I have always wanted to try bartering. I am not sure I have enough guile or ability to keep a straight face if I really want/need something. I would probably get taken to the cleaners, so to speak. But, I am also a bit stingy, as my husband would attest, so I am not likely to give up much more than I planned on to make a deal. Hopefully those two characteristics can balance each other out. Continue reading “Bartering”


The Value of a Thing…

The value of a thing is what that thing will bring. – Legal Maxim

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Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)

A few weekends ago, we had planned to leave for the property on a Friday afternoon. My office had been given time off early Friday for the holiday and we were to leave when I got home. With Michael’s crazy schedule and the fact that our friend had need to cancel going with us, Michael and I decided we had more to do at home rather than on the property. We decided to stay home as well. Continue reading “Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)”

Reasons to Prep – South Australia’s Blackout

Power outages are on the rise and many are lasting longer than people think. What would you do if you lost power for a week? A month? Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – South Australia’s Blackout”

Reasons to Prep – Major Fire Burns Three Homes In Lincoln « CBS Sacramento

Picture this… You are asleep, or maybe in the shower, it is 5 am, maybe you smell smoke, maybe you hear the sirens…

You know it’s a fire. Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – Major Fire Burns Three Homes In Lincoln « CBS Sacramento”

Reasons to Prep – Iowa’s I-80 May Shut Down For Historic Flood

There are many reasons to prep. Being cut off due to flood and forced to evacuate is just one. I posted about evacuation, bug out bags, and edc bags previously. Events like this could put those plans to the test. Continue reading “Reasons to Prep – Iowa’s I-80 May Shut Down For Historic Flood”

Orchard – Almonds

“I said to the almond tree, ‘Sister, speak to me of God.’
And the almond tree blossomed.”

Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

Why Almonds?

Almonds may very well be one of the healthiest and most useful foods around. Almond trees are my first choice of nut tree. They have a mild pleasant flavor that lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes. They are an excellent source of poly and mono-unsaturated fats, omega fatty acids, essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Continue reading “Orchard – Almonds”

Alternative Heating Solutions

What to do when your power goes out?

There are many aspects of prepping and homesteading that occupy my mind on a fairly regular basis. A couple of biggies are – Does my family have enough food to survive a long term disaster and what will we do if we lose power. Continue reading “Alternative Heating Solutions”

Fermentation vs Pickling

When I first started pickling foods, I knew there were methods that didn’t use store bought vinegar. After all, I had fermented foods in my organic chemistry class. We made alcohol, sauerkraut, and root beer. So I knew it could be done. When I tried to look up recipes for pickles, however, all I found were vinegar “quick” pickles. Continue reading “Fermentation vs Pickling”