Monthly Archives: February 2016

Milking goats, getting published, and the gift of the magi

The man selling greenhouse kits at the fair burst into hearty laughter when I asked him if he wrote a blog about his lifestyle. “I’m a homesteader! I don’t have time for that stuff.” I smell what he’s stepping in. Depending upon the level of homesteading in which one engages, there is often very little […]

Dealing with duds

“Get your duds on!” That was what my mother always said when I was a kid. “Duds” was her word for outdoor trappings—hat, mittens, snow pants, coat, and boots. I don’t know how the word “duds” came to be used in that context. It could have been a then-common phrase that has since gone extinct, […]