Our Brush with Fame and the Brush Off

Have you noticed there seems to have been an explosion of reality tv programs revolving around homesteading &/or living off-grid?  I don’t know about you, but we really enjoy these shows, learning many things at the expense of the trials and tribulations of others.

…and it makes us feel less alone in our own trials and tribulations, which only seem to be mounting, but I’ll explain a bit more about that in a moment.

Last fall, we were contacted by Continue reading “Our Brush with Fame and the Brush Off”

Survival Sunday – The Huntress

This year’s filled tag – my first!!

“Omg! Omg!! Omg!!!”

I’ll get back to that in a second.  Living a self-sufficient lifestyle requires a vast variety of proficiencies: growing your own food, foraging edible and medicinal plants, food preservation, caring for livestock, construction, and hunting are just a few of the skills one needs to be self-sustaining.

2015 Pre-season scouting

Hunting.

To be honest, I really Continue reading “Survival Sunday – The Huntress”

The Medicinal Monday – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Hunting season starts soon, so we spent the afternoon in the woods, scouting new areas and just enjoying the beautiful colors of the season.

Once we reached about 3500ft, I start seeing curious white flowers I’ve only seen in books – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)!! I’ve spent weeks and weeks pining for this aromatic, Continue reading “The Medicinal Monday – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)”

Foraging Friday – Red Raspberries


Just after my 12th birthday, much to my dismay, we moved from California to a very, very small town in Oregon.  Where I had been used to living on a street with children living next door, across and down the block, now my nearest Continue reading “Foraging Friday – Red Raspberries”