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DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials



I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm.  Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.



Here's what you'll need:



Two empty cat or dog food cans,… Continue

Added by el vigilante on March 3, 2011 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Amaryllis After Care

 

I have three amaryllis bulbs that I started in potting soil last October. Two of the bulbs have bloomed beautifully, but the third -- well, I don't know what it's trying to do.  I think it's a dud.

 

But as for the two bulbs that performed as expected, I'm now wondering how I'm supposed to care for…

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Added by el vigilante on January 19, 2011 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Earth Stoves: Disco Day Relics Still Useful







Introduced by Earth Stove, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon in the 1970's, Earth Stoves were innovative in that they were airtight, had a large wood capacity and thermostatic control. Early Earth Stoves are easily recognized by their signature orange and… Continue

Added by el vigilante on January 17, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments

How to make cold-process lye soap





This information is dedicated to all those beginners out there who really want to try their hand at cold process lye soap making, but are afraid of that three-letter ingredient, l-y-e.



I'm here to tell you, and I mean this, if I can… Continue

Added by el vigilante on January 13, 2011 at 7:09am — 7 Comments

Handemade Giveaways at A Rural Journal



 

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Added by el vigilante on January 10, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

My husband found this recipe in the December 2010 issue of Rural Electric Nebraskan, which was submitted by Joan Ewing of Sidney, Nebraska.  The full recipe makes approximately 5 dozen…

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Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Lye Soap Making: Keeping it simple



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Added by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Free Land Available to Modern-Day Homesteaders





I read this article in the Omaha World-Herald recently about a 59 year-old woman who was pulling up stakes in California to take advantage of free land…

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Added by el vigilante on January 5, 2011 at 7:10am — 7 Comments

Mental Notes for 2011

Mental Notes to Self for 2011



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Added by el vigilante on January 2, 2011 at 7:32am — No Comments

To sleep, perchance



When I was working outside the home, you could set a clock by my sleep

schedule.  To bed at 10 pm and up at 4 am.  Every weekday, for many,

many years.  



Since I became a stay-at-home farm wife some four years ago, however -- the time at… Continue

Added by el vigilante on December 27, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments

Fences

 

Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence.

~Carl Sandburg~





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Added by el vigilante on December 21, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

How to make easy pine cone bird feeders



Remember the buckets of fallen pine cones we gathered in October to use as fire starters?  I had a few left over and decided…
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Added by el vigilante on December 20, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

Upside Downy



Yesterday was a gorgeous late autumn day on the farm.  Sunny, 26 degrees and calm winds.



I layered on my winter gear and headed north for a slow, leisurely walk in the conservation acres, without the dogs.  I enjoy taking them with me, but this…

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Added by el vigilante on December 19, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Do I need to get a life? Don't answer that.

 

As I lay awake the other morning, trying to convince my feet to get out from under layers of warm blankets and onto a cold floor, I began to think about my chickens. Well, not just the chickens, but all of the birds -- ducks, guineas, geese and even my grumpy tom turkey.



I dislike winter (let me count the ways,) mainly because the birds…

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Added by el vigilante on December 18, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments

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