Archive for the ‘Homesteading’ Category

Last week, I posted an entry about our new container garden.  I must say, it is thriving. 

Our potatoes have needed soil twice and are continuing their quest to overtake the half barrel.

The string beans are making me go out to purchase a trellis soon. 

Our tomatoes, specifically the Early Girls, are already flowering. 

Today, I noticed the pepper plant has a wee tiny pepper growing.

Our carrots just got thinned out for the first time.

As did the radishes.

And the summer squash plants…

are in a race with the cucumbers.

Happy Homesteading,


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The concept of homesteading is not exactly congruent with the trendy, everything-is-disposable lifestyle of excess that people our age are supposed to strive for.  But even to our friends who like living within their means, our interest in homesteading seems strange.  Lately, I’ve found that my explanation for our way of life is anecdotal and as a result, somewhat confusing. 

A few months ago I received a forwarded email that I should commit to memory for clarification…

Can You Sleep While the Wind Blows?

Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands.

Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.

Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

“Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him.

“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.  

Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters.

He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming!  Tie things down before they blow away!”

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot.

Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm.

To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.

The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops and the doors were barred.

The shutters were tightly secured.

Everything was tied down.

Nothing could blow away.

The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant,

So he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.


This is why we want to homestead… to sleep while the wind blows.

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