My son recently told me he wants to be a “builder.” He actually started this last summer when he drew his first floor plans and started working with scrap wood outside. Now he’s using a collection of old bricks that my brother originally used to make a patio. He even built a little fireplace for … Continue reading
*EDIT– Ooops, I just noticed that I never even got around to the question I posed in the title. I haven’t worked in the garden since late last summer because of all that happened in the past year, but this weather has me yearning for a big spring garden. I guess it’s not too late … Continue reading
We are getting settled in at our new home in the mountains. Things are much different here. There are fewer helicopters, to our great relief. I plan to update more frequently when we have internet access from home. For now, just know that we are doing well!
A couple days after my brother died, my dad wrote on Facebook that he was sick of seeing pictures of puppies and kittens and threatened to de-friend anyone who shared them. About a month ago we were watching the kittens play in the living room and my brother told me a story about getting out … Continue reading
Every family carries its own burden. I want to thank everyone who has been leaving me comments and sending emails over the past few months. I read them all closely and try to make plans to respond, but my dearth of words overcomes me. I feel simultaneously beaten down and strengthened. Fearless and afraid. Angry, … Continue reading
My brother died just over a week ago. I’ve spent most of my life with him.
My husband has been working to clear the old goat barn out so that we can start repairing it for future use. Over the past few months we’ve discussed keeping goats. Goats are browsers, cows are grazers. Browsers nibble the new growth from trees and shrubs, but will also eat some herbaceous plants and grasses. … Continue reading
This morning we had an unexpected opportunity to welcome a trio of FBI agents to chat with us on our porch right here at the Wild Homestead. The weekend has been life-altering. My brother, Seth and I attended the Louisiana Empowering Families Conference with guest speakers Colin and Nancy Campbell. This was the first opportunity … Continue reading
We had a good trip to Virginia this year. My best friend had a wedding, and I got to visit with my family as they build their new house in an Appalachian Valley where I spent many summers as a kid long before my mom had ever known she would permanently settle there. When I … Continue reading
After planning the fall garden and deciding to definitely add livestock by the end of the year, I feel like I’m in a difficult waiting period. The gardening will pick up again in September. The goats and poultry will have to wait until then, too. The successful summer garden plants– especially the Birdhouse Gourds, Seminole … Continue reading