Why There is No “Success” in Farming, Ranching, or Homesteading

If you are thinking of moving to the country, reading a bunch of books, and doing everything right you are going to be mighty frustrated. The measure of a good farmer, rancher, or homesteader is not in whether his/her ventures pan out, but whether he or she is willing and able to get back up …

An Unfortunate or Fortunate Mistake

At 3:46 am i was feeling pretty proud of myself for being 14 minutes ahead of schedule to open the store after only 45 minutes of sleep. I figured i would definitely turn off all the alarms and botch my morning waking up moments before i was supposed to be there but here we were …

The Travels of our Eggs

I am allergic to chicken eggs. I don’t eat them, but i have always loved chickens and knew i one day wanted to have them. When i did obtain chickens they started producing eggs and i had to figure out what to do with those eggs. Plenty of people ask me why i don’t sell …

Flight of the Junebugs

Every spring there comes a time when the june bugs wake up from their winter hibernation and arise by the thousands from a single patch of brush behind the house right at dusk. They do this nightly until they mate, die off, and make way for the next generation which emerge in the form of …

Wildfire

I knew there were fires to the north of us but they were hours away. I knew my friends, neighbors, and coworkers were holding down the fort at home while their husbands took time off work and drove up north in the middle of the night with livestock trailers and bottles of water with the …

The Chickens Try Fish

I had a piece of wild sockeye salmon in the freezer when it suffered through a few power outages during storms. It became clear to me this fish had thawed and refrozen when i cooked its sibling and tasted it and realized it was no good. I ate it, cuz im cheap, but the taste …

Just Some Chickens Eating a Squash

There’s nothing i love more than to watch the chickens eat. They love food so much. They’ll eat almost anything and they’re happy to function as the clean up crew when you have peels and stems and odd ends and pieces of things after cooking. I like to listen to them make that airy huffing …

Rosie gets her Nails Clipped

Rosie is a beautiful chicken. She is my only chicken that lays medium brown eggs. The rest of them are either cream or a pinkish brown color. Rosie’s eggs are a rich medium brown and they are sometimes speckled with dark brown spots. She is the second biggest chicken after Ellis so her eggs are …

The Danger in being a part-time Homesteader

I could title this story “the unwelcome intruder” but i decided instead to call it what it is; a failure on my part. Being that i am not a full-time homesteader; i do leave the property to go to my day job in order to pay the bills, the homestead is not always my primary …