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Posts Tagged ‘homestead happenings’

Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/16/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 16, 2010


Just wanted to note that we are researching natural cat care in an effort to take better care of our fury family members. All 6 of them. If anyone has any tips, we are open to hearing about them.

I have made two stews for the cats, which I will post one per week over the next couple of weeks. I hope your fury friends enjoy them as much as mine do.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/9/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 9, 2010


During the week after Christmas, I received the first 2 seed catalogs. One was from Burpee. I was super excited, and keep going back to the catalogs time and again.

I am beginning to formulate a plan in my head for next spring. I have my compost that will be ready to be used, and I will also do trench composting this year when preparing the garden beds and planters.

I have the two mini greenhouses that I purchased at the yard sale last year, so starting plants early out on the porch will be a breeze.

I want a sunflower garden, an herb garden, flower beds and produce. I just have to set everything up for growing on my small lot in this trailer park. LOL…I’m not sure what our new landlords are going to think about this.

Have a nice day.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead in a Trailer Park for 1/1/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 1, 2010


Happy New Year!!!! I have ll of my goals written out and posted, for me to work on throughout the year.

I hope you are al doing well.

I have been clearing out some of my clutter. My nieces and nephews are mighty happy with some very special items that I have handed down to them, and my best friends boyfriend is enjoying ,y hand-me down wizards.

We are supposed to be having 1 or more feet of snow this weekend here in Maine. So far, it has only been a few inches. Zowie is gone for the weekend. Some of the shoveling will have to wait until she gets back.

The holidays were nice, filled with friends and family, and few gifts. We gave home-baked goods and homemade candles as gifts. I’m thinking this will be a yearly tradition.

I hope you are all doing well.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 12/30/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 30, 2009


Snow. We had a storm the other night. I didn’t even know it. We lost he power while we slept, but i was back on before I woke. I shoveled the porch yesterday, came back in and couldn’t breath. Asthma attacks are no fun.

Last night, Zowie tried to shovel, but it was too cold. She finished today. My stepdad plowed last night.

The holiday celebrations are over, and we are settling back into our normal routine.

Zowie was accepted into three universities for the fall semester next year. We are so excited.

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2009 is on its’ way out, and 2010 is right around the corner. I always take the first day of the new year off to reflect on the previous year, figure out what I want to accomplish in the new year and create my goals list. I will post career related goals here.

What are your homesteading goals for 2010? How do you intend to go about accomplishing these goals? Feel free to let us know in the comments of this post, or post them on your own blog. You can even post a link to your blog post here if you would like.

Be sure to post these goals in a prominent place in your home, so that you can see them every day. This will help to keep you motivated to accomplish the goals throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings 12/10/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 10, 2009


Hello. Much has been happening here:

The windows are all closed up, the air conditioner is out of the window and the shovel has already been in use. We are ready for winter. Yup! We had a Nor’ Easter yesterday. Zowie had a day off school, which she was not happy about.

I have ordered wigs, so we will soon be making candles again. These will be given to friends and family as holiday gifts.

We are discussing what treats we will be making to give as gifts.

We have been doing some organizing and deep cleaning.

I have written an eBook and a few Special Reports for my freelance writing business, and am waiting for Zowie to edit them so that I can get them online. Zowie gets paid for her efforts.

What is going on at your homestead?

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 10/18/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 18, 2009


Zowie and I spent some time yesterday starting to bank the trailer. We will finish the task this week. We will also have to clean the fans and the air conditioner and put them up, and close up the windows.

My stepfather and mom helped to fix some areas of the skirting that needed extra support, and mt stepdad replaced the broken window. I am thankful that these things were accomplished before winter.

I had already pulled the previous owners trashed items out from under the trailer, and Zowie had taken what wasn’t reusable to the dumpster.

The compost that I started last year was allowed to sit this year, and will be ready for garden use in the spring.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 10/12/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 12, 2009


We replaced the broken window. My stepdad had an extra window from when he changed the windows on his trailer. He brought it over and installed it.

I have cleaned out the previous owners trash from under the trailer while it has been opened up under there. Zowie will be lugging everything to the dumpster for me.

Mom and I closed up most of the underside of the trailer. When Zowie and I were out to breakfast one morning, Mom and Lloyd closed up the rest.

Mom and I will be banking the trailer soon to prepare for winter.

Friends and family have dropped off used candle holders and candle ends so we can make recycled candles for everyone at the holidays again. They all loved the candles last year.

I purchased myself a new outfit while at Wal*Mart with mom. It was under $20.00, and is the first one that I have purchased in forever.

Shannon

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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.

Shannon

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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.

Shannon

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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.

Shannon

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