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Our New Neighbors

We have new neighbors! 

Two or three weeks ago, a nice, young couple moved into our neighborhood.  Within a week of taking up residence, they added three new members to their family.

Their home has a lovely view of our back patio.  I’ve tried to take a picture of their little love nest, but I don’t want to disrupt their privacy by getting too close.

I hope they are happy here and come back next year.

I wonder how much their homeowner’s association fees are?

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Just a few short weeks ago, Anna over at Oceannah found us here at The Townhouse Homesteaders.  If you are anything like me, as soon as someone follows our blog, I immediately investigate theirs.  Well, I am sure glad that Anna found us because Oceannah is right up my alley.  A great storyteller, she focuses on organic homesteading and isn’t scared to eat a few weeds in the process!  In fact, I think she’s even eager to eat them.  I’ll be looking to her recipes as Jon and I start learning to eat off the path.

So, not only did Anna find me, she nominated me for a Liebster Award.  The Liebster, which means favorite in German, is a way to recognize your favorite blogs that have fewer than 200 followers.  What a great way to find new readers!  Thank you, Anna.

When you receive the Liebster award, you are supposed to do the following:

1.  Choose five up and coming blogs to give the Liebster award to.  Blogs must have less than 200 followers.

2.  Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

3.  Post the award on your blog.

4.  List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites.  Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.

5.  Share five random facts about yourself.

The five blogs I’d like to nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Fine Frugality

I love that this blog doesn’t make any excuses for being frugal.  In a society that loves to roll around in excess, these folks are making due with what they have and doing it in style.  Right now, you’ll find a de-clutter series going on.  I’m all about organization.  This series speaks to me.

Lightly Crunchy

Living a homesteading lifestyle is not new to Heidi.  It is the way she and her hubby grew up and it’s the way they are raising their kids.  As we aspire to be “multi-generational homesteaders”, this blog really speaks to me.

Prepping2Prep

This is a great resource for us as we are just started to prep on a tiny scale.  I love the new Wake Up Wednesday series that puts you through the steps of an actual emergency.  It’s a great way to baby step into prepping.

Filing Away Cupcakes

As a woman who just graduated from law school, and I mean JUST graduated, I don’t know how she finds the time to blog, but I always look forward to her recipes.  Right now, she’s on a bit of a Paleo kick, which I find extremely intriguing…

Under the Mango Tree

This blog chronicles living a sustainable lifestyle inAustralia.  Of that, I must admit, I’m jealous.  She had me permanently hooked when I read her entry detailing how their household didn’t have enough garbage to put out for collection.  I’m jealous of her lack of trash…?

So lastly, my five facts…

1.  I hate snakes.  More than Indiana Jones hates snakes.  But I find that they make very good photo subjects.  If I can stay still long enough to take the picture.

2.  My favorite place to commune with nature is Site 7 on Forked Lake in Adirondack State Park.  Can you blame me?

3.  This is Buckley.  He goes on vacations with us and scrapbooks about his adventures.

4.  Our dog loves to run.  He’s pretty graceful for 116lbs. 

5.  I enjoy taking pictures in sepia.  This guy is a resident of the Knoxville Zoo.

Thanks again for the Liebster, Anna. 

Happy Homesteading,

Kris

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Wayward Ducks

This morning, when our little one and I went for our walk, we noticed a duck on our sidewalk.  Our son is very interested in animals right now, so we walked in that direction.  After we watched her for a minute, I noticed that she was pacing around a storm drain.  We were quiet for a moment and then heard all the little quacks coming from below.  Sure enough, Momma Duck’s little ones had fallen into the drain.

I called our local police department who put me in contact with the Fish & Wildlife Commission.  When I called, I had a long and frustrating phone call with a woman who told me that IF someone could come out today, they’d try to get the ducklings out but she wasn’t sure if someone would be able to get here.  I called our police department back and told them the result of my FWC call.  The dispatcher, annoyed as I was, contacted the townships road crew who came out to help.

While I was waiting for their arrival, 2 of the ducklings found their way through the tiny drain tunnel to Momma.

Eventually, 5 others followed.  With 7 of her babies in tow, Momma left. 

But 4 still wanted to be rescued by the nice gentlemen who showed up. 

When we finally had to come back in for naptime, the road crew guys were walking around trying to find Momma to reunite the 4 wayward ducklings.

Warms my heart.

Happy Homesteading,

Kris

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Our seed potatoes sprouted plants overnight! 

We have 5 little sproutlets who are not quite 1 inch tall.

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Our first rosebud of the season.

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Living under the tyrannical rule of our homeowner’s association board wears on us most of the time.  Well, all of the time.  Quite honestly, we are hard pressed to find a benefit.  But with the housing market as it is, we will be here for more time than we’d like.  We are always trying to accept the situation as it is.  Although, every so often it’s nice to passively fight back.

We are not allowed to plant anything in our front flower beds without the written permission of our board.  Yes, you read that correctly.  We cannot plant things on land that we own without consent of others.  That really gets my goat (which I also cannot have as it violates our bylaws).  So one day, I revolted!

Two years ago, I purchased a tiny bleeding heart plant.  Under the cover of darkness, well… 2:00pm – everyone else was at work… I planted it.  And it seems to have gone unnoticed.  Except to me, who smiles every time it blossoms and reminds me of the one time I was a rebel.

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