Potential pitfalls of hyper-frugality

Frugality often seems to go hand-in-hand with the homesteading crowd. People naturally inclined to do things for themselves that others rely upon others to do results in such, or maybe it's the other way around? Frugality is great... but can one get carried away with it? This is what I would call "hyper-frugality" - being frugal to … Continue reading Potential pitfalls of hyper-frugality

Don’t forget beauty on your homestead

One thing that has often bugged us with many homesteading approaches is what we would call a┬áhyper-practical approach that many employ. We sometimes refer to this as 'pallet homesteading' because of the widespread practice among this crowd of fashioning damn-near everything out of pallets. Pallet buildings, fencing, furniture, etc. Now before you flame us as … Continue reading Don’t forget beauty on your homestead

The $2, 20-minute neck-breaking prevention for icy homesteads

Where we live in northern Pennsylvania, winter is some combination of snow, rain, muck and ice. We occasionally see some sunshine in there too! Mud and ice make for miserable homesteading conditions. Whether it's navigating steep and slick terrain to cut firewood, or taking care of livestock on icy mornings, opportunities abound for slipping and … Continue reading The $2, 20-minute neck-breaking prevention for icy homesteads