Vintage Tables and Houseplants: Winterizing the Yurt

The maples around us are bright red and yellow; Even the oaks are starting to change. The ferns are rusty gold all down the path to the beaver pond. We’re stacking wood and planning for winter’s bacon. The whole world smells of October. Inside the house, we’re shifting furniture and hanging curtains – getting ready…

Candlemas Lights

We’ve been making a lot of candles this winter.  Thanks to a generous hand-me-down from my mother-in-law – 15 lbs of beeswax! – and a recommitment to avoiding those careless trips into town for one or two things, like lamp oil, we’re been needing to just ‘make do’ for a night or two with candles…

Off-Grid Whole 30

So I assumed I’d never do another whole 30 after my failed attempt to complete one in 2016. I mean, no beans? We eat beans all the time. And no rice?! Rice is pretty much the backbone of our meals. It’s seems like such an expensive way to eat, honestly. And I really couldn’t afford…

Washing Dishes..

We have piles of dishes to clean today…mostly canning jars that just need an extra scrub to get the dust out before they’re used for canning. But it’s been a busy week (again! Oh-my-goodness August is an insane month for us this year!) Dishes are not my favorite chore. I grew up with a dishwasher,…

Nighttime in July

In the summer, the sun stays up late into the evening. When it finally goes down, we light a lamp or two, or even just a couple candles, and sit out on the stoop to watch the moon rise. The evening sky is full of june-bugs, mosquitos, bats, moths, bright, early stars, and the moon,…

Off-grid, Online

There are all sorts of off-grid homesteaders. Some have solar panels that can power a typical suburban lifestyle: television, desktop, washing machine, lights, all the trappings of modern, American living.  Others cut down firewood with hand-saws, make their own beeswax candles, and long-ago abandoned phones, computers, and the online life that goes along with it….

Kitchen Magic

Our yurt is 24′ in diameter, which means it is about 450ish square feet altogether. But yurts are so expansive inside, the dome is about 11′ high and if it isn’t divided up into rooms with walls and doorways, the space feels bigger than it is. When I’m cooking at the stove, it feels like…