p1050701

Why I Write

November has extra significance for me this year.

It marks six months since I started freelance writing, and three months since I began doing it full-time.

Back in May I was feeling stuck. Much of my working time  was spent deep inside myself, writing and reforming blog posts in my head until I had the freedom to take out my laptop and type them up. This left me feeling split in two and never fully present. I resented the confines of an outside schedule on my life and wanted instead to spend more time in the world of my thoughts, giving myself the space to methodically pull them out.

I had no idea that a few short months later I would be fully committed to this practice, or how incredibly fulfilling it would be..

Continue reading “Why I Write”

p1050552

Pets vs. Livestock: The Paradoxes of Farm Animal Ownership

For the past few weeks on our property we’ve had a chicken with a phlegmy, body-wracking cough and a chronically limping dog.

Poor Wendell has been on three different vet visits and undergone multiple x-rays of his stiff leg. Some were taken while he was unconscious from heavy-duty (and costly) anesthetics, all to see if he was a candidate for an eye-wateringly expensive reconstructive surgery to remove cartilage from his shoulder.

The chicken? She’s in the compost pile.

Continue reading “Pets vs. Livestock: The Paradoxes of Farm Animal Ownership”

p1050580

Our Pallet Pig Pen: Best Tips for Success

Shipping pallets are a popular building material right now. Just look on Pinterest and you’ll see plenty of pallet crafts and DIY projects. With a little internet browsing, you can find everything from cute pallet coffee tables to fully functional kitchen shelves.

But a pallet pig pen? That’s probably the only pallet project capable of exciting Ian.

Surprisingly enough, Ian does occasionally venture into the visual world of Pinterest, and when he saw photos of pallet pig pens online there was no going back. For the past five months, he’s been scheming ways to acquire enough pallets to tackle this project, and a few weeks ago he made it a reality.

Continue reading “Our Pallet Pig Pen: Best Tips for Success”

p1050455

Learning to Live With Good Enough

As much as this blog allows me to celebrate everything that’s going well for us, there are a lot of things that I wish could have gone a little differently this past year.

This was my first year out of school and my first opportunity to have a full-time job that lasted for more than the summer months. It was also my first year of marriage and the opportunity to fully pursue the “homesteading dream” that Ian and I have talked about for so long.

It was a year full of sky-high expectations, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that I ended disappointed with myself.

Continue reading “Learning to Live With Good Enough”

p1040018

A Guide to Meat Rabbits: A Sustainable Food Source

Confession time.

We’ve been eating rabbit. Lots of it.

Ian butchered our rabbits several weeks ago, and since then we have eaten them grilled, curried and  stewed. Every meal has been delicious so far and we even managed to serve some to our adventurous friends over Labor Day. I love the slightly gamey taste of our rabbits and the fact that each one is a perfect portion for two people. Our first livestock have been a complete success!

Butchering our first animals is a BIG DEAL. So why hasn’t it made it into this blog yet?

Continue reading “A Guide to Meat Rabbits: A Sustainable Food Source”