“Why?”

Upon learning that i wake up four hours before i need to leave the homestead in order to get myself and all the plants and animals ready for my departure to my day job at 4 am most people laugh at me and call me ridiculous. They think it’s overkill and i must be there …

Cackling Coyotes

It was Sunday evening. I was trying to get a bit of work done on each of my projects before i started a new work week at 1 am. Thus is the schedule of a healthcare practitioner/homesteader. One must be awake at all times to fit in all the things that must be done. Strewn …

The Arctic Storm

I had 10 full days notice that an arctic storm was coming and honestly thats the only reason we fared as well as we did through this one. I was covering a full time therapist’s caseload while she was out of the country visiting family for Christmas. It was a 50 minute drive there, a …

Yummy Japanese Food!

Because i have family members who are Japanese, i sometimes find myself with delicious Japanese food. For Christmas i got this multipack of miso soups containing my all time favorite favorite packet soup, fried eggplant miso soup! It is amazing and the best part about it is that the flavor lingers and you can remember …

Back When the World Made (Some) Sense

I was in an antique town recently and somebody gave me a piece of candy. I realized that nowadays we have gummies in hamburger kits where each gummy is shaped like the burger, the bun, pickles, lettuce, or tomato. We have candies within candies, like when you go to the store and it advertises on …

Chatting with my Neighbor’s Longhorns

For most people livestock are possessions. They’re just something to own. For me they’re more like neighbors. Just like the deer they too have a whole language…not of snorts but of dinosaur sounding terra-dactyl noises. There is a specific noise for “i’m hungry. Where’s the truck that brings us food?” Theres a different noise for …

A Short Trip to the Well House

Once a year in the winter i make sure to fill the water softener barrel to the top with salt chips in case i dont feel like battling the wasps in the spring to get in there. The last time i did do battle i won but the barrel ended up full of dead wasps. …

An Egg Appears

This year was unseasonably hot and dry. It was so dry that i only had to mow the grass once all year because back in April it died. It was so hot we didn’t have a hard freeze until mid December. This seems to have confused the chickens greatly. Thinking they somehow missed winter and …

Christmas in the Country

Move to the country. You’ll find people gift each other food much more often than trinkets during the holiday season. There are two reasons for that. The gift giver is strapped for cash and the gift receiver is strapped for cash. When you live paycheck to paycheck and theres always some new expense or repair …