Embracing Life on the Homestead

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I never had a real desire to live a homesteading life. Most of my adult life I lived in apartments and townhomes. I was good with the low-maintenance aspect of that type of living. Then I got married to a man that embraced homesteading and self-sufficiency. He is a gardener, handyman, and visionary. He was the one that pushed for us to get our own place in the country.

We have had our place for about five years now, and I have softened to this new lifestyle. I like that we live outside of the city, even though it is starting to catch up with us. I like that we have chickens and they provide us with fresh eggs and plenty of entertainment. They are good therapy, too.

My first time planting garlic.

My husband is good at gardening, and I certainly appreciate all of the homegrown food that we are able to get each year. Usually he is the one that plants everything, but there have been some occasions where I was actually the one putting stuff in the ground. I never thought that I would be doing that. Most recently I planted garlic, and I am happy to see that it seems to be doing well.

Recently, when we were dealing with an early freeze and frost warning, I was the one in the garden picking tomatoes, peppers, and watermelon. I spent a lot of time covering up plants that I hoped to save. In the past, I would not be so invested in doing that.

I really want to get back into doing more made-from-scratch meals. I used to make homemade bread about once a week, and I miss it. Maybe with the cooler months having arrived I will be motivated to use the oven more. I love making a good meal that my husband will enjoy after a hard day of work, and it’s even more satisfying to use food grown on our own homestead.

I get inspired by all the pages that I follow on Facebook about living a homestead lifestyle. I do like the idea of us being more self-sufficient. Now I am all about learning and coming up with different projects that we can do around the homestead. We even make our own laundry and dishwasher detergent!

I am definitely more open to doing things that I previously had zero interest in. I also figure that the more I do, the more I will have to write about for my blogs. I definitely like that.