Hi, I'm Nysia and I have been on this homestead journey for a long time, only I just solidified my goals late last year. My husband and I embarked on our homestead 6 year plan to sustainability last October.
I am a mother of 6 children, all but one who are grown adults running their own lives. My youngest is in Jr. High. with 6 years till graduation (hence our 6 year plan). I work full time in a 9-5 job, and have been backyard homesteading with my family for about 6 years now. It has been a trial and error process which I hope to relay to folks here and perhaps help you avoid some of our pitfalls (ie., rabbits).
I am active in my local emergency preparedness group helping others learn to be more self reliant and prepared. I teach classes on canning, raising backyard chickens, how to create your 72 hour kit and more.
My current learning process will revolve around building our retirement home/homestead cabin from scratch, how to garden in a new climate zone, and becoming and orchardist.
I have been so busy lately finishing up several baby blankets and an afghan for my adult son (long time in coming).
Since I have been doing so much searching, ogling, perusing of many wonderful patterns and pattern bloggers online, I came across this post from Sweet Potato 3.
It is for a good cause with great new patterns from generous designers. I couldn’t pass up sharing it.
October is almost here, you know what that means!
It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2017 Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!
This may be a long post, but it should answer most of your questions and give you more detailed information on how it is organized.
Headed to the property to make our first true “Storage Run”.
Since we started prepping, even before we thought seriously about purchasing property, we have been putting things aside in case of a “rainy day”. Things we might need if for some reason we couldn’t purchase these items anymore, be it a loss of income for some reason, or true collapse. Or what if we just needed extras in case a disaster came and we needed to share with our neighbors.
Items we have been saving are things that perhaps we don’t currently have a use for, but still have some life left in them.
Snow work boots
Hats and gloves
We also started storing useful and hard to get toiletry and paper items.
Feminine hygiene products
Nitrile gloves and other first aid items
Useful items for working outdoors during various scenarios.
Useful household items
Everything was packed in sturdy plastic containers just in case rodents invaded the shed and labeled or had an inventory list attached to the outside.
This all fit in the loft of our shed/cabin on the property.
I was relieved to have these boxes (6 in all) out of my living room finally. 🙂
As we get our actual house built up there (going through the permitting process now) I imagine we will do a few more of these prior to the full move.
FINALLY!! Got back up to the property over the weekend. We were hoping the well guy could come out to view the property while we were there, but he is booked through the month. So we wait.
Instead, Michael worked on wiring the shed for electricity. We can now run lights and outlets with the generator, or just lights with truck battery. If/when we get the inverter then the battery will run the outlets so long as the draw isn’t too great.
Our next step is solar.
While Michael worked on wiring the shed, my son and I cleared more brush from around the cabin so we can expand our porch and make our outdoor “kitchen” a little nicer. We also added a privacy tent (blue item in background) with a bucket toilet. Whoot! Downright civilized!
This was the first time our son was able to come see the property. We walked the entire parcel while I explained all our plans and ideas. We also saw the familiar signs of our resident badger… still haven’t seen the badger yet. My son is already talking about putting a small cabin on the property for himself, as well. I am a happy mama for sure! 🙂
One thing I didn’t do so well this weekend was remember how brutal the sun is up here. It has been so long, and winter lulled me into a false sense of security. I received a fairly bad sunburn. Note to self: long sleeves and hats! Duh.
Items on our to do list for this year:
Build a bunk and shelves inside shed.
Build a corner counter/workbench in shed.
Hook up solar to the shed.
Get well dug and install solar powered well pump.
Buy a cistern for the well.
Buy or rent a tractor.
Look into foundation for permanent home-site.
Let’s see how much we can get done before winter.
Our next trip up will hopefully be over 4th of July weekend and we can have 3 days up there to work.
Holy cow, I can’t believe it has been so long since I wrote anything substantial for my blog. Winter has been a down time for me. Nothing to report on the property other than snow, which I didn’t get to see. We were scheduled to head up last weekend, but that didn’t happen after all…
So what has been happening? I have several blog posts scheduled that didn’t make it to completion so be expecting those shortly.
In March I became a new Oma (grandma) AND a mother-in-law!! That is my most exciting news. Our eldest daughter had her first son (our first grandchild) on March 23rd. I spent alot of time planning baby reveal party, baby shower, going baby stuff shopping, and generally being excited about the new baby. His name is Tyler and mom and dad are doing wonderfully.
During my absence from the blog, I struggled with my hypothyroid because, for a couple of months, I battled with remembering to take me pill, and the downward spiral that created with my energy, enthusiasm, and overall happiness during that time. Got a new schedule going last month, and wow what a difference again!
Also, I recently became aware of free women’s (Krav Maga) self defense classes just 10 minutes from my house, so I have been VERY active with that. Thanks to getting my pill schedule normalized, I had the energy and ambition to actual go to classes. You will be seeing more posts from me about that as well. I believe learning self defense and being fit is a large part of being prepared and self reliant, just didn’t have the funds for a gym (and the aforementioned ambition). Even my youngest daughter is loving the training. This was a great find. I discovered I really like boxing because of it, too.
I am enjoying the class so much, my son bought me “Bob” for mother’s day.
We did some camping, my daughter won a couple wrestling tournaments, I’m learning to sew, and I sprained my ankle so bad back in March that it is still not fully serviceable today.
That about does it for catching up… Please let me know how your winter went in the comments below!
Here is another spice blend that I find absolutely necessary if you plan to make curry. We bought this blend from the store on a whim, and I use it in all my curries now. It gave my curry such an authentic flavor from what I was used to with just straight curry powder. Continue reading “Garam Masala – Indian Spice Blend”→
Its getting to be winter here in California, and we are being left with an over abundance of green tomatoes. I posted recently about canning your left over green tomatoes. In addition to canning them we looked up some recipes for how people use green tomatoes, and then came up with this yummy dish. Continue reading “Green Tomato Curry – Paleo”→
I love stir fry. At least I do now, since I discovered 5 spice powder. When we bought this, it transformed my homemade stir fry to a whole new level (remember I can’t cook, hence the big difference one seasoning could make *wink*). My stir fry actual tasted like real Chinese stir fry, not just veggies doused in soy sauce. Continue reading “5 Spice Powder”→