The Homestead Wife

Speaking Beautiful (VIDEO)

I sang all my instructions to the kids when they were getting ready for bed tonight. They're still the age that I have to say things like, "brush your teeth," three times if I have to say them once. That's a good way to turn yourself into a crone twenty years early, so tonight I sang it all.

By |July 21st, 2016|The Homestead Wife|3 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

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

Interview at “Coffee and Sweatpants”

This fresh-up interview over at Coffee and Sweatpants makes me feel kinda big league. :)

By |November 11th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|0 Comments

An Esther Primer for New Followers (Repost)

I think people show up here with questions. Like, WHO IS THIS ESTHER PERSON? WHAT IS SHE LIKE? Here are some answers!!!

By |October 28th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|9 Comments

Mountain Dream Home (the Roof)

Three weeks after the frame raising, and about a month left before the snow flies. Wall framing and skin yet to go and then, y'all, it will really look like a house.

By |September 23rd, 2015|The Homestead Wife|9 Comments

The Real Story of a Simple Day

If summer was like a dress with no belt, my fall is hyper organized. Scheduled to the minute, I'm catching hours like water, in containers with no holes. For the curious, here's the breakdown of a day.

By |September 16th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|1 Comment

Mountain Dream Home Update #4 (VIDEO)

This Wednesday night video update has a little bit of what we did this week, but also some of what we've done in the two plus years leading up to this week.

By |August 19th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|2 Comments

How I Got Solar Power and 20,000 Grown Up Points

So many people have said to me, that solar power is the first thing they would have done. How did we manage to go two years without it? But we didn't really want to install solar power. It wasn't something we already knew how to do, and it also wasn't in either of our categories of Things We Love. No sawdust for Nick. No green leaves for Esther. No familiarity for either of us to lean on, nor the kind of eclectic individuality that we so love because it covers all kinds of faults.

News From the Yurt: We’re Breaking Ground

When we bought this magic little chunk of land, our Sadie was a newborn. I wore her wrapped against my body as we tramped through drifting snow to site the place where we could build our cabin. We walked out all the corners. Our dream home was modest but no less thrilling for all that: an 800 square foot timber frame off grid cabin, built right out of the tall trees growing on the land.

By |July 22nd, 2015|The Homestead Wife|14 Comments

The Whys and Hows Of Living Off The Grid

The appeal of off-grid living is multi-faceted. On the one hand, it is the "new American Dream." It is the ultimate expression of our national values of individualism and property rights. On the other, it is an opportunity to tread more lightly, live more simply, love better. Both are ways to escape, but escape from what?

By |July 14th, 2015|The Homestead Wife|1 Comment

Homestead How-To: How To Raise Chicks Without Electricity

When I first brought chicks home to my limited-electricity off grid homestead, I looked all over the Internet for advice, and found it pretty thin. Now that we've done it three times I'm going to be very specific about our techniques, in case it will be helpful to somebody else!

By |July 3rd, 2015|The Homestead Wife|4 Comments