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The Upside Down Homestead

simple living in a complex world

Turning towards a new season

Happy due date to me! Seeing as there are only four hours left on this last day of February, chances are looking pretty slim that I'll be delivering this baby early or on the due date. Ah, well... I've been... Continue Reading →

Mineral Oil/Beeswax Countertop Seal…and other new life rhythms

We've now been in our house (look, I didn't call it a barn! I think it may well always be a barn in my heart...) for a little over a month. Coincidentally, we also have about a month before my... Continue Reading →

Things just got real

Well, hello again. Remember how I wrote a post in September and apologized for the months that had lapsed since my last post? I believe at the time we had just welcomed some adorable baby chicks to our place. Well,... Continue Reading →

Summer of ambivalence

I almost couldn't bring myself to open my laptop and begin a blog entry this evening. It's been so long since I've blogged that the very thought of starting again has felt kind of daunting. I was considering the possibility... Continue Reading →

Coping with Rain

Got back this afternoon from a VERY soppy farmer's market day, which followed a VERY soppy week in general. We managed to make some sales at market this morning, but it felt like I spent most of the second half... Continue Reading →

Energy Questions

Nope, this blog post's not about questioning my personal energy level--though those questions have certainly crossed my mind of late. Life continues to be chock-full. The rush of preparing for market has now translated into a new (and busy) weekly... Continue Reading →

Homestead Women

I'm sitting down to begin this blog post on Mother's Day morning. I'll admit, I'm a bit cynical about Mother's Day. Not that I'm against the idea of celebrating/honoring our mothers--for many of us, mothers (and fathers) do an incredible... Continue Reading →

Yogurt making (oven-light method while I still can!)

Life is hopping here. The gardens are exploding with greens and radishes and onions and the accompanying work that comes with such explosions. We're slowly building the general infrastructure we need for our market gardens (irrigation, high tunnel, etc). We've... Continue Reading →

Getting our wheels spinning

Happy Earth Day! I'll be honest: I often let Earth Day pass me by without noticing, which is kind of ironic given how much of our lives are oriented around land and soil and earth. Given my poor Earth Day... Continue Reading →

A Homestead Spirituality

For a seminary-trained, (former...at least for now) pastor, my spiritual life probably isn't what some people would expect. I don't have daily prayer or devotional time; I'm an incredibly sporadic journaler, at best; I don't read theology for fun. Sometimes,... Continue Reading →

Succession Planting

We got the roof replaced this past week! It was an INTENSE few days. We kept scheduling a roof replacement day on various Saturdays, so some friends who work during the week could come help us. But every time we... Continue Reading →

Orchard Resurrection

"Farming wisely essentially means we are working to heal. To make things whole. To foster the connections among the birds and the bees and the trees and ourselves. Everything shifts when looked at in this light. Producing fruit is not about manipulating... Continue Reading →

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