Feeding the Feud: Rural Neighbor Relations

Spring has come to the southern Willamette Valley!  In its own way, at least.  In the time since I last wrote to you, gentle readers, the snow has melted, the temperatures have warmed, some buds have opened but alas the rain has not quite stopped.  But agricultural laments aside, the season has changed and we … Continue reading Feeding the Feud: Rural Neighbor Relations

Ascending to the Middle Generation

I have always seen families in a three tiered structure; Grandparents, parents, children.  This is how my family worked growing up.  We had only these three generations and activities and groupings were always divided along those lines.  Kid's tables, mommy's day out, summers at grandpa's, everything about my family seemed to revolve around this hierarchy. … Continue reading Ascending to the Middle Generation

Fill your pantry (and your heart, oh gawd)

Winter is approaching here in the southern Willamette Valley.  The trees have turned from the verdant beckoning of summer, through the fiery torch of autumnal oranges and yellows to the spindly fingers of winter reaching up to the grey, matte sky.  Though, I shouldn't discount the lush promise of a Pacific Northwest winter.  As the … Continue reading Fill your pantry (and your heart, oh gawd)

Butchering; a story of inner conflict

I didn't sleep much last night.  It had something to do with the little-too-much wine I had and a lot to do with the prospect of killing something larger than a bug on purpose for the first time.  Our landlords/mentors, Bonnie and Erin had told us the day before that they were planning to butcher … Continue reading Butchering; a story of inner conflict

Canning (and other things I do to look like a homesteader on Instagram)

It is approaching the end of the season for many farms out there and impending shortage always puts preservation on the brain.  It should be noted that a responsible and serious canner would have been canning all summer, from when early crops started to be harvested.  They would have felt the crisping of the air … Continue reading Canning (and other things I do to look like a homesteader on Instagram)