Category Archives: A-frame in a flood plain: homesteading in unusual circumstances

June 2015: Pests and prospects

God rescued our chickens from a rogue coon. It took that, because I went head-to-head with him for a week, and it was a draw after all that. He snatched cat food for a week, but I put the food … Continue reading

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April 2015: sprang fever

“I wanna live where the green grass grows…” But not in our chickens’ house. I discovered grass growing through all the dirt, poop, pine shavings, and spilled feed on the floor of the Quack Shack, our birds’ shelter. I also … Continue reading

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May, 2015: Drown the Swamp Beast…With a Good Will

It’s storm season in Oklahoma, and the concept of weather prediction is rapidly losing significance. Remember in elementary school, all those months and seasons with cute kids dressed in holiday garb pasted on the walls, so you knew what to … Continue reading

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March 2015: Fussing Feathers, Legos, and Sausages

When I was young(er) and people asked me “What are you gonna be when you grow up?”, I usually didn’t have a definite answer. I still don’t, but “Professional Poultry Butcher” definitely wouldn’t have been on the list. Now, however, … Continue reading

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February, 2015: Time for a Second Look

It’s… That… Time Of YEAR! Time to break resolutions before the tax documents arrive! Time to forget doing taxes to watch the Super Bowl! Time to complain about the weather to avoid doing taxes! Time to watch hockey because that’s … Continue reading

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December, 2014: I can’t believe it’s not weather

I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. I hung up the phone to begin watering the trees, I heard a soft pinging all over the leaves. It was ice. Tiny ice pellets, denser than snow, but too small to be … Continue reading

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November, 2014: Like a Piece of Craft

Some things just take a lot of killin’. I’m referring to squirrels first. I’ve been a hired gun at my third job as outdoor handyman; the pesky varmints get into the potted plants on the front porch and, well, plant … Continue reading

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Oct 2014: Prosthetic Tribal Nuttiness

I know a mouse with a wooden leg…name unknown. I know, because, in personal combat in the dark of the basement, I wrested him out of his hidey-hole, bested him, and dispatched him forthwith. I had a hatchet handy for … Continue reading

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August, 2014: No Way! Way.

It finally happened. No, we didn’t have a volcano in Oklahoma. We seem to have nearly every other kind of natural disaster here, but not those; at least, not yet. No, all the teachers haven’t walked out and demanded a … Continue reading

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July 2014: Moltin’ waffles

I must do that again. The best, most delicious waffles I ever had were consumed this morning at breakfast. What made them so good? Two things: first, I made them with one part butter and two parts coconut oil, which … Continue reading

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