Category: Mi Casa

Checking in…

There’s not a ton to report in our daily lives. I have been keeping one of those 5 year journals where jot down a sentence or two every day and this is the 4th year of it, so needless to say there is some history building up in it. Normally I just look back on my blog but this particular…

Happy Birthday Duckies!!!

Our girls are one year old this week!!! Seems like just yesterday we were picking them out online, building the duck coop & run out of repurposed materials, then racing to the post office to pick them up, laughing as we could hear their high-pitched CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP! behind the counter and then setting up their first “house” in a big…

Moving Forward…

We are trudging forward, slowly but surely, towards our goal of getting outta dodge and into a smaller coastal town environment. “Astoria or bust!” is our mantra, and the little things are getting checked off our list… Where we live it is now required to have our Home Energy Score calculated before selling a home, so we found a discounted…

Listening to my gut: the real estate edition

Okay so I never thought I would be quoting The Rock, but this really spoke volumes for what the past few days have meant for me. On Friday we extended the formal offer for the property and on Saturday we received an acceptance from the seller. But when that call came in, I felt nothing but nausea. No giddy, gleeful…

Now We Wait…

And now we wait. I walked the property with the surveyor on Tuesday, and today, Friday, we’ve put together an offer to present to the owner. We were hoping that the adjacent property (see the cool old barn? it’s on that property.) that’s owned by the same guy, would be tacked on for a reasonable bit more, but after initially…

Let the Finger Crossing Begin…

The acreage we’ve been craving. Fairly flat with some gentle slopes and backing up to a forest. 6 minutes to town by car, 27 minutes by bicycle. In my home state but more of who I am today and where I want to be tomorrow. (We’re making an offer.) That’s all I can say for now as I don’t want…

Prepping for 2018…

It’s an interesting thing, making the decision that you will move your whole life to a completely new town. You look at everything around you and wonder, will I miss it? From the landscape to the community to the things in your own home, making the decision to relocate brings about an auditing process of sorts where you have decided,…

A Tale of Two Tables…

A jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one. ~ Sam Rayburn Our first of two projects this past month was building our own breakfast nook table. The old one from Ikea that we had was fine when I was single (top left) but after Dan came along and we build the storage bench…

95 Homesteading Skills – the 2017 edition

Last year I posted this Homesteading Skills list as a way to audit our capabilities as urban homesteaders as well as  and we’ve accomplished a bunch more of them. From getting through our first year as new beekeepers, to making our first batch of farmer cheese, to learning to cut up a pig and cure the meat for bacon, etc.,…