Jul 192014
Posing With 2x4s Before Building A Compost Shed

I’ve just come from Lowe’s where I purchased five 2x4s. Today I’m framing our compost shed.
I’ve never framed a structure before, so I’m buying a few materials at a time and taking it slowly.
I like working with 2x4s…

Jul 022014
When Is An Orange Not An Orange?

I’ve been looking for ways to affordably stock our food pantry. Instead of grains, beans, pastas…standard pantry items, I fill ours with produce that has a long shelf life like apples, oranges, and various potatoes. I figured that buying conventional…

Jun 272014
An Unexpected Benefit of Living Off the Grid

This is the charge controller to my 100 watt Renogy solar kit. You can’t tell from the picture, but the second green light is blinking. This indicates that the 50 watt, 12 volt, deep cycle battery I have connected to…

Jun 202014
Our First Muskmelon

Here is a picture of our first fuzzy baby Muskegon. Isn’t it cute?
It’s dusk, and Little Lotus and I are sitting out in our front yard. She is collecting snails from our garden. She’ll observe them for a day,…

Jun 182014
Urban Blight: Blight Of The Spirit

The house in the picture is across the street from our homestead. The yard is often overgrown, and the backyard is littered with garbage.
Last week I saw a beautiful and drunk young woman in a very short skirt go…

Jun 182014
Gunshots In The Neighborhood

We heard several rounds of gunshots when we came home tonight. Little Lotus was really scared. She said that trying to make a difference feels dangerous to her.
I have to admit, it is scary. There have been more gunshots…