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Specializing vs Cross-training

October 7, 2011

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crossing training or specializing?

You have probably noticed that Joe and I tend to write about different topics.  What interests me the most, I absorb more quickly, have a greater depth of knowledge, and am more passionate to share with others.  The same is true for Joe.  Our complementary hobbies have given us the opportunities to focus on different […]

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Preparing for Loss (now or in TEOTWAWKI)

October 4, 2011

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prepping for a loss in the the family

Recently, we had an anniversary that no one wants to remember.  Six years ago, I delivered a stillborn baby.  He was our second son and we grieved as all parents would. There was nothing evidently wrong with our dear child and the doctors had no explanation for his death.  This side of heaven, we will […]

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The Little Things After TEOTWAWKI

August 30, 2011

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As preppers, we often focus the vast majority of our attention on the big things- the so-called “bullets, beans, and band-aids.”  I want to give a little thought and mention to the more minor things that make daily life easier, but may slip off your mental radar. To come up with this list, I went […]

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The Fall Garden

August 29, 2011

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As the summer heat hits its zenith and your tomatoes and cucumbers are staggering to the finish line, you are probably thinking that gardening season is about over.  You’ll hope to get another picking of beans and some pumpkins yet, but they will be the last hurrah, right? Not so fast. Fall is a great […]

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Meat Rabbits, Part 2

August 3, 2011

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With a little bit of rabbit-raising experience under our belts now, I thought I’d share what we have learned so far. Choose breeding stock with your goals in mind It seems there are nearly as many kinds of rabbits as there are cats.  Minis, giants, solids, spotted, floppy ears, special fur, even wool! Rabbit breeders […]

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Using a Clothesline

July 26, 2011

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Electric clothes dryers are wonderful things.  As a “mom of many,” I assure you that I am grateful not to have to hand-wash and hang-dry all of our clothes all the time right now.  I do at least 3 loads of laundry most days (not Sundays) and I can only imagine how much more time […]

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Meat Rabbits, Part 1

July 20, 2011

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Raising rabbits for meat is just about a forgotten hobby these days. Fifty years ago, they were a pretty common part of the food chain and lots of youngsters had a hutch out back.  Until a few years ago, a Boy Scout could earn a merit badge for rabbit-raising.  Even 4-H has relegated rabbits to […]

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Backyard Chickens, Part 11 (or “We Have An Egg Hunt Every Day”)

June 27, 2011

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So, you’ve got a nice flock of chickens on your homestead, but a couple of problems have cropped up.  What do you do now?  In the next few installments, I’ll try to address some of them and share what we’ve learned and tried. The Chickens Don’t Lay Where I Want Them To. Sometimes I Can’t […]

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Backyard Chickens, Part 10 (Or What To Do With All Those Eggs)

June 20, 2011

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You built your coop, you’ve lovingly fed your little cluckers for 5 months, and finally, your patience pays off!  The first egg! If you are fortunate, it is a complete, intact egg.  (First attempts are occasionally a bit clumsy, with no shell- pretty cool to see, though- or oddly shaped).  You will remember and celebrate […]

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Country Living

June 16, 2011

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When we first planned our move to our farm, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about farming, animals, raising food, building fences and coops, and on and on.  One of my all-time favorites is a book my sister-in-law first told me about – The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. Throughout […]

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