The front jungle:

front jungle

The back jungle:

Aug 6th, 2011

First Attempt At Soap

1 cup olive oil

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup lye

1 cup rainwater

Jul 30th, 2011

2011 Garden

This is my backyard vegetable garden so far this year.

From the front

From the front

View from the back.

View from the back. This spot is shaded by the garage most of the day.

Jun 27th, 2011

Urban Homestead in a Michigan suburb

Part of my second year vegetable garden

Part of my second year vegetable garden

I have been growing vegetable gardens in my backyard for several years, each year the gardens get a little bigger.  I have installed 3 rain barrels and a few compost piles.  I don’t have any alternate energy sources, or farm type animals (chickens or goats).  But I like to think I am homesteading to the best of my ability.  I canned some of my produce and some from farmers markets, and  stored winter squashes and potatoes and carrots in a cold pantry.  I make laundry detergent and live simply.

I would like to see more people practicing urban homesteading!

Urban homestead and urban homesteading, terms that should belong to all!

Feb 20th, 2011

How sad…

…that someone would think that they could own the terms “urban homestead” and “urban homesteading” ® .

And these someones are not big corporations, but just a family who homesteads in their little Pasadena, CA backyard and have gotten a lot of acknowledgement via their blog, press, and tv.  This family was a very big inspiration to me over the last 4 years, but now, I don’t know what to think.  Apparently I have to put the ® mark next to urban homestead ® and urban homesteading ® and a remark that those terms belong to the Dervaes Institute who now claim to own the application of urban homesteading ® practices. I could understand them wanting to trademark the name of their blog “Little Homestead In The City”, but to insist that others cannot use the terms urban homestead/homesteading without acknowledging that those terms belong to the Dervaes is pushing it a bit far I think.

Feb 19th, 2011

Yummy Breakfast

While cooking some old fashioned oats on the stove, add some peach sauce I canned last summer, some chopped Georgia pecans (thanks to sister Louise!), some brown sugar, dab of butter.

mmm good!

Feb 12th, 2011

Seed Viability

Feb 2nd, 2011

Winter continues….

And here comes the big snowstorm they have been talking about for days…

Feb 1st, 2011

Google Seems To Like This Site

I am not sure why, but Google seems to like this site. I just posted 2 little articles today and they were immediately cached by Google! I have done a little work on some other blogs and never get quite this success. So I am going to continue this blog and post some things for a site that I do a lot of work on and needs all the help it can get, google-wise!

Scratch n All is the site I want to promote. Scratchnall® pads are designed to give your pets a safe place to scratch – any time they feel the urge. They also work to protect your property from paws, claws, heads, hooves and hips. This pad can be used for cats, dogs, horses, goats, donkeys, any animals that are scratching all the time. The pads are designed to be put together to make as large a scratching area as needed for the type of animal it is intended for. The best way to show this is by a picture:

Scratch n All pad installed on corner

A single Scratch n All pad installed on corner

Several Scratch n All pads installed on barn door frame

Several Scratch n All pads installed on barn door frame

Even better is a video:

Jan 30th, 2011

Indoor Garden

A couple of weeks ago I started up a little indoor garden. I moved my office into the dining room for the winter in order to conserve heating and I hated that it is so dark in there all the time. There is a window, but with the plastic on it and the cats, I can’t put plants in the window! I do have a large entertainment center in my winter office that normally is just filled with “things”. So I cleaned out the big center area and stuck in some lights and now I have a plant area. I have one pink African Violet, one miniature yellow rose, one sad English Ivy, one sad lemon verbena, and one grass plant (for the cats). The light in the room really makes a big difference, it feels like sun shining into the room.

Yesterday I added some trays of pebbles and water to help with the humidty. The back of the entertainment center had been removed and I am thinking I want to do something with it. If I could find a large picture of woods or a garden or something, I would like to stick it back there for some depth.

Jan 30th, 2011