The Upside Down Homestead

simple living in a complex world

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, ( 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 →

Building Lessons

I seem to discover new muscles with every phase of this barn conversion. I came in this evening from a full day of drywall mudding (nearly as much 'mud' on me as the walls, I think), and realized the palm... Continue Reading →

Life outside the barn

Whelp, I'm happy to report that there are currently no trees on our barn! I haven't written since the two-plus weeks that those darn trees came crashing down, but thanks to the expertise and heavy-duty machinery of some tree removal... Continue Reading →

The best-made plans…

There's a tree on our barn/future house. Actually, two trees. Two large pine trees that fell quietly on a windy night and greeted us with their jaw-dropping, tear-inducing, absurdly-beautiful presence the next morning. It wasn't the best start to a... Continue Reading →

Reclaimed Greenhouse

Meet our reclaimed, upcycled greenhouse. Or that's what I'm choosing to call it. You could also call it a last-minute, schlepped- together, randomly-constructed greenhouse. If you were a local around here and happened to have a disparaging view of neighboring... Continue Reading →

(Sourdough) Pizza & Friends

Our dear friends, Caitlin and Garrett, traveled up from Birmingham last week (along with their dream of a 7-month-old, Asa) for a much needed reunion. We camped out in a family friend's cabin just up the mountain from our place,... Continue Reading →

Money, money, money: Part 2

Another week down with plenty of money flowing out of our bank account (this week the cash money went towards drywall--we're FINALLY about ready to hang drywall!), and zilch money coming in. Last week I wrote about the business model/growing... Continue Reading →

Money, money, money: Part 1

You could say that we're in financial transition. Which would be a diplomatic way to say we're not earning any money right now. We've been expecting this income-gap for a while, and though there's certainly some anxiety that comes with... Continue Reading →

Barn-House Update

It's been an almost spring-like January weekend, with more warm temps in the days ahead. In other years, I may have felt a bit resentful--give me my winter! But this year I welcome the warmth with open arms. Because who... Continue Reading →

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