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Posts Tagged ‘trailer’

What About Mini Homestead… In a Trailer Park?

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on June 2, 2011

Trailer Park Forest Grove, Saskatoon

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After the move, I will no longer be living in a trailer park… though a trailer is the type of main dwelling that is on my sisters’ property. But I am planning to leave the blog up, with an easy to access link to a new blog when it is started. At least for a while.

Mini Homestead… In a Trailer Park chronicles my adventures while starting my journey.

The new blog will chronicle my adventures while living with my sister. She has a bit more available space to work with.

I will keep you all updated.




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Clearing Spaces

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 31, 2011

A shot of Downtown Fort Kent

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In preparation for a move, we have been clearing spaces. First, I have been going through things and deciding what is no longer necessary. It is not always easy to get rid of things, but it becomes necessary over time.

It took us two days to clear and clean the garage at my sisters, upstairs and down. There was a lot to be done, but we managed to finish everything as we all worked together: My sister and I, my daughter Zowie and Sheila’s two sons. All of the work has paid off, and I now have a place for the belongings that I will bring with me, as well as an office area to work in and a place for all of my gardening stuff.

The current project here at the trailer is going through all of Skye’s stuff, and packing what she will bring up to Fort Kent. She will be picking all of this stuff up this week. She will also be bringing her cat up there with her. I will miss Zander, but he will be fine with Skye.

So this means that I will be bringing just 5 cats with me when I move.


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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.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 5/25/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 25, 2009

Zowie’s duct tape prom dress is coming along nicely, and she is hoping that it is not too hot at the prom. If it is, she will sweat like a pig, and so will her date, in those get-ups.

Zowie recently had a hair cut and dyed her hair, in preparation for both the prom and the summer months. She saved birthday money to do all of this on her own.

On Saturday, while I was working, Zowie unbanked the trailer, saving the plastic, slats and nails to be used over again in the fall.

I have been doing some spring cleaning, a little at a time as I have the chance, as well as keeping up with regular chores and writing.

We did not do much of anything to celebrate the holiday weekend, but Zowie and I did take a couple of walks together and had some good talks.

I hope you are all doing well.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 11/25/2008

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 25, 2008

We are finished making most of the candles. I am done with my part anyway. Zowie will also be making another type of candle, from a kit, that does not require melting the wax, so I am cleaning up the candle making mess today.

I am beginning to get the trailer picked up for for our Thanksgiving celebration: Picking up the living room and kitchen clutter, cleaning the bathroom and keeping up with the dishes and the laundry.

We had some more snow in the night, but not a lot. The snow is not high out there yet, and I have not had to shovel more than the porch and steps as of yet.

Isaiah is making more gifts for people today, to give to them at the holidays. He has painted small piggy banks for the little ones, and pictures for his older cousins. He is making a door hanger and some sun catcher ornaments today. He is very busy.

I am greatful that I already have most of the winterizing done. We only have two windows left to do, and they can be done from inside the trailer. We have had some very cold days already. Today is a bit warmer than it has been as of late, so I went out for a walk this morning.

I have taken out my copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living to read again. It was written by Carla Emery, and is packed with great homesteading information. I highly recommend the book. I have decided that I will read it again, because I haven’t done so in a few years.

Another book that I highly recommend is The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzcyn. It has a lot of ideas for cooking from scratch and saving money on all aspects off life. Even though prices in the book do not match up with what prices are today, the overall ideas are still completely usable today.

I have been looking at homestead business idea and goat information this week, and I have had quite a few positive comments with great information that I will be adding to my homestead notebook.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Still Working on Winter Prep

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 13, 2008

Since the trailer is banked, we have been working on washing the windows and getting the plastic on them. The bathroom, kitchen and living room windows are done. Zowie has done one of her bedrooms windows, and has one left, and I have to do my bedroom window.

I have also been looking for good from scratch recipes, and have been working on my pantry.

Things are coming along nicely, and I expect them done before snow flies.

I have also managed to decorate the inside and out of the trailer for autumn. I’m not sure that I will be able to decorate outside for the winter holiday season. Last year it snowed before I had the chance.


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