How To Live A Homesteading Life Without Acreage

Have you often wondered how to live a homesteading life without acreage? Yes, you can do it. Whether rural or urban, if you have a home you are a homesteader. Is your dream to have 5, 10 or 50 acres? I’ve always said if you can dream it, you can do. But, you can still be homesteading with an apartment, small condo, live in an HOA (I do), and very little land. Let me explain, I was under the impression a homesteading family had to have chickens, rabbits and acres, and acres of land. Well, that may be true, but I found out I have been living a homesteading life from the time I could sew, make bread, grow a garden and preserve my bountiful harvests from my garden. I also preserved food that I purchased from nearby Farmer’s Markets. My friend, Janet has a farm and she is an expert over at Timber Creek Farm.

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Are Vintage Skills A Thing Of the Past?

Vintage skills, are they a thing of the past? Have we lost some of the skills our ancestors learned? The definition of vintage from the dictionary says this and I quote from Merriam-Webster: “of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance or quality. Classic, of the best and most characteristic.” My friend, Tiffany wrote a great post about vintage skills and it made me think of the things my mother taught me. My mother taught me to sew, cook from scratch and garden. She taught me to make bread and preserve fruits and vegetables from the garden. I also remember taking sewing classes in Home Economics at school.

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How To Tell Your Family You Don’t Want Christmas Gifts

How to tell your family you don’t want Christmas gifts is on the docket today. Every year in November I send an email to my four daughters to remind them that Mark and I no longer need or want any Christmas gifts. I also call them, to let them know we are fine with it. I don’t want them to feel guilty that we are not getting a present under the tree. I’m decluttering my very small home and want more space, so I don’t need stuff. I used to think stuff was awesome, but then you get to an age and stage in life that you realize stuff doesn’t make you happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting up on Christmas morning and watching the grandkids take turns opening presents. When I was little I got one present and I was thrilled with that ONE gift. I’m glad that my daughters don’t go overboard with spending money on gifts for their kids at this time of the year. They have never gone into debt to buy Christmas stuff, I’m so proud of them.

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Why You Need To Be Self-Reliant

Why you need to be self-reliant is a statement that often brings up a lot of questions. First of all, what does self-reliant mean? I found this statement describing the phrase self-reliant from Merriam-Webster and I quote “confident in your own abilities and able to do things for yourself : not needing help from other people” End of quote. That pretty well sums it up, we need to take care of ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I remember having to work from the time I was very little. No this isn’t a story about how I walked through two feet of snow to get to school. My mom raised me to be independent. I raised my four daughters to be independent.

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