I just finished Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar. As suggested by the title, the Book discusses why women are thronging back to the hearth in an age when the glass ceiling has been at least cracked, if not shattered by our mothers.
Last February, upon discovering that 1) There wasn’t a community garden in my new apartment complex (or room for one) and 2) about 500 yards down the road is an 18-acre late 1800s farm, I wrote a letter to the land owner.
I’ve going down a road of making my own soap. It started with a bar of “shaving” soap at a farmer’s market almost five years ago. My husband said, “I’ve always wanted to try shaving with soap,” and he hasn’t shaved with shaving cream more than a handful of times since.
The blog took a summer vacation since I wrote part one. I couldn’t even remember what I called it, so the title of this follow-up post is completely unrelated (oh well). Here are some things I’ve learned about soap and selling on Etsy since part 1: Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about what I want in a farm and how to get it with sweat instead of dollars. It’s led to the subject I wish to discuss today. Do I want to “go back” to my grandparents’ days (or before) to have their “simple” life? Continue reading
I’ve decided to start a soap making business! As part of my business planning, which I may or may not talk about later, I’m doing some brainstorming. Below is a list of words I’ve come up with to help generate ideas. This is about ideas, and I probably won’t pick a name that is exactly what someone else suggests, but flowing ideas sure help!
What other words do you come up with? Give me some combinations you like (or dislike, so long as you say why). Feel free to incorporate my name in your ideas (Laura).
In case you need further inspiration, here’s a picture of my most recent soap batch. (Nope, not that exciting… YET!)
White 100% coconut soap waiting to be un-molded.
ps, yes. I stole my husband’s targets for idea writing, but they’ll still work later when he wants to make holes in my ideas 🙂
I was looking for something to watch on Netflix today, and decided to try “Food Matters.” I say try because I had little confidence in its validity, right up to the end. It’s about nutrition and the idea that nutrition (and vitamins) can cure cancer and all other diseases by giving our bodies, which are the ultimate self-healing machines, the building materials they need to be effective.
Posted in Animals, Film Reviews, Gardening, Homestead Skills, Local Eating
Tagged animals, eating, farm, farming, food, Food Matters, Gardening
I read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver at my mother-in-law’s suggestion. It took about six months to get through it, but not because it was a bad book, just because I started it in the middle of summer busy season and moved. Once I sat down with a block of time, it was over before I knew it, leaving me a little sad. Continue reading
I recently “found” Temple Grandin via this TED video Facebook, and was very fascinated by it. Temple talks about how she is autistic, and she thinks in pictures. This ability has helped her to show people how animals think. Most people think in words once they learn to speak, but animals continue to think in pictures, sounds, and smells into adulthood.
Joel Salatin talks in his book, You Can Farm about things to do when you have no land of your own to use, and he suggests that you avoid going into great debt, or any debt if you can avoid it in order to farm.
Posted in Animals, Chickens, Farming Philosophy, Gardening, Homestead Life
Tagged animals, beginnings, chickens, dreams, farm, farm animals, Gardening, greener pastures, homesteading, Letters, planning, Renting, Renting a farm, Strangers