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The Monster in My Closet

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. If you enjoy reading it, please follow me on Blogger and help me hit my goal of 25 followers by June!**

 

There comes a time as a homesteader when you reach a plateau, one where all the things you've begun to do on your own become a little overwhelming in quantity. It comes to each of us differently, but, rest assured, it comes nonetheless. You might find…

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Added by lexirain2001 on May 23, 2011 at 7:44pm — 2 Comments

Give It Away Now

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. Please visit me there and say hello!**

 

After a full ten days of blissed out hanging out, it's almost time to head back to the world of deadlines, meetings, and paperwork. Toady has been mostly about putting the homestead back in order so we can function around here for the next four days with all the rush that goes along with work and school days.…



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Added by lexirain2001 on May 16, 2011 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

Working on Purpose: Success Is Helping Others

**cross-posted from my blog,Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. Please visit the blog to enter the book giveaway.**

 

I think I truly needed this. A week's worth of respite: soul searching, time spent with family, and a chance to do some honest-to-goodness physical labor with my hands in the dirt. It's been like a balm for my heart, which had seriously been struggling with the concept of employment these last few weeks. …

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Added by lexirain2001 on May 11, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

A Little Hard Work Never Killed Anyone (But It Sure Made 'Em Sore)

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life, that highlights my family's adventures as we establish our own organic subsistence farm in NE Ohio. If you enjoy it, please subscribe and tell a friend. **

 

I woke up today to screaming thighs. It's astonishing how out of shape you can get over a long winter while working a desk job. Fortunately, I've got several free days left to get back in the swing of…

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Added by lexirain2001 on May 9, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

I'm Never Gonna Stop the Rain By Complainin'

** cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life. If you enjoy it, please follow me or share with your friends.**

 

I wish I could be writing about plants, about all the wonderful foodstuffs springing forth into life inside the borders of my yard. I wish I could describe to you the vibrancy of the five color silverbeet swiss chard I finally planted by the front walk on Friday or the depth of the green brought…

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Added by lexirain2001 on May 3, 2011 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Heaven Outside My Door

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

My daughter found this this morning where her dad parks as we waited in the driveway for her school bus to come.…





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Added by lexirain2001 on April 27, 2011 at 9:23am — 6 Comments

So Fresh and So Green

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

Ohio sometimes gifts us with the most bizarre of weather. This past weekend was no exception, with a blissful beginning on Saturday with sunshine and high temps, followed by Sunday's perpetual misting and yesterday's downpours. It's as if Mother Nature is crying, like the whole of earth is suffering from some lingering Seasonal Affective Disorder or Depression…

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Added by lexirain2001 on April 26, 2011 at 8:09pm — No Comments

It's the Thought That Counts

**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

Well folks, here are the new additions to our little happy corner of earth. I'm posting multiple pictures not only because I am incredibly proud to have them in my humble homestead, but to also go off on a brief political tangent. I don't do this too often, so I hope you'll forgive me. (At least I'm in good company~ my pal…

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Added by lexirain2001 on April 21, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Blame It On the Rain

**cross posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

The last few weeks here, like the weather, have been dreary, stormy and tumultuous. Although there is plenty to be excited and hopeful about in terms of our home, yard and garden, the part of my life that helps me pay for these dreams of dirt and chickens has been a bit wacky. I'm trying to remain fairly zen about the whole experience and to practice…

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Added by lexirain2001 on April 20, 2011 at 10:24am — No Comments

We Are Made of Dreams and Bones

**cross posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

It's done. Finally. On this cold and overcast Ohio day when winter drags on into infinity, I accomplished something with the garden. Nothing's been tilled or planted, but we've begun to move this little bit of earth one step closer to farm-dom. The gnarled arms of the apple trees are still bare under this dreary sky, but I'm dreaming of dirt beneath my…

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Added by lexirain2001 on April 12, 2011 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

head full of compost, heart full of seeds

**cross post from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

This weather is testing my patience, along with a lot of other things in my life. Today it was finally a decent temperature, but in exchange for the warmth, we've had a steady downpour all day. The yard is flooded again, so the sump pump shut itself off again. Not a huge deal for a short period…

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Added by lexirain2001 on April 4, 2011 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

The Earth is Like a Child That Knows Poems

**cross posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

Today was the day I laid the last of the seedlings to rest in the compost pile, returning them to earth. I'm a little sad I was unsuccessful this year, but at least they are returning to the earth where they can rest and prepare to nourish next year's garden as compost.…



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Added by lexirain2001 on March 15, 2011 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

Homegrown Happiness

**from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life**

 

February has sucked in myriad ways. I really am thankful it is the shortest month and practically over, because I'm not sure how many more blizzards, rescheduled appointments, sick family members and broken things I can stand. Even though we woke up today to a screaming septic alarm, an emergency weather radio going bonkers and at least a six inch deep lake in our…

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Added by lexirain2001 on February 28, 2011 at 10:33pm — No Comments

adventures in poultry

**cross-posted from a Feb 6, 2011 post on my blog, semi-farmed kind of life**

I love these little girls. Although our ladies, when we get them, will be considerably older, I am struck by… Continue

Added by lexirain2001 on February 16, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

there's no problem, only solutions

Over the past year, my family as encountered a ton of change. Mostly it has been positive, and, for that, I am immensely grateful. It's nice for once not to be forced to operate in fight-or-flight mode. Here's the kicker though: having lived my life in a near constant state of emergency over the last several years, I've forgotten a few essential skills, namely patience and relaxation.

I've discovered that change is the only thing in life that's pretty much a guaranteed constant. In the… Continue

Added by lexirain2001 on February 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

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