Category Archives: Commentary

Homesteading: Farm and Garden, May 2022. Zone 5.

Yesterday the temperature outside climbed to 88 F, and rather humid.   The sort of weather that reinforces my decision not to follow my brother and his family down to the Tampa area of Florida.  I know this is nothing to … Continue reading

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A Month of Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

April is to be my month of vegetarian and vegan foods.  Besides posting recipes with this theme, I will be eating this way much of the month, except when out with others.  (And to use up some salmon and some … Continue reading

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Cook Unity! A Five-Week Review of Meals

A second food service review:  PS, these weeks are NOT consecutive.  No way. Mind you, these reviews are of services I’d not normally pay attention to, but running a food blog, I felt it was important to try a couple … Continue reading

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Homesteading: The Modern Art of Finding Land, Part I

For the links to videos describing how to buy land in the modern era of the 2010’s, scroll to the bottom.  The earlier stuff here is how I came across my homestead back in the early days of the Internet. … Continue reading

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Homesteading: About Those Winter-Frozen Eggs!

For those of us who live in higher latitudes, or up in mountains, one feature of life is a few eggs we can’t collect from our coops in time that freeze.  Typically, they will exhibit a wide crack down the … Continue reading

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Trekking to Semi-Distant Chickens and Poultry in Winter, Zone 5 or Thereabouts

Note:  This post is a re-blogging of an older post (January 2019), with some edits from as I developed more experience, from those older days.    The location of my hen houses are perfect for most the months of the … Continue reading

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Homesteading in June, Here at Zone 5

Animal, Mineral and Vegetable…. Four-legged friends:  At the moment, there’s just Serenity the 19 and a half year old ragdoll cat.  It is not fair to her to bring in another cat (although she has a history of getting along … Continue reading

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Hello Fresh? Five Weeks’ Review

Decided to try this service out for five weeks.  I will follow this with another service to be determined later in the summer.  Then I shall cease with the food service reviews.  They (the services) take a lot out of … Continue reading

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Spring Homesteading Plans, 2021

Or, The Annals of Future Food! We had six inches of snow by late morning, Friday 4/16.  Most melted by Saturday; it was all gone by Sunday morning. It is the time of year that if and when it does … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 1, Collecting Sap

Yes, the sap is running!   (And yes, for some of you in lower latitudes and elevations, the sap has finished running this year.) This is a first-year experience for me – I did try on one tree last year but … Continue reading

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