C. (hubby) spent the day up on the roof today, stripping off three layers of old shingles. Our house would have been so cute with it’s original cedar shingles, it killed me to watch him tear them off. We stowed them away for use as kindling or whatever. So good natured, he’s still smiling afterRead more

I don’t actually eat meat…

Had a nice second day of holiday with hubby and the kids today (we’re spending the first week doing work at home, mainly the roof, and will spend the second week camping and visiting my in-laws). We took in an early matinee this afternoon (okay, so technically that’s not really working on the house), andRead more

Great Homeschooling Article

Minding your ownJuly 13, 2006 Stefanie Mohsennia is a librarian, a self-described “sit down, read and write type.” She liked school and did very well. But as a parent, she began to see that her son’s learning style differed from hers; she became concerned the school would be unable to answer his needs. Basics, likeRead more

The Great Turning

From Empire to Earth Communityby David KortenBy what name will future generations know our time?Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity to sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for what remained of the planet’s resources,Read more

Peas and Blueberry Banana Bread

I’ve had a pretty productive day so far. After hanging the laundry to dry, I finally got around to picking, blanching, and freezing a batch each of peas and yellow beans. It’s always a little disappointing to discover that the huge bowl of pods you picked only amount to a couple of cups of actualRead more

Urban Chicken House

Okay, so they’re not exactly the rustic country hen-house I dream of, but for a city farmer with limited space, these Eglu chicken houses are pretty darn cute. They come with a fox-proof run that attaches onto the front, and I’m thinking it would work pretty well as a chicken tractor. Not exactly sustainable beingRead more

Sleepover Fun and the Roof

My daughter (Bee) had her best friend over for a sleepover last night. It’s so neat to see them growing up together (they’ve been joined at the hip since they were a year old), but it’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years already! Her mom is one of my closest friends, and we convenientlyRead more


After an unusually warm and dry past month or so, it was a nice treat to wake up to rain this morning. I’m convinced it was reading Farmgirl’s post on how to make it rain that did it (if you haven’t read it, do – it’s hilarious). I took her advice and hung a loadRead more

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I bought a huge bag of basil at the farmer’s market on the weekend, and I realized today that there was a serious need for some pesto action or it was all going to go bad before I had a chance to use it. I was pouring over the copy of Giada De Laurentiis’ “EverydayRead more

New Blooms

Two of my favorites have recently begun blooming. Monarda (Bee Balm)… and Liatris (alongside the Shasta Daisies). The resident bees are very happy!