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Fouch-o-matic Frequently Asked Questions: *** How big is the Mountain Dream Home? The house is designed to be 892 square feet, not counting attached greenhouse or food storage.

By |March 31st, 2016|DIY/Off Grid|19 Comments

In Which We’re Really All a Mess

Things are a bit of a mess around here right now. Spring is a little messy for me anyway. (Exhibits here and here.) It isn't my best season. Add on a couple of extra things, like, oh, I don't know, a TEDx talk, and I'm about an inch of dark chocolate away from a meltdown.

By |March 23rd, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|11 Comments

Sun and Hail and Some Worries

I don't usually tell people I'm a prepper. In fact I often say the opposite. But of course I was born the child of a prepper. I'm grandfathered into prepper-dom. I'm a born prepper.

By |March 15th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|8 Comments

Ready or Not…

Right now I'm feeling it's completely glorious that there are so many people of like mind in the world.

By |March 9th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|4 Comments

On Living Set Apart

Wishing you all peace, and rest. And the courage to live fully alive, instead of normal.

By |March 1st, 2016|Messy Faith|33 Comments

In Which This is a Change, But it Isn’t a Goodbye (at the Mudroom)

I cry every time I read this piece, partly because of the content and partly because it was easily 3 am when I finally got it posted. I've just been run too thin lately. I'm getting ragged.

By |February 10th, 2016|Messy Faith, Writing Life|0 Comments

The Best Homesteading Lesson I Ever Learned From a Ceramics Teacher

I simply have no energy available to be spent in insecurity or frustration. I have a human life to live and that's as much as a person can possibly handle.

By |February 9th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|8 Comments

Wait, What Was My Word Again?

I always get a little wild in my chest this time of year, like there's a caged bird in there.

By |February 4th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|11 Comments

Small Circles

We got plumb tired over the last couple of weeks. I decided the most of the problem was the electric light. And I wasn't wrong.

By |January 25th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|5 Comments

Announcing My One Word For 2016

I pick a word, at the beginning of every year, to set a tone and a path and an adventure for the year. There's a community of people who do this, the #oneword365 folks, except everyone's joking about whether or not this year we have to be #oneword366, because of the leap year.

By |January 18th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|17 Comments

How To Make Your Own Herbal Shampoo

I put up a Fouch-o-matic video on this subject this morning, with some discussion of shampoos and a quick demo of my very easy shampoo recipe. This blog post is for the non-video types out there, and also to supplement the video with more detailed information.

By |January 15th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|8 Comments

The Magical Shrinking House

Here’s how it is. There is a lot of noise. There is running, and yelling, and also there is running and yelling at the same time. Also, singing that is fairly indistinguishable from the yelling.

By |January 11th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories)|6 Comments