Author Archives: Jill

New Farmstead Blog

Yes, we have a new blog. Bear with us. Like our lives, our new site is a major work in progress. Some pages aren’t even started yet, but they will evolve over time. We’ll be sharing our adventures in creating … Continue reading

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At Last, a Name

After a lot of other considerations, maybes, corny, confusing or boring ideas that didn’t stick, we finally settled on a name for our little 1/3 acre: “River of Love Urban Farmstead” I want to thank everyone who sent us suggestions. … Continue reading

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Naming the Little ‘Stead

We’ve been brainstorming for months, and it’s looking like we just can’t come up with the right name for our mini farmstead. We’d like to come up with one before our first growing season. If there’s an idea in your … Continue reading

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January Notes

Daniel and I have been spending a lot of time visualizing, dreaming, and scheming about our lives. The past two weeks we’ve been sitting down with the purpose of researching and deciding what to do next, and how we see … Continue reading

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First Hens Surviving Their First Winter

Last night was the coldest night so far this Winter. It hit a negative four degrees, and when I fell asleep I couldn’t help feeling sorry for our three hens. I have to keep reminding myself that they’re birds, and … Continue reading

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Kids Want Miserable Mommies

I don’t even know how to broach this subject without sounding as if I’m demonizing my children. That’s not my intention at all. My kids are all marvelous, loving individuals. I just find it very interesting (and annoying) that Sky … Continue reading

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Sledding… Finally!

We’ve been hoping for a good, substantial snow so that we can try sledding on the great hill behind our lot. The other side of the levee trail has quite a long slope toward the river, but it’s not so … Continue reading

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