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Mini Homestead Happening for 1/29/2011

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 29, 2011


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Not much has been happening on the home front. I have mostly been writing articles and working on the Living the low-Income Life and Frugal Recipes blogs. I have also set up the How to Live the Freelance Life blog.  I have also begun a newsletter titled Freelance Ponderings and Advice. Work has been coming in steady, and I have spent much tome at my sisters using the wireless to be able to accomplish it all.

Zowie has moved back onto campus, and I am plucking away at the heavy duty cleaning and organizing that was not kept up on while I was sick and throughout my surgery and recovery. Things on this front are coming along slowly. I just packed away the Yule stuff this past week, and placed the items in storage a few minutes ago.

I had some good news this past week, in that I may be getting health insurance. I hope so. It would be nice to have my asthma meds refilled so that I can actually breathe normally again.

That homemade apple butter was a success, though I am still looking for a simple, good sour dough recipe that will go the distance. I am rereading the Little House series, and Ma had one that she only had to start the night before. She didn’t keep it going at all times. That is more along the lines of what I want. Any ideas?

Hope you are all enjoying your winter.

Shannon

 

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The Frugal Food Column

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 21, 2011


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If you want to take the time to check out the left sidebar on this blog, you will see a number of categories of articles and whatnot. Notice the category Shannon L. Buck on Experts123. That is me! My very own food column, called Frugal Food. I am very excited over this column, as it is helping me to market the Frugal Recipes blog, which is also mine 🙂

I already have an accumulation of column articles, as well as a question on Experts123.com answered. Feel free to check each of them out. The current column article series is about growing your own food organically and frugally, perfect reads for the homesteader.

I hope that you enjoy the articles.

Shannon

 

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 11/07/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 7, 2010


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Yes, I have been away a long time. In all honesty, I really wasn’t following my homestead goals here in 2010. Thus far, anyway. I had been ill, for about 4 years. This year, it all caught up to me and I had a much needed surgery on August 4th. And I feel 100% better now. Yay!

There was then a recovery period, that I got through with the help of my daughter (Zowie), my neice (Carlee) and my mom. I cannot express my appreciation to them fully, because I just do not know how.

Now that I am fully recovered, and have had time to catch up on some things financially by working my butt off as a freelance writer. I am back here on this blog. I have missed it.

It is time to begin again with the homestead learning process, to be prepared for when I am able to acquire a piece of land. This is where I am right now:

  • Hanging from hooks in my living room and kitchen, I have three types of herbs drying: Rosemary, parsley and sage. These smell divine, and will soon be placed into small canning jars to be used in cooking this winter.
  • I have some garlic stored.
  • I have cleaned out the candle jars of their wax, in order to make the recycled candles for people. These are gifts that I give at the holidays. The jars themselves need to be cleaned.
  • I am now feeding the cats solely human food. No cat food for them. They are much healthier now. Tigerr, who was always so sick, is rarely ever sick any more. And Fae’s skin has cleared up most of the way.
  • My nephew Isaiah, who is now 13, did some yard work for me a couple of weeks ago, and organized the shed pretty well. I have a few things to put away, and I have an area of banking to fix on the trailer, then I am set for winter.
  • I have acquired a NuWave oven and a Juicer so that I am eating healthier. This, on top of surgery, has allowed me to lose a significant amount of weight. And I am still losing.
  • I updated the side bars and pages to this site yesterday, to give my readers an idea of how my life has changed over the course of this year.

On a professional level, my career is going well.

  • I am still writing for Demand Media Studios, which brings in the bulk of my income.
  • I have updated the Frugal Recipes blog to better reflect how I am currently eating, and concentrates on a healthier diet. I now write the Frugal Food column on Experts123 as well. Currently, I have also authored 4 eCookBooks, the links to which can be found in the right side bar.
  • My articles can be found on eHow.com, GardenGuides.com, Suite101.com and Assciated Content. I have posted some as links on the left sidebar.
  • I also have 3 housekeeping books that I am selling. Again, look in the right sidebar for more information. And I have numerous eBooks, Mini eBooks, Special Reports and eCourses that I am offering to those desiring freelance careers of their own. These can be found on my storefront.

Wow! It has been a crazy two years building this freelance writing career. I enjoy every minute of it.

Anyway, be expecting new posts now that life is back to normal. It is time to start planning for next years’ garden, and to learn about ways to preserve the bounty that I will harvest.

Shannon

 

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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 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,

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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