The Homestead Wife

Lessons from a Life Without Electricity (VIDEO)

The video I posted this morning is a sweet story for hope in dark places, and also a glimpse of my life without electricity. Enjoy!

By |November 3rd, 2016|The Homestead Wife|5 Comments

The Case for Joy (VIDEO)

One thing about living off the grid is that it's very inconvenient. Here's my explanation of how it isn't the cold showers that make me happy...and what does.

By |October 14th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|2 Comments

The Cost of Hope (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday chat is a bit deeper than some, and maybe less conclusive. Bring your patience and your appreciation of potential contradictions. But this is the truth of where I'm sitting right now, in my contemplative fall. I'm doing some thinking and some chewing and also a bit of rejoicing, and mostly thinking about how hope doesn't come for free.

By |October 6th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|0 Comments

Why I Didn’t Really Quit Homesteading After My First Year (VIDEO)

Sorry for the long title. This is just another chatty Thursday talk, with barnyard animals, the reason why I came back to homesteading even when I had every reason to stay quit, and some talk about authenticity and why it matters. If you haven't seen it already, you might want to watch this one first: Why I Quit Homesteading After My First Year Now here's the new one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8GlfPV5NKg

By |September 29th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|2 Comments

The Secret to Slowing Down Your Life (VIDEO)

This is a special one. Also, you can watch the ducks swimming on the pond.

By |September 22nd, 2016|The Homestead Wife|5 Comments

Why I’m Not a Reality TV Star (VIDEO)

Here's a story I've told before, but this time in video, on the best commissioning I ever received as an insult.

By |September 15th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|3 Comments

Why I Avoid Conversations About Ethical Shampoos (VIDEO)

This week's Thursday chat is is a little hard to pin down, with vague references to snobbish quilters (maybe?), competitive homesteaders (almost certainly), and some unnamed person who really needed to tell me off about shampoo. Seriously, folks, let's fight back against jealousy and competition. There's a better way.

By |September 1st, 2016|The Homestead Wife, Uncategorized|3 Comments

When W-O-R-K is a Four Letter Word (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday chat is a story of big city lights and dirty dishes. In debt to Alexandra and all the Alexandra's of the world, and to the Western pioneers of my own heritage. But especially to the places where we clash and merge. Enjoy.

By |August 25th, 2016|The Homestead Wife, Uncategorized|1 Comment

I’m Off-Grid and I’m Not a Superhero (VIDEO)

Happy Thursday! Today's video is about my favorite chicken, and the stories we tell ourselves about what is and isn't possible. Does anyone remember that when we didn't have a rooster I had a hen who started crowing the morning? That was this same chicken. Her name is Leia, aka the Rebel Alliance leader, and in honor of her wonderful spunk we now have two other white chickens named after her, Leia II and Leia III. :) Enjoy!

By |August 18th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|7 Comments

How I Became a Radical Homemaker (VIDEO)

Today's Thursday story is in debt to Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture.

By |August 11th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments

Shout Out to the Women Homesteaders (VIDEO)

Are there really no women homesteaders? The Thursday video.

By |August 4th, 2016|The Homestead Wife, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Why I Don’t “Believe” in Herbal Medicine (VIDEO)

Hi, folks! This is just a quick post to let you know that the Thursday video is up on my personal channel.

By |July 28th, 2016|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments