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Mini Homestead Happenings 11/29/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 29, 2009

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. While my daughters and I do not celebrate the old Thanksgiving, we do celebrate all that we are thankful for: Food, shelter, warmth, family and friends.

We have spent some time preparing for winter. We cleaned out much of the junk from under the trailer, left by previous owners, cleaned up the yard, banked the trailer and closed up windows.

Oil has been delivered, and we have a little food stocked. Not a lot, as funds have been limited this year. But enough to feed us a couple of weeks.

Moxie kitty has gone home to her mama. My friend was able to procure a small apartment, and she brought Moxie home to it last week. We miss Moxie, here, but she is safe and well cared for.

Our cats have their winter coats, and they are settled in for the winter. The two who go out during good weather, but do not like winter.

Zowie needs boots, and we will get them next month. We are all set with coats and such. I purchased us gloves last month.

The furnace runs at 65* during the day, 70* in the evening for showers and such, and at about 55* at night. This will take place all winter, and we will turn the furnace off as soon as we can next spring.

Zowie is doing just fine in school, and has her college applications and essays in. We are hoping for a good school. She wants to major in Psychology, and eventually work with adolescents.

I am working at my writing career, and building it up nicely.

How do homesteaders prepare for winter? I am interested in learning about all of the necessities involved. I will add this information to my homestead notebook for future reference.

Warmest Wishes,



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Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 15, 2009

31* in Milford, Maine this morning. Brrrr…

Hope you are all doing well. I walked yesterday, running errands.

Zowie started Algebra 2 tutoring. She says her tutor is awkward, so I am not sure how that will go. She is very exctied to be graduating in the spring, and then going off to college.

I am likely moving to Salem, Massachusetts in a year or two.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 10/11/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 11, 2009

It has been a while since I posted, but I have not forgotten about this blog.

First, I messed up with my depression meds and had to wait for a new doctor appointment. This put a damper on my bubbly, happy self and I neglected a lot of things. I have gotten straight on my meds again, and am doing much better.

I have also begun a freelance writing career, which takes a lot of time. I rarely have time for myself, but it is a happy thing. I love to write!

Zowie is in her senior year of high school. This is after many years of homeschooling. The principal accepted everything and she is preparing for college. Zowie spent 6 weeks on the university campus for Upward Bound this past summer, a college prep program, with her best friend. I am taking them both on college tours in a couple of weeks. We will be spending the weekend in Portland for this.

I will be in Salem, Massachusetts for Halloween this year with friends. Zowie and her cousin Zachary are staying here and having a horror movie marathon.

The weekend after that trip, I am going to Fort Kent to visit my daughter Skye. We are both excited about this. This is right after she turns 20.

I will be quite busy at these times.


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Mini Homestead Happening for 8/3/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on August 3, 2009

I just want to reiterate that I am so happy to have my water back! I cannot tell you how much easier it makes things, especially when cleaning is involved.

I used to have to wash clothes by hand because I couldn’t afford to use the Laundromat. I can still do this, and had to while there was no water, but it is one of least favorite things to do. I love having my washing machine!!!!

Zowie is back from Upward Bound for the rest of the summer. She starts school, her senior year, on September 1st. It is good to have her home now, as we won’t see her that much once she starts school again.

Yesterday, she and I went for a walk. She took some photographs of me. I need a few ‘professional’ profile photographs for my writing sites, and I think that we got a few that will work.

My friend is going through a divorce. Right now she is staying with family who do not want animals at their place. her husband agreed to keep her three cats there until she found her own place. He was neglecting them, and had them living in gross kitty waste surroundings, which (naturally) upset her. He gave her two weeks to get her two cats out. She took all 3 a few days ago, and either he doesn’t care that Peanut Butter was taken as well, or he just hasn’t noticed yet. Oh, well. He wasn’t taking care of them anyway, and it was gross.

So, one friend took Peanut Butter and will keep him, and I agreed to take the other two until she can afford her own place. She is buying their food and litter.

Of course, I already have six cats of my own, and we are living in this trailer, but things are working out just fine.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 7/31/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 31, 2009

I took a mini vacation. You can read about it over at The Low-Income Way of Life.

Last Saturday was my birthday. Skye (my daughter living away from home), Berube, Glen and Brittany all went in together to get me a gift: Two rolling pin decors for my apple-themed kitchen, both with apples painted on them. None of these young adults have any extra money to spend, thought the two boys are working, but they thought enough about me to pick me up something.

My daughter Zowie took me to see Harry Potter 6, which I enjoyed. The movie made me cry, but we had a great time. My sister and nephew went with us.

My sister bought me a cake on my birthday, and she and my nephew came over to watch a couple of documentaries with us, The Secret and A Haunting in Connecticut.

Yesterday was Zowie’s last day at Upward Bound. She soon starts her senior year.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 7/1/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 1, 2009

So…Zowie spent last weekend at home, and will be home again from Upward Bound late Friday. She is having a great time there, and is loving the peer counseling that she was accepted to perform. It takes up a lot of her time. She tells me that she will have her college essay written by summers’ end.

We went to a jewelry party on Friday evening, and went to the beach Saturday. It was a nice weekend visit.

Hope you are all doing well.


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Preparing Zowie for Upward Bound

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on June 17, 2009

Zowie, 17, will be a senior next year. Last year, she took a couple of courses at a high school, but we had been homeschooling most of her life. Next year, she will learn Spanish at home, but go to the high school all day.

Zowie began attending the Upward Bound Program at the University last summer, and is continuing along this path this year. She will be doing these this summer:

  1. Advanced English or Geometry
  2. Animal Behaviour
  3. SAT Prep
  4. Work Experience at the bookstore
  5. Peer Counseling

She will be very busy. UB is a college prep program that is very useful.

So, we went on a shopping trip a few weeks ago to get her summer needs: Bathing suit, shampoo, etc. And today we did the food shopping.

Now, UB feeds each student three square meals a day, but the students are often up late at night studying. I am providing her with snacks and drinks for her late night studying.

Also, I had my brother-in-law refurbish my laptop. I gave the laptop to Zowie. She will not have to borrow from others this summer for her studies.

For Zowie’s part, she is doing extra chores around the house before leaving. She values what is given to her, and does not mind doing some extra work to earn what she wants.


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