out of free pallets.

3.  Building multi level tree forts until it's too dark to see and then rising with the sun to finish the work.

4.  Large warm fires.  It got down to 33 F on Sunday night!  

5.  Cooking simple meals over an open fire.

6.  Northern lights streaming out from the horizon.

7.  Shooting stars.  {Not the 149 we counted during last week's meteor shower, but still impressive!}

8.  Watching the chickadees land in the new bird bath.

9.  Savoring a very rare treat of candy.

10.  Lounging on a blanket under a tree discussing our top 10 list, and deciding it's ok not to finish all the projects we had planned for the weekend.

I also finished Luke's sweater over the weekend.  Do you see that funny line on the neck?  As I knit up the turtle neck, I realized that the ribbing pattern needed to be worked opposite so that when it was folded down it would match the waist and cuffs.  I was tired of ripping this one back, so I just kept going!  No one will notice when it's folded anyway, right?  {Joining in with Ginny today, too}

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Just a quick side note:  I'm doing some redesigning on the blog layout and playing around with html so things may look a little funny for a few days!

17 comments:

  1. Soothing, exciting and all around fun. That is what it feels like reading your post today. I am not a homesteader, (only in my dreams), but I know the hard work and dedication it takes to make this kind of life a reality. Thank you for sharing yours today...

    m.

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    1. I'm so glad I could add a little fun to your day!

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  2. A beautiful post! I so admire your persistence in becoming a homestead family. You are already, I think. Have a great day!

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    1. Persistence, that I have in abundance! Thanks for stopping by~

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  3. wow. free pallets! where did you get those! such a nice freebie! and tree fort, so much fun. i so want to see northern lights at some point in my life. so magical.

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    1. My husband has been hoarding them for months now. He manages a liquor store and they had a new cooler system installed. All the coolers were shipped on giant wooden pallets, which were just going to end up in the trash. Lucky us!!

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  4. What a great idea! We usually grab some of the free pallets around here to use for outside fire wood.

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  5. I need a truck so I can grab free pallets! My parents did homesteading for a while, good luck with your journey.

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  6. Nope, no one is going to notice, I would have kept going too.
    We have had some awesome shooting stars here lately too, makes it hard to not stay outside watching.:)

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  7. We love free pallets! We've used them for so many things. :)

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  8. Love the use of the pallets - what a great idea. How did you get them there? Have you been able to get a larger car?
    Thinking of you,
    Tonya

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    1. It would have been a hilarious moment trying to strap the stack on the roof of our Honda!! We should have tried it just for the photo op. :) We waited until we had a whole load of pallets stashed away and then borrowed my mom and dad's van and my brother's trailer. They live in the opposite direction of our land, so we wanted to make it worth our while to drive out of the way.

      I'm in love with your tent cabin photo, btw. It would make a magical summer studio, too!

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  9. I just wanted to let you know how much I love and enjoy your blog and what you do! You are an inspiration, and you bring a little sunshine to my world... and that's why I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. So thank you for sharing your adventures and crafts with the world :) http://threelittlewildflowers.com/2012/08/24/a-big-thank-you/

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  10. what a fun life you have looks like everyones happy a gal in ok

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