Four Years, Four Months, Sixteen Days

4 years, 4 months and 16 days…that’s how long it took from start to finish to get Dan to taking the oath of US Citizenship. Because so many others have been through this process in so many different ways, the timeline varies depending on how you came into the country, what country you’re coming in from, and so much more.…


I cannot WAIT to tear this kitchen up! Nice shape but those upper cabinets are coming out, those ugly-arse countertops are going, and black & vanilla appliances? Um bub-bye… Life gets better as you get on in years? Yes please, I’ll take it! Europe again leading the way with environmental protection, while a dipshit in our community’s Nextdoor page bitch…

Week in Pictures

It’s been absolute madness since the offer was approved! Inspections, questions for the seller, financial transactions, and of course here at home, 9 showings of the house just in the last 3 days! Looking at this picture taken of what I’m now calling “the immediate back yard”, meaning, the non-pasture area right out the back door, there’s a 17’x30′ slab…

Two weeks of nausea…

When your offer is accepted on a house you want to buy, the nausea is ten times worse than when you’re waiting to find out if they accept your offer. At least that’s how it is in our situation. You schedule the home and inspections on a 70 year old farmhouse. You receive a 20 page report detailing all the…


So much going on in my brain right now! One piece of it all (beyond all of the logistics like paperwork, inspections, getting our house on the market this week and, of course, the financials) that we’re obsessing over is figuring out where the ducks, bees, clothesline and garden will be. While we’re not going to be planting anything, our…

Kismet, I tell ya…

So this past Friday I met with my therapist as I do twice a month, and after last session’s EMDR, I was definitely hoping for a session more conversational and a bit less intense and emotionally exhausting (nothing like dredging up childhood memories to mentally wipe you out!). Besides, I was going in there with a bunch of ideas for…

Week in Pictures

Our latest hive check went well. We’d put on the second brood box a couple of weeks ago and those gals are busy busy! I’m always amazed at how they build the comb with such perfect little hexagons. On the left, Dan is pointing out that he sees the queen, who has clearly finished her work in the bottom box…

Guest Post: Five Women

When my husband and I married, he shrunk his collection of books by about 80% in order to move across the Pacific, and recently I noticed the majority of his books are by male authors. If you think about it, books written by women are all too often considered “women’s lit” and movies directed by women or written by them…


My front garden making me happy… The second half of May is under way…what a trip how time is flying…hope you all are having a lovely Spring (or Autumn, depending on where you are)… What an interesting story about Andre Leon Talley – for those of you who don’t know, he was the right hand man to Anna Wintour at…

White Sky Woods

Yurt Living in the Keweenaw Peninsula

Three Sons and a Hound Homestead

My name is Maureen. I am a wife, mother to three vibrant sons, and dog mom to a black and tan coonhound. Join me in living the thrifty life, perfecting my side- hustles, and turning our property into a homestead in the city.

My Astorian Victorian

Historical renovation and restoration of an 1895 Astoria, Oregon home.

Slowly Growing Green

big things come from small changes

Crossroads Cottage

Our little homestead start up

Home & Harrow

Sustainable Gardening, Homesteading and Natural Living

Hodgepodge & Food Gathering

Frugal living and feasting


stories from a small homestead

Existential Musings of a Mad Woman

My thoughts (often nonsensical), feelings and most importantly experiences...

it's inconceivable

infertility, ectopic pregnancy, life after loss, involuntary childlessness

Sliding Doors

Learning To Live Again After Unsuccessful Fertility Treatment.

making peace with the wrong side of 40

My midlife crisis made me want to live simply. Unfortunately, there isn't much simple about it most days.


Navigating my new life as an infertility survivor, one day at a time

Different Shores

- Childfree living. Not everyone can have kids, not everyone wants kids, not everyone should have kids

Bellfern Homestead

2 part-time homesteaders trying to leave the earth a little better than we found it